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Delaware Court Of Chancery Identifies Fiduciary Duty Constraints On Preferred Equity

by Cole Schotz on

A recent decision of the Delaware Court of Chancery (the “Court”) places certain fiduciary constraints on a company’s ability to satisfy its obligations to its preferred equity holders. While investors often seek to acquire...more

Supreme Court 2016-17 Recap

The politics surrounding the appointment of a new justice to the U.S. Supreme Court dominated the news cycle during the 2016-17 term, but the Court’s decisions themselves have been far from controversial. As the term draws to...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Caremark Claim For Failure To Adequately Allege That The Board Consciously Disregarded FCPA...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 16, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed breach of fiduciary duty and other claims brought derivatively against the directors and former chief financial officer of...more

After Settlement By Director Defendants Of Merger-Related Fiduciary Duty Breach Claims, Delaware Chancery Court Rejects Financial...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 26, 2017, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted plaintiffs’ request to sever and stay fiduciary duty breach claims settled with directors of Good Technology Corporation (“Good”) and...more

Don’t gyp employees on retirement plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As I’ve stated before, I wouldn’t hire employees because I was an employee once too. That pretty much means that I never met an employee whoever thought they were overpaid. For that matter, I never met an employer who thought...more

Arbitration Provision Enforceable Despite Questions About Legitimacy Of Remainder Of Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

A New York state trial court has denied a motion to stay arbitration in an action brought by plaintiffs, a private equity firm and its affiliate, against defendants, two of plaintiffs’ former officers, despite plaintiffs’...more

How To Win Attorney Fees When Defending An Unfair-Trade-Practices Claim

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

A prevailing defendant on a claim for violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 can obtain attorney fees, but the bar is high. The defendant must show that the plaintiff knew or should have known that the action was both...more

In A Usurpation Of Corporate Opportunity Case, The Texas Supreme Court Reversed A Constructive Trust Due To A Failure To Trace The...

by Winstead PC on

In Longview Energy Co. v. The Huff Energy Fund, LP, Longview Energy Company sued two of its directors and their affiliates after discovering one affiliate purchased mineral leases in an area where Longview had been...more

Ohio Court of Appeals Affirms Statutory Protections for Trustees

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Ten years after the first enactment of the Ohio Trust Code, in Zook, et al. v. JP Morgan Chase Bank National Association, et al., 10th Dist. No. 15AP-751, 2017-Ohio-838, the Tenth District Ohio Court of Appeals gave insight...more

Inside the Courts – An Update From Skadden Securities - June 2017

This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between February 2017 and April 2017. The cases address developing trends in class actions, ERISA, fiduciary duties,...more

Court of Chancery Dismisses Post-Closing Challenge to Merger Transaction

by Morris James LLP on

Stockholders who believe that a board breached its fiduciary duties in connection with information provided to stockholders asked to vote for a merger transaction can either seek to enjoin the transaction or seek damages...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Corwin Limits

by Morris James LLP on

This is an important decision if only because it explains a further limitation on the Corwin rule that an informed uncoerced stockholder vote insulates a corporate transaction from attack. First, the decision explains when a...more

Separate Shareholder Vote to Approve Insider Transaction Found Coercive Under Corwin

Sciabacucchi v. Liberty Broadband Corporation (Del. Ch. 2017) involved Charter Communications, Inc.’s (“Charter” or the “Company”) acquisition of Bright House Networks, LLC (“Bright House”) and the merger with Time Warner...more

Wells Fargo Seeks Contribution from Investment Advisors in RMBS Suit

On May 26, 2017, defendant-trustee Wells Fargo Bank N.A. (“Wells Fargo“) filed four third-party complaints against BlackRock Advisors, LLC, Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC, Teachers Advisors, LLC, TIAA-CREF...more

Delaware Law Updates – Delaware Court Of Chancery Provides Clarity On The “Quasi-Appraisal” Remedy And Post-Closing Claims

by McCarter & English, LLP on

On May 11, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed with prejudice a putative class action brought by stockholders of networking solutions in In re Cyan, Inc. Stockholders Litigation.[1]...more

Choice-of-Law and Choice-of-Forum May Depend on the Choice of Where to File and When: Multi-State Employers Continue to Face...

by Fisher Phillips on

Employers who operate in a multi-state environment should take note of a recent case out of the Sixth Circuit (which governs employers that operate in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.) Stone Surgical, LLC v. Stryker...more

In Brief: Court Rules Against Lyondell Litigation Trustee on LBO Fraudulent Conveyance Claims

by Jones Day on

In Weisfelner v. Blavatnik (In re Lyondell Chemical Company), 2017 BL 131876 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. Apr. 21, 2017), the bankruptcy court presiding over the chapter 11 case of Lyondell Chemical Company ("Lyondell") handed down a...more

Employee Benefits Developments - May 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of May, 2017. Three More Post-Tackett Retiree Healthcare Vesting Decisions - On April 20, 2017, the U.S....more

Case Law Precedent for an Award of Attorney Fees in Excess of Compensatory Damages for a Trustee’s Failure to Account

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Following up on the recent blog post on basic principles of trust reporting, the Fifth District Court of Appeals released a timely analysis involving a trustee’s failure to account and an award of attorney fees against the...more

“Food Fight” Sequel Ends Badly for Ousted Sibling

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A little over three years ago I reported on the first round of a fascinating “food fight” among four siblings, each of whom is a 25% shareholder of a Brooklyn-based, second-generation food distributor known as Jersey Lynne...more

Banking fraud The power of well drafted account opening documents in the age of e-mail

by Dentons on

When a banking customer falls victim to a fraud on his or her account, the bank that unknowingly facilitated the fraud may be faced with the question of whether it acted with sufficient care to prevent it. The decision of the...more

Can Pseudo-Foreign Corporations Exonerate Their Directors?

by Allen Matkins on

Corporations Code Section 2115 is not an easy read. Fortunately, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has provided a more digestible overview of the statute...more

Federal Circuit Rules that Starr International Lacks Standing to Pursue Class Claims Stemming from the U.S. Government’s...

On May 9, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) affirmed in part and reversed in part an earlier decision from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which had held that aspects of the...more

Alabama Supreme Court: Lender Can Sue Directors of a Public Improvement District for Negligence, Breach of Fiduciary Duty

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Alabama law permits the creation of public corporations known as “improvement districts,” which can then issue bonds that are similar to bonds issued by a municipal corporation. These bonds can be used to finance improvements...more

Trust Decanting Disputes

by LeClairRyan on

As trust decanting becomes increasingly popular, we can expect to see more disputes and litigation regarding trust decanting. This blog post examines some of the main issues that will likely arise in those disputes....more

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