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Double Jeopardy Argument Fails in Ponzi Fraud

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In R. v. Samji, 2017 BCCA 415 [Samji], the B.C. Court of Appeal decided that a $33-million administrative monetary penalty (AMP) assessed by the province’s Securities Commission against a person who had run a massive Ponzi...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Declines To Compel Production Under The Garner Privilege Exception

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On January 10, 2018, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to compel the production of attorney-client privileged documents under the Garner doctrine in the context of direct breach of...more

U.S. Courts Of Appeals For The Eighth And Ninth Circuits Each Rules That SLUSA Precludes Alleged Violations Of State Laws Based On...

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On December 29, 2017 and January 9, 2018, respectively, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit each affirmed district court dismissals of...more

Supreme Court to Decide Who Can Appoint ALJs

The Supreme Court of the United States, on Friday, January 12, 2018, agreed to decide whether the former practice of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of having its chief judge appoint administrative law judges...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Decision That Well-Pled Unocal Claim Does Not Automatically Excuse Pre-Suit Demand

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On December 18, 2017, the Supreme Court of Delaware affirmed the Delaware Court of Chancery’s dismissal of a shareholder derivative action asserting that the directors of The Williams Companies, Inc. (“Williams”) breached...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Upholds Shareholder's Disclosure Claim In Connection With Tender Offer, But Indicates Relief, If Any,...

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On December 22, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss a direct breach of fiduciary duty claim brought by a shareholder plaintiff against directors and officers of casino...more

Middle District Of Tennessee Denies Motion To Dismiss Securities Claims Asserted Against Operator Of Private Prisons

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On December 18, 2017, Judge Aleta A. Trauger of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee denied a motion to dismiss a putative class action under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Grants Books And Records Demand, Holding That Corwin Is Irrelevant To Section 220 Proceedings

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On December 29, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a stockholder’s demand to inspect books and records related to the acquisition of West Corporation (“West”) by Apollo...more

Court Rejects SEC Request For “Obey The Law” Injunction

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The statute of limitations and the decision in Kokesh v SEC, 137 S.Ct. 1635 (2017) clearly present challenges for the SEC. In that case the Court rejected the SEC’s claim that its disgorgement remedy is equitable and not...more

“You’re Not Fully Clean”: § 220 Inspection Demands Under Corwin

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On December 29, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to extend the ruling in Corwin by finding that the approval of a merger by a vote of the disinterested stockholders does not act as an impediment to a properly...more

Whistleblower Risks at the Supreme Court

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Later this year, the Supreme Court will rule on whether whistleblower protections under the Dodd-Frank Act apply only to people who report misconduct to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). That is, people who report...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Dismisses Challenge to Acquisition of VC-Backed Public Company

In late 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued an important decision rejecting a post-closing challenge to the sale of a venture capital-backed public company. The decision, van der Fluit v. Yates,1 by Vice Chancellor...more

Second Department Affirms Commercial Division Decisions Leaving Withdrawing LLC Members Without Compensation for Their Membership...

In Matter of Jacobs v. Cartalemi, No. 2016-05041, 2017 BL 435890 (2d Dep’t Dec. 6, 2017) (“Jacobs I”), a unanimous Appellate Division, Second Department panel affirmed an order by Westchester County Commercial Division...more

Food for Thought, part 8

Below, a continuation of our bibliography of thought-provoking articles on issues related to right-sizing regulation, staying private versus going public, and related topics...more

Delaware Supreme Court Imposes New Limits on Stockholder Ratification Defense In Connection With Equity Incentive Plans

In In re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, No. 169, 2017, 2017 WL 6374741 (Del. Dec. 13, 2017), the Delaware Supreme Court limited the ability of directors to assert the stockholder ratification defense when...more

Discretionary Director Compensation Subject to Entire Fairness Review

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On December 13, 2017, on appeal from the Chancery Court, the Delaware Supreme Court in In re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, Del. Supr., No. 169, 2017, Strine, C.J. (Dec. 13, 2017) ("Bancorp"), denied a motion...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reaffirms Importance of Deal Price in Dell Appraisal Reversal

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Reaffirming the importance of deal price in appraisal proceedings involving wellshopped transactions, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the 2016 Chancery Court decision which held that Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners...more

California Court of Appeal Holds that Demand Futility Must be Reassessed at Time of Filing of Amended Complaint

In Apple Inc. v. Superior Court, No. H044133, 2017 WL 6275830 (Cal. App. Dec. 11, 2017), the California Court of Appeal, Sixth District, considered whether a plaintiff asserting a shareholder derivative lawsuit must plead...more

Does Choice Of Law Include The Parol Evidence Rule?

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On the antepenultimate day before Christmas, the California Court of Appeal issued an opinion that should be of interest and concern to lawyers documenting merger and acquisition agreements. Kanno v. Marwit Capital, No....more

Delaware Supreme Court Limits Stockholder Ratification Defense for Director Compensation Decisions

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Last week, the Delaware Supreme Court, in In re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation (“Bancorp”), reversed the Delaware Court of Chancery and held that awards granted to directors under a stockholder-approved equity...more

Alibaba Securities Class Action Reinstated

The Second Circuit recently revived a putative securities class action against Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and four of its top executives for alleged material misrepresentations in connection with the company’s $25 billion...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reins in Stockholder Ratification of Director Compensation

• Directors were not entitled to stockholder ratification defense where stockholders only approved the general parameters of director and employee bonuses • This marks the first time in nearly 60 years that Delaware’s...more

A Special Purpose CDO, an Involuntary Filing and a Single Lien Structure — Can an Investor “Create” an Unsecured Claim?

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The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York recently addressed whether secured noteholders against a CDO can waive their entitlement to a portion of the collateral securing all notes issued under an...more

Nevada Supreme Court Won’t Allow Advisory Mandamus Escape Hatch

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In Archon v. Eight Jud. Dist. Ct., 133 Nev. Adv. Op. 101 (2017), the Nevada Supreme Court provides a concise explanation of the uses of mandamus and administrative mandamus as escape hatches from the final judgment rule. The...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Court of Chancery’s Dell Appraisal Decision; Suggests that Deal Price Was the Best Evidence of the...

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In Dell, Inc. v. Magnetar Global Event Driven Master Fund Ltd., et al., the Delaware Supreme Court reversed and remanded the Court of Chancery’s valuation of Dell in an appraisal case arising from the 2013 management buyout...more

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