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SEC Charges Directors, Officers and Major Investors for Failing to Update Disclosures Prior to Announcements of Going Private...

On March 13, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced settlement proceedings against officers, directors, and major shareholders of several companies that were recently taken private for failing to update...more

California and Delaware Courts Agree: Amendments to Corporate Bylaws Do Not Apply Retroactively to Impair Pursuit Previously...

Two recent decisions, one from the Delaware Court of Chancery and one from the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, refused to apply bylaws that impaired a shareholder/member plaintiff’s ability to pursue...more

Germany's safe harbors to its net operating loss carryover limitation rules – or: let's make a law

Historically – meaning until the end of 2007 – the German corporate tax law provided for limitation rules on the use of tax-wise net operating loss carryovers of a corporation, where the "loss corporation," after a change in...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

Sixth Circuit Warns Boards Not to Blow Off Notice of Shareholder Proposals

A recent Sixth Circuit decision indicates that company boards should proceed cautiously in providing notice of shareholder meetings, particularly where a dissident shareholder is expected to offer a resolution. ...more

Specify When and Under What Circumstances Your Contract Will End

It makes perfect sense that when entering into a new business relationship the parties (and their counsel) are keenly focused on getting things started. While there is nothing wrong with this, sometimes parties forget to...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Restricts Board’s Ability to Subject Former Shareholders to New Bylaws

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently held, in a case of first impression, that a non-reciprocal fee-shifting bylaw cannot be applied to a claim brought by a former shareholder who had been cashed out of the company before...more

For Shareholder Inspection Demands, A Purpose Isn’t “Proper” When the Issue Has Already Been Decided

As we have previously discussed in prior posts, shareholder demands to inspect confidential corporate information are being made with increased frequency, and are forcing more and more companies to grapple with their legal...more

More “Broken Windows”: SEC Charges Schedule 13D Filers with Disclosure Violations for Failing to Update Ownership Reports

When a significant stockholder in a publicly-held company is considering plans to take the company private, how soon must the stockholder disclose those plans in a Schedule 13D filing?...more

SEC Charges Insiders for Failure to Update Schedule 13D Disclosures

On March 13, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged eight officers, directors and major shareholders for failing to update material changes in their stock ownership disclosures on Schedule 13D in connection with...more

Holder of Equity Interest in Bankrupt Company not Entitled to Become Shareholder in Reorganized Entity

A recent Eleventh Circuit case examines equity shareholders’ role (or lack thereof) in a reorganized entity. Vision-Park Properties owned an equity share of Seaside Engineering & Surveying, Inc. Seaside filed for Chapter 11...more

What’s New in Delaware: Fee-Shifting and Forum Selection Bylaws, Appraisal Rights and Rapid Confidential Arbitration

The Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association recently approved amendments to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “Proposed DGCL Amendments”), which would prohibit Delaware stock...more

Issuers Omit Proposals From Proxy Statements

As noted here, two issuers have omitted shareholder proposals from preliminary proxy statements where no-action letters from the SEC regarding omission of the proposals have been withdrawn. The blog suggests, within its...more

A Sea Change in Proxy Access?

Proxy access has suddenly leap-frogged to the top of seemingly everyone’s corporate governance list after various setbacks over the past few years. In fact, a March 17th Wall Street Journal article quoted Anne Simpson, head...more

Blog: Is “Tenure Voting” A Possible Cure For “Raging Corporate Activism”?

In “Seeking a Cure for Raging Corporate Activism,” published on March 17, 2015, in the WSJ, the author discusses a technique resurrected from the 1980’s that could, on reexamination, be “a bulwark against short-termers who...more

Delaware Court Refuses To Enforce Fee-Shifting Bylaw Against Former Shareholder Who Was Cashed Out Before Its Adoption

The validity of corporate bylaws providing for fee-shifting in lawsuits brought by shareholders has become a hot topic in the shareholder litigation landscape. In the wake of the Delaware Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in ATP...more

Blog: White Shares Observations On Shareholder Activism, The Shareholder Proposal Process And Fee-Shifting Bylaws

Today, SEC Chair Mary Jo White spoke at Tulane’s Corporate Law Institute, sharing her observations on the current state of shareholder activism, the shareholder proposal process and fee-shifting bylaws. ...more

CorpCast Episode 2: Advancement 101 [Video]

We’re back with the second episode of CorpCast, Morris James LLP’s podcast discussing Delaware corporate and commercial law and practice. In “Advancement 101,” we discuss the fundamentals of advancement actions in Delaware’s...more

Ninth Circuit Opinion May Open Litigation Doors Most Thought Closed

A recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion charts potential new pathways for claims for damages resulting from portfolio losses by mutual fund shareholders against both a fund’s trustees and its investment adviser....more

Stating Proper Purpose Doesn’t Guarantee Books-and-Records Entitlement

It is well settled that stockholders of Delaware companies generally have the right to inspect the company's books and records upon the showing of a proper purpose. However, as demonstrated in the Court of Chancery's decision...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Notice Required For Moot Claims

This decision explains what notice is required when a representative litigation is to be dismissed as moot and a fee paid to the plaintiff’s attorneys. Notice should be given to the class or the other stockholders in the way...more

New Thai insurance acts facilitate foreign ownership of insurers

The Life and Non-Life Insurance Acts (No. 3) were issued earlier this month. Their provisions make it substantially easier for permission for majority or total foreign ownership of insurers to be granted, and also regulate...more

Blog: Proxy Access: Not A Question Of “If,” But “When”?

This article in the WSJ observes that there appears to be a major shift in the viability of proxy access, as a growing number of companies are adopting bylaw amendments or are expected to submit the matter to shareholder...more

Court of Chancery Addresses Application of Fee-Shifting Bylaw

The Rites of Spring are upon us: budding flowers, warmer temperatures, and a Delaware court issuing an important decision just before the annual Tulane Corporate Law Institute begins. ...more

Blog: Delaware Chancery Court Addresses Application Of Fee-Shifting Bylaw To Former Stockholder

In a case just decided, Strougo v. Hollander, C.A. No. 9770-CB (Del. Ch. Mar. 16, 2015), the Delaware Chancery Court addressed the issue of whether the timing of adoption affects the enforceability of a unilaterally adopted...more

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