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Court Addresses Formation of Accidental Partnerships in Long-Awaited Enterprise v. Energy Transfer Appeal

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Dallas Court of Appeals yesterday issued its opinion in Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. v. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. , in which the court reversed a judgment of more than $500,000,000 rendered after a jury...more

The Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies the Personal Liability of Directors in Oppression Cases

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In Wilson v. Alharayeri, 2017 SCC 39 [Alharayeri], the Supreme Court of Canada in a unanimous decision provides significant guidance as to when directors ought to be held personally liable for oppressive conduct under the...more

Dechert's Global Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2017 Edition: D&O Insurance Coverage - How Careful Should the Drafting Be?...

by Dechert LLP on

Directors are required to review and approve transformative M&A transactions. The power to approve, however, comes with the potential liability that could be asserted if the transactions do not turn out as projected....more

Supreme Court of Canada reaffirms personal liability for directors in oppression actions

by Dentons on

On July 13, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) unanimously reaffirmed that a corporation’s directors may be personally liable in an oppression action, and set out the criteria for imposing personal liability. In Wilson...more

How Key is the Employee? Identifying When an Employee is a Fiduciary

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A fiduciary employee is an employee trusted with a measure of responsibility by their employer. This in turn creates corresponding duties owed by the fiduciary that go over and above those normally owed by an employee to an...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Post-Closing Challenge To Two-Step Merger Under Corwin Finding Tendering Stockholders Were Fully...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 13, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a former stockholder’s breach of fiduciary duty claims against the former directors of Diamond Resorts International...more

Under Delaware Law, the Occurrence of Alleged Illegal Conduct at a Company Is Not Enough to Plead Demand Futility Sufficient to...

In a shareholder derivative action, to survive a motion to dismiss for failure to plead facts showing demand futility, a derivative plaintiff must plead particularized facts showing either actual involvement by a majority of...more

More on King v. Bryant and Health Care Arbitration Agreements

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

As discussed in an earlier article, the North Carolina Supreme Court recently held, in King v. Bryant, that physicians have a fiduciary relationship with their patients due to the special relationship of trust and confidence...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 1 - 2017: United States: D&O Insurance Policies – a cautionary tale: the Peril of...

by Dechert LLP on

Directors and officers (D&Os) of troubled companies should be highly sensitive to D&O insurance policies with Prior Act Exclusion. While policies with such exclusion may be cheaper, a recent decision by the U.S. Court of...more

Motions For Leave to Renew: The Requirement Often Overlooked

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A motion for leave to renew must be based upon new evidence or a change in the law that would change the prior determination and must contain a reasonable justification for failure to present such facts on the prior motion....more

Sixth Circuit’s holding that debtor in possession and liquidating trustee are one in the same for purposes of...

by Butler Snow LLP on

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently took up the controversial issue of whether a liquidating trustee’s lawsuit, alleging breach of fiduciary duty against a corporate debtor’s officers, falls within the...more

Delaware Chancery Court Declines To Dismiss Challenges To Director Option Grants And Outside Investor Voting Agreement

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 28, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss purported derivative and direct stockholder claims for breaches of fiduciary duty against the directors of...more

Funds Talk: July 2017 - Hsu v. ODN Holding Corp. and the Rights of (un)Preferred Stockholders

In a recent opinion, Hsu v. ODN Holding Corp. (Del. Ch. April 25, 2017) (“ODN”), the Delaware Court of Chancery refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the company’s directors and others breached their fiduciary duties by...more

Exculpatory Provisions Under Delaware Law: Say What You Mean And Mean What You Say

Exculpation provisions in operating agreements must be carefully crafted in order to protect members, managers, directors and officers for breaches of fiduciary duties...more

Court Reverses Summary Judgment For Directors Because They Could Not Consent To Their Own Breaches of Fiduciary Duty

by Winstead PC on

In Corley v. Hendricks, three individuals (Gaylen, Dan, and Corley) operated a business as shareholders, officers, and directors. No. 02-16-00293-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 3846 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth April 27, 2017, no pet....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In a holiday shortened week the Commission filed four actions: One arose from the failure of an adviser who arranged a transaction between two managed funds to honor the terms promised to one fund; a second charged the sister...more

Debt Dialogue: June 2017 - Hsu v. ODN Holding Corp. and the Rights of (un)Preferred Stockholders

In a recent opinion, Hsu v. ODN Holding Corp. (Del. Ch. April 25, 2017), the Delaware Court of Chancery refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the company’s directors and others breached their fiduciary duties by selling...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Contractual v. Fiduciary Obligations

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a case in which plaintiff claimed breach of contract when her investment advisor did not transfer funds in a timely manner. The trial court and court of appeals awarded...more

Commercial Division Flags Novel Issue of Reasonable Reliance In LLC Member Battle

In PMC Aviation 2012-1 LLC et al. v. Jet Midwest Group, LLC et al., No. 654047/2015, BL221447 (Sup. Ct. Jun. 21, 2017), Commercial Division Justice Shirley Kornreich denied a motion to dismiss a fraudulent inducement claim by...more

Novel Theory Related To Violation Of Bargaining “Ground Rules” Fails (Fortunately)

When an employer and a union sit down to bargain they often agree to ground rules for how negotiations are to be conducted. A common ground rule, for example, is for the parties to agree to address “non-economic” items before...more

EMA Calls for Public Consultation on Clinical Trial Protocol, Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Update, Vol. IV, Issue III

by Jones Day on

June 2017 The EMA has opened for public consultation a draft guideline for the notification of serious breaches of the Clinical Trial Protocol (Regulation (EU) No 536/2014)...more

Phantom Recusal Policy Leads to Partial Summary Judgment for Plaintiffs in the Ocwen Securities Litigation

In a June 13, 2017, ruling on a motion for partial summary judgment in the Ocwen Financial Corp. Securities Litigation (the “Ocwen Litigation”), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida determined...more

Why having a clear understanding with employees is important

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Over the years, we have written a number of articles about the importance of making sure your employment documents contain clear, understandable language. One of our federal district judges was recently faced with an...more

Trustee Liability in a Multi-Participant Trust

In our firm's most recent white paper, Brad Kitlowski covered the topic of exculpatory clauses in trust agreements and whether these clauses are effective to protect trustees against claims of breach of fiduciary duty. In...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When Entire Fairness Applies To Option Grants And Voting Agreements

by Morris James LLP on

While directors have the right to issue options, when the grant is to themselves and there are specific facts suggesting unfairness, those directors will have the burden of proving the grants were entirely fair in a...more

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