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Delaware Court Of Chancery Rejects Books-And-Records Demand Driven By Entrepreneurial Counsel

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 13, 2017, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery rejected a stockholder’s demand to inspect books and records of A. Shulman, Inc. (the “Company”) under Delaware General Corporation Law...more

Second Circuit Affirms Class Certification Holding that Direct Evidence of Price Impact is Not Always Necessary to Demonstrate...

In Waggoner v. Barclays PLC, No. 16-1912 (2d Cir. Nov. 6, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in a Rule 10b-5 securities fraud action, affirmed the district court’s order granting class...more

Fourth Circuit Court Of Appeals Affirms Dismissal Of Securities Fraud Class Action, Stating That Scienter Cannot Be Pled By...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 15, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative securities fraud class action against PowerSecure International, Inc. (the “Company” or “PowerSecure”), and...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Case Alleging Conspiracy Against FINRA and an Email Archiving Vendor

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a case in which Plaintiffs, attempting to overcome an earlier dismissal of their claims, alleged a conspiracy between an email archiving vendor and FINRA in support of their...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

District Of Colorado Affirms FINRA Arbitration Award

by Carlton Fields on

A Colorado federal court affirmed a FINRA arbitration award, despite a cross-motion to vacate the award on the bases of alleged panel misconduct; exceeding its powers; manifest disregard of the law; and that the award did not...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

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

Bridging the Week - November 2017

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

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

SCA delivers clarity on locus standi for oppressive conduct

by Hogan Lovells on

In the reportable case of Smyth v Investec Bank Ltd (674/2016) [2017] ZASCA 147, the Supreme Court of Appeal held that the beneficial owners of shares in a company are not eligible to join as co-applicants with the relevant...more

The Southern District Of California Allows Shareholder Securities Fraud Class Action To Proceed In Part

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 20, 2017, Judge Michael M. Anello of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California denied in part and granted in part a motion to dismiss brought by Qualcomm, Inc. (the “Company”), its...more

The Southern District Of California Allows Shareholder Securities Fraud Class Action To Proceed In Part

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 20, 2017, Judge Michael M. Anello of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California denied in part and granted in part a motion to dismiss brought by Qualcomm, Inc. (the “Company”), its...more

Ninth Circuit Trims PSLRA Safe Harbor’s Protection for Forward-Looking Statements

by Perkins Coie on

A recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, In re Quality Systems, Inc. Securities Litigation, 865 F.3d 1130 (9th Cir. 2017), cut back on the protections afforded by the safe-harbor provision of the...more

ERISA’s Six-Year Statute of Repose for Fiduciary-Breach Claims Can Be Tolled

The Eleventh Circuit ruled that ERISA’s six-year statute of repose can be tolled by the parties even though it is a statute of repose. During pre-litigation negotiations between the U.S. Department of Labor and a trustee of...more

No Statutory Claim? No Certification for Securities Class Action

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Last week, Justice Perell released a securities class action decision (LBP Holdings Ltd. v. Hycroft Mining Corporation, 2017 ONSC 6342 [Hycroft]) refusing to certify a common law claim for negligent misrepresentation against...more

Western District Of Washington Dismisses Securities Fraud Class Action With Leave To Amend, Finding Plaintiff Failed To Adequately...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 18, 2017, Judge Ricardo S. Martinez of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington dismissed with leave to amend a consolidated amended complaint asserting violations of Sections 10(b)...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Disgorgement Claim For Lack Of Standing Because Shares In Company Were Exchanged For Shares Of...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 19, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in a summary order, affirmed dismissal of an action seeking disgorgement of alleged short-swing profits realized by Defendants Eminence Partners...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Dismisses Post-Merger Fiduciary Duty Claims Against Alleged Controller

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 24, 2017, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a motion to dismiss a putative class action by former stockholders of Morgans Hotel Group Co. (“Morgans”), challenging its $794...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - October 2017

by Burr & Forman on

After months of wrangling, the U.S. Senate voted to pass substantive and impactful legislation on Tuesday evening regarding the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. Please see full E-Note for more information....more

Standing Only Gets You So Far. Scottrade Offers Tactics To Win The Data Breach Class Action War

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

A recent skirmish about standing in data breach class actions (this time in the Eighth Circuit), involving securities and brokerage firm Scottrade, suggests that, even if plaintiffs win that limited question, there are other...more

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Candour in Ex Parte Applications

by Bennett Jones LLP on

A recent decision by the Alberta Court of Appeal (ABCA) reminds us that counsel must take care to provide a balanced view of both sides and not overreach in their asks when seeking an ex parte application, lest the court set...more

Factors to take into account when dealing with a request to inspect a company's register of members

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The Court of Appeal has considered two issues regarding a request to inspect a company's register of members. First, whether a request is valid if it does not contain all the information required by the Companies Act 2006...more

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