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The Business Court Takes A Narrow View Of When Claims Are "In Or Affecting Commerce" Under Chapter 75 Of The General Statutes

Chapter 75 claims have rarely fared well in the Business Court, though there is not much doubt about why they are included in almost every Complaint in the Court. The prospect of treble damages (per G.S. §75-16) and...more

Start-Up Raising Capital? Some Common Features of Preferred Shares & Why Some Select Preferred Shares over Convertible Debt

When you start a business and want to attract your first round of financing, Preferred Shares is one product that can be offered to Investors. Many Founders have asked us to explain exactly what Preferred Shares are and...more

In re Trados: Directors Dodge a Bullet

Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster’s August 16 post-trial opinion in In re Trados Inc. Shareholder Litigation1 (hereinafter, “In re Trados”) has attracted a significant amount of attention. Much as both the Chancery and the...more

Flawed, but Fair: Updated Guidance for Boards and Investors

A recent Delaware decision, in re Trados Incorporated Shareholder Litigation, underscores a director’s responsibilities in “underwater” venture deals. In a 114-page opinion by Vice Chancellor Laster, the court reviewed the...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Finds Board Did Not Breach Fiduciary Duties in Merger Where Common Shareholders Received Nothing

In a lengthy opinion following trial, Delaware Court of Chancery Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster found the decision by the directors of a venture capital-backed company to approve a $60 million merger was fair, even though...more

Directors Designated By Venture Capitalists And Other Preferred Stockholders Need To Be Mindful Of Inherent Conflicts: In re...

A recent post-trial decision by Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery puts directors serving as designees of preferred investors on notice that they must attempt to maximize value for common...more

In re Trados S'holder Litig., Consol. C.A. No. 1512-VCL (Del. Ch. Aug. 16, 2013) (Laster, V.C.)

A former common stockholder filed a purported class action for breach of fiduciary duty arising out of the transaction, alleging that the former Trados directors breached their duty of loyalty by favoring the interests of the...more

Trados: Four Key Takeaways for Boards & Investors

As we mentioned in this post earlier this month, the Delaware Court of Chancery has issued its decision in the matter of In re Trados Incorporated Shareholder Litigation, C.A. No. 1512-VC (August 16, 2013), in which it...more

Delaware Chancery Court Finds Merger "Entirely Fair" to Common Stockholders Despite the Merger Leaving Common Stockholders With No...

In In re Trados Inc. Shareholder Litigation, Case No. 1512-VCL, 2013 Del. Ch. LEXIS (Del. Ch. Aug. 16, 2013), Vice Chancellor Laster of the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware resolved the long-pending dispute...more

Delaware Court of Chancery - no fiduciary breach, although directors engaged in unfair process: four key takeaways

While management and the preferred stockholders of Trados, Inc. received all of the merger consideration in an end-stage transaction and the common stockholders received nothing, the Delaware Court of Chancery has found that...more

In re Trados: What happens when common gets nothing?

This morning, Delaware Chancery Court Vice Chancellor Laster issued his highly anticipated, post-trial decision in In re Trados Incorporated Shareholder Litigation, C.A. No. 1512-VC (August 16, 2013), where the directors who...more

“Sophisticated Plaintiff” Found to Be Adequate Class Representative

The US District Court for the Western District of Texas certified a class of common stock purchasers in an action against Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (PTI) and its directors. The plaintiff’s complaint, which alleges that PTI...more

SEC Provides No-Action Relief On Regulation BTR

Broadly speaking, SEC Regulation BTR prohibits directors and executive officers of public companies from trading in the issuer’s securities which were acquired in connection with service to the issuer if a sufficient number...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - January 11, 2013

In this issue: - FINRA Provides Guidance on Rules Governing Communications with the Public - FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Rule Requiring Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest in Recruitment Incentives -...more

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