Derivative Suit

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Editorial: 3rd DCA Clarifies Derivative Lawsuits

The Third District Court of Appeal has issued a landmark opinion setting forth Florida's law to determine the limited circumstances in which a corporate shareholder or limited liability company member has standing to bring a...more

In re El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. Derivative Litig., C.A. No. 7141-VCL (Del. Ch. Jun. 12, 2014) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion resolving cross-motions for summary judgment, the Court of Chancery dismissed in part claims challenging a drop-down sale governed by a limited partnership agreement that supplanted fiduciary duties...more

Federal Court Rejects Court Of Chancery’s Privity Analysis

Two years ago, I wrote about La. Mun. Police Emples. Ret. Sys. v. Pyott, 46 A.3d 313 (Del. Ch. 2012) in which Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster refused to give preclusive effect to federal district court’s dismissal of a...more

Crothall v. Zimmerman, C.A. No. 608, 2013 (Del. June 9, 2014)

In this unusual appeal, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Court of Chancery’s decision awarding a fee to the former counsel of a derivative plaintiff who had abandoned his claim before final judgment was entered,...more

Cybersecurity Securities Class Actions are Coming: Predictions, Analysis, and Practical Guidance

Last fall, I wrote about board oversight of cybersecurity and derivative litigation in the wake of cybersecurity breaches. I plan to update my thoughts later this year, after we see developments in the recently filed Target...more

Shareholder derivative action against Wyndham Worldwide directors for data breaches

Hot on the heels of our recently released publication, ‘Cyber risks and the impact on company directors’, it has been revealed that a shareholder has commenced a derivative action in the district of New Jersey (USA) against...more

Cyber Risks for the Boardroom Part 2: Why Corporate Directors Should be Concerned About Data Security Breaches

All this week, we are featuring a series “Cyber Risks – Director Liability and Potential Gaps in D&O Coverage” Part 2 of 5: Why Directors Should Be Concerned...more

Houseman v. Sagerman, C.A. No. 8897-VCG (Del. Ch. Apr. 16, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this opinion, the Court of Chancery held that the plaintiffs failed to adequately plead that the board failed to satisfy its Revlon duties in good faith and to negotiate consideration for alleged derivative claims that...more

Business Court Dismisses Derivative Action Against Duke Energy

You might remember the derivative action filed against the board of directors of Duke Energy Corporation stemming from its 2012 merger with Progress Energy. It received a lot of publicity. The merger was concluded long ago,...more

California’s RULLCA Impossible Pleading Requirement For Derivative Suits

California’s Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act requires a member of a domestic or foreign LLC to include two specific allegations in any complaint brought in the right of the company. Failure to include these two...more

New York Federal Court Dismisses Derivative Suit Against Sons of Norway Executives

On February 6, the US Court for the Eastern District of New York dismissed a derivative suit against the CEO, general counsel and former international president of Sons of Norway, a fraternal organization. Former members of a...more

Second Circuit Reinforces High Pleading Burden for Director Duty of Oversight Claims

In Welch v. Havenstein, No. 13-2648-cv, 2014 WL 322055 (2d Cir. Jan. 30, 2014) (summary order), aff’g In re SAIC Inc. Derivative Litigation, 948 F. Supp. 2d 366 (S.D.N.Y. 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 7

In this issue: - CFTC Exempts MTFs from US Registration Requirements - CFTC Guidance Relating to Trading on SEFs and DCMs - NFA Issues Notice to Members Regarding Member Obligations Under NFA Bylaw 1101...more

Derivative Suit Filed Against JPMorgan Alleges Culture of Risk

Adding to JPMorgan Chase’s widely publicized recent legal woes, shareholder Bradley P. Miller filed a derivative suit against the bank and its directors in California federal court on January 23, 2014, as a result of the $20...more

Shareholder Derivative Suit Dismissed for Failure to Show Demand Futility

The Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York recently dismissed a shareholder derivative suit on behalf of Travelzoo, Inc. because plaintiff shareholder failed to plead that demand on the board to sue would...more

Derivative Litigation Representation: Strategic and Ethical Issues

Shareholder litigation comes in waves. There is a widespread belief that the next big wave will be shareholder derivative litigation – a shareholder’s assertion of a claim belonging to the corporation, typically brought...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 5

In this issue: - FTC Announces New Filing Thresholds for Hart-Scott-Rodino Pre-Merger Notifications - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues Three C&DIs Relating to “Unbundling Rule” - NFA Members...more

This Plaintiff Dreamed Of Shares That Never Were

It’s hard for me to imagine being the owner of something that doesn’t exist. It’s even harder to imagine being the owner of something that doesn’t exist. Hardest of all is imagining being the equitable owner of something...more

Members of Nonprofit Corporations Can Bring Derivative Actions – But They May Have to Pay a Price

A recent decision by the North Carolina Court of Appeals serves as a reminder to North Carolina nonprofit corporations that their members can bring derivative actions on behalf of the nonprofit. But, if such actions are...more

Texas Court Holds Suit Under D&O Policy Not Ripe for Declaratory Judgment

In its recent decision in American Construction Benefits Group, LLC v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5147 (N.D. Tex. Jan. 15, 2014), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas had...more

North Carolina Supreme Court Addresses Duties of Corporate Directors

On November 8, 2013, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued a rare opinion addressing the duties of corporate directors and reaffirming that those duties are generally owed only to the corporation itself rather than the...more

In re Trados: Directors Dodge a Bullet

Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster’s August 16 post-trial opinion in In re Trados Inc. Shareholder Litigation1 (hereinafter, “In re Trados”) has attracted a significant amount of attention. Much as both the Chancery and the...more

Is Delaware’s Hegemony Over Corporate Law About To End?

In the realm of corporate law, Delaware has exercised hegemony for decades. But can or will it continue to lead the way? Professor Eric A. Chiappinelli issues a stark alarum in a soon to be published paper: The...more

Inside The Courts - December 2013 | Volume 5 | Issue 4

In This Issue: *U.S. SUPREME COURT: - Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., No. 13-317 (U.S. Nov. 15, 2013) Lawson v. FMR LLC, No. 12-3 (U.S. Nov. 12, 2013) - Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice, No....more

Derivative Actions

The powerful but infrequently-used remedy known as the "derivative action” permits a shareholder or other complainant to advance an action on behalf of the corporation when the corporation refuses to bring the action itself....more

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