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Chancery Court Holds That Squeezed Out Stockholders Lack Standing to Compel Inspection under DGCL § 220

On February 27, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery addressed an important matter of first impression under Delaware law: "Must a plaintiff seeking corporate records under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Holds that Cancellation of Shares Through Merger Deprives Stockholder of Standing in Section 220 Action

In Weingarten v. Monster Worldwide, Inc., C.A. No. 12931-VCG, 2017 WL 752179 (Del. Ch. Feb. 27, 2017), the Delaware Court of Chancery (Glasscock, V.C.) clarified when a plaintiff has standing to vitiate inspection rights...more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds That Former Stockholder Lacks Standing To Bring Section 220 Action For Inspection Of Books And...

On February 27, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed for lack of standing a lawsuit for inspection of corporate books and records brought by a former stockholder squeezed out in...more

Court of Chancery Holds That A Books And Records Plaintiff Must Be A Stockholder At The Time Of Suit

This decision resolved a matter of first impression: a plaintiff seeking corporate records under Section 220 of the DGCL must be a stockholder at the time he files his complaint to have standing. Thus, when a stockholder...more

A Former Shareholder Cannot Demand Books and Records Under DGCL§ 220

Can a former shareholder whose stock was cancelled in a merger bring suit for corporate books and records under Delaware law? In a recent decision, the Court of Chancery gave a clear answer to this question of first...more

Court Of Chancery Stresses Importance Of Records Demand In Lead Counsel Battle

When asked to choose the lead plaintiff and class counsel, the Court of Chancery applies the well-known Hirt factors. As this decision demonstrates, the Court also will place some significant weight on which of the competing...more

Shareholders Seeking Books and Records Must Demonstrate Credible Basis to Infer Wrongdoing

On February 2, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery reaffirmed that shareholders seeking to inspect the books and records of Delaware corporations must demonstrate a credible basis to infer corporate wrongdoing. Accusations...more

Court Of Chancery Holds That Wrong Forward Looking Statement Insufficient To Support Records Inspection

It is not enough that certain forward-looking statements failed to come true to justify requiring an inspection of corporate records. More evidence of wrongdoing is needed if your inspection is based on a theory of...more

Court of Chancery Explains Role of Records Demand in Alleging Wrongful Pre-Suit Demand Refusal

This decision examines when pre-suit demand may be excused because the board who refused the demand declines to disclose the report of its investigation when responding. In this case, the board’s unwillingness to disclose the...more

Court Of Chancery Denies Inspection When The Board Has An Obvious Defense To A Claim Of Wrongdoing

In general, the bar is low for exercising inspection rights to investigate claims of wrongdoing. Plaintiffs need provide only some evidence to suggest a credible basis from which the Court can infer possible mismanagement or...more

Court: Derivative Claims Allowed to Be Asserted as Part of Merger Attack

It is well-settled under Delaware law that in a merger a stockholder loses standing to assert a purely derivative claim. That claim passes instead to the acquiring company. As an asset of a Delaware company, derivative claims...more

Court Of Chancery Limits Inspection To A Real Stockholder

This decision holds that when stock issued is void, the recipient is not entitled to records inspection even if he is listed as a stockholder on the company's stock ledger....more

When a Director May Inspect the Company's Books and Records

Section 220(d) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) permits a director to inspect a company's books and records "for a purpose reasonably related to the director's position as a director." It is well settled under...more

Chancery Analyzes Limits of 'Reasonable Conceivability'

In 2011, the Delaware Supreme Court in Central Mortgage v. Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital Holdings, 27 A.3d 531, 537 (Del. 2011), unequivocally stated that the "pleading standard in Delaware to survive a motion to dismiss is...more

Two Recent Delaware Decisions Further Illustrate The Scope Of Section 220 Discovery

Two recent Delaware Court of Chancery decisions demonstrate that narrow statutory standards continue to govern access to corporate books and records pursuant to Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law. In the...more

Delaware's Court of Chancery Clarifies Scope of Inspection Under Books and Records Demands

In Amalgamated Bank v. Yahoo!, Inc., C.A. No. 10774-VCL (Del. Ch. Feb. 2, 2016), Plaintiff Amalgamated Bank’s Section 220 books and records demand sought, among other things, the emails of certain Yahoo officers and...more

Yahoo! Compensation Litigation – History May Not Repeat Itself but it Often Rhymes

The Delaware Court of Chancery has issued an opinion on a Section 220 demand made against Yahoo! No complaint has yet been filed, and although Vice Chancellor Laster speculates on some inferences that can be drawn, no one has...more

Delaware Chancery Approves a Books and Records Request Concerning Alleged Subsidiary Fraud in Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and...

In Oklahoma Firefighters Pension & Ret. Sys. v. Citigroup Inc., No. CV 9587-ML (VCN), 2015 WL 1884453 (Del. Ch. Apr. 24, 2015), a Delaware Chancery Court judge found that Del. Code Ann. tit. 8, § 220 (“Section 220”) permitted...more

M&A Team News - April 2015

What Revlon Doesn't Require - Two decisions by the Delaware courts (In re Family Dollar Stores, Inc. and C&J Energy Services Inc. v. City of Miami General Employees' and Sanitation Employees' Retirement Trust have more...more

Court Of Chancery Applies Garner In 220 Case

This is an important Section 220 decision for at least two reasons. First, it holds that the personal records of non-employee directors do not need to be produced in a Section 220 case, at least on the facts presented here. ...more

Fuchs Family Trust v. Parker Drilling Co., C.A. No. 9986-VCN (Del. Ch. Mar. 4, 2015) (Noble, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery denied a stockholder request for inspection of books and records pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 220 (“Section 220”). The Court held, among other things, that the requesting...more

United Technologies Corp. v. Treppel, No. 127, 2014 (Del. Dec. 23, 2014)

In this en banc opinion, the Delaware Supreme Court held that the Court of Chancery has the discretionary authority under Section 220(c) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) to prohibit the inspecting...more

Piercing The Attorney-Client Privilege: The Delaware Supreme Court Orders Wal-Mart To Turn Over Privileged Material Concerning Its...

In a recent decision, the Delaware Supreme Court applied an exception to the attorney-client privilege - known as the fiduciary exception or the Garner doctrine - and ordered Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., ("Wal-Mart") to produce...more

Delaware Court Limits Section 220(d) Books and Records Inspections to Current Directors

The Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware strictly held that a non-stockholder and alleged former director was not entitled to inspect a Delaware corporation’s books and records as a matter of right under Delaware Code...more

King v. DAG SPE Managing Member, Inc., C.A. No. 7770-VCP (Del. Ch. Dec. 23, 2013) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery dismissed an action under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law brought by a former director to inspect a corporation’s books and records. The Court found that...more

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