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Insights: The Delaware Edition - May 2016

This issue focuses on important, developing areas of Delaware corporation law and deal litigation, including the Court of Chancery’s clarification of its evolving views about disclosure-based deal litigation settlements;...more

"Recent Delaware Cases Clarify Existing Limits and Adopt Novel Condition in Books-and-Records Demands"

Recent Delaware cases have helped clarify the limits of what the Court of Chancery will consider in a books-and-records demand under 8 Del. C. § 220, and one case has adopted a novel condition that defendants may seek to...more

Delaware Law Updates - Demand Refused Rule 23.1 Explained by the Delaware Court of Chancery

In a recent decision out of the Delaware Court of Chancery – Friedman v. Maffei et al., C.A. No. 111105-VCMR – the court’s second-newest member, Vice Chancellor Montgomery-Reeves, dismissed a proposed derivative complaint on...more

Refusal of Stockholder Demand Entitled to Presumption of Business Judgment Rule

In Oliveira v. Sugarman, No. 1980 September Term 2014 (Jan. 28, 2016), the Maryland Court of Special Appeals held that the decision of a board of directors of a Maryland corporation to refuse a stockholder demand is entitled...more

Maryland Appellate Court Clarifies Applicability of Business Judgment Rule for Board Responding to Shareholder Demand

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals recently ruled in Oliveira v. Sugarman, -- A.3d --, 2016 WL 361055 (2016), that a Maryland board's rejection of a shareholder demand is subject to the presumption of the business judgment...more

Board of Directors’ Response to Shareholder Demand Not Subject to Heightened Boland Scrutiny

A Maryland appellate court has ruled that a demand refusal by an entire board, consisting of a majority of disinterested and independent directors who chose not to appoint a special litigation committee, is entitled to the...more

Court of Chancery Dismisses Derivative Claims Even Though Entire Fairness Arguably Applied

Delaware’s requirements for stockholders to maintain derivative actions reflect the twin principles of director management and control and accountability. Because directors manage the business and affairs of Delaware...more

Debtor’s Founder Ordered to Turn Over Social Media Accounts to Reorganized Company

A recent bankruptcy court decision highlights the importance of Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and similar social media assets in today’s business marketplace. It’s not always clear how these might be best protected, but...more

Court Of Chancery Explains That The Existence Of A Controlling Stockholder Does Not Determine Demand Is Excused

Teamsters Union 25 Health Services & Insurance Plan v. Baiera, C.A. No. 9503-CB (July 13, 2015) - A transaction with a controlling stockholder that is the subject of a derivative complaint still requires that a...more

4 Key Benefits of Compliance Technology: How to Build the Business Case for Investing in Modern Compliance Technology

Let’s face it, we live in a technological world where we expect to get more intelligent information faster than ever before. Yet compliance functions are still spending a disproportionate amount of time collecting data with...more

Oklahoma Firefighters Pension & Ret. Sys. v. Citigroup Inc., C.A. No. 9587-ML (VCN) (Del. Apr. 24, 2015) (Noble, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court denied the exceptions of defendant Citigroup Inc. (“Citigroup” or the “Company”) to the Master’s Final Report and adopted the recommendations therein related to a demand to inspect the...more

Wannabe Derivative Plaintiffs of Delaware Corporations Cannot Skirt Delaware Law By Filing Suit in California

It is well-established that a shareholder-plaintiff may not assert derivative claims against a corporation’s officers or directors unless he or she makes a pre-suit demand on the corporation’s board of directors and alleges...more

District Court Interprets Limitations Savings Statute

This is an interesting decision because it interprets the seldom-used Delaware Savings Statute [10 Del. C. Section 8118]. ...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

D&O Coverage: The Devil Is In the Details

A five-paragraph opinion by the New York Appellate Division suggests the potentially devastating consequences of ignoring the fine print of Directors & Officers Liability insurance policies. In Associated Community Bancorp.,...more

The First Circuit Court of Appeals Articulates a Stricter Independence Standard for Fund Directors When Evaluating Demand...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, in Unión de Empleados de Muelles de Puerto Rico PRSSA Welfare Plan, v. UBS Financial Services Inc. of Puerto Rico, No. 11-1605, --- F.3d ----, 2013 WL 49818 (1st Cir. Jan. 4,...more

Shareholder Demands: Accepted, Refused Or Deferred? Let’s Ask RUSH.

When a shareholder makes a demand on a company to pursue litigation, the company’s board can look to generally well-developed law to determine how to evaluate the demand. Though there is no one particular procedure a board...more

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