Internal Affairs Doctrine

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Forum Selection Clauses Were Here Before They Were In Bylaws

Recent rulings by judges in Delaware and other states have given impetus to the adoption of exclusive forum bylaws. To the casual observer, the idea might seem entirely novel. But as Koheleth (the Gatherer) wrote “What has...more

Internal Affairs Doctrine May Not Control Alter Ego Liability

The internal affairs doctrine “is a conflict of laws principle which recognizes that only one State should have the authority to regulate a corporation’s internal affairs — matters peculiar to the relationships among or...more

A Shot In A Mug Of Beer May Not Be The Answer To This Exclusive Forum Bylaw Case

In March, Safeway and Albertsons announced that they had entered into a definitive merger agreement. As night follows day, litigation ensued. At least 12 class action complaints were filed by alleged stockholders of...more

When The Parent Is A Blue Hen And The Subsidiary Is A 49er, What Law Governs?

With most publicly traded companies choosing to incorporate in Delaware, corporate officers are likely to assume that they have the benefit of Delaware law. Assumptions sometimes can be wrong....more

Usurpation Of Corporate Opportunity Yields Preliminary Injunction

A breach of fiduciary duty by the Defendants resulted in a sweeping preliminary injunction in an Order entered by the Business Court last Friday, in Esposito v. Esposito....more

Delaware and California Courts Split as to Whether a Reverse Triangular Merger Results In an Assignment By Operation of Law,...

In Meso Scale Diagnostics, LLC v. Roche Diagnostics GmbH, C.A. No. 5589-VCP, 2013 WL 911118 (Del. Ch. Feb. 22, 2013, rev. Mar. 8, 2013), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a reverse triangular merger does not result in...more

Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Federalism, Comity & Finality

In Delaware Court of Chancery “Overrules” Federal Court, I discussed Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster’s opinion in Louisiana Municipal Police Employees’ Retirement System v. Pyott, C.A. No. 5795-VCL (Del. Ch. June 11, 2012)....more

What Doth The Alter Ego Doctrine Require Of Thee, But To “Do Justice”?

Yesterday’s post briefly discussed the internal affairs doctrine and alter ego claims. Professor Stephen Bainbridge responded with this post which discusses the approaches of courts in New York and Delaware. Professor...more

Alter Ego And The Internal Affairs Doctrine

The internal affairs doctrine is a conflict of laws principle that recognizes that only one state should have the authority to regulate a corporation’s internal affairs. Under the internal affairs doctrine, that special state...more

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