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Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2015

In this issue: - Strategic Planning Challenges - Cybersecurity - Assess the Impact of Advances in Technology and Big Data - Shareholder Activism - The Return of M&A - Risk...more

In re Novell, Inc. S’holder Litig., C.A. No. 6032 (Del. Ch. Nov. 25, 2014) (Noble, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted summary judgment in favor of defendants on claims alleging that directors acted in bad faith by favoring a bidder in a sale process for reasons other than the pursuit...more

Blog: Chief Justice Strine: In Praise Of B-Corps

In an interesting article In the Harvard Business Law Review, Chief Justice Strine of the Delaware Supreme Court makes clear his view that the concept promoted by some academics and other commentators that corporate directors...more

Lee v. Pincus et al., C.A. No. 8458-CB (Del. Ch. Nov. 14, 2014) (Bouchard, C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery partially granted defendants’ motion to dismiss, holding that (i) plaintiff had stated a claim for breach of fiduciary duty against the Director Defendants because it was...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Applies Business Judgment Rule to Directors Who Approve Merger Supported by Large Shareholders

In its October 24, 2014, decision in In re Crimson Exploration Inc. Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 8541, the Delaware Court of Chancery confirmed that the business judgment rule is applicable in evaluating claims for breach...more

Boards Should Put Time and Resources into Cybersecurity Issues – It Is Good for Business and Works as a Defense Strategy

We have previously blogged about Commissioner Aguilar’s recommendations at a NYSE conference, “Cyber Risks and the Boardroom” on what boards of directors should do to ensure that their companies are appropriately considering...more

Court Dismisses Shareholder Derivative Action Targeting Directors and Officers for Data Breaches

Earlier this week a federal district court in New Jersey dismissed with prejudice a shareholder derivative suit, Palkon v. Holmes, No. 14-CV-01234 (SRC) (D.N.J.), that tried to blame the directors and officers at hospitality...more

Court Dismisses Shareholder Derivative Action Targeting Directors and Officers for Data Breaches

A federal district court in New Jersey has dismissed with prejudice a shareholder derivative suit, Palkon v. Holmes, No. 14-CV-01234 (SRC) (D.N.J.), that tried to blame the directors and officers at hospitality company...more

SEC Charges Corporate Insiders and Public Companies with Violations of Section 16 and Section 13 Reporting Obligations

In an enforcement sweep recently brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), 28 officers, directors and major shareholders were charged with violations of the reporting requirements relating to equity...more

Non-Party Costs Order Granted Against Sole Director And Shareholder

In Deutsche Bank AG v Sebastian Holdings Inc [2014] EWHC 2073 (Comm), 24 June 2014, a non-party costs order was imposed on a sole director and shareholder of a defaulting judgment debtor. The individual concerned had been...more

Broken Windows: SEC Enforcement Reminds Officers, Directors and 5% Shareholders to Comply with Reporting Requirements

On September 10, 2014, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced enforcement proceedings against officers, directors and major shareholders and publicly-traded companies for violations related...more

SEC Targets Corporate Insiders for Failing to Promptly Disclose Stock Transactions

The Commission has announced an unprecedented enforcement initiative against officers, directors, and major stockholders for violating beneficial ownership reporting requirements and against public companies for their roles...more

SEC Charges Issuers, Corporate Insiders, and Other Significant Investors for Violating Laws Requiring Reporting of Transactions in...

On September 10, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced settlements with officers, directors, and significant shareholders for violating federal securities laws requiring information about their...more

Charges Against Corporate Insiders Portend Vigorous Future SEC Enforcement of Section 16(a) and Beneficial Ownership Reporting...

On September 10, 2014, the SEC announced charges against 28 officers, directors and major shareholders, as well as six publicly-traded companies, for violating federal securities laws requiring insiders to promptly report...more

SEC Announces Enforcement Initiative for Delinquent Securities Holding and Trading Reporting by Corporate Insiders and Public...

On September 10, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced charges against 13 officers or directors and 15 major shareholders of publicly traded companies for violating Section 16(a), Section 13(d), and/or...more

SEC Issues Stern Reminder for Timely Filing of Beneficial Ownership Reports

After years of little enforcement action, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a press release yesterday announcing charges against 28 officers, directors, or major shareholders for violating federal...more

SEC Cops Bust 36 for Failure to File Ownership Reports

The SEC charged 29 officers, directors, or major shareholders for violating federal securities laws requiring them to promptly report information about their holdings and transactions in company stock. Seven publicly-traded...more

Creative Shareholder Engagement–Director Videos?

Much has been written lately about the importance of shareholder engagement. (See this Doug’s Note, for example.) There has even been recent clambering to involve directors directly in shareholder engagement....more

Directors and stockholder engagement: what path to take?

For many decades, independent directors in most public companies generally avoided face-to-face interaction with stockholders. At most, large stockholders would receive a visit from management on a swing through New York or...more

Julie Friedman v. Dara Khosrowshahi, et al., C.A. No. 9161-CB (Del. Ch. Jul. 16, 2014) (Bouchard, C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss a stockholder’s complaint, challenging the accelerated vesting of the CEO’s restricted stock units based on an alleged violation of...more

Editorial: Fla. Sets Strict Standard For Direct Shareholder Claims

Florida recently clarified the limited circumstances in which a corporate shareholder or limited liability company member has standing to bring a direct claim for damages relating to the company. On July 9, in Dinuro...more

2014 Changes to Delaware Corporate Law

Earlier this month, several significant amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the DGCL) were approved. These amendments are substantially the same as the amendments originally proposed in April 2014 and will...more

Chancery Court Provides Additional Room for Shareholders Challenging Change of Control Transactions

What you need to know: In its recent decision in Chen v. Howard-Anderson, Delaware’s Court of Chancery held that directors and officers may be found to have acted in bad faith, thereby breaching their fiduciary duty of...more

In re Westech Capital Corp., Consol. C.A. No. 8845-VCN (Del. Ch. May 29, 2014) (Noble, V.C.)

In this post-trial Section 225 decision, the Court of Chancery resolved a dispute about the meaning of two subsections of a voting agreement that determine how its signatories would designate the directors of Westech Capital...more

SEC Chair White Discusses Directors’ Responsibilities

In a recent speech at the Stanford Directors’ College, SEC Chair Mary Jo White discussed several “things that directors should know about the SEC.” Her speech focused on directors as gatekeepers, self-reporting of wrongdoing,...more

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