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Cayman Islands: Directors' Duties

The Cayman Law Reform Commission has issued a consultation paper on proposed legislative changes that could see a codification of directors’ duties, as is now the case in the UK. While recognizing the existing common law...more

This Proposed Amendment To DGCL Section 141(f) Is A Curate’s Egg

In AGR Halifax Fund, Inc. v. Fiscina, 743 A.2d 1188 (1999), the Delaware Court of Chancery was asked to decide whether a consent given by persons before they became directors could become effective if delivered to the...more

D&O Discourse Authors Davis and Greene to File Amicus Brief in Omnicare Case

My partner Claire Loebs Davis and I are honored to be working with Washington Legal Foundation on a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief in the Omnicare securities class action. Omnicare concerns what makes a statement of opinion...more

The Corporate Governance Review: Chapter 4: Canada

OVERVIEW OF GOVERNANCE REGIME - Canada’s system of corporate governance is derived from the British common law model and strongly influenced by developments in the United States. While corporate governance practices in...more

Bitter C-Suite: Privacy, Security and Data Protection Issues Facing Corporations, Directors and Officers [Video]

With data breaches, cyberterrorism and governmental enforcement of the protection of privacy on the rise, corporations are facing an increased likelihood of claims, legal proceedings and costs. Without a proper understanding...more

Conversations on Goverance: Practical Insights for Public Company Leaders: Crisis Management: Key Questions

We live in a world full of high-stakes, high-profile corporate crises – environmental disasters, product liability issues, data breaches and government investigations, to name a few. No company is immune. Therefore, advance...more

Can An Employer Force Out An Employee For Unpopular Political Views: The Brendan Eich Story

Brendan Eich resigned his post as CEO of Mozilla, a California-based company, in early April after just 14 days on the job. The reason for his sudden departure and short tenure? It became public that in 2008, Eich...more

Can The Political Concerns Of Corporate Officers Be Of Any Concern Of The Corporation?

Suppose a corporation’s Chief Executive Officer becomes involved in a particularly abhorent (but legal) political movement. Suppose further that the Board of Directors is concerned that the corporation’s stockholders,...more

Delaware Chancery Court Clarifies Delaware Boards’ Fiduciary Oversight Duties as to Corporate Operations Abroad

In 2013, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued three decisions in which it denied motions to dismiss claims for breach of the duty of oversight (i.e., Caremark claims) asserted against directors of Delaware corporations...more

Lead Director Networks: Viewpoints - April 2014

Dealing with shareholder activism - On March 4, 2014, Lead Director Network (LDN)1 members met in New York City to discuss shareholder activism. Ralph Whitworth, founder, principal, and investment committee member of...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - April 2014

In this issue: - News from the Courts - News from the Regulators - Tax News - Notable Pending Deals - Contributors - Excerpt from News from the Courts: Delaware Court of...more

The Merciful Board

In Motorola Mobility LLC. v Intellectual Venture I LLC, CBM2014-00084, Paper 6 (April 3, 2014), the Board had given Motorola Mobility five days to submit a corrected petition, removing the argument from its claim charts, but...more

Appellate Court Opines On Propriety Of Communications Between Condominium Board Members

On the heels of the long-awaiting reversal of the Spanish Courts II appellate decision, condominium associations have been hit again with a First District Appellate Court ruling which has the potential to drastically impact...more

Do You Know What Your Hospital Board Members Are Doing?

David Chandler was appointed to serve as chairman of Tri-Lakes Medical Center (TLMC), a community hospital in Panola County, Mississippi. As chairman, Chandler set board meeting agendas, regularly dealt with the administrator...more

Georgia District Court Judge Rules that FIRREA Precludes D&O Insurer Declaratory Judgment Actions Against FDIC as Receiver and...

On March 5, 2014, Judge Richard Story in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia issued an order denying Plaintiff OneBeacon Midwest Insurance Company’s (OneBeacon) Motion for Limited...more

SEC Hosts Roundtable on Cybersecurity Issues and Challenges

Participants recognize the importance of board oversight and risk disclosures. On March 26, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) hosted a roundtable to discuss cybersecurity and the issues and challenges...more

Policy Observer - March 2014

D&O Coverage for Subpoena Response Costs: An Emerging Consensus? Responding to a subpoena can be an expensive proposition. Fortunately, in many instances, a company can call upon its D&O insurer to help defray the...more

Comptroller Curry Discusses Banks’ Progress in Meeting BSA Compliance Obligations; States that Senior Executives and Boards Should...

In a speech presented to the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists on March 17, 2014, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry said that the OCC is seeing progress in terms of the priority that senior...more

Quorum Update: The Shareholder-Director Exchange Provides New Tools for Boards (Quorum, March 2014)

In the October 2013 issue of Quorum, Jim Woolery, Cadwalader’s Chairman-elect, noted that “the evolving dynamic between boards and the shareholders they serve presents new challenges that require a different set of tools in...more

BAC CEO Pays $10 Million Plus D&O Bar To Settle NYAG Market Crisis Case

Former Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis agreed to pay $10 million and to be barred from serving as an officer or director of a public company for three years to settle fraud charges brought by the New York Attorney General...more

Corporate Officers Becoming Liable for Negligent Acts Is Reconsidered

In July 2013, the decision of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) was announced in United States v. Trek Leather, Inc. and Harish Shadadpuri, Case No. 2011-1527 (July 30, 2013). Harish Shadadpuri (Shadadpuri)...more

Mary Jo White and the New SEC: Implications for Boards (Quorum, March 2014)

The new Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Jo White, has indicated that the agency will implement new and aggressive enforcement policies, while treading lightly in its rulemaking efforts....more

"Reliance by Directors: What’s a Conscientious Director to Do?"

An Issue Needing Attention - In its recent decision in In Re Rural Metro Corporation Stockholders Litigation, the Delaware Court of Chancery, in a footnote, touches on what it means for directors to be “fully...more

Who’s in Charge – Is the Board Responsible to Monitor Its Financial Advisor or Vice Versa?

In the case of In re Rural Metro Corporation Stockholders Litigation, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware held that the primary financial advisor retained by Rural/Metro Corporation aided and abetted the board in...more

Klaassen v. Allegro Dev. Corp., No. 583, 2013 (Del. Mar. 14, 2014)

In this en banc decision, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s finding that a CEO’s claim asserting improper removal was equitable in nature and therefore, at most, voidable and subject to the equitable...more

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