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Defendants in Stock Purchase Indemnification Action Entitled to Advancement under Bylaws

In Davis et al v. EMSI Holding Co., the Delaware Court of Chancery held that officers and directors of an acquired company were entitled to advancement under the acquired Company’s by-laws for expenses incurred in defending...more

Defining the Role of a Board Chair

The prior Family Business Advocates blog post provided an overview of the different legal roles that shareholders, directors, and officers play in the intersection of ownership and management of a company, but how does a...more

Hiring & Firing Officers In California

by Allen Matkins on

John Jenkins at The Mentor Blog addresses the question of who has authority to hire and fire officers? He notes...more

Who Signs The Bylaws?

by Allen Matkins on

I am occasionally asked who should sign the bylaws. The question presumes that bylaws must be signed. Although the California General Corporation Law requires that the original or a copy of the bylaws be available to...more

“Veep”: The Evolving Law of Advancement and Indemnification

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Companies confer title of “Vice President” on a wide range of employees, from senior executives, in some cases, to line-level personnel, in others. While distinguishing someone functioning as a senior executive from someone...more

An Analysis of Nasdaq’s “Golden Leash” Disclosure Rule

by White & Case LLP on

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved, on an accelerated basis, Nasdaq’s new Rule 5250(b)(3), which requires Nasdaq-listed U.S. companies to publicly disclose any arrangements or agreements...more

Court Of Chancery Denies Advancement Until Undertaking Executed

by Morris James LLP on

This decision states what should be obvious — you do not get your expenses advanced until you undertake to repay them if you lose....more

5 Securities Litigation Issues to Watch in 2016

The coming year promises to be a pivotal one in the world of securities and corporate governance litigation. In particular, there are five developing issues we are watching that have the greatest potential to significantly...more

Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Quarterly

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Welcome to the fifth issue of Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Quarterly, Seyfarth’s quarterly publication of the Securities & Financial Litigation Group focusing on decisions or other items of interest for...more

Gorman v. Salamone: Updating Delaware Law on the Removal of Officers by Stockholders

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The power to remove officers is usually reserved for a Delaware corporation’s board of directors. Express language in a certificate of incorporation can reserve this power for stockholders, and until recently, Delaware courts...more

Insights: The Delaware Edition - October 2015

We are pleased to share with you the inaugural issue of Insights: The Delaware Edition, a periodic publication addressing significant Delaware deal litigation and corporation law developments. In This Issue: - Q&A...more

Business Litigation Reporter October 2015

by Goodwin on

Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation sessions and related courts throughout the country – courts within which...more

Shareholder Suit Challenging Groundbreaking Minimum-Support-To-Sue Bylaw Dismissed

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In what is believed to be the first case nationwide seeking to strike down a groundbreaking corporate bylaw aimed at combatting frivolous shareholder class actions, Emergent Capital, Inc., has secured the dismissal with...more

Court of Chancery Affirms Director Primacy in Delaware Corporate Law

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

The Court of Chancery recently affirmed the primacy of the board of directors in Delaware corporate law in a case that involved an attempt by the majority stockholder of a Delaware corporation to amend the corporation’s...more

Does The Power To Choose Not Include The Power To Remove?

by Allen Matkins on

Last week I wrote about Vice Chancellor John W. Noble’s ruling in Gorman v. Salamone, C.A. No. 10183-VCN (Del. Ch. July 31, 2015) that a stockholder adopted bylaw empowering stockholders to remove officers is invalid.  The...more

Did You Ever Wonder What You Might Do In California But Not Delaware?

by Allen Matkins on

A recent decision by the Delaware Court of Chancery tackles the question of whether a stockholder may adopt a bylaw granting stockholders the right to remove officers.  In Gorman v. Salamone, C.A. No. 10183-VCN (Del. Ch. July...more

Petrobras Shareholders’ Brazilian-Law Claims Are Subject to Mandatory Arbitration Provision

The travails of Petrobras have generated a lot of attention – and litigation – in the past year. On July 30, 2015, District Judge Jed Rakoff, of the Southern District of New York, issued an opinion explaining his prior order...more

Fee Advancement Considerations Arise From Recent Delaware and Third Circuit Decisions

Recent decisions by the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Delaware Court of Chancery have raised important issues regarding fee advancement bylaws or policies of Delaware corporations. Please see full...more

Chancery Court Expands on When Legal Fees Can Be Advanced

by Morris James LLP on

Advancement and indemnification rights provide directors and officers of Delaware corporations comfort when accepting positions that often lead to being named in litigation. However, once the interests of the executive and...more

Why Directors and Officers Should Demand a Separate Indemnification Agreement

Corporate directors and officers (“D&O’s”) face significant personal exposure whenever their corporation is involved in a dispute or investigation. For this reason, prudent D&O’s avail themselves of all available legal...more

Not All Vice Presidents Are Officers and Entitled to Corporate Indemnification

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Aleynikov v. Goldman Sachs Grp., Inc. - Addressing the meaning of the term “officer” in a company’s bylaws, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated a district court’s summary judgment that a computer...more

Is a Vice President an Officer Entitled to Indemnification or Advancement?

This question didn’t seem to be that complicated at first blush. Now it is. The Third Circuit’s recent ruling that a former Vice President of Goldman Sachs is not necessarily an officer entitled to indemnification/advancement...more

Can An Employment Agreement Be A Wee Bit Too Integrated?

by Allen Matkins on

The Bylaws of many public companies provide for mandatory indemnification of directors and officers (and sometimes other agents as well). Often, Bylaws describe these indemnity obligations as contract rights. For example...more

Forum Selection Clauses Were Here Before They Were In Bylaws

by Allen Matkins on

Recent rulings by judges in Delaware and other states have given impetus to the adoption of exclusive forum bylaws. To the casual observer, the idea might seem entirely novel. But as Koheleth (the Gatherer) wrote “What has...more

Charged with Interpreting “Officer” in Corporate By-Laws, Third Circuit Decides 12 Random People Are Better Suited for the Job

by Brooks Pierce on

Here are two things I thought when I was a kid: (1) Quicksand was a real threat, something that could suck me into the Earth if I wasn’t careful when walking around outside. I don’t know if this was a function of too many...more

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