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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

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

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

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

Delaware Chancery Court Permits Shareholder to Bring Fiduciary Claim for Board’s Violation of a Stock Incentive Plan

On November 8, the Delaware Chancery Court denied a motion to dismiss a derivative action brought by a shareholder of Healthways, Inc. against the company’s president, Ben Leedle, Jr., and the board of directors for approving...more

North Carolina Business Court Holds that Shareholders Cannot Directly Sue Officers and Directors in Merger Challenge

A recent decision by the North Carolina Business Court potentially makes it more difficult for shareholders to challenge mergers and acquisitions in North Carolina. The Court held that an action against a company’s officers...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

DiRienzo v. Lichtenstein, et al., C.A. No. 7094-VCP (Del. Ch. Sept. 30, 2013) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this lengthy memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery dismissed claims relating to a series of complex transactions in which a hedge fund, previously organized as a private limited partnership, was converted by its...more

Arkansas Teacher Ret. Sys. v. Countrywide Fin. Corp., No. 14, 2013 (Del. Sept. 10, 2013)

In this en banc decision, the Delaware Supreme Court answered a certified question of law from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The certified question was whether, under the “fraud exception” to...more

Don't Sue A North Carolina Board Of Directors Over A Merger Without Reading This Case

Last week's Order in Gusinsky v. Flanders Corp., 2013 NCBC 46, should be required reading for lawyers thinking of suing the directors of a corporation in North Carolina over a merger transaction. It provides guidance on the...more

Shareholder Options for Curbing Business Mismanagement

Shareholders exercise very limited managerial rights over a corporation. Nevertheless, shareholders represent the true owners of the business and the powers that directors and officers wield ultimately flow from them. For...more

Seventh Circuit Increasingly Problematic for Directors and Officers Defending Shareholder Derivative Suits

With its recent decision in Westmoreland County Employee Retirement System v. Parkinson, et al., the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has confirmed that the courts of the Seventh Circuit can be a...more

Court Dismisses Shareholders’ Investment Company Act Claims Brought Against Advisers and Directors of Exchange-Traded Funds for...

A Tennessee federal court recently dismissed derivative claims brought under Sections 36(a), 36(b) and 47(b) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“ICA”) by shareholders in exchange-traded funds, against the funds’...more

50% Shareholder Didn't Owe Fiduciary Duty To His 50% Co-Shareholder

This week's decision from the Business Court in Maurer v. Maurer, 2013 NCBC 44 is a continuation of the litigation between Jill Maurer and the company owned by her and her husband, which was the subject of three Business...more

Ninth Circuit Vacates Dismissal and Remands Shareholder Derivative "Say-on-Pay" Suits to California State Court

In Dennis v. Hart, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 15648 (9th Cir. July 31, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that plaintiffs’ “say-on-pay” shareholder derivative suits alleging breach of fiduciary...more

How To Disclose A Possible FCPA Violation

The internet is filled with articles written by lawyers, consultants and government officials on when a company should disclose a potential FCPA violation or a government FCPA investigation. ...more

Re: Sino-Forest Corporation – When is an Indemnity Claim Really Just an Equity Claim?

When public companies are accused of accounting irregularities, class action shareholder litigation often follows. The case of Sino-Forest Corporation (“SFC”) is such an example. Weighed down by allegations of accounting...more

Pennsylvania Court Dismisses Shareholder Derivative Action Against Directors of H.J. Heinz Under Cuker v. Mikalauskas and the...

The Honorable Christine Ward of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in Pittsburgh dismissed a consolidated shareholder derivative suit against the Board of Directors of H.J. Heinz Co. (“Heinz”) following a...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

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

Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Chancery And Gives Collateral Estoppel Effect To California Federal Court’s Dismissal Of...

In its widely followed Allergan decision, the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to apply collateral estoppel to dismiss a Delaware derivative complaint even though a California federal court dismissed (with prejudice)...more

New Jersey Amends Its Corporate Laws to Create a More Business-Friendly Climate

On April 1, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed into law a three-bill package designed to make New Jersey businesses more competitive in the global marketplace, attract new businesses to New Jersey, and make New Jersey law...more

Delaware Federal Court Dismisses Say-on-Pay Complaint

In a recent opinion, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware dismissed a derivative complaint brought as a result of a negative shareholder advisory vote on executive compensation. The court found that...more

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