Delaware General Corporation Law

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Violation of Corporate Charter: Breach of Contract, Fiduciary Duties or Both

When a company takes action through its board in violation of its certificate of incorporation, may a plaintiff stockholder bring suit against the company directly for breach of its certificate—the most important of corporate...more

Delaware Supreme Court Holds That a Stockholder Plaintiff Must Plead a Non-Exculpated Claim to Avoid Section 102(b)(7)-Based...

In the consolidated appeal In re Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc., Stockholder Litigation and In re Zhongpin Stockholders Litigation, Nos. 564, 2014 and 706, 2014, 2015 Del. LEXIS 231 (Del. May 14, 2015), the Delaware Supreme...more

Delaware Senate Upholds Ban on Fee-Shifting Provisions in Corporate Governing Documents

The Delaware Senate has passed a bill that would amend the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) to prohibit Delaware stock-based companies from adopting bylaws or articles of incorporation that shift legal fees to the...more

Delaware Senate Passes Bill Prohibiting Bylaws on Fee Shifting

Tuesday, the Delaware Senate passed legislation prohibiting publicly-traded corporations from adopting bylaws that force shareholders to pay legal fees if they bring internal corporate claims against the company in court and...more

SB 75 May Prove To Be Delaware’s Seven Sisters

A century ago, New Jersey was the state in which to incorporate. Long before former Iraqi President popularized the expression “Mother of Battles” (“Um El-Ma’arek“), the famed legal scholar Adolph A. Berle, Jr. bestowed the...more

Here’s One Way To Recover Attorneys’ Fees Without Adopting A Fee Shifting Bylaw

With the ongoing hullabaloo concerning the legislative demise of fee shifting bylaw provisions under Delaware law, little attention has been paid to California law. More importantly, no one seems to have noticed that...more

Delaware Legislature to Consider New Fee-Shifting Legislation

On April 29, 2015, Senator Bryan Townsend introduced legislation that would amend the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) to ban fee-shifting bylaws for Delaware stock corporations (non-stock corporations would continue...more

Will Delaware’s Fee-Shifting Bylaw Bill Be A Boon To Other States?

Late last week, Senate Bill 75 was introduced in Delaware. This bill is in part a reaction to the Delaware Supreme Court’s holding in ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund, 91 A.3d 554 (Del. 2014) upholding as facially...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Examines Relationship between Company’s Drag-Along Right and Stockholder’s Waiver of Right to Appraisal

In Halpin v. Riverstone National, Inc., the Delaware Court of Chancery examined the language of a stockholders’ agreement to determine whether Riverstone had properly exercised its contractual drag-along right and triggered a...more

Proposed Legislation Threatens Corporations' Ability to Select Forum

Current Delaware law permits a Delaware corporation to adopt a bylaw specifying an exclusive forum other than Delaware to litigate intra-corporate disputes, so long as there is a logical connection between the forum selected...more

Update: Proposed Amendments to DGCL, Including Ban on Fee-Shifting and Permitting Exclusive Forum Provisions

The Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association has approved, in substantially the form proposed by the Delaware Corporate Council, amendments to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (DGCL)...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 15

In this issue: - Update: Proposed Amendments to DGCL, Including Ban on Fee-Shifting and Permitting Exclusive Forum Provisions - CFTC and Australian Regulator Sign Memorandum of Understanding Regarding...more

Blog: Corporation Section Of Delaware Bar Approves Amendments Re Fee Shifting And Forum Selection, Substantially As Proposed, And...

The Corporation Law Section of the Delaware Bar has approved, substantially as proposed, the amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law proposed by the Delaware Bar’s Corporation Law Council regarding fee-shifting...more

Blog: Is There A Gaping Hole In The Proposed Delaware Legislation On Fee-Shifting Bylaws?

Leave it to a distinguished law professor to actually read the text of proposed legislation and locate the gaping hole in it. In this post, “Delaware Throws a Curveball,” Professor John Coffee analyzes the proposed Delaware...more

Delaware Bar Proposes Amendments to Ban Fee-Shifting Provisions and Allow Delaware-Only Forum Selection Provisions in Corporate...

The Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association recently released proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) that would prohibit fee-shifting provisions in a...more

For Shareholder Inspection Demands, A Purpose Isn’t “Proper” When the Issue Has Already Been Decided

As we have previously discussed in prior posts, shareholder demands to inspect confidential corporate information are being made with increased frequency, and are forcing more and more companies to grapple with their legal...more

Delaware Proposal Banning Fee-Shifting and Permitting Exclusive Forum Provisions

Following the unexpected May 2014 decision of the Delaware Supreme Court in ATP Tour Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund, 91 A.3d 554 (Del. 2014), upholding the validity of fee-shifting bylaws of a non-stock corporation, the...more

State Bar Council Proposes New Legislation for Delaware Fee-Shifting Ban and Delaware Court of Chancery Considers Fee-Shifting...

In December, we reported on the Delaware Court of Chancery’s continued validation of board-adopted forum-selection bylaws in City of Providence v. First Citizens BancShares, Inc., 99 A.3d 229, 234 (Del. Ch. 2014), and the...more

What’s New in Delaware: Fee-Shifting and Forum Selection Bylaws, Appraisal Rights and Rapid Confidential Arbitration

The Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association recently approved amendments to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “Proposed DGCL Amendments”), which would prohibit Delaware stock...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 11

In This Issue: - Delaware Proposal Banning Fee-Shifting and Permitting Exclusive Forum Provisions - SEC Charges Insiders for Failure to Update Schedule 13D Disclosures - CBOE Proposes Amendments to...more

Delaware Court Refuses To Enforce Fee-Shifting Bylaw Against Former Shareholder Who Was Cashed Out Before Its Adoption

The validity of corporate bylaws providing for fee-shifting in lawsuits brought by shareholders has become a hot topic in the shareholder litigation landscape. In the wake of the Delaware Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in ATP...more

CorpCast Episode 2: Advancement 101 [Video]

We’re back with the second episode of CorpCast, Morris James LLP’s podcast discussing Delaware corporate and commercial law and practice. In “Advancement 101,” we discuss the fundamentals of advancement actions in Delaware’s...more

Stating Proper Purpose Doesn’t Guarantee Books-and-Records Entitlement

It is well settled that stockholders of Delaware companies generally have the right to inspect the company's books and records upon the showing of a proper purpose. However, as demonstrated in the Court of Chancery's decision...more

Fee-Shifting Bylaws: State of Play

The fate of “loser plays” fee-shifting bylaw/charter provisions has yet to be finally determined. As previously mentioned in a blog, fee-shifting language has, however, shown up in a number of ways, both with respect to...more

Significant Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law

Those affiliated with or representing a Delaware business entity – in particular, a Delaware corporation – should be mindful of several significant proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law ("DGCL"), which,...more

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