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The Delaware Chancery Court’s Columbia Pipeline and Saba Software Decisions: Lessons beyond Corwin

Two recent decisions from the Delaware Court of Chancery faithfully apply the Delaware Supreme Court’s holding in Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC. No surprise there. Corwin held that when “a transaction not subject to...more

Court Of Chancery Discusses Interrelationship Between Corwin and Santa Fe

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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 Rules Indirect Purchaser Claims Against Theranos May Proceed

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Theranos’ anni horribilium began in October 2015 with the publication of a story by investigative reporter John Carreyrou at The Wall Street Journal. Lawsuits and government investigations ensued. Although the Theranos...more

Delaware Court Orders Sale of Solvent Company’s Stock Despite Shareholder Objections

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Delaware General Corporate Law § 226 (the “Custodian Statute”) bestows the Delaware Court of Chancery with the power to appoint a custodian for solvent companies and receivers for insolvent companies in certain circumstances....more

Court Of Chancery Explains Limits Of The Dual Claims Rule

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Under the well-known Brinckerhoff decision, a claim may be both a direct claim and a derivative claim. When that occurs the complaint need not comply with Rule 32.1 demand requirements. This decision points out that...more

Corwin Stops Litigation Where Deal Protection Measures are not Preclusive

In Re Paramount Gold And Silver Corp. Stockholders Litigation examines the interaction of Corwin, Unocal and deal protection measures. At issue was a Merger Agreement which provided for Coeur Mining, Inc. to acquire all of...more

M&A Watch: Court Questions Accelerated Vesting of Equity Compensation

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As we have previously reported, the Delaware Chancery Court recently dismissed the stockholder class action suit In re Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 12152-VCL (Del. Ch. Mar. 7, 2017),...more

Delaware Chancery Court Applies Corwin To Dismiss Post-Merger Fiduciary Duty Claim After Finding A Royalty Agreement Did Not...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 13, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a shareholder derivative suit alleging a breach of fiduciary duty against the directors of Paramount Gold and Silver Corp....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

Stockholder Vote Enjoined Over Banker's Financial Interest in Merger

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Investment bankers play a central role in the exploration, evaluation, selection and implementation of strategic alternatives for Delaware companies. To enable stockholders to carefully assess how much weight to give an...more

Ninth Circuit Holds D&O Policy Bars Coverage of FDIC’s Claims

In a decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in finding for a directors & officers (D&O) insurer, denied coverage of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) claims against a failed bank’s former...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Board Compensation Awards Under A Stockholder-Approved Compensation Plan

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 5, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted defendants’ motion to dismiss a stockholder derivative suit against the directors of Investors Bancorp, Inc., which had asserted a...more

Delaware Chancery Court Declines To Dismiss Fiduciary Duty Claims In Shareholder-Approved Merger, Finding That Shareholders...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 31, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss a shareholder claim for breach of fiduciary duty against the board of directors (the “Board”) of Saba Software,...more

Where Is Delaware Corporate Litigation Going?

by Morris James LLP on

Litigation involving Delaware corporate law is undergoing major changes. Some commentators predict that Delaware will cease to be the favored forum for M&A litigation. While we disagree with that forecast, it is important to...more

Court of Chancery Applies Ratification To Equity Grants Under Stockholder Approved Plan

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Stockholder approval of an equity compensation plan may or may not constitute ratification over awards to the directors under the plan. When it does, the Court of Chancery will review challenges under the business judgment...more

Court Of Chancery Denies Corwin Defense

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This is a significant decision because it is the first to find that a stockholder vote did not invoke business judgment review under Corwin because the vote was coerced and not fully informed. Under Corwin, a transaction...more

Equity Grants to Directors Subject to Business Judgment Review as a Result of Specific Plan Limits

The Delaware Court of Chancery examined equity grants to directors in In Re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation. The equity incentive plan, or EIP, at issue included the following limitations on grants...more

I Was Doing The Same Thing As The Majority Shareholders – Part II

In my last post, I addressed the fact that, just because a minority shareholder has gone along with certain practices in the past, his acquiescence will not necessarily be fatal to a shareholder oppression claim. However,...more

What If I Was Doing The Same Thing I Now Want to Sue Over?

Many clients ask at the start of a business divorce lawsuit, “Is it fatal to a shareholder oppression claim if I was doing some of the same things that the majority owners are doing that I am now complaining about?” As often...more

Southern District Of Ohio Holds Defendants Cannot Challenge The Manner In Which Shares Were Purchased At The Class Certification...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 17, 2017, Judge Michael Watson of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio certified a securities class action brought against Big Lots, Inc. (“Big Lots”) and various current and former...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Clarifies the Requirements for Shareholder Inspection Demands

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In Chitwood v. Vertex Pharm. Inc., SJC-12101 (March 20, 2017), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) provided important guidance on the scope of the Massachusetts shareholder inspection statute, Mass. G.L. 156D §...more

Disclosure Only Settlements - the Effect of Choice of Law

by Roetzel & Andress on

The Delaware Courts took a significant step in 2016 to reduce the filing in Delaware of lawsuits aimed at procuring disclosure only settlements (meaning settlements that involve only the provision of additional information...more

"Key Takeaways: Lessons Learned From Tax-Related Whistleblower Litigation and Shareholder Actions"

On March 8, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Lessons Learned From Tax-Related Whistleblower Litigation and Shareholder Actions.” The Skadden panelists were tax partners Nathaniel Carden and Armando Gomez, and litigation...more

Delaware District Court Allows Shareholder Class Action Suit To Proceed

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On March 13, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware rejected LRR Energy L.P. (“LRR”) and Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC’s (“Vanguard”) motion to dismiss, allowing the putative shareholder class...more

Wendy’s Executives and Board File Motion to Dismiss

We previously reported that Wendy’s was hit with a putative class action shareholders’ derivative suit in December following its data breach in 2016. Late last week, the executives and Board of Wendy’s filed a Motion to...more

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