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Delaware’s Restrictive Trulia Standard Gains Traction in California

Silicon Valley court signals increased scrutiny of disclosure-only settlements of merger objection litigation. Delaware Courts have become reluctant to approve settlements of merger objection lawsuits based on...more

Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Plaintiffs’ Challenge to Risk Factors and Earnings Projections, in Williams v. Globus Medical,...

A recent Third Circuit opinion demonstrates the high bar that plaintiffs face when attempting to plead the falsity of two categories of statements: (1) risk factors alleged to be misleading because the warned-of risk had...more

Ninth Circuit Analyzes Statements Concerning FDA Feedback, in In re Atossa Genetics, Inc. Securities Litigation (August 18, 2017)

On August 18, 2017, a Ninth Circuit panel affirmed in part, reversed in part, and vacated in part the district court’s dismissal of the amended securities fraud class action complaint in In re Atossa Genetics, Inc. Securities...more

Veil-Piercing Under California Law – Heightened Risks for Fund Managers

We recently posted about the risks associated with veil-piercing claims and the ways in which fund managers can protect themselves from exposure to these claims. Our first post on veil-piercing focused on Delaware standards,...more

Inside the Courts – An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - September 2017/ Volume 9 / Issue 3

This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between May 2017 and August 2017....more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Court's Decision to Stay Proceedings Involving Non-Arbitrable Claims Pending the Outcome of an Arbitration

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Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a case involving claims against one defendant that are arbitrable and claims against a second defendant that are not. Exercising its discretion, the court stayed the...more

Veil Piercing/Alter Ego Determinations – How Fund Managers Can Protect Themselves

A veil piercing claim can be a worst-case scenario for a private fund manager dealing with a struggling portfolio company investment – the company fails, and ensuing legal claims are brought not only against the portfolio...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - September 2017

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Market and Product Developments - Securities Industry Implements T+2 Settlement Cycle - On September 5, 2017, the securities industry transitioned to a shorter settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities...more

Nevada Favors New York Over Delaware Precedent For SLC Review

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Nevada law endows a board of directors “full control over the affairs of the corporation”. NRS 78.120(1). This control is subject only to such limitations as may be provided by NRS chapter 7, or the articles of...more

Texas Supreme Court Enforces Forum-Selection Clause In Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Case Arising From A Shareholder Agreement

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In Pinto Tech. Ventures, L.P. v. Sheldon, the Texas Supreme Court held that business tort claims, including breach of fiduciary duty, were subject to a forum-selection clause in a shareholders agreement. No. 16-0007, 2017 WL...more

Upcoming Supreme Court Cases Worth Noting by Institutional Investors

The U.S. Supreme Court‘s 2017 term begins October 2nd and we will be tracking at least three cases relevant to institutional investors: •Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund •Digital Realty Trust v....more

In A Post-Trial Opinion, Delaware Court Of Chancery Dismisses Breach Of Contract And Fiduciary Duty Claims For Lack Of Personal...

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On September 1, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed claims for breaches of contract and fiduciary duty brought by plaintiffs against a prospective business partner,...more

When Speaking to Investors, Mix Facts with Predictions at Your Peril

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 protects “forward-looking statements”—that is, predictions about the future, at least when they are accompanied by “meaningful cautionary statements” that could cause the...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Extends Business Judgment Rule Deference to Controller Transactions Involving Third-Parties

On August 18, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted defendants’ motion to dismiss a class action brought by former minority stockholders of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (“MSLO”) against Martha Stewart and...more

No Payday for Objecting Stockholders as Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Appraisal Ruling

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The Delaware Supreme Court recently reversed a Delaware Chancery Court's finding that a private equity buyer had underpaid in connection with its acquisition of payday lending firm DFC Global Corporation....more

Minnesota Supreme Court Articulates Test for Direct Versus Derivative Claims in In re Medtronic, Inc. Shareholder Litigation

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On August 16, 2017, the Minnesota Supreme Court decided In re Medtronic, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, holding that a shareholder’s claim is properly characterized as a direct claim, not a derivative claim, if the shareholder...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Case, Using Securities Fraud Standard

The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a grant of summary judgment in an employer’s favor, dismissing a SOX and Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation case based on the plaintiff’s lack of an objectively reasonable belief of...more

Commercial Division Declines to Use New York Debtor and Creditor Law to Enjoin a Defendant’s Asset Sale Without Evidence of...

In Del Forte USA, Inc. v. Blue Beverage Group, Inc. et al., No. 518454/2016, 2017 BL 253248 (Sup. Ct. Jul. 17, 2017), New York Commercial Division Justice Sylvia G. Ash denied plaintiff Del Forte’s preliminary injunction...more

Checklist for Strengthening Your Defenses to 401(k) Plan Class Actions

The last ten years have seen a proliferation of high-profile class actions alleging breach of ERISA fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty against plan fiduciaries. The claims are usually based upon alleged excessive...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Waiver of the Right to Seek Arbitration

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Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which the defendant filed fraud and RICO actions in federal court against several persons and entities alleging they defrauded her out of millions of dollars....more

Under Delaware Law, the Occurrence of Alleged Illegal Conduct at a Company Is Not Enough to Plead Demand Futility Sufficient to...

In a shareholder derivative action, to survive a motion to dismiss for failure to plead facts showing demand futility, a derivative plaintiff must plead particularized facts showing either actual involvement by a majority of...more

SCOTUS Upholds Strict Statute of Repose on Federal Section 11 Securities Claims

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In a 5-4 decision in California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) v. ANZ Securities, Inc., et al. (No. 16-373), 582 U.S. ___ (2017), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld, at the end of last month, a U.S. Court of Appeals...more

Delaware Chancery Court Declines To Dismiss Challenges To Director Option Grants And Outside Investor Voting Agreement

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On June 28, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss purported derivative and direct stockholder claims for breaches of fiduciary duty against the directors of...more

Second Circuit Clarifies Class Certification Requirements in Significant Securities Class Action Decision

On July 7, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit offered significant guidance regarding the circuit’s class certification requirements in In re Petrobras Securities, No. 16-1914. In addressing an issue of...more

Southern District Decision Dismisses Commodity Exchange Act Claims Based on Morrison

The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York recently dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging, among other claims, that a large number of entities and individuals in the market for producing, refining and...more

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