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Sixth Circuit Dismisses ERISA Stock Drop Action Against Cliffs Natural Resources

The Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of ERISA stock drop claims by participants in the Cliffs Natural Resources’ 401(k) Plan. The participants alleged fiduciary breach claims based on public and non-public information...more

Company Liable for Not Providing Accurate Information about Benefits

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A recent court case, Erwood vs Life Insurance Company of North America, is a reminder that plan sponsors must understand the terms of their welfare and retirement benefit plans, and ensure that their staff follows the...more

The Delaware Chancery Court’s Columbia Pipeline and Saba Software Decisions: Lessons beyond Corwin

Two recent decisions from the Delaware Court of Chancery faithfully apply the Delaware Supreme Court’s holding in Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC. No surprise there. Corwin held that when “a transaction not subject to...more

Court Of Chancery Explains What Are Direct Claims For An LP

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It matters whether a claim may be characterized as a direct claim belonging to the owners of an entity or as a derivative claim that may only be brought in the name of the entity. This decision explains which is which in the...more

Court Affirms Sanctions Order Against Fiduciary Due To Discovery Abuses

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In Eng v. Kolbe, a mother sued her daughter for abusing a power of attorney document. No. 03-15-00409-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 2680 (Tex. App.—Austin March 30, 2017). The daughter was assisting her aging parents with their...more

California Advances PBM Licensing and “Transparency” Law

Last week, the California Assembly Committee on Business and Professions voted in favor of Assembly Bill 315. AB 315 seeks to amend the California Business and Professions Code: (a) to require PBMs to obtain licensure from...more

Court Of Chancery Discusses Interrelationship Between Corwin and Santa Fe

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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

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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 Limits Creditor Standing

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This decision holds that a creditor lacks standing to bring breach of fiduciary duty claims arising out of the management of an LLC. Of course, creditors are better served by drafting the loan documents to protect their...more

Court of Chancery Explains When There Is A Basis To Investigate

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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

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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 Holds That Members of LLC May Owe Each Other Fiduciary Duties

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In B Choice v. Epicentre Development Associates, the federal district court affirmed a magistrate’s recommendations concerning whether members of an LLC owe fiduciary duties to each other in Texas. No. H-14-2096, 2017 U.S....more

The Official Delay of the Fiduciary Rule: A Compromise

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On April 7, 2017, the DOL published a final rule, officially delaying the applicability of the Fiduciary Rule for 60 days, until June 9, 2017....more

Agents Under Power of Attorney – Where Will You Get Hauled Into Court?

by Bryan Cave on

Powers of attorney can be matters of convenience or matters of necessity – the principal either doesn’t want to do something or the principal can’t do something. For the agents under a power of attorney, allowing yourself to...more

Sellout: Why Control is Key in the Sale of VC-Backed Companies

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Every founder of a growth startup dreams of a big, successful exit — a sale of the company for millions of dollars. But that dream could be shattered if the investors are able to cause the company to be sold prematurely with...more

Withdraw a Dissolution Claim? Not So Fast

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Article 11 of the Business Corporation Law governs dissolution of closely held New York business corporations. Article 11 has existed, more or less in its current form, for decades. Some of its provisions have been heavily...more

Court Applies “Fiduciary Exception” to Mutual Fund Trustees’ Attorney-Client Privilege

by Carlton Fields on

In Kenny v. Pacific Inv. Mgm’t Co. LLC (W.D. Wash.), a federal judge recently ruled that a mutual fund’s independent trustees must produce certain documents that the trustees had redacted or withheld based on attorney-client...more

Formalize your arrangements, don't rely on a love affair

by Hogan Lovells on

The question of how willing the court is to impose fiduciary duties on a person informally involved in a company has, to an extent, been answered by the case of Karla Otto Ltd v Bulent Eren Bayram (24 February 2017). Such...more

To Ensure a Successful Estate Plan, Take a Holistic Approach

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Delaware Supreme Court has just handed down a decision that dramatically illustrates the need to take a holistic approach to an estate plan to ensure that what you want to happen to your assets when you die, can and...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017 #2

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Editor's Note - Removal for Cause or Business as Usual? On April 5, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray testified before the House Financial Services Committee to give his semi-annual...more

Bank Acting as Fiduciary Seeks Reversal of “Unprecedented” Tort Liability

In Jo Ann Howard & Associates, et al. v. National City Bank; PNC Bank, N.A., now pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, a Missouri bank entered into a contractual and statutorily authorized...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Board Compensation Awards Under A Stockholder-Approved Compensation Plan

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 5, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted defendants’ motion to dismiss a stockholder derivative suit against the directors of Investors Bancorp, Inc., which had asserted a...more

Delaware Chancery Court Declines To Dismiss Fiduciary Duty Claims In Shareholder-Approved Merger, Finding That Shareholders...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 31, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss a shareholder claim for breach of fiduciary duty against the board of directors (the “Board”) of Saba Software,...more

DOL Issues Final Rule Delaying Fiduciary Rule until June 9, 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

As ordered by President Trump in a presidential memorandum on February 3, 2017, (Memorandum), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a 60-day delay to its conflict of interest rule (commonly referred to as the “fiduciary...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Officially Delayed

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On April 4, 2017, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a final rule extending by 60 days the applicability date of the final “fiduciary” regulation published a year ago (known colloquially as the “Fiduciary Rule”)....more

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