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How a Company Insider Can Leave, Take Company Business and Not Breach Her Fiduciary Duty

In a previous blog post, The Fiduciary Duty of Preserving Corporate Opportunities, I wrote: In general, an officer, director, partner, LLC member or shareholder in a closely held corporation owes a fiduciary duty not...more

Eleventh Circuit Rejects Extension of the “No Duty” Rule and Allows D&Os to Pursue State-Law Defenses Based on FDIC Conduct

In a decision announced at the end of 2013 in the case of FDIC v. Steven Skow, et al., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rejected an argument proposed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) that...more

OSFI Proposes Specific Notification Requirements for Changes in Directors and Officers

On January 20, 2014, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) issued its Draft Advisory Changes to the Membership of the Board or Senior Management of a federally-regulated financial institution...more

MA Appeals Court Narrows but Otherwise Keeps Intact Individual Liability Under the Wage Act

A recent decision from a Massachusetts appeals court should give some Massachusetts certain managers and directors one less thing to worry about. Simply having the title of a manager or director alone is insufficient for...more

Brownfield land in the UK: directors’ and officers’ liability

Introduction - In this first in a series of briefings on topics relevant to those involved in brownfield land, we look at the issue of directors’ and officers’ personal liability....more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Directors’ Affirmative Defenses Based on FDIC’s Post-Receivership Conduct

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently issued the first appellate decision holding that, in actions brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the officers and directors of failed banking...more

Tolling Agreement Held as Trigger Under Claims Made Policy - Plain Policy Language Provides Safe Harbor for Insurer

For insurers concerned about the effect of tolling agreements between an insured and a third party, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently confirmed that the proper policy language...more

Two Certified Issues to the Georgia Supreme Court Will Address Application of the Business Judgment Rule to Bank Officers and...

In an unexpected turn of events, two recent cases arising out of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia have resulted in two sets of certified questions to the Georgia Supreme Court that will likely have...more

Regulators’ New Focus On Director And Officer Liability Insurance; Other Considerations

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) issued an advisory statement on October 10, 2013, titled “Director and Officer Liability Insurance – Policies, Exclusions, and Indemnification for Civil Money...more

How Strong Is Your D&O Safety Net?

Directors and officers policies is the most important insurance to protect directors and officers from personal liability. Corporations often broadly indemnify their directors and officers so gaps in D&O insurance will have...more

FDIC Releases Videos Designed to Provide Information to Bank Directors, Officers and Employees Regarding Municipal Securities, the...

The FDIC released four new videos (the “Videos,” and each a “Video”) designed to provide technical assistance to directors, officers and employees of depository institutions that are FDIC insured. The Videos are available on...more

Former Directors and Officers of Bankrupt Company Reach $4.75 Million Settlement with the Ministry of Environment over Cleanup...

On October 28, 2013, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) announced that it had reached a settlement with the former directors and officers of Northstar Aerospace whereby those former directors and officers agreed to...more

FDIC Warns of Reduced Insurance Coverage for Directors and Officers of Financial Institutions

On October 10, the FDIC issued Financial Institution Letter 47-2013, urging directors and officers (D&O) of financial institutions to examine their institutions’ D&O insurance coverage to ensure adequate protection for...more

FDIC Cautions Financial Institutions About D&O Insurance Coverage

On October 10, the FDIC released Financial Institution Letter FIL-47-2013 to caution financial institutions about an increase in exclusionary terms or provisions in director and officer (D&O) liability insurance policies...more

Recent Changes In SEC Enforcement Policy Require Renewed Attention To Directors’ And Officers’ Insurance Terms

In recent months, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced and implemented policy shifts that could compromise the availability of directors’ and officers’ (D&O) insurance coverage for entities and...more

White Collar Watch - September 2013

Contents - FDIC filing more suits against officers and directors of failed financial institutions - Third Circuit upholds 12-year prison sentence for former BigLaw associate - Health care executives...more

Report Indicates Record Pace For FDIC Suits Against Directors And Officers

On September 16, an economic and financial analysis and consulting firm issued a report that indicates the FDIC already has filed more suits against bank directors and officers in 2013 than it has in any year since the start...more

Second Circuit Weighs in on D&O Excess Coverage

Case Notes - September 12, 2013 Second Circuit Weighs in on D&O Excess Coverage - A recent hot topic in the world of directors and officers (D&O) liability insurance is the application and interpretation of...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

"Inside the Courts: Delaware Supreme Court Reaffirms Core Derivative Standing Principles"

Yesterday, the Delaware Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated opinion addressing the continuous ownership requirement for stockholders in derivative lawsuits, derivative standing, and the fraud exception to the continuous...more

2013 Nevada Business Entities Law Update

The 77th Nevada Legislature has adopted several amendments to Nevada’s business statutes affecting Nevada corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs). The amendments to Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) Chapter 78...more

Nevada Cracks Down On “Nominee” Directors And Officers

Over the years, some have promoted the use of so-called “nominee” directors and officers as a means to hide the ownership and control of a corporation...more

Ontario Divisional Court Confirms That Former Directors and Officers Must Remediate While Order Is Under Appeal

On June 19, 2013, in Baker v. Ministry of the Environment, 2013 ONSC 4142 [Baker], the Ontario Divisional Court upheld the decision of the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) that refused to stay a Director’s order...more

A Recent Development in “Wage and Hour” Insurance

In our August 1, 2012 blog entry titled “Insurance Coverage for Wage and Hour Litigation Claims,” we discussed the recent surge in wage and hour litigation and the potential for insurance coverage related to wage and hour...more

Fourth Circuit Court Of Appeals Puts Teeth Into The "In Fact" Exclusions Of A D&O Policy

In Farkas v. Nat'l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, No. 12-1481, 2013 WL 1459248 (4th Cir. Apr 11, 2013), the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision that put teeth into the "in fact" exclusions of a...more

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