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Is It Worth It For Plaintiffs' Counsel To Gamble On Merger Class Actions in North Carolina?

I hadn't written anything yet about the multiple shareholder actions challenging the merger of PokerTek -- a developer and distributor of electronic table (gambling) games -- with Multimedia Games -- another developer and...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Under Nevada Law, a Prior Stockholder’s Litigation of Demand Futility Precludes Another Stockholder From...

In Arduini v. Hart, 2014 WL 7156764 (9th Cir. Dec. 17, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit considered whether the doctrine of issue preclusion prevents a stockholder from relitigating a prior...more

Wolst v. Monster Beverage Corp., C.A. No. 9154-VCN (Del. Ch. Oct. 3, 2014) (Noble, V.C.)

In this letter opinion, the Court of Chancery entered judgment against a stockholder seeking books and records related to the denial of her demand that Monster Beverage Corporation bring litigation related to alleged insider...more

Delaware Chancery Rejects Books and Records Demand as Time-Barred

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently found that a shareholder’s demand for books and records was time-barred, as the alleged basis for a derivative action occurred nearly seven years ago and thus was well beyond any...more

Demand Futility in Delaware Derivative Actions

Although they often involve overlapping issues, shareholder derivative lawsuits are fundamentally different from securities class actions. While the object of a securities class action is to hold the company (and, perhaps,...more

The Root Cause of Skyrocketing Securities Class Action Defense Costs

Why do the costs of defending securities class actions continue to increase? Because of my writing on the subject) I’m asked about the issue a lot. My answer has evolved from blaming biglaw economics – a combination of...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Dismisses Derivative Suit Brought by Expired Trust

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently held that the trustee of an expired trust does not have capacity to pursue a derivative suit unless authorized by state law, or in the trust instrument. In April 2009, shareholders of...more

They are coming for your client’s data. What will you do if they succeed?

Data security breaches—no industry is immune. These hackers can phish, spoof, skim, packet sniff, and key log their way into your system. Once a hacker successfully hacks into a corporation’s server, the breach will go...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

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

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News

In this issue: - News from the Courts - Delaware Legislative Update - Notable Deals - News from the SEC - London Update - Asia Update - Deal Stat Snapshot -...more

Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Good Faith Presumption in Limited Partnership Agreement

The Delaware Supreme Court recently affirmed the lower court’s dismissal of a derivative and class action complaint against the general partner and other managers of a limited partnership because the plaintiff failed to...more

Inside The Courts - June 2013 | Volume 5 | Issue 2

In This Issue: - AUDITOR LIABILITY - CLASS ACTIONS - CONFIDENTIAL WITNESSES - DEMAND FUTILITY - DERIVATIVE LITIGATION - FEDERAL TORT CLAIMS ACT - FOREIGN CORRUPT PRACTICES ACT - INSIDER TRADING...more

M&A Deal Counsel’s Role In Creating A Winning Written Record For Defending Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Litigation

While M&A transactions give rise to many different types of litigation, including disputes between the merger parties and statutory appraisal actions, the most common type of litigation stemming from public company mergers is...more

Delaware Supreme Court Says No To Botox And No To Multi-Forum Litigation: Court Dismisses Derivative Suit Against Botox-Maker...

In a recent decision, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Court of Chancery in Pyott, et al. v. Louisiana Mun. Police Emp. Ret. Sys., et al., holding that a derivative suit against Botox-maker Allergan, Inc. should be...more

New Jersey Makes Itself Business Friendly

On April 2, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed P.L. 2013, C.40, P.L. 2013, C.41 and P.L. 2013, C.42 into law. The three laws are intended to make New Jersey more business friendly by aligning New Jersey's corporate statutes...more

Inside The Courts - March 2013 | Volume 5 | Issue 1

In This Issue: *U.S. SUPREME COURT - Class Certificaton - Amgen Inc. v. Conn. Ret. Plans and Trust Funds, No. 11 1085 (U.S. Feb. 27, 2013) - Statutes of Limitations - Gabelli v. Sec. & Exch. Comm’n, No....more

Cybersecurity: The Next Big Wave in Securities Litigation?

News broke this week about significant cybersecurity breaches at many U.S. corporations that raises the possibility of a new wave of SEC enforcement actions, class actions, and derivative lawsuits. A front page New York Times...more

Looking Ahead: Forthcoming 2013 Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Developments

This promises to be an eventful year in securities and corporate governance litigation. A number of looming developments have the potential to change the landscape for many years to come. This is the first of two posts – or...more

MMF Independent Trustees in Crisis: MMF Executives Sue Independent Trustees for Fraud and Waste of Corporate Assets

In a bizarre twist to the case of the money market fund that broke the buck, the investment adviser to the Reserve Primary Fund (Reserve Fund) and its principals sued the fund’s independent trustees, laying the blame for the...more

Skadden's 2013 Insights: Global Litigation

New legal ground is expected to be broken this year in areas of importance to companies and their directors, officers and executives. We see those developments coming from around the globe and defining the litigation...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Stockholder's Derivative Claim Because of Inadequate Representation for Failing to First Make a...

On September 25, 2012, the Delaware Chancery Court dismissed, with prejudice, a named plaintiff's derivative claim because of inadequate representation. The dismissal applied to the named plaintiff's claim only — not to...more

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