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Directors’ Alleged Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Not Subject To Anti-SLAPP Statute

A SLAPP is a strategic lawsuit against public participation. California enacted Code of Civil Procedure Section 425.16 as an antidote to SLAPP suits. In general, a SLAPP is subject to a special motion to strike unless the...more

Bitter C-Suite: Privacy, Security and Data Protection Issues Facing Corporations, Directors and Officers [Video]

With data breaches, cyberterrorism and governmental enforcement of the protection of privacy on the rise, corporations are facing an increased likelihood of claims, legal proceedings and costs. Without a proper understanding...more

Delaware Chancery Court Clarifies Delaware Boards’ Fiduciary Oversight Duties as to Corporate Operations Abroad

In 2013, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued three decisions in which it denied motions to dismiss claims for breach of the duty of oversight (i.e., Caremark claims) asserted against directors of Delaware corporations...more

Who’s in Charge – Is the Board Responsible to Monitor Its Financial Advisor or Vice Versa?

In the case of In re Rural Metro Corporation Stockholders Litigation, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware held that the primary financial advisor retained by Rural/Metro Corporation aided and abetted the board in...more

Proxy Season Litigation Primer: Defending Shareholder Suits to Enjoin Annual Meetings for Allegedly Inadequate Disclosures...

Over the past few years, as plaintiffs have found it increasingly harder to succeed in “say-on-pay” litigation, another type of litigation over proxy disclosures has been on the rise. These cases are generally brought as...more

Hospital and Health System M&A Series: The Role of the Nonprofit Hospital Board in Consolidation Transactions

As the hospital consolidation market continues to grow, most consolidation transactions involve nonprofit health systems. Nonprofit boards of directors should prepare well in advance to evaluate consolidation opportunities...more

Financial Advisor Found Liable for Aiding and Abetting Director Breaches of Fiduciary Duties in Connection With Cash-Out Merger -...

In a 91-page post-trial decision, Chancellor Travis Laster found RBC Capital Markets LLC (“RBC”) liable for aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty in connection with RBC’s role as a financial advisor in the 2011 $438...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Grants Summary Judgment Dismissing Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims In Absence of Evidence of Directors’...

In In re Answers Corp. Shareholders Litigation, C.A. No. 6170-VCN, 2014 WL 463163 (Del. Ch. Feb. 3, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery (Noble, V.C.) granted summary judgment in favor of defendants in a stockholder class...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Finds Financial Advisor Liable for Aiding and Abetting Breaches of Fiduciary Duty

In a much-anticipated, 91-page post-trial opinion issued on March 7, 2014, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery held in In re Rural Metro Corporation Stockholders Litigation that the lead...more

In the Rural/Metro Decision, Delaware Court Emphasizes Conflicts of Interest in Finding Breaches of Fiduciary Duties

Citing various conflicts of interests involving management, board members and financial advisors, Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery found that the Board of Directors of Rural/Metro Corporation (“Rural”)...more

Financial Advisor Liable for Aiding and Abetting Buyout Target Board’s Breach of Fiduciary Duty

On March 7, the Delaware Court of Chancery published a post-trial opinion in In Re Rural Metro Corporation Stockholders Litigation (Rural Metro) finding Rural/Metro’s financial advisor RBC liable for aiding and abetting the...more

Second Circuit Reinforces High Pleading Burden for Director Duty of Oversight Claims

In Welch v. Havenstein, No. 13-2648-cv, 2014 WL 322055 (2d Cir. Jan. 30, 2014) (summary order), aff’g In re SAIC Inc. Derivative Litigation, 948 F. Supp. 2d 366 (S.D.N.Y. 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the...more

How Recent Fiduciary Duty Cases Affect Advice To Directors And Officers Of Delaware And Texas Corporations

I. Introduction. The conduct of corporate directors and officers is subject to particular scrutiny in the context of business combinations (whether friendly or hostile), executive compensation and other affiliated...more

Delaware Corporate Law and Litigation: What Happened In 2013 And What It Means For You In 2014

DELAWARE’S LEADING ROLE IN BUSINESS AND BUSINESS LITIGATION - Delaware has long been known as the corporate capital of the world. It is the state of incorporation for 64 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than half of...more

Perspectives - January 2014

In This Issue: - Considerations in the Cloud: Managing the Risks - United States V. Sperry: A Revived Threat to Owners, Directors, Managers and Directors of Distressed Organizations - Board Membership &...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisition Law News - Recap of Fourth Quarter 2013

In this issue: *News from the Court: - Guidance from Delaware Chancery Court for Notice Provisions and - Survival Periods - Privileged Pre-Merger Attorney-Client Communications Belong to Surviving...more

SEC Update

PROXY SEASON PREVIEW - Say-on-Pay and Equity Compensation Plans - Although say-on-pay votes are only advisory in the United States, they will likely continue to be a focus for many companies in the upcoming 2014...more

In re Rural Metro Corp. S’holder Litig., C.A. No. 6350-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 17, 2013) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery declined to reopen the trial record and granted a plaintiffs’ motion to exclude post-trial evidence proffered by a defendant. In reaching its conclusion, the Court found that...more

Nonprofit Law Revitalization Comes to New York

On December 18, 2013, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 which modernizes the New York nonprofit corporation law. The Act overwhelmingly passed both houses of the New York...more

Key Provisions of The Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013

On June 21, 2013, the New York State Legislature passed the Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the “Act”), which is now awaiting signature by Governor Cuomo. If signed, most provisions of the Act would take effect on July...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

10 MLP Governance Facts

MLPs possess unique governance characteristics as compared to corporations.The number of master limited partnerships (MLPs) has grown significantly over the past five years, increasing from 59 in 2009 to over 100 in 2013. An...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

Minority Shareholder Rights in Virginia

In August 2012, Judge Jane Marum Roush, sitting by designation in the Circuit Court of Buckingham County, issued a comprehensive letter opinion in Colgate et al. v. The Disthene Group, Inc. The opinion reassessed a...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

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