Derivative Suit

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Baker v Sadiq C.A. No. 9464-VCL (Del. Ch. Aug. 16, 2016) (Laster, V.C.)

In this letter opinion, the Court of Chancery awarded $650,000 in attorney’s fees to counsel for the minority stockholders of NavSeeker, Inc. (“NavSeeker”), resolving a dispute regarding how a fee award should be determined...more

Taming the Bull Rider: Chancery Court Reining in Mootness Fee Awards in Merger Litigation

Last month, the Delaware Chancery Court drastically reduced – from $275,000 to $50,000 – a mootness fee award requested by plaintiffs’ counsel in a lawsuit challenging the merger between PayPal and Xoom Corporation, finding...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When Prior Dismissal Does Not Preclude Another Derivative Case

This is an important decision because it explains when a prior dismissal of a derivative complaint does not preclude a second complaint alleging a wrong close to that alleged in the dismissed case. It distinguishes a...more

Advancement Rights of Present and Future Officers Under LLC Agreement

Advancement and indemnification rights are vital in attracting the best and brightest individuals to serve as managers of Delaware entities. Those rights are meant to provide managers of Delaware entities comfort when...more

Shareholder Derivative Action Or Shareholder Derivative Suit?

A legal proceeding brought in a representative capacity is sometimes referred to as a “shareholder’s derivative action” and sometimes as a “shareholder’s derivative suit”. Which is correct?...more

The Tennessee Business Court Further Defines LLC Law

The Tennessee Business Court continued its prolific promulgation of rulings affecting the resolution of internecine disputes between LLC members. In Terrell K. Raley, et al. v. Cees Brinkman, et al., Case No. 16-0196-BC, the...more

Agreement To Arbitrate “Any Disputes” Doesn’t Reach Derivative Claims

Corn v. Superior Court, 2016 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6182 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. Aug. 22, 2016) is a case about the meaning of one sentence in a settlement agreement consisting of just seven words – “The Parties agree to...more

Delaware Law Updates – Court of Chancery Puts Boards of Directors on Notice that Contracting Away Derivative Claims in a Merger...

Vice Chancellor Glasscock has held that a merger designed to eliminate derivative claims against a majority of directors justified the application of the entire fairness standard of review in a direct challenge to the merger....more

Obeid v. Hogan, C.A. No. 11900-VCL (Del. Ch. June 10, 2016) (Laster,VC)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery held that it was an improper abdication of authority for the board of directors of a Delaware limited liability company that had adopted the governance structure of a...more

To Hell with Hadden: The Adoption of the Tooley Standard in Tennessee

The Tennessee Supreme Court recently adopted a new standard for determining whether a shareholder claim is direct or derivative. Specifically, in Keller v. Estate of Edward Stephen McRedmond, the Court “set aside the...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - July 2016"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we discuss the revised Privacy Shield and what companies should be doing to prepare for the new program, the FTC's reinstatement of its LabMD case, the European...more

Delaware Chancery Court Finds that Director Defendants Can Not “Merge Their Way Out of” Breach of Fiduciary Claims

On July 28, 2016, the Delaware Chancery Court allowed claims of unfair dealing against the Board of property management company Riverstone National Inc. to survive where the directors facilitated a merger that forestalled a...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When Caremark Claim Exists Based On Illegal Conduct

This decision explains when a Caremark claim exists based on illegal corporate conduct. The “substantial likelihood” of liability that justifies excusing a pre-suit demand on the board must involve a knowing violation of the...more

Is This A Derivative or a Direct Shareholder Claim? New Tennessee Standard Makes it Easier to Tell

In Tennessee, shareholders may file a lawsuit for injuries suffered by the company or by the shareholders individually.  A shareholder files a derivative action when the company is entitled to some legal relief; and files a...more

Delaware Law Updates – Chancery Addresses Limitations of the Power to Delegate Authority to Third Parties in a Delaware LLC

In a recent Memorandum Opinion in Obeid v. Hogan, C.A. No. 11900-VCL, the Delaware Court of Chancery addressed the delegation of litigation authority by limited liability company ("LLC") managers. Christopher S. La Mack,...more

U.S. Court for District of Minnesota Dismisses Target Data Breach Shareholder Derivative Suits

On July 7, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota granted Target’s unopposed motion to dismiss the derivative actions filed by a number of shareholders against the company relating to the...more

Shareholder Derivative Suit Following Data Breach Misses Target

On July 7, 2016, Judge Paul A. Magnuson of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota granted Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss a shareholder class action that had been initiated following a 2013 holiday...more

Federal Judge Dismisses Target Directors from Data Breached Related Derivative Suit After Special Litigation Committee Recommends...

The hurdles for claims against directors for failed oversight in connection with data breaches continue to increase. On July 7, 2016, District of Minnesota Judge Paul Magnuson released derivative claims against top Target...more

Court Of Chancery Dismisses Previously Dismissed Case

What happens when a derivative claim is filed outside of Delaware and then is dismissed by that other court? Well even if the other complaint might have stood up in Delaware, the subsequently filed Delaware case will also be...more

Target Corp. Shareholders Walk Away from Derivative Lawsuits

The leadership team at Target Corp. has one less legal claim to worry about today from the company’s headline-making 2013 data breach. And in an unusual turn, the shareholders who filed a series of derivative actions against...more

Banking Notes: New Mississippi Law Allows Venue Selection for Shareholder Claims

The Mississippi legislature has created a new mechanism for Mississippi corporations to require that derivative and other shareholder claims be brought in the county of the corporation’s principal office instead of some other...more

Tenth Circuit Upholds Nevada Law By Denying Stockholders Standing to Bring Claims on Behalf of Nevada Corporation

In In re Zagg Inc. Shareholder Derivative Action, No. 15-4001, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 11095 (10th Cir. June 20, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that stockholders of a Utah-based, Nevada...more

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Reaffirms Heightened Standard for Recovering Punitive Damages

On June 1, 2016, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland issued an opinion in 1st Team Fitness, LLC, et al. v. Francesco Illiano, No. 0136, Sept. Term 2015 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. Jun. 1, 2016) reaffirming Maryland’s heightened...more

A Fun New Fact Pattern for Demand Futility

The concept of demand futility, rooted in the fundamental elements of Delaware corporate law, has been present for decades. The demand futility rules developed, as most doctrines of Delaware corporate law do, through judicial...more

Business Litigation Reporter - June 2016

Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation sessions and related courts throughout the country – courts within which...more

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