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SEC Settles FCPA Books and Records and Internal Controls Action

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC moved past virtual currencies for the moment, returning to a long established staple – the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The Commission filed a settled books and records action involving an Israeli based firm whose...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Proper Evidence To Support Inspection Claim

by Morris James LLP on

In Re UnitedHealth Group Inc. Section 220 Litigation, C.A. 2017-0681-VCMR (February 28, 2018) - To obtain inspection rights from a Delaware corporation to investigate alleged wrongdoing, the petitioner needs some evidence...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Rejects Challenge To Books And Records Demand, Holding That Evidence From Qui Tam Action Demonstrated...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On February 28, 2018, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted stockholders’ Section 220 demand to inspect the books and records of UnitedHealth Group Inc. (“UnitedHealth”) in order...more

Chancery Grants Books And Records Demand

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the recent decision of In re UnitedHealth Group, Inc. Section 220 Litig., C.A. No. 2017-0681-TMR (Del. Ch. Feb. 28, 2018), the Court of Chancery granted plaintiff’s Section 220 demand. The Court found that allegations...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Proper Purpose Analysis

by Morris James LLP on

KT4 Partners LLC v. Palantir Technologies Inc., C.A. 2017-0177-JRS (February 22, 2018) - When a demand to inspect corporate records states a purpose other than to value the corporation’s stock, it is often difficult to...more

Delaware Corporate and Commercial Case Law Year In Review – 2017

by Morris James LLP on

This top ten list summarizes significant decisions of the Delaware Supreme Court and the Delaware Court of Chancery over the past calendar year. Our criteria for selection are that the decision either changed the law in a...more

Legislator Seeks To Require Inspection Of Records In California

by Allen Matkins on

Corporations Code Section 1601 requires that records "be open to inspection . . . at any reasonable time during usual business hours . . .". The statute is silent on where the inspection must occur. In Innes v. Diablo...more

Dismissal of Shareholder Derivative Action on Rule 23.1 Grounds Precludes Relitigation of Different Del. Plaintiffs

by Morris James LLP on

The Delaware Supreme Court recently issued an important corporate law decision addressing issue preclusion in the context of multiple shareholder derivative actions. The court ruled in California State Teachers’ Retirement...more

Eighth Circuit rejects foreseeability test for notice to unknown creditors

In Dahlin v. Lyondell Chemical Co., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 1956 (8th Cir. Jan. 26, 2018), the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an argument that bankruptcy debtors were required by due process to provide more prominent...more

The Deal Quotes Douglas Rappaport on Litigation Strategies for Shareholder Activists

The Deal article quoted Akin Gump's attorney Douglas Rappaport. Douglas Rappaport, a partner in the litigation practice at Akin Gump, has been quoted by The Deal in “Activist Spotlight: Litigation Strategy Moves Behind the...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

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

Delaware Supreme Court Gives Preclusive Affect To Prior Dismissal In Wal-Mart Derivative Litigation

by Morris James LLP on

California State Teachers Retirement System v. Alvarez, No. 295, 2016 (Del. Jan. 25, 2018) - This is an important decision clarifying the rules regarding the preclusive effect a dismissal of a derivative suit may have on a...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

Chancery Greenlights Use of Books and Records Demands to Buttress Post-'Corwin' M&A Challenges

by Morris James LLP on

Stockholder M&A challenges in the Delaware Court of Chancery have declined in the wake of the well-known Trulia (and its federal corollary Walgreens) and Corwin decisions, which respectively reduced incentives for pre-closing...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Grants Books And Records Demand, Holding That Corwin Is Irrelevant To Section 220 Proceedings

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

“You’re Not Fully Clean”: § 220 Inspection Demands Under Corwin

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

Court Of Chancery Explains Inspection Rights Under An LLC Agreement

by Morris James LLP on

Aloha Power Company LLC v. Regenesis Power LLC, C.A. 12697-VCMR (Dec. 22, 2017) - This books and records decision addresses inspection rights granted under an LLC agreement. It also is useful as a reminder that a mere...more

Five Things to Think About Before a Surprise SEC Exam

If a team from the SEC arrives at your office and says, “We are conducting an on-site examination and would like to talk to the CCO right now,” are you prepared? A handful of registered investment advisers have faced surprise...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Lawyer-Driven Stockholder Books and Records Demand in Wilkinson v. Schulman

by Polsinelli on

Stockholder books and records demands are investigatory tools that often are a prelude to litigation directed at corporate fiduciaries. In rejecting a stockholder books and records demand, the Delaware Court of Chancery...more

Franchise Tax Board Penalties: Accuracy-Related Penalties, Part III: Substantial Misstatements

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We continue our discussion of Franchise Tax Board (FTB) accuracy-related penalties with penalties relating to substantial understatements or misstatements of income and asset values....more

Franchise Tax Board Penalties: Accuracy-Related Penalties, Part II: Negligence

by Moskowitz LLP on

The penalties for negligent errors on your tax return can be high, but they pale in comparison to those imposed if the government (federal and/or state) concludes that your mistakes were intentional. In this post, we are...more

Court Of Chancery Expands MFW To Recapitalization

by Morris James LLP on

IRA Trust FBO Bobbie Ahmed v. Crane, C.A.. 12742-CB (December 11, 2017) - This is an important decision because it extends the holding of MFW to a stock reclassification. Under the 6-part test of MFW, the business judgment...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Basis For Inspection Of Alleged Wrongdoing

by Morris James LLP on

Silverberg v. ATC Healthcare Inc., C.A. 2017-0242-JRS (December 5, 2017) - While the standard to win the right to inspect corporate records to investigate alleged wrongdoing is a lenient one, it is still not enough to just...more

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