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Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - November 2017

Insider Trading: Once More Into the Breach - Why it matters: On Aug. 23, 2017, the Second Circuit decided U.S. v. Martoma, in which the court affirmed a tippee’s conviction in an insider trading case based on the Supreme...more

Magistrate Recommends Refusing A Request For A Preliminary Injunction Based On A Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claim Arising From An...

by Winstead PC on

In BCOWW Holdings, LLC v. Collins, plaintiffs sued a former member and his new company asserting breach of fiduciary duty and numerous other claims based in part on the defendants allegedly usurping a corporate opportunity....more

“Lawyer Driven” Books and Records Demand Rejected by the Delaware Court of Chancery

by Reed Smith on

The Delaware Court of Chancery rejects the ability for stockholders to access a corporation’s books and records based on “lawyer driven” motives. A recent decision of the Delaware Court of Chancery, Wilkinson v. A....more

Section 220 Demand Denied In Lawyer-Driven Litigation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the recent decision of Wilkinson v. Schulman, C.A. No. 2017-0138-VCL (Del. Ch. Nov. 13, 2017), the Court of Chancery denied a Section 220 books and records demand on the basis that even though the demand stated a “proper...more

Be Careful What You Ask For in a Section 225 Case

by Morris James LLP on

Delaware recognizes the need to promptly resolve disputes over the composition of the board of directors of a Delaware corporation. Section 225 of the Delaware General Corporation Law provides that the Delaware Court of...more

Federal Circuit Concludes that TC Heartland Was a Change in the Law, Reviving Venue Transfer Motions for Defendants Previously...

On November 15, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit resolved a split among district courts on the question whether the United States Supreme Court’s TC Heartland decision constituted a change in...more

Parent company may owe a duty of care to employees of African subsidiary

by Hogan Lovells on

This case is the latest in a line of cases before the English courts about parent company liability, specifically the duty of care owed for activities of their subsidiaries. ...more

Shareholders Sues Officer Of Delaware Corporation In California State Court, Should Texas Law Apply?

by Allen Matkins on

Our November 16, 2017 post discussed one aspect of the California Court of Appeal’s opinion in Central Laborers’ Pension Fund v. McAfee, Inc., 2017 Cal. App. LEXIS 1008. The case arose from Intel Corporation’s acquisition of...more

Court Of Chancery Rejects Attorney-Driven Books And Records Demand

by Morris James LLP on

Wilkinson v. A. Schulman, Inc., C.A. No. 2017-0138-VCL (Nov. 13, 2017) - This decision has potential far-reaching consequences for shareholder-plaintiff litigation. As is well known, some entrepreneurial plaintiff-side...more

Court Of Appeal Finds No Right To Jury In Shareholder Class Action

by Allen Matkins on

In several blog posts, I have commented on the right to a jury trial under California law. This may seem like an inapposite subject for a blog devoted to corporate and securities law issues. Nonetheless, I have...more

Personal Jurisdiction Defense Gaining Traction in Mass Tort Litigation

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

For the past several years the United States Supreme Court has sought to clarify the proper exercise of specific personal jurisdiction over foreign corporate defendants. This issue is particularly applicable in mass tort...more

(Make) Wholly Moly: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Upholds Ruling Denying Noteholders’ Entitlement to a Make-Whole...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 20, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision which, among other things, affirmed the lower courts’ holding that certain noteholders were not entitled to payment of a...more

State Court Relies Upon Supreme Court’s Bristol-Meyers Squibb Decision to Vacate Jury Verdict Against J&J

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Supreme Court limited a striking vulnerability for product manufacturers in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California this summer when it ruled that out-of-state plaintiffs could not simply claim injuries...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects "Lawyer-Driven" Section 220 Demand

On November 13, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a short but potentially important opinion in Jack Wilkinson v. A. Schulman, Inc., an action to inspect books and records brought under Section 220 of the Delaware...more

California Securities Law Claims Founder On Personal Jurisdiction

by Allen Matkins on

Establishing personal jurisdiction may seem mundane, but without it a plaintiff may soon find itself out of court, as did the plaintiff in Marshall v. Galvanoni, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 185530....more

Blog: Amendments To The Federal Rules Of Bankruptcy Procedure Take Effect December 1, 2017

by Cooley LLP on

Just about every year amendments are made to the rules that govern how bankruptcy cases are managed — the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. The amendments address issues identified by an Advisory Committee made up of...more

Judge Rules Internal Affairs Doctrine Governs California Insider Trading Statute

by Allen Matkins on

As I have mentioned on numerous occasions, California has its own insider trading statute – California Corporations Code Section 25402. The statute is included in the California Corporate Securities Law of 1968. In general,...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Dismisses Derivative Action, Finding Demand Unexcused Because Plaintiff Did Not Plead Non-Exculpated...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 7, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a motion to dismiss a derivative and putative class action brought by a minority stockholder of Erin Energy Corporation...more

The Cookie Crumbles in Baker’s Bid for a § 503(b)(9) Administrative Claim

Under section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code, a creditor may recover as a priority administrative expense the value of goods sold to the debtor in the ordinary course of its business that are “received” by the debtor within...more

The Florida Bar Amends its Authorized House Counsel Rule to Allow Foreign Lawyers and Foreign In-House Counsel to Serve as...

by Reed Smith on

The Florida Supreme Court amended its Authorized House Counsel Rule to allow foreign lawyers authorized to practice as a lawyer or counselor in a foreign jurisdiction to serve as authorized in-house counsel in Florida,...more

Bridging the Week - November 2017

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Backers of Tezos Initial Coin Offering Named in Prospective Class Action Litigation: On October 25, the promoters of a highly successful initial coin offering to support development of the Tezos blockchain project and other...more

Partnering Perspectives - Fall 2017

With the US poised to decrease regulation and the outcome of Brexit unknown, multinational institutions face a great deal of unpredictability in the regulatory landscape. In this edition of Partnering Perspectives, we look at...more

Court Of Chancery Issues A Definitive Opinion on Aronson

by Morris James LLP on

Lenois v. Lawal, C.A. No. 11963-VCMR (Nov. 7, 2017) - This case illustrates the power of well-functioning special committee to diffuse the potentially corruptive influence of a self-interested controller on a transaction....more

Current Class-Action Issues

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Though the Supreme Court has declined to address ascertainability this term (for now), it has granted petitions to resolve two other class-action issues....more

To Scan or Not to Scan: Surge in Lawsuits under Illinois Biometrics Law

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act is having its moment. At least 32 class action lawsuits have been filed by Illinois residents in state court in the past two months challenging the collection, use and storage of...more

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