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Court of Chancery Imposes Incorporation By Reference Condition On Books and Records Production

by Morris James LLP on

The City Of Cambridge Retirement System v. Universal Health Services Inc., C.A. No. 2017-0322-SG (Oct. 12, 2017) - A stockholder may inspect a corporation’s records for any recognized proper purpose, including...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Goldman’s deal-making advising is sputtering a bit these days, so Lloyd and the gang are working on generating some of those deals themselves through a new Innovations Lab internal venture....more

Delaware’s Restrictive Trulia Standard Gains Traction in California

Silicon Valley court signals increased scrutiny of disclosure-only settlements of merger objection litigation. Delaware Courts have become reluctant to approve settlements of merger objection lawsuits based on...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Demand Excusal Based On Knowing Violations Of Law

by Morris James LLP on

Kandell v. NIV, C.A. No. 11812-VCG (Sept. 29, 2017) - Derivative plaintiffs alleging that directors allowed the corporation they serve to violate the law typically face dismissal for failure to make pre-suit demand on the...more

Court Of Chancery Examines Books And Records Inspection Demand

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the recent decision of Mehta v. Kaazing Corporation, C.A. No. 2017-0087-JRS (Del. Ch.), Vice Chancellor Slights examined a stockholder’s books and records request upon a Delaware corporation pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 220. ...more

Finding Disclosures Were Adequate, Delaware Court Of Chancery Applies Corwin And Volcano To Dismiss Post-Closing Breach Of...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 28, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed stockholder class claims for breach of fiduciary duty brought against the former directors of The Fresh Market (“TFM”) after...more

Delaware Special Litigation Committee Review “Could Stand A Good Tweaking”

by Allen Matkins on

UCLA Law School Professor Stephen Bainbridge recently critiqued the Nevada Supreme Court’s decision to follow Auerbach v. Bennett, 419 N.Y.S.2d 920 (1979) rather than Delaware’s Zapata Corp. v. Maldonado, 430 A.2d 779 (Del....more

Delaware Law Updates: What Is The Fair Value Of A Stock? The Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Bright-Line Rule In Favor Of The...

by McCarter & English, LLP on

The Delaware Supreme Court, sitting en banc, recently reversed and remanded the Court of Chancery’s appraisal decision in DFC Glob. Corp. v. Muirfield Value Partners, L.P. (“DFC Global”), a highly publicized opinion in which...more

New Jersey Federal Court Extends Coverage of Merged Bank's D&O Liability Insurance Policy To Surviving Bank

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 18, 2017, Judge John Michael Vazquez of the U.S. District Court of New Jersey granted summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs BCB Bancorp, Inc. (“BCB”) and the former directors and officers of Pamrapo Bancorp,...more

Southern District Of New York Allows Putative Securities Fraud Class Action To Proceed Against Company That Pleaded Guilty To FCPA...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 19, 2017, Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York allowed a putative securities fraud class action to proceed against VEON Ltd. (“VEON”), a...more

Nevada Supreme Court Adopts Delaware’s Direct Harm Test For Derivative Claims

by Allen Matkins on

On the same day that the Nevada Supreme Court rejected Delaware’s approach to reviewing special litigation committee determinations, it adopted Delaware’s test for determining whether a shareholder suit is derivative or...more

Cyberattacks Are the New Norm - How to respond and get insurance recovery for government investigations.

Takeaways - Companies that suffer cyberattacks can expect not sympathy but scrutiny from legal authorities. - D&O insurance can cover not only litigation but also investigation costs. - Strategic negotiation of...more

Nevada Supreme Court Adopts Delaware’s Tooley Test to Determine Whether Shareholder Claims are Direct or Derivative

In Parametric Sound Corp. v. The Eighth Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada, ___ P.3d ___, 2017 WL 4078845 (Nev. Sept. 14, 2017), the Nevada Supreme Court addressed the circumstances under which breach of fiduciary...more

Veil Piercing/Alter Ego Determinations – How Fund Managers Can Protect Themselves

A veil piercing claim can be a worst-case scenario for a private fund manager dealing with a struggling portfolio company investment – the company fails, and ensuing legal claims are brought not only against the portfolio...more

Does California Side With Delaware Or New York On Special Litigation Committee Reviews?

by Allen Matkins on

As discussed in the two preceding posts, Nevada’s Supreme Court last week decided to adopt New York’s standard of review of special litigation committee recommendations to dismiss stockholder derivative suits. In re Dish...more

Nevada Favors New York Over Delaware Precedent For SLC Review

by Allen Matkins on

Nevada law endows a board of directors “full control over the affairs of the corporation”. NRS 78.120(1). This control is subject only to such limitations as may be provided by NRS chapter 7, or the articles of...more

In re Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation: MFW Provides Recipe for Protecting One-Sided Controller...

by Perkins Coie on

In its opinion in In re Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation,[1] issued in August 2017, the Delaware Chancery Court addressed a question left open under Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp.[2] (MFW)—namely,...more

Overcome Your Nagging Doubts About Business Divorce Litigation

You likely came across this article if you Googled the term “shareholder dispute.” However, it is just as likely that you Googled the term “business divorce.” One business owner suing the other(s) to be bought out, or some...more

Demand Futility Isn't Dead For Derivative Actions Against Non-Profit Corporations

by Brooks Pierce on

You probably thought that you would never again have to argue that a demand on a corporation's board of directors before filing a derivative action should be excused because it would have been futile. That's because the...more

Shareholder Activism Dealt a Blow in Australia's Federal Court

by Jones Day on

The Background: In RBC Investor Services Australia Nominees Pty Limited v Brickworks Limited [2017] FCA 756 (10 July 2017) ("Brickworks case"), a large institutional investor sought to dismantle a cross shareholding...more

Blog: Martha Stewart Decision Draws Roadmap for Controller Sales to Third Parties

by Cooley LLP on

A transaction involving a controlling stockholder on both sides of the deal presents a clear conflict of interest that will result in heightened scrutiny under the “entire fairness” standard of review if later challenged....more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Putative Securities Fraud Class Action, Finding Defendants' Statements Concerning The Potential...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 22, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed an order from the District of Massachusetts, dismissing a putative securities class action that asserted claims under Sections 10(b) and...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Extends MFW Protections To One-Sided Controller Transactions

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 18, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a putative shareholder suit asserting claims for breach of fiduciary duty against Martha Stewart, the controlling...more

Shareholder Derivative Suit Or Derivative Action?

by Allen Matkins on

I have long puzzled over the question of which is correct – “derivative suit” or “derivative action”? Historically, the term “suit” was used for proceedings in equity. California courts have generally regarded shareholder...more

More On Suing The CEO For Social Activism

by Allen Matkins on

The last few days, I’ve been writing about the legal issues raised by Jon L. Pritchett and Ed Tiryakian in a recent opinion piece published by The Wall Street Journal. To sum up the discussion so far, Professor Stephen...more

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