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Delaware Chancery Court in Aruba Appraisal Finds Fair Value to be the Pre-Announcement Market Price: 30% Below Deal Value

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In 2015, Hewlett Packard acquired Aruba for a negotiated price of $24.67 per share, or about $2.8 billion. Several stockholders sought appraisal. On February 15, the Delaware Court of Chancery found that, for purposes of...more

Only Persons Who Report Security Violations to the SEC are Whistleblowers Under Dodd-Frank: Supreme Court Decides Digital Realty...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Supreme Court in Digital Realty Trust narrowed the definition of a whistleblower under the Dodd-Frank Act only to those persons who have provided information of a securities laws violation to the U.S. Securities and...more

Declining To Find Enhanced Scrutiny Inapplicable To Post-Closing Damages Actions, Delaware Court Of Chancery Denies Motion For...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On February 6, 2018, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a summary judgment motion by defendant Potomac Capital Partners II, LP (“Potomac”) in an action by stockholders challenging the...more

Northern District Of California Rejects New Evidence Allegedly Establishing Scienter And Loss Causation As Basis To Set Aside...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On February 9, 2018, Judge Charles E. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California held that “newly discovered evidence” regarding the basis for an auditor’s resignation and the scope of...more

Northern District Of Illinois Finds Material Misstatements Adequately Alleged

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On February 12, 2018, Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied a motion to dismiss a putative class action under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 against...more

Filing of Canadian Securities Class Actions Declines Again

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Increasing numbers of securities class actions have been filed in the U.S. in recent years. That trend contrasts sharply with Canada where the number of actions filed last year declined again, according to a new report...more

District Of Minnesota Certifies Securities Fraud Class Action But Narrows The End Of Putative Class Period To The Date Of The...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On January 30, 2018, Judge John R. Tunheim of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota granted class certification in a consolidated securities fraud class action against Medtronic and certain of its...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Holds That Addition Of MFW Protections Following Initial Controller Proposal But Before Negotiations...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On February 2, 2018, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a stockholder challenge to the buyout of Synutra International Inc. (“Synutra”) in a squeeze-out merger by a controlling...more

The LSTA Case: DC Circuit Court Delivers Victory for CLO Industry, with Some Broader Ramifications

by Morgan Lewis on

The Loan Syndications & Trading Association prevailed in its quest to eliminate credit risk retention requirements for open-market CLO managers, in a ruling that has other important implications....more

“Golden Share” Equity Holder Can Bar Bankruptcy Filing

The Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of Mississippi (the “Court”), in In re Franchise Services of North America, Inc., Case No. 1702316EE (Bankr. S.D. Miss. Dec. 18, 2017), upheld the blocking power held by a...more

Contracting Party Beware: The Implied Covenant Will Not Save You From Your Agreement If You Negotiated Away Your Rights

On February 1, 2018, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted defendants’ motion to dismiss an action brought by minority unitholders of Trumpet Search, LLC (“Trumpet” or the “Company”). The defendants were other unitholders...more

Reflections on Kokesh v. SEC: On the Lookout for “Elephants in Mouseholes”

by King & Spalding on

Until June 2017, when the Supreme Court issued its unanimous opinion in Kokesh v. SEC, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) took the position that it could obtain disgorgement from defendants no...more

Blog: Mandatory shareholder arbitration provisions for IPOs? SEC Chair says “not on my list”

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Depending on your point of view, you may have experienced either heart palpitations or increased serotonin levels when you heard, back in July 2017, that SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar had, in a speech before the Heritage...more

Court Of Chancery Holds Stock Issuance Void

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Southpaw Credit Opportunity Master Fund LP v. Roma Restaurant Holdings Inc., C.A. 2017-0059-TMR (February 1, 2018) - When stock is issued in violation of a stockholder agreement, the issuance is “void.” This has great...more

District Court Stays Securities Class Action Involving Initial Coin Offering Pending Supreme Court Review

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On February 1, 2018, a federal district court in the Northern District of California stayed a putative class action involving the Tezos Initial Coin Offering (“ICO”) pending the United States Supreme Court’s decision in a...more

“Insider” Trading: Who Is an Insider?

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Finkelstein v. Ontario Securities Commission clarifies when a recipient of material, non-public information (MNPI) about a public issuer (a “tippee”) may be liable for insider trading...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Loss Causation Can Be Established Without Demonstrating That The Alleged Fraud Was Revealed To The Market...

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On January 31, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed in a per curiam decision a district court decision denying in part defendants’ motion for summary judgment on claims brought under...more

Securities Class Action Filings Increase – For Now

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Two new reports chronicle the significant upward trend not just in the number of securities class actions filed in 2017 but also the increased chance for U.S. and foreign issuers to be named in such a suit. See Cornerstone...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal Of Stockholder Derivative Claims On Issue Preclusion Grounds Based On A Demand-Futility...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On January 25, 2018, the Supreme Court of Delaware ruled that the Court of Chancery’s dismissal on issue preclusion grounds of the derivative claims of stockholder plaintiffs against the directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc....more

Southern District Of New York Again Dismisses—This Time With Prejudice—Securities Fraud Claims For Failure To Plead Reliance And...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On January 20, 2018, Judge John Koeltl of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a putative class action under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5...more

Delaware Supreme Court Issues Opinion Affirming the Preclusive Effect of a Prior Dismissal of Derivative Claims on Demand-Futility...

The Delaware Supreme Court recently unanimously affirmed the Delaware Court of Chancery's dismissal of a stockholder derivative claim against directors of Wal-Mart, holding that these claims were precluded because a federal...more

Delaware Supreme Court Confirms Preclusive Effect of Dismissal of Derivative Actions Based on Lack of Demand Futility

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The Delaware Supreme Court held yesterday that the dismissal of a shareholder derivative action for lack of demand futility can preclude other derivative actions as long as the plaintiff in the dismissed case adequately...more

Key Developments in Delaware Corporation Law in 2017

Developments in appraisal law, the application of Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC in post-closing damages actions and the potential expansion of Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corporation (MFW) — a case examining the standard of...more

Het aanpassen van een volmacht na legalisatie: verwijtbaar handelen (Dutch)

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The Amsterdam Court of Appeal (Court of Appeal) issued a judgment on 31 October 2017 in which it emerged that a civil-law notary (the Notary) had been careless when it checked the proxies with regard to a delivery of shares...more

2017 Delaware Corporate Law and Litigation Year In Review

In 2017, the Delaware courts once again issued many substantive corporate law decisions covering a wide range of issues critical to boards, stockholders, and officers. In addition, decisions from recent years continued to...more

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