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Corporate Individual Creating a Privileged Communication May Not Control Waiving it

While companies, like people, are entitled to protect privileged communications with their counsel, companies only can act through individuals. So what happens when the former CEO wants to disclose a privileged communication...more

Preparing for the 2017 Public Company Reporting Season

Reevaluate Non-GAAP Disclosures in Light of Updated C&DIs and Other SEC Actions. As the reporting season gets underway, reviewing non-GAAP disclosure practices should remain a top priority in light of the new and updated...more

District Court Orders Additional Deposition of Defendant after Witness Changed Numerous Deposition Answers in Errata

The plaintiff, Chrimar Systems Inc. and Chrimar ("Chrimar") filed a motion to compel an additional deposition of Defendant D-Link Systems, Inc.'s ("D-Link") corporate representative, William C. Brown. Chrimar previously took...more

The Federal Government Holds Individuals Responsible for Involvement in Corporate Healthcare Fraud and Abuse

In September 2016, three corporate officers in two healthcare fraud and abuse cases settled allegations that they were personally liable for violations of federal fraud and abuse laws. These settlements come one year after...more

What Law Governs Real Property Conveyances By Foreign Corporations?

Consider the following fact pattern - Joe is the Chief Executive Officer of Transient, Inc., a Delaware corporation that is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Transient’s sole asset is 100 acres of undeveloped land in...more

Why Nevada Is A More Reliable Alternative To Delaware

Directors and officers cannot always base their decisions on first-hand information. As a practical matter, they must receive and act based on information and opinions of others. The question then becomes whether a...more

Slam on the Slam – A California Court Further Limits the Sham Guaranty Defense

There has been much recent California case law regarding the sham guaranty defense and for good reason – success for a guarantor on this defense can eliminate a lender’s recovery of a deficiency against a guarantor of a...more

Jury Applies Georgia’s Business Judgment Rule

On October 25, 2016, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia rejected the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) argument that former directors and officers of The Buckhead Community...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Fourth Quarter

On October 24, on the eve of its implementation, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide order halting the implementation of the bulk of Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay Safe Workplaces,...more

District Court Grants Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction to Preclude Defendant from Discussing Case with Plaintiff's...

In this patent infringement action, the Defendant, GHP Group, Inc. ("GHP"), hired the Plaintiff's, ProCom Heating, Inc. ("ProCom"), president during the litigation. The Plaintiff then filed a request for a temporary...more

Why Affixing A Secretary’s Certificate Might Protect The Innocent

Transactional lawyers are used to obtaining officers’ certificates to back up their opinions or to deliver to the other party pursuant to a purchase or sale agreement. I wonder, however, how many buyers or secured lenders...more

SEC and DOJ Charge Board Member with Trading on Inside Information . . . During a Board Meeting

On Friday, the SEC filed a complaint against James C. Cope, a former member of the Executive Committee of Pinnacle Financial Partners’ (“PFP”) board of directors, alleging that he engaged in insider trading. The same day,...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - October 2016

Welcome to the October 2016 issue of the CR&B Alert, the newsletter produced by Reed Smith's Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group. Excerpt from newsletter: DELAWARE AND NEW YORK AT ODDS OVER RECLAMATION...more

Hiring & Firing Officers In California

John Jenkins at The Mentor Blog addresses the question of who has authority to hire and fire officers? He notes...more

Officers: Got Business Judgment Rule? Nevada Says Yes, Delaware Maybe Not

Francis Pileggi writes about a recent ruling by U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson in which she refused to consider whether the business judgment rule applied to officers of a Delaware corporation...more

Clawbacks – Putting Fear into Executives' Hearts?

We are in October and I am looking forward to my annual exploration of classic monster movies beginning this coming Friday. This year I decided to go back to the roots by watching the 30s and 40s classic Universal monster...more

Double-Breasted Company Owners, Officers Can Be Indicted for Underpaying Benefit Contributions

The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts held in September that the shareholders and officers of a double-breasted construction company can be indicted and could go to prison if the government proves they...more

Former Debt Collection Company VP Ordered to Pay Penalty and Stop Deceptive Debt Collection Practices

On September 21, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas entered a stipulated order for a permanent injunction and civil penalty judgment against the vice...more

Can Limited Partnerships Have Officers?

Can limited partnerships have officers? In many cases, individuals with officer titles will actually be officers of the general partner. My question is whether a limited partnership itself may have officers....more

SEC Position on SOX 304 Clawbacks Adopted by Ninth Circuit

Under Section 304 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act the Commission can seek to clawback certain discretionary CEO and CFO compensation and trading profits if there is a restatement of the issuer’s financial statements based on...more

Do You Need Directors and Officers (D&O) Insurance for a Family-Owned Business?

Family business owners may assume that D&O insurance coverage is necessary only for publicly traded corporations and large, non-family owned private businesses. That is not the case. Individual directors and officers of a...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2017 Proxy Season

For those who want to start preparing for the 2017 proxy season, our preliminary list of important considerations is set forth below: Directors’ and Officer’s Questionnaire - Nasdaq has adopted a rule requiring...more

Corporate Designee Deposition: Elevated Duty Imposed on Corporate Designee Provides Reprieve from Oppressive Discovery Tactics

Virginia’s “ever-evolving discovery rules”[1] necessarily afford counsel wide latitude within which to maneuver in undertaking their duty to zealously advocate. The rules, however, also furnish aggrieved parties with...more

Who Signs The Bylaws?

I am occasionally asked who should sign the bylaws. The question presumes that bylaws must be signed. Although the California General Corporation Law requires that the original or a copy of the bylaws be available to...more

Board Interlocks On Antitrust Enforcement Hot Seat: A Must-Read Guide for Board Members and Officers

Recent enforcement activity by the Department of Justice (that required restructuring a live transaction) and the Federal Trade Commission makes clear that enforcement of Section 8 of the Clayton Act, the prohibition against...more

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