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Expect Focus - Life Insurance, Volume IV, December 2017

by Carlton Fields on

EXPECTFOCUS is a quarterly review of developments in the insurance and financial services industry, provided on a complimentary basis to clients and friends of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A. Please see full Newsletter...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

John Flannery’s been working hard to right the ship at GE, but the seas have turned choppy again this week on news that the company’s taking a $6.2 billion Q4 write-off “after conducting a review of the insurance portfolio...more

Supreme Court to Review SEC ALJs

by Burr & Forman on

On January 12, the US Supreme Court agreed to review the constitutionality of the SEC’s administrative law judges. On November 29, 2017, the SEC did an abrupt about-face, telling the Court it now regards its ALJs as...more

Supreme Court Will Hear Lucia’s Challenge to Appointment of SEC ALJs

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On January 12, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the Lucia case in which Raymond J. Lucia is challenging how the SEC appoints administrative law judges (“ALJs”)....more

Delaware Court of Chancery Extends Business Judgment Deference to Controller-Driven Stock Reclassification Transaction

by Polsinelli on

Recent Delaware court decisions have underscored the value of procedural safeguards in controlling stockholder transactions—which, at least when involving minority freeze-outs, historically were subject to entire fairness...more

Third Time Is the Charm: Class Certified in DMF-Related Shareholder Suit

by Carlton Fields on

In City of Westland Police & Fire Retirement System v. MetLife, the plaintiffs allege that the insurer overstated its earnings because it did not hold sufficient reserves for death benefit claims on group life insurance...more

The Continuing Representation Doctrine Does Not Apply to Fraud Allegations

by Carlton Fields on

In Messmer v. KDK Fin. Serv. Inc., an individual action involving alleged fraud in connection with the sale and surrender of deferred annuities to a senior, the Indiana Court of Appeals refused to extend the doctrine of...more

2017 Year in Review: Securities Litigation and Regulation

The securities litigation and regulatory landscape in 2017 defies simple categorization. Plaintiffs filed 226 new federal class actions in the first half of 2017, more than double the average rate over the last 20 years, and...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

The SEC and Plaintiffs’ Class Action Attorneys Are Targeting Initial Coin Offerings

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Issuers and other professionals participating in Initial Coin Offerings — widely known as ICOs — are facing the increasing threat of both U.S. Securities Exchange Commission enforcement actions and private class action suits...more

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

by White & Case LLP on

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

Delaware Chancery Court Extends Application of MFW Standard to Conflicted Stock Issuances

by Hogan Lovells on

In a recent decision, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a motion to dismiss a complaint asserting breach of fiduciary duty claims arising out of a stock issuance proposed by a controlling stockholder. IRA Trust f/b/o...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Controversial Dell Appraisal Ruling

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Delaware Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated unanimous decision last Thursday in the “long-running appraisal saga” that took place following the 2013 management-led buyout of Dell. In reversing...more

A River’s Divide: Time for the Manhattan and Brooklyn Appellate Courts to Agree on Marketability Discount in Fair Value...

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The East River and roughly five miles as the pigeon flies separate the equally beautiful courthouses of the Appellate Division, Second Department in Brooklyn and the Appellate Division, First Department in Manhattan. Because...more

Director Discretionary Compensation Subject to Entire Fairness Standard According to Delaware Supreme Court

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In a recent decision by the Delaware Supreme Court in In re Investors Bancorp Stockholders Litigation, the court found that director equity grants based on director discretion are subject to an entire fairness standard of...more

Sale Of Shares At Sheriff’s Sale May Constitute Conversion

by Allen Matkins on

One might expect that a sheriff’s sale of stock pursuant to a writ of execution could not result in a viable claim for conversion by a judgment debtor. A California Court of Appeal, however, has ruled that it could....more

Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Dell Appraisal Decision

The Delaware Supreme Court has reversed the Court of Chancery’s appraisal decision in Dell, Inc. v. Magnestar Global Event Driven Master Fund Ltd. et al. The Chancery Court had found that fair value was 28% above the deal...more

SeaWorld Shareholders See Red After World Sees Blackfish

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A California District Court granted certification to a group of SeaWorld investors in a shareholder securities fraud case following the release of the documentary “Blackfish.” ...more

DOJ sides with Lucia against the SEC in dispute over whether ALJs are inferior officers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Supreme Court is considering a cert petition requesting that it hear the Lucia case, which we have blogged about extensively due to its potential impact on the outcome of the PHH case. Significantly, the DOJ recently...more

Operating Agreement Defeats Statutory Buyout Rights Upon LLC Member’s Withdrawal

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

When the tsunami of LLC enabling statutes swept the U.S. in the late ’80s and early ’90s, including New York in 1994, many included a default rule authorizing as-of-right member withdrawal and payment for the “fair value” of...more

The SEC Urges Supreme Court Review Of The Constitutionality Of Its Administrative Law Judges

On November 29, 2017, the Solicitor General filed a brief on behalf of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission") in Raymond J. Lucia et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 17-130, asking the Supreme...more

Court of Appeals Ruling Eases the Way for Shareholders to Bring Derivative Suits Against Cayman Islands Companies in the New York...

On Nov. 20, 2017, the New York Court of Appeals held that in a derivative action brought in a New York court against a company incorporated in the Cayman Islands, the plaintiff need not comply with Rule 12A of the Cayman...more

The Supreme Court To Clarify Who Is A Whistleblower Under The Dodd-Frank Act; Employers Have A Reason To Be Hopeful

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following oral argument, employers can be cautiously optimistic that the U.S. Supreme Court will hold that the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation protections apply only to those employees who have made a...more

Preliminary Hurdle for Cayman Derivative Claims Does Not Bar Suit in New York

A shareholder bringing a contested derivative claim in the Cayman Islands must seek leave from the court before proceeding. This litigation prerequisite -- imposed by Rule 12A of the Rules of the Grand Court of the Cayman...more

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