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

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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

Beware What You Share: Privilege Waiver Risks in Investigations

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In responding to regulatory and government investigations, firms are often faced with the question of how to balance the desire to cooperate with the need to preserve privilege over an internal investigation. Financial...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Qualifiers of Control Person Liability under Exchange Act §20(a)

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Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case involving alleged violations of federal and state securities laws and state common law in an alleged scheme to defraud customers and investors in several...more

Chris Lazarini Examines Claims Seeking Vacatur on Grounds of Arbitrator Misconduct

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Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which the plaintiff sought to vacate an adverse arbitration award claiming the arbitration panel misbehaved and prejudiced his rights under the Federal Arbitration...more

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

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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

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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

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

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

Catucci v. Valeant: Implications for Quebec Financings

Quebec courts have reaffirmed how challenging it can be for underwriters, issuers and other defendants to resist securities class actions for statutory primary market liability at the authorization or “certification” stage....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

Patenting the Blockchain

Last year’s spike in the valuation of bitcoin has much of the technology world focused on blockchain, the distributed database ledger technology behind bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies. Lost behind the scenes,...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

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

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

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

Chris Lazarini Discusses Challenge to Dischargeability of Claim Against Broker in Bankruptcy

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Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed an adversary proceeding brought against a broker by a plaintiff seeking recovery of investment losses. After the plaintiff filed a FINRA arbitration, the broker filed a...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

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