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Delaware Legislature to Resume Debate in January on Bylaws Imposing Liability on Shareholders

The ability of corporations to impose liability on shareholders through bylaws and charter provisions has been the subject of much debate recently. On May 8, 2014, the Supreme Court of Delaware held in ATP Tour, Inc. v....more

Blog: CII And Pension Funds Make Their Voices Loud And Clear Over Fee-Shifting Bylaws

As noted in this Reuters post, the Council of Institutional Investors, along with a number of individual pension funds and other institutional investors, have chimed in on the debate currently roiling the Delaware bar over...more

ISS Releases 2015 Proxy Voting Guidelines

ISS (Institutional Shareholder Services) has released its annual 2015 Proxy Voting Guidelines Updates. These guidelines apply to annual meetings to be held on or after February 1, 2015. Many of our clients have investors who...more

Do Some Companies Already Have Fee-Shifting Provisions (And Not Know It)?

A lot of folks these days are arguing and writing about fee-shifting bylaws as if they were some kind of novel and sudden irruption, like Athena bursting from Zeus’ skull. This overlooks the existence of fee-shifting...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2015

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC, issued their respective annual updates to their proxy voting guidelines on November 6, 2014. As revised these guidelines have important implications...more

Fee-Shifting Provisions and the SEC

As noted in a prior blog, some companies have recently adopted fee-shifting provisions (i.e., language providing that a suing stockholder must pay the corporation’s legal fees and expenses if the stockholder does not obtain a...more

Blog: A Little Inside Scoop In The ATP Fee-Shifting Bylaws Case

Today, at the PLI Securities Regulation Institute, the Honorable Jack Jacobs, formerly a Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, was asked to comment on ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund, the Delaware Supreme Court case...more

Half a year since Octane

It’s been nearly half a year since the Supreme Court, in Octane Fitness, ostensibly lowered the standard for finding a patent case to be exceptional for purposes of fee-shifting. At the time, Octane generated much commentary...more

Fee-Shifting Corporate Bylaws: What's the Law in Maryland?

In May 2014, the Supreme Court of Delaware held that a non-stock corporation could enact bylaws that could force a shareholder to pay the corporation’s legal fees, costs, and expenses if the shareholder sues the corporation...more

How Have Courts Interpreted the Recent Guidance of the Supreme Court on When to Afford Attorneys’ Fees Under the Patent Act?

During the last term, the Supreme Court issued a number of opinions related to patents. One of these opinions was Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 1749, 188 L. Ed. 2d 816 (2014), a case dealing...more

AntiCancer, Inc. v. Pfizer, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Anyone that has been monitoring the outcome of district court cases recently will be aware of the perils of not including sufficient information, or not timely supplementing, preliminary infringement or invalidity contentions...more

Why The SEC Should Stay Out Of The Fee-Shifting Charter Debate

In a recent post, Columbia Law School Professor John C. Coffee Jr. argues that the Securities and Exchange Commission should take a number of steps to challenge and discourage the adoption of fee-shifting charter provisions. ...more

Blog: Will The SEC Intercede In The Battle Over Fee-Shifting Bylaws?

“The first trickle through a leak in the dam” that eventually causes the dam to collapse is how Professor John Coffee characterized the adoption of fee-shifting bylaw or charter provisions by 24 companies since May of this...more

Delaware Fee-Shifting Bylaws Update

As previously discussed, the Delaware legislature postponed, until it reconvenes in 2015, its consideration of legislation aimed at limiting enforceability of fee-shifting bylaw provisions to non-stock corporations. Despite...more

Oklahoma Takes a Stand a Stand in the Battle Over Derivative Fee-Shifting

Back in May we discussed ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund a seminal Delaware Supreme Court case that upheld a non-stock corporation’s “loser pays” fee-shifting bylaw. ATP Tour held that where a Delaware corporation...more

In re Nine Systems Corp. S'holders Litig., Consol. C.A. No. 3940-VCN (Del. Ch. Sept. 4, 2014) (Noble, V.C.)

In this 146-page post-trial opinion addressing claims challenging a 2002 recapitalization of Nine Systems Corporation (“Nine Systems”), the Court of Chancery held that a conflicted transaction resulting in a fair price...more

SEC Advisory Committee To Consider Fee-Shifting Bylaws, But Why?

One agenda item for the upcoming meeting of the Investor Advisory Committee is a “Discussion of Issuer Adoption of Fee-Shifting Bylaws for Intra-Corporate Litigation”. This is indeed an interesting and timely topic in light...more

Fee-Shifting Bylaw Developments In The Courts

Those expecting that the Delaware court, in a case involving Hemispherx, would soon address the as-applied validity of a fee-shifting bylaw may be disappointed. (As discussed in this post and this Cooley Alert, the Delaware...more

Victims of Patent Trolls Get Re-Sharpened Weapon in their Defense

Fee-shifting in patent infringement suits has been authorized by statute since 1952, for application in “exceptional cases.” For the past nine years, that statute has not often been applied as a result of the Federal...more

Examples of Fee Shifting By-Laws

Some smaller companies and those in the process of going public have begun adopting fee shifting by-laws. As my colleagues at Stinson Leonard Street have advised, we urge caution for those headed in this direction until,...more

How Broad Was That Bylaw?

In yesterday’s posting, I noted a recent Form 8-K filing that discloses the adoption of a fee-shifting bylaw. In ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund, 2014 Del. LEXIS 209 (Del. May 8, 2014), the Delaware Supreme Court...more

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