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Delaware Chancery Court Declines to Dismiss Fraud Claims Against Private Equity Fund and Directors

In Great Hill Equity Partners IV, LP v. SIG Growth Equity Fund I, LLLP, the Delaware Court of Chancery denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss fraud-based claims made in connection with Great Hill’s acquisition of Plimus, a...more

Alstom Joins Santa’s Naughty List – In a Very Big Way

The North Pole for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action announcements seems to have temporarily moved south for the month of December. Last week there was the final announcement of the long-standing Avon...more

The Avon FCPA Settlement, Part I

It is finally done. The long awaited Avon Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action is on the books. I would say what a long, strange trip it has been but that does not really seem to capture everything that...more

9th Circuit Upholds Issue Preclusion In Subsequent Derivative Suit

Derivative suits rarely arrive alone. When something goes awry, directors and officers can be expected to see multiple suits based on demand futility as well as wrongful demand refusal. Often, suits will be filed at...more

Lessons For Corporate Directors From The Wyndham Data Breach Derivative Action

On October 20, 2014, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation won dismissal of a shareholder derivative suit seeking damages arising out of three data breaches that occurred between 2008 and 2010. Dennis Palkon, et al. v. Stephen P....more

Seven Things DOJ Insiders Expect Organizations To Know (and Do) About Antitrust Compliance

For most organizations, the risk of violating antitrust laws is real. But when it comes to the most serious of antitrust violations, such as cartels and significant price fixing schemes, there is often an “it won’t happen...more

Are Your Company’s Directors and Officers Suitably Insured for Negligence and Civil Fines and Penalties?

Corporate directors and officers have a long list of things that can keep them up at night. Personal liability for civil fines and penalties arising out of negligence should not be one of them. Companies often must or will...more

Information Letter: Management Liability: Potential Risk Zones (Russia)

The recent court practice shows that lawsuits seeking compensation of damages caused to company by its management are being filed with increasing frequency. It is largely due to courts' departure from formalistic approach to...more

Whistleblower Exposes Cultural and Accounting Failures at UK Supermarket Giant

Irregular accounting practices and a corresponding £263 million — approximately $423 million — in overstated profits were recently revealed at one of Britain's largest supermarket chains, sending company shares plummeting and...more

Investor Claims NetTALK Executives Took Control of Board

On November 5, Telestrata, LLC brought a derivative shareholder action and direct action against NetTALK.com, Inc., a publicly traded telecommunication company, and NetTALK’s directors and officers, alleging that the...more

Cyber Monday – December 1, 2014

Welcome to December – we hope you had a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. Here are a few privacy bits and bytes to start your week. 1. ICYMI – 60 Minutes Explains Credit Card Hacking...more

Waivers of IPO Lock-up

We have previously commented on the lock-up requirement in connection with IPOs and noted that it has become somewhat more frequent for underwriters to release issuers and/or their shareholders (including directors and...more

Judge Orders Stockholder To “Register” Correspondence With The SEC

Many boards operate with a high degree of collegiality, even when the directors disagree. Some don’t. When the board of directors of Gas Natural Inc., a publicly traded natural gas holding company, voted to remove its CEO...more

Bridging the Week - November 2014 #4

Broker-Dealer and Two Senior Officers Fined US $2.5 Million for Market Access Violations - Wedbush Securities Inc. and two senior officers resolved an enforcement action previously filed against them during June 2014...more

Not All Vice Presidents Are Officers and Entitled to Corporate Indemnification

Aleynikov v. Goldman Sachs Grp., Inc. - Addressing the meaning of the term “officer” in a company’s bylaws, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated a district court’s summary judgment that a computer...more

Do I Need to Update My D&O Questionnaire for 2015?

One of the most frequent questions we get this time of year is issuers asking whether there are any needed updates to director and officer questionnaires. Necessary modifications are usually driven by changes to stock...more

Boards Should Put Time and Resources into Cybersecurity Issues – It Is Good for Business and Works as a Defense Strategy

We have previously blogged about Commissioner Aguilar’s recommendations at a NYSE conference, “Cyber Risks and the Boardroom” on what boards of directors should do to ensure that their companies are appropriately considering...more

Is a Vice President an Officer Entitled to Indemnification or Advancement?

This question didn’t seem to be that complicated at first blush. Now it is. The Third Circuit’s recent ruling that a former Vice President of Goldman Sachs is not necessarily an officer entitled to indemnification/advancement...more

Blog: NACD Releases “Critical Issues For Board Focus In 2015?

The National Association of Corporate Directors has just released “Critical Issues for Board Focus in 2015.” The issues list was developed following the NACD’s dialogues with a number of major institutional investors and...more

Wyndham Decision Provides Guidance to Corporate Directors and Officers in Responding to a Data Breach

U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler of the District of New Jersey recently provided much needed guidance to directors and officers on their duties and responsibilities with regard to cybersecurity. In Palkon v. Holmes, et...more

Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council Releases Cybersecurity Assessment Results: Boards of Directors and Senior...

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released general observations yesterday from a cybersecurity assessment of over 500 community financial institutions. The cybersecurity assessment evaluated the...more

A Royal Fan Responds: Russ Berland on the SEC Financial Report for FY 2014

Ed. Note-today we have a guest post from KC Royals fan and Stinson Leonard Street partner Russ Berland. As a Kansas City Royals fan, I would like to use this opportunity to congratulate the Royals on a great season...more

Governance Responses to the PCAOB’s New Related Party Rule

Last week the SEC approved new PCAOB rules regarding: - Company relationships and transactions with related parties, - “Significant unusual transactions”, and - Company relationships and transactions with its...more

Consequences of a Data Breach: Lessons from Wyndham Worldwide

On October 20, 2014, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation won dismissal of a shareholder derivative suit seeking damages arising out of three data breaches that occurred between 2008 and 2010. Dennis Palkon, et al. v. Stephen P....more

Court Dismisses Shareholder Derivative Action Targeting Directors and Officers for Data Breaches

Earlier this week a federal district court in New Jersey dismissed with prejudice a shareholder derivative suit, Palkon v. Holmes, No. 14-CV-01234 (SRC) (D.N.J.), that tried to blame the directors and officers at hospitality...more

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