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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

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

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules Merger Challenges Must Be Brought Derivatively

by Goodwin on

In a decision that will have significant implications for M&A litigation involving Massachusetts corporations, on March 6, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that a shareholder challenge to a proposed merger...more

Defining the Role of a Board Chair

The prior Family Business Advocates blog post provided an overview of the different legal roles that shareholders, directors, and officers play in the intersection of ownership and management of a company, but how does a...more

Stockholder Merger Vote Sets High Bar for Post-Closing Claims

by Morris James LLP on

The Delaware Supreme Court's decision in Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings , 125 A.3d 304 (Del. 2015), reaffirmed the power of fully-informed, uncoerced, disinterested stockholder approval to immunize M&A transactions against...more

Race to the Exit as Professional Practice Falters

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Does a shareholder have a fiduciary duty not to exercise a contractual right under the shareholders’ agreement to resign and demand a buy-out of his shares by the financially distressed corporation, particularly when the...more

Gordon v. Verizon: New York Parts Company with Delaware

On February 2, 2017, the New York Appellate Division, First Department, issued a decision in Gordon v. Verizon Communications, Inc., No. 653084/13, 2017 WL 442871 (1st Dep’t 2017), approving the settlement of litigation over...more

Alert: DOL Issues Guidance on Shareholder Engagement and Pension Fund Investments

by Cooley LLP on

On December 28, the US Department of Labor ("DOL") issued Interpretive Bulletin 2016-01 (published in the Federal Register on December 29, 2016), setting forth its views concerning the legal standards under Sections 402, 403,...more

2016 half-year in review: M&A legal developments

by White & Case LLP on

We set out below a number of interesting English court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical guidance on...more

Delaying a Bankruptcy for Shareholder Benefit May Benefit the Creditors After All

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Equity holders and sponsors be wary - a new arrow may now be available in the quiver of potential causes of action that creditors and trustees can use to maximize their recovery in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. In a recent...more

Sole Owners of Close Corporation and LLC Discover They're Not So Sole

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

What makes a shareholder a shareholder? What makes an LLC member a member? The simplicity of the questions belies the difficulties and endlessly unique fact patterns encountered in case after case involving close...more

Home Depot Data Breach Derivative Suit Sent Home

Judge Thomas W. Thrash Jr. of the U.S. District Court of Georgia permanently shelved a derivative suit brought by shareholders of Home Depot. Home Depot is a multinational home improvement retailer. In September, 2014,...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Standing To Bring Fiduciary Duty Claims After Being Forced to Sell Stock

by Morris James LLP on

This is an important decision because it clarifies when a stockholder loses standing to bring a fiduciary duty case because he sold his stock. Briefly, breach of fiduciary duty claims may be direct (belonging to the...more

Court Relies on Fully Informed Uncoerced Stockholder Vote in 'Revlon' Challenge

by Morris James LLP on

Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III's decision In re OM Group Stockholders Litigation, Consol. C.A. No. 11216-VCS (Oct. 12, 2016), represents the latest Delaware Court of Chancery decision to apply Corwin v. KKR Financial...more

Court Applies 'Corwin' and Upholds Board's Adoption of Dissolution Plan

by Morris James LLP on

Contract and fiduciary duty law intersect when how a board acts, including the vote required, is affected by a shareholder agreement. Such agreements are common to enable investors to protect their investment, either through...more

Gavel to Gavel: The insolvency dilemma for directors

by McAfee & Taft on

In light of a recent swell of bankruptcies in Oklahoma and surrounding areas – predominantly triggered by the turbulent energy market – directors should fortify their understanding of fiduciary duties owed to companies in...more

Court Rules Coequal Stockholders Owe Fiduciary Duties To Each Other

by Allen Matkins on

Stockholders in closely held corporations often operate their companies as if they were partnerships. Does that mean that the stockholders, like partners, owe fiduciary duties to each other?...more

In Eagerly Awaited Ruling, AXA Beats Excessive Fee Claim

by Morgan Lewis on

The fund manager was victorious in the first court decision to come from a group of complaints filed over the last several years against manager-of-manager models. Introduction - Following a 25-day bench trial, the...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - September 2016

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The following developments from the past month offer guidance on corporate law and governance law as they may be applied to nonprofit health care organizations: BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE GOVERNANCE GUIDELINES - In an...more

Federal Court Issues Trial Ruling in Section 36(b) "Manager of Managers" Lawsuit

by Dechert LLP on

AXA Investor Fees Held Not To Constitute a Breach of Fiduciary Duty - The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey issued its trial ruling on August 25, 2016 in Sivolella v. AXA Equitable Life Insurance...more

Chancery Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Fiduciary Duty Claims Where Directors Approved Merger That Extinguished Threatened...

On July 28, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that stockholders of Riverstone National, Inc. had adequately stated a breach of fiduciary duty claim against the company's directors who approved a merger that...more

U.S. Court for District of Minnesota Dismisses Target Data Breach Shareholder Derivative Suits

On July 7, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota granted Target’s unopposed motion to dismiss the derivative actions filed by a number of shareholders against the company relating to the...more

Tenders Have the Same Cleansing Effect as Stockholder Votes in Two-Step, Section 251(h) Deals

by K&L Gates LLP on

In In re Volcano Corp. Stockholder Litig., C.A. No. 10485-VCMR (Del. Ch. June 30, 2016), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that when a fully informed, uncoerced, disinterested majority in voting power of a target’s...more

Blog: Options to Acquire: How these Creative Acquisition Strategies Differ from a Traditional Purchase

by Cooley LLP on

Creative acquisition strategies are offering both buyers and targets additional opportunities to grow their businesses through M&A. One strategy that we are seeing parties use is the “option to acquire” structure, which...more

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