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“If at First You Don’t Succeed…” - Shareholders Keep Trying to Sue D&Os for Data Security Breaches

by Locke Lord LLP on

Several high-profile lawsuits have been filed in recent years by shareholders seeking to hold corporate officers and directors liable for damage resulting from data security breaches. For example, directors and officers at...more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds That Well-Pled Unocal Claim Does Not Automatically Excuse Pre-Suit Demand

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 15, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Chancery Court dismissed a shareholder derivative action asserting that the directors of The Williams Companies, Inc. (“Williams”) breached their duty of...more

More On Revlon Duties In California

by Allen Matkins on

Following yesterday’s post concerning the status of Revlon duties in California, I received a note from Suzanne Weakley, an attorney at the California Continuing Education of the BAR (aka the CEB). For those readers not...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Focuses On Fiduciary Duty Of Directors Appointed By Preferred Stockholders

by Roetzel & Andress on

In a recent Delaware Court of Chancery opinion filed April 14, 2017 in The Frederick Hsu Living Trust v. ODN Holding Corporation, the court held that it may be a breach of the directors’ fiduciary duty to cause the...more

Is There A “Revlon Duty” In California?

by Allen Matkins on

There are certain seminal Delaware corporate law cases that are so well known that corporate lawyers are wont to assume that they have been adopted and followed everywhere. One such case is Revlon, Inc. v. MacAndrews &...more

Court Of Chancery Rejects Novel Breach Of Appraisal Rights Claim

by Morris James LLP on

This decision begins with a conventional analysis of a claim that disclosure violations and director self-interest have tainted a merger vote. That claim was rejected for want of factual support. More unusual, the decision...more

"Court of Chancery Provides Guidance on 'Credible Basis' Standard for Obtaining Books"

The Delaware Supreme Court has held that strict adherence to the procedural requirements of Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law “protects the right of the corporation to receive and consider a demand in proper...more

"Delaware Supreme Court Examines Director Disinterestedness, Independence"

Delaware law provides important tools for directors to maintain control of derivative lawsuits.1 One such tool is the “demand requirement” embodied in Court of Chancery Rule 23.1, which requires that before a stockholder acts...more

"Q&A With Delaware Litigation Partner Ed Micheletti"

What is the most significant recent development in Delaware, from a litigation standpoint? The most significant recent development impacting deal litigation in Delaware is the continuing evolution of the Corwin doctrine,...more

"The Continuing Evolution of Corwin in Delaware Courts"

Recent Delaware Supreme Court and Court of Chancery cases have continued to refine the impact and requirements of Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC, in which the Delaware Supreme Court held that the business judgment rule...more

Stockholders' Complaint Survives Chancery's 'Corwin' Analysis

by Morris James LLP on

After a series of successful applications of the Corwin doctrine in Delaware's Court of Chancery, a plaintiff has finally survived a motion to dismiss where Corwin was applied. In In re Saba Software Stockholder Litigation,...more

Court Of Chancery Explains The “Known Looter” Theory For Controllers

by Morris James LLP on

This is an interesting decision because it examines an intriguing legal theory for holding a controlling stockholder liable in a sale: the “known looter” theory. Generally speaking, controllers can sell their stock to whoever...more

Another Reminder that Director Limits set forth in Equity Plans Allow Director Compensation to be Reviewed under the more Lenient...

Earlier this month, in In re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholders Litigation, the Delaware Court of Chancery reiterated its view that placing a meaningful limit on director equity awards to be granted under a stockholder...more

Court Of Chancery Discusses Interrelationship Between Corwin and Santa Fe

by Morris James LLP on

In its now famous Corwin decision the Delaware Supreme Court held that when a majority of the stockholders in a fully informed, noncoercive vote approve a transaction, the business judgment rule applies and the transaction is...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Fiduciary Duty Of Preferred Stockholders’ Directors

by Morris James LLP on

This decision is a primer on most of the major issues in Delaware corporate law. However, what it is most likely to be remembered for is its explanation of the duties that directors have to the enterprise as a whole, even...more

Court of Chancery Explains When There Is A Basis To Investigate

by Morris James LLP on

This decision does a good job of explaining when there is an adequate showing of possible wrongdoing sufficient to justify a books and records inspection. It also explains why conducting a proxy contest does not warrant...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Limits Of The Dual Claims Rule

by Morris James LLP on

Under the well-known Brinckerhoff decision, a claim may be both a direct claim and a derivative claim. When that occurs the complaint need not comply with Rule 32.1 demand requirements. This decision points out that...more

Court Of Chancery Denies Corwin Defense

by Morris James LLP on

This is a significant decision because it is the first to find that a stockholder vote did not invoke business judgment review under Corwin because the vote was coerced and not fully informed. Under Corwin, a transaction...more

Nevada Legislature Ponders Rejection Of Unocal And Revlon Standards

by Allen Matkins on

Thirty years ago, the Delaware Supreme Court issued two seminal opinions concerning how courts ought to review director decisionmaking in merger and acquisition transactions. In the first case, Unocal Corporation v. Mesa...more

Liability for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations

Lawyers are often asked to serve on Boards of nonprofit corporations and if they do so, they will often be asked by other directors about the potential individual liability of a director for actions of the nonprofit, for...more

Entity Selection Series | Part Two: The Benefits of a Corporation

In Part One of the entity selection series we discussed the benefits of a Limited Liability Company for organizing your business venture. In this edition, we will discuss the benefits of a standard corporation (a “Subchapter...more

Professor Bainbridge On My “Beef” With Gantler v. Stephens

by Allen Matkins on

Professor Stephen Bainbridge yesterday provided a well considered assessment of my “beef” with the Delaware Supreme Court’s holding in Gantler v. Stephens, 965 A.2d 695, 709 (Del. 2009) that “the fiduciary duties of officers...more

New York Court Reverses Rejection of M&A Disclosure-Only Settlement Signaling Split from Delaware

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On February 2, 2017, the Appellate Division for the First Department in New York entered an order approving a “disclosure-only” settlement. While acknowledging the “increasingly negative view” of...more

What The Delaware Supreme Court Overlooked In Gantler v. Stephens

by Allen Matkins on

I have never been reconciled to the Delaware Supreme Court’s pronouncement in Gantler v. Stephens, 965 A.2d 695, 709 (Del. 2009) that “the fiduciary duties of officers are the same as those of directors”. Officers are, as...more

Bass, Berry & Sims Releases Securities & Shareholder Litigation 2017: A Look Ahead

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC announces the release of its annual "Securities & Shareholder Litigation 2017: A Look Ahead," a high-level report that covers recent developments and offers best practices for the year ahead. The newly...more

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