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Nevada’s Business Judgment Rule: FDIC – 4; Management – 0

In recent weeks, the U.S. District Court has issued four separate rulings in cases brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) against former bank managers for breach of fiduciary duty. Here is a brief recap...more

Court Dismisses Shareholder Derivative Action Targeting Directors and Officers for Data Breaches

A federal district court in New Jersey has dismissed with prejudice a shareholder derivative suit, Palkon v. Holmes, No. 14-CV-01234 (SRC) (D.N.J.), that tried to blame the directors and officers at hospitality company...more

SEC Charges Issuers, Corporate Insiders, and Other Significant Investors for Violating Laws Requiring Reporting of Transactions in...

On September 10, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced settlements with officers, directors, and significant shareholders for violating federal securities laws requiring information about their...more

Court of Appeal Clarifies Directors’ Fiduciary Duties and the Business Judgment Rule for Executive Compensation Matters

The Court of Appeal for Ontario recently affirmed the nature of directors’ and officers’ fiduciary duties and clarified the application of the business judgment rule in the context of a dispute regarding executive...more

FDIC v. Loudermilk, et al.—Georgia’s Business Judgment Rule (and Its Limitations)

On July 11, 2014, the Georgia Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision in FDIC v. Loudermilk, addressing squarely the extent to which Georgia’s business judgment rule shields bank directors and officers from...more

Individual Liability: What’s Behind The Headlines?

It’s been open season on financial institutions since the 2008-2009 financial crisis (“Financial Crisis”). State and federal prosecutors and regulators are competing with each other for press coverage of their latest consent...more

Impact of the New Hong Kong Companies Ordinance on Charitable Institutions

The new Hong Kong Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) (New CO) came into effect on March 3, 2014. The impact of this new law on registered charitable institutions incorporated as Hong Kong companies limited by guarantee (CLGs) is...more

Delaware Court Clarifies Director and Officer Liability in M&A Transactions

In Chen v. Howard-Anderson, 87 A.3d 648 (Del. Ch. 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery (Laster, V.C.) held that directors and officers can be held liable for their participation in a change-of-control transaction if their...more

Delaware Court Enforces “Loser Pays” Bylaw, Opens the Door for D&O Insurers to Better Assess and Control Shareholder Litigation...

The Delaware Supreme Court held that a corporation’s fee-shifting bylaw is enforceable as long as the bylaw is not adopted for an inequitable purpose. A first of its kind, this ruling seems poised to change dramatically the...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

Delaware Supreme Court Approves Fee-Shifting Bylaw for Non-Stock Corporations - The Court’s Reasoning Suggests These Provisions...

In its May 8, 2014 decision in ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund, No. 534, 2013, --- A.3d ----, 2014 WL 1847446 (Del. May 8, 2014), the Delaware Supreme Court may have opened the door to the adoption by Delaware...more

Corporate Shield Holds Up Against Creditor

There's no expression when speaking of football players to recognize a performance that hits three exceptional marks (like a hat trick in hockey or a triple double in basketball or the triple crown in baseball). Maybe there...more

First Circuit Orders AIG To Advance Defense Costs In FDIC Suit Because Of “Likelihood Of A Remote Possibility Of Coverage”

On March 31, 2014, the First Circuit reaffirmed the breadth of an insurer’s duty to defend. In W Holding Co., Inc. v. AIG Ins. Co.-Puerto Rico, No. 12–2008, 2014 WL 1280246 (1st Cir. Mar. 31, 2014), the appellate court ruled...more

Does the Business Judgment Rule Really Exist in Georgia?

On April 21, 2014, the Georgia Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of FDIC v. Loudermilk to determine whether the Business Judgment Rule really exists in Georgia. Claiming contrary decisions on the Business...more

How a Company Insider Can Leave, Take Company Business and Not Breach Her Fiduciary Duty

In a previous blog post, The Fiduciary Duty of Preserving Corporate Opportunities, I wrote: In general, an officer, director, partner, LLC member or shareholder in a closely held corporation owes a fiduciary duty not...more

Eleventh Circuit Rejects Extension of the “No Duty” Rule and Allows D&Os to Pursue State-Law Defenses Based on FDIC Conduct

In a decision announced at the end of 2013 in the case of FDIC v. Steven Skow, et al., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rejected an argument proposed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) that...more

MA Appeals Court Narrows but Otherwise Keeps Intact Individual Liability Under the Wage Act

A recent decision from a Massachusetts appeals court should give some Massachusetts certain managers and directors one less thing to worry about. Simply having the title of a manager or director alone is insufficient for...more

Brownfield land in the UK: directors’ and officers’ liability

Introduction - In this first in a series of briefings on topics relevant to those involved in brownfield land, we look at the issue of directors’ and officers’ personal liability....more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Directors’ Affirmative Defenses Based on FDIC’s Post-Receivership Conduct

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently issued the first appellate decision holding that, in actions brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the officers and directors of failed banking...more

Tolling Agreement Held as Trigger Under Claims Made Policy - Plain Policy Language Provides Safe Harbor for Insurer

For insurers concerned about the effect of tolling agreements between an insured and a third party, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently confirmed that the proper policy language...more

Two Certified Issues to the Georgia Supreme Court Will Address Application of the Business Judgment Rule to Bank Officers and...

In an unexpected turn of events, two recent cases arising out of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia have resulted in two sets of certified questions to the Georgia Supreme Court that will likely have...more

Regulators’ New Focus On Director And Officer Liability Insurance; Other Considerations

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) issued an advisory statement on October 10, 2013, titled “Director and Officer Liability Insurance – Policies, Exclusions, and Indemnification for Civil Money...more

How Strong Is Your D&O Safety Net?

Directors and officers policies is the most important insurance to protect directors and officers from personal liability. Corporations often broadly indemnify their directors and officers so gaps in D&O insurance will have...more

FDIC Releases Videos Designed to Provide Information to Bank Directors, Officers and Employees Regarding Municipal Securities, the...

The FDIC released four new videos (the “Videos,” and each a “Video”) designed to provide technical assistance to directors, officers and employees of depository institutions that are FDIC insured. The Videos are available on...more

FDIC Warns of Reduced Insurance Coverage for Directors and Officers of Financial Institutions

On October 10, the FDIC issued Financial Institution Letter 47-2013, urging directors and officers (D&O) of financial institutions to examine their institutions’ D&O insurance coverage to ensure adequate protection for...more

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