Delaware General Corporation Law

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Delaware Bars Fee-Shifting Bylaws Provisions but Allows Delaware Forum Selection Clauses in Intracorporate Litigation

On June 24, 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law Senate Bill No. 75, “An Act to Amend Title 8 of the Delaware Code Relating to the General Corporation Law.” The law prohibits a Delaware stock corporation from...more

CLIENT ALERT: 2015 Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law

On June 24, 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law amendments to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (8 Del. C. § 101 et seq.) (the "DGCL"), including notable amendments involving fee shifting...more

Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Presumption of Disloyalty for Independent Directors

Public companies incorporated in Delaware frequently adopt a charter provision, pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 102(b)(7), that insulates their directors from monetary damages for breaches of the fiduciary duty of care. Those...more

Are Delaware Directors Deathless?

I’ve noticed that the drafters of corporate laws seemed to have overlooked the mortality of directors.  Section 141(b) of the Delaware General Corporation Law, for example, prescribes the term of directors as follows...more

Chancery Court Expands on When Legal Fees Can Be Advanced

Advancement and indemnification rights provide directors and officers of Delaware corporations comfort when accepting positions that often lead to being named in litigation. However, once the interests of the executive and...more

Delaware House of Representatives Bars Fee-Shifting Provisions but Approves Forum-Selection

There has been considerable interest over the last year about whether a fee-shifting provision in the charter or bylaws of a Delaware corporation is enforceable. On Thursday, June 11, 2015, the Delaware House of...more

Meritas Capability Webinar - Controlling Where to Fight and Who Pays for it?

To address the continued problem of duplicitous stockholder strike suits, corporations have started to experiment with forum selection bylaws (which limit the jurisdictions in which stockholders may bring such suits) and fee...more

Meritas Capability Webinar - Controlling Where to Fight and Who Pays for it? [Video]

To address the continued problem of duplicitous stockholder strike suits, corporations have started to experiment with forum selection bylaws (which limit the jurisdictions in which stockholders may bring such suits) and fee...more

Before Rapunzel There Was Rudabeh

In Koehler v. NetSpend Holdings, Inc., 2013 Del. Ch. LEXIS 131 (Del. Ch. May 21, 2013), Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III wrote “In fact, NetSpend appears more Rapunzel than Penelope; she must, it seems, let down her hair or...more

'Cornerstone' Decision Reinforces Del. Corporate Law Bedrock Principles

Delaware law has long provided that the decisions of disinterested and independent directors who receive no special benefit from a transaction ought not be the basis of personal liability in monetary damages. To subject...more

CorpCast Episode 6: A Brief Introduction to the Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act [Video]

On May 2, 2015, the Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act (the “DRAA”) became effective. The DRAA is the second attempt by the State of Delaware to create a state-sponsored voluntary arbitration process. In Episode 6, we sit down...more

Should Directors Be Required To Have Valid Passports?

Lately, I’ve had occasion to think about director qualifications. Section 212(b)(4) of the California Corporations Code permits the bylaws to to specify the qualifications of directors.  In Section 141(b),the Delaware General...more

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

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