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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Fiduciary Duties in Family Business M&A Transactions

This is the eighth article in our series on selling the family business. Our previous articles include advance planning, preliminary diligence, marketing, letters of intent, indemnification provisions, backstopping the deal,...more

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

ERISA Litigation Roundup: Federal District Court Finds ERISA Plan Participants Lack Standing to Challenge Cross-Plan Offsetting

On May 20, 2021, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota dismissed breach of fiduciary duty claims against UnitedHealth Group, holding that participants in ERISA-governed, employer-sponsored...more

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Corwin Cleansing Denied Again: Delaware Court of Chancery Green Lights Claims Alleging Loyalty Breaches Tainting Company Sales...

On May 6, 2021, Vice Chancellor Zurn of the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a 200-page decision denying a motion to dismiss in In re Pattern Energy Group Inc. Stockholders Litigation, a class action challenging the $6.1...more

Stinson - Corporate & Securities Law Blog

Votes Compelled by Stockholders Agreement Do Not Count Towards Corwin Cleansing

In connection with an M&A transaction, in In Re Pattern Energy Group Inc. Stockholders Litigation the Delaware Court of Chancery determined that that the plaintiff had stated a claim against the director defendants for breach...more

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Massachusetts SJC Rules That Employers May Hold Employees Liable for Violating Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Law

On April 9, 2021, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled that an employee may be liable to his or her employer under the Commonwealth’s unfair and deceptive trade practices statute - which authorizes an award of...more

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Officers Face Personal Liability for Steering a Sale of Columbia Pipeline to a Preferred Buyer

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The Delaware Court of Chancery in In re Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. Merger Litigation denied a motion to dismiss claims for fiduciary duty breach in the sale of Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. (“Columbia”). The Court found...more

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Ninth Circuit Enforces Forum Selection Clause in 401(k) Plan

On April 1, 2021, the Ninth Circuit became the third circuit court to conclude that a forum-selection clause in an ERISA 401(k) plan is enforceable. The Ninth Circuit thus denied a petition for mandamus seeking to overturn a...more

Morgan Lewis - ML Benefits

DOL Announces Nonenforcement Policy for New ESG and Proxy Voting Rules

In a somewhat expected development, the US Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) issued an enforcement statement on Wednesday announcing that it will not enforce the recently published final...more

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Bar Exam Toolbox Podcast Episode 124: Listen and Learn -- Duty of Loyalty (Corporations)

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Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! In today's episode, we're talking about the duty of loyalty owed by directors and officers of a corporation, and the main types of conduct they are prohibited from engaging in. ...more

Morris James LLP

Chancery Sustains Claims Against Target’s CEO, Target’s Financial Advisor, and Acquirer for Allegedly Covertly Steering Merger...

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Firefighters’ Pension System of The City of Kansas City, Missouri Trust v. Presidio, Inc., C.A. No. 2019-0839-JTL (Del. Ch. Jan. 29, 2021) Presidio illustrates potential pitfalls for parties in the M&A process, including...more

Law School Toolbox

Law School Toolbox Podcast Episode 282: Listen and Learn -- Duty of Loyalty (Corporations)

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Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! In today's episode, we're talking about the duty of loyalty owed by directors and officers of a corporation, and the main types of conduct they are prohibited to engage in. In...more

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Developments in Delaware Corporation Law

The Delaware Court of Chancery’s docket exploded with expedited “broken” deal litigation in 2020, driven by the impact of COVID-19. Beyond pandemic-related merger litigation, stockholder plaintiffs remained focused on claims...more

White & Case LLP

Fiduciary or Contractual? Experts' Duties and Conflicting Interests

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In the case of (1) Secretariat Consulting Pte Ltd, (2) Secretariat International UK Ltd, (3) Secretariat Advisors LLC v A Company [2021] EWCA Civ 6, the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Technology and Construction...more

Goodwin

SEC’s Disgorgement Authority Expanded Under National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021

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SEC’s Disgorgement Authority Expanded Under National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021; Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Derivative Claim Based On Deficient Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Efforts: “Bad...more

Arent Fox

Class Actions Quarterly Update: Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court ruled on several cases involving class actions in the last few months. A case awaiting certiorari could dramatically change the jurisdictional requirements for plaintiffs in class actions across the country....more

Bracewell LLP

ESG Investing and Retirement Plans

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Background - As ESG (environmental, social and governance) investing recently has drawn the attention of governmental agencies that oversee the administration of qualified retirement plans and their trillions of dollars...more

Hardin Compliance Consulting LLC

SEC (Finally) Modernizes Advertising and Solicitation Rules; NY Requires IAR Registration; DOL’s New Rule Eliminates ESG from...

For Investment Advisers - At Long Last – SEC Modernizes the Advertising and Solicitation Rules! Cramming it in just before the end of 2020, the SEC adopted a new rule to replace the existing advertising and cash...more

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Warning to Directors of Selling Companies: Breach of Fiduciary Duty Liability May Exist for Failure to Investigate and Ensure...

A recent ruling from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York sent shock waves through the legal and financial community, with some shouting that this “could be a gamestopper for the private...more

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Department Of Labor Finalizes Regulation Requiring Fiduciary Investment Decisions To Be Based Solely On Pecuniary Factors

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On October 30, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) released its final amended regulation on investment duties under Section 404(a)(1)(A) and (B) of ERISA. The final regulation substantially reworks the DOL’s original...more

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DOL Updates Factors For Selecting Plan Investments

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On October 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) released a Final Rule to “provide clear regulatory guideposts for fiduciaries of private-sector retirement and other employee benefit plans in light of recent...more

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Talking The Talk Versus Walking The Walk: Shareholder Suits Aim To Push Board Diversity And Punish Companies Supposedly Failing To...

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A lot of attention has been paid to board diversity – or lack thereof – in recent months. California enacted AB-979, which expanded upon California’s earlier gender diversity law and requires boards to make strides in other...more

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

The “Pecuniary” Rule: A Roadmap for Navigating the DOL’s Final Rule on Financial Factors in Selecting Plan Investments

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule to revise its existing rule regarding financial factors in selecting plan investments. We discussed the proposed rule in an earlier article, and this article provides a...more

Groom Law Group, Chartered

Cybertheft Lawsuit: ERISA Fiduciary Breach Claims Dismissed Against Plan Sponsor but Move Forward Against Recordkeeper

On October 2, 2020, the Northern District of Illinois ruled on motions to dismiss in a closely-watched cybertheft lawsuit arising out of the theft of $245,000 from a participant’s account in the Abbott Laboratories Stock...more

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California State Court Upholds Exclusive Federal Forum-Selection Charter Provision for 1933 Act Suits

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California State Court Upholds Exclusive Federal Forum-Selection Charter Provision for 1933 Act Suits; California District Court Dismisses Fraud-Related Claims Against AT&T; Third Circuit Holds Challenge to SEC’s Decision to...more

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A DOL Proxy Vote Against ESG? – New ERISA Proposal May Limit Plans’ Exercise of Shareholder Rights

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The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) on August 31, 2020 proposed a regulation (the “Proposed Proxy Regulation”) that would apply to how fiduciaries under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”)...more

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