Delaware General Corporation Law

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Chancery Court Holds That Squeezed Out Stockholders Lack Standing to Compel Inspection under DGCL § 220

On February 27, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery addressed an important matter of first impression under Delaware law: "Must a plaintiff seeking corporate records under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law...more

Nevada Legislature Mulls Codification Of The Internal Affairs Doctrine

Delaware and Nevada are each in the business of marketing their corporate laws to businesses in other states. Thus, it should surprise no one that these states don’t appreciate it when their legal offerings are undermined by...more

How The Proposed Fix To Delaware’s Stockholder Consent Statute Can Be Fixed

Earlier this week, I wrote about a proposed amendment to Section 228 of the Delaware General Corporation Law. The amendment, which is proposed by The Corporate Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State...more

Delaware Insider: Delaware Supreme Court Precludes Fraudulent Inducement of LLC Agreement and Employment Agreement as Defense in...

In the corporate context, Delaware has long recognized a public policy in favor of both indemnification and advancement. “Indemnification encourages corporate service by capable individuals by protecting their personal...more

Legislative Proposal Addresses Use of Blockchain Technology by Delaware Corporations

The Corporate Council of The Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association has prepared proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law to facilitate the use of block chain technology for...more

Alert: Newly Released Delaware Corporate Law Amendments Would Permit Blockchain Shares

The Corporate Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association has released a long-awaited set of proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL). The amendments are the latest...more

After 25 Years, Delaware Begins To See The Light

A quarter century ago, I wrote a brief piece criticizing how Delaware handled stockholder action by written consent...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Holds that Cancellation of Shares Through Merger Deprives Stockholder of Standing in Section 220 Action

In Weingarten v. Monster Worldwide, Inc., C.A. No. 12931-VCG, 2017 WL 752179 (Del. Ch. Feb. 27, 2017), the Delaware Court of Chancery (Glasscock, V.C.) clarified when a plaintiff has standing to vitiate inspection rights...more

Court of Chancery Holds That A Books And Records Plaintiff Must Be A Stockholder At The Time Of Suit

This decision resolved a matter of first impression: a plaintiff seeking corporate records under Section 220 of the DGCL must be a stockholder at the time he files his complaint to have standing. Thus, when a stockholder...more

A Former Shareholder Cannot Demand Books and Records Under DGCL§ 220

Can a former shareholder whose stock was cancelled in a merger bring suit for corporate books and records under Delaware law? In a recent decision, the Court of Chancery gave a clear answer to this question of first...more

Court Of Chancery Stresses Importance Of Records Demand In Lead Counsel Battle

When asked to choose the lead plaintiff and class counsel, the Court of Chancery applies the well-known Hirt factors. As this decision demonstrates, the Court also will place some significant weight on which of the competing...more

Developments in Disclosure of Financial Advisor Fees in M&A Transactions

Recent developments, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission settlement with CVR Energy and related SEC Staff guidance, reinforce a trend towards more extensive disclosure of financial advisor fees in M&A...more

Chancery Appoints Custodian to Dislodge Board Deadlock

Delaware law entrusts the management of a corporation to its board of directors. Not surprisingly, circumstances arise where a consensus among directors cannot be reached on major decisions impacting a company. In many cases,...more

Officers And The Business Judgment Rule

Last weekend I attended a symposium at the UCLA School of Law entitled “Can Delaware Be Dethroned? Evaluating Delaware’s Dominance of Corporate Law”. The event, organized by ever erudite Professor Stephen Bainbridge,...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When To Appoint Corporate Custodian

On the same day the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the widely-reported TransPerfect decision, which ordered the sale of a successful company by custodian under Section 226 of the DGCL in order to break deadlock, the Court of...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms The TransPerfect Decision

The Supreme Court has affirmed the Court of Chancery decision that Section 226 of the DGCL permits the Court to appoint a custodian to sell a Delaware corporation when the board of directors and stockholders are deadlocked...more

Shareholders Seeking Books and Records Must Demonstrate Credible Basis to Infer Wrongdoing

On February 2, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery reaffirmed that shareholders seeking to inspect the books and records of Delaware corporations must demonstrate a credible basis to infer corporate wrongdoing. Accusations...more

Supermajority Director Removal Bylaw Is Unlawful

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently invalidated a bylaw that required a supermajority vote of at least two-thirds of all outstanding shares to remove a director because it was inconsistent with the Delaware General...more

Magistrate Judge Rules SEC’s Attorney-Conduct Rules Preempt State Law

Last December, Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero ruled that the SEC’s attorney-conduct rules preempt California’s statutory and professional rules requiring attorneys to maintain inviolate the confidences. Wadler v....more

Court Of Chancery Holds That Wrong Forward Looking Statement Insufficient To Support Records Inspection

It is not enough that certain forward-looking statements failed to come true to justify requiring an inspection of corporate records. More evidence of wrongdoing is needed if your inspection is based on a theory of...more

Delaware corporate law and litigation: what happened in 2016 and what it means for you in 2017

Delaware has long been known as the corporate capital of the world, and it is now the state of incorporation for 66 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than half of all companies whose securities trade on the NYSE, Nasdaq and...more

Chancery Court Decision, Invalidating Supermajority Director Removal Bylaw, Has Broad Implications for Supermajority Bylaw...

In Frechter v. Zier, C.A. No. 12038-VCG (Del. Ch. Jan. 24, 2017), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a corporation’s bylaw, requiring a supermajority stockholder vote for the removal of directors, was invalid. ...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Bylaw That Required Supermajority Stockholder Vote to Remove Directors in Violation of 8 Del....

In Frechter v. Zier, C.A. No. 12038-VCG, 2017 WL 345142 (Del. Ch. Jan. 24, 2017) (Glasscock, V.C.), the Delaware Court of Chancery granted plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment on a declaratory relief claim and held that 8...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Addresses Fee-Shifting Bylaws and Raises the Question of whether Fee-Shifting Could Be Plausible by a...

In 2015, the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”) was amended to prohibit Delaware corporations from adopting bylaws that imposed liability on a stockholder for the attorneys’ fees or expenses of the corporation or any...more

"Key Developments in Delaware Corporation Law in 2016"

Significant changes in Delaware merger litigation and settlement practice in 2016, as well as noteworthy case law developments and trends, will continue to affect merger parties and litigants in 2017 and beyond....more

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