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Nevada Favors New York Over Delaware Precedent For SLC Review

by Allen Matkins on

Nevada law endows a board of directors “full control over the affairs of the corporation”. NRS 78.120(1). This control is subject only to such limitations as may be provided by NRS chapter 7, or the articles of...more

Demand Futility Isn't Dead For Derivative Actions Against Non-Profit Corporations

by Brooks Pierce on

You probably thought that you would never again have to argue that a demand on a corporation's board of directors before filing a derivative action should be excused because it would have been futile. That's because the...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Articulates Test for Direct Versus Derivative Claims in In re Medtronic, Inc. Shareholder Litigation

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On August 16, 2017, the Minnesota Supreme Court decided In re Medtronic, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, holding that a shareholder’s claim is properly characterized as a direct claim, not a derivative claim, if the shareholder...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Duty Of Care and Loyalty Claims

by Morris James LLP on

H&N Management Group Inc. v Couch, C.A. No. 12847-VCMR (Del. Ch. Aug. 1, 2017) - This is a rare case involving apparent lack of care in approving a conflicted transaction and a failure to employ almost any safeguards to...more

Under Delaware Law, the Occurrence of Alleged Illegal Conduct at a Company Is Not Enough to Plead Demand Futility Sufficient to...

In a shareholder derivative action, to survive a motion to dismiss for failure to plead facts showing demand futility, a derivative plaintiff must plead particularized facts showing either actual involvement by a majority of...more

Delaware Chancery Court Declines To Dismiss Challenges To Director Option Grants And Outside Investor Voting Agreement

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 28, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss purported derivative and direct stockholder claims for breaches of fiduciary duty against the directors of...more

Can Pseudo-Foreign Corporations Exonerate Their Directors?

by Allen Matkins on

Corporations Code Section 2115 is not an easy read. Fortunately, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has provided a more digestible overview of the statute...more

“If at First You Don’t Succeed…” - Shareholders Keep Trying to Sue D&Os for Data Security Breaches

by Locke Lord LLP on

Several high-profile lawsuits have been filed in recent years by shareholders seeking to hold corporate officers and directors liable for damage resulting from data security breaches. For example, directors and officers at...more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds That Well-Pled Unocal Claim Does Not Automatically Excuse Pre-Suit Demand

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 15, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Chancery Court dismissed a shareholder derivative action asserting that the directors of The Williams Companies, Inc. (“Williams”) breached their duty of...more

Is There A “Revlon Duty” In California?

by Allen Matkins on

There are certain seminal Delaware corporate law cases that are so well known that corporate lawyers are wont to assume that they have been adopted and followed everywhere. One such case is Revlon, Inc. v. MacAndrews &...more

Court Of Chancery Declines To Hold Unocal Claim Automatically Excuses Demand

by Morris James LLP on

A derivative plaintiff who fails to make a pre-suit demand on the board must show why demand is excused using particularized facts. Here, the plaintiff argued that demand was automatically excused by sufficiently pleading a...more

"Delaware Supreme Court Examines Director Disinterestedness, Independence"

Delaware law provides important tools for directors to maintain control of derivative lawsuits.1 One such tool is the “demand requirement” embodied in Court of Chancery Rule 23.1, which requires that before a stockholder acts...more

Home Depot Agrees to Settle Data Breach Shareholders’ Suit

In a surprise move late last week, Home Depot has agreed to settle a shareholders derivative suit filed against current and former members of the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Information...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Shareholder Suit, Finding Subject Matter Jurisdiction Was Properly Exercised, Equity Dilution...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 26, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a shareholder of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (“Star Bulk”) against its directors and entities affiliated...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Limits Of The Dual Claims Rule

by Morris James LLP on

Under the well-known Brinckerhoff decision, a claim may be both a direct claim and a derivative claim. When that occurs the complaint need not comply with Rule 32.1 demand requirements. This decision points out that...more

Corporate Governance Features: for Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area Public Companies

Orrick has unveiled an unprecedented new study examining the corporate governance structures of the largest public companies in the Bay Area, including tech industry leaders. The comprehensive study reviewed the 153...more

"Key Takeaways: Lessons Learned From Tax-Related Whistleblower Litigation and Shareholder Actions"

On March 8, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Lessons Learned From Tax-Related Whistleblower Litigation and Shareholder Actions.” The Skadden panelists were tax partners Nathaniel Carden and Armando Gomez, and litigation...more

Brooklyn Supreme Court Recognizes Private Right of Action for Not-for-Profit Employees under New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act...

Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (“NPCL”) § 715-b, enacted as part of the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act, requires New York not-for-profit corporations with 20 or more employees and annual revenue in excess of $1 million...more

New York Court Reverses Rejection of M&A Disclosure-Only Settlement Signaling Split from Delaware

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On February 2, 2017, the Appellate Division for the First Department in New York entered an order approving a “disclosure-only” settlement. While acknowledging the “increasingly negative view” of...more

Yahoo! Data Breach Results in Another Lawsuit Against Corporate Directors and Officers

by Snell & Wilmer on

A number of claims have been made against companies’ directors and officers alleging a breach of fiduciary duty for failing to adequately oversee data security programs. To date, the defendants’ oversight of the programs and...more

Yellow Flags Are Not Red Flags: Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Caremark Claim in Reiter v. Fairbank

by Carlton Fields on

In October 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery rejected a shareholder derivative lawsuit premised on an alleged lack of oversight by the directors of Capital One Financial Corp., Reiter v. Fairbank, C.A. No. 11693-CB, 2016...more

Maryland’s Highest Court Clarifies Application of Boland Heightened Scrutiny to Shareholder Demand Response

In a “sweet” decision for corporate boards, on January 20, 2017, Maryland’s highest court ruled in Oliveira v. Sugarman that the decision of the full board to refuse a shareholder demand is not subject to the heightened...more

Delaware Chancery Court Throws Out Claims Over $10 Million Severance Payment to CEO

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A Delaware Chancery Court judge last week dismissed a derivative complaint seeking to recover a $10 million severance payment made to a corporation’s former CEO because he found that plaintiff shareholder...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Pleading Rules For A Caremark Claim

by Morris James LLP on

At first look, this decision seems to involve just another unsuccessful failure of oversight Caremark claim against directors. But it is worth reading because it outlines the various theories of a Caremark case and then...more

Delaware Corporate and Commercial Case Law Year In Review – 2016

by Morris James LLP on

Morris James attorneys Lewis Lazarus, Albert Manwaring and Albert Carroll authored an article published in Transaction Advisors titled Delaware Corporate and Commercial Case Law Year in Review – 2016. The article summarizes...more

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