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Eliminating Fiduciary Duties in a Closely Held Business

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Longstanding Massachusetts law holds that officers, directors, partners, and even equity holders in closely held corporations owe their respective entities and related equity holders a fiduciary duty to act with the utmost...more

Corporate Actors Held Individually Accountable in Recent False Claims Act Settlement

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has sent a clear message that individuals cannot hide behind the corporate shield in its recent settlement with Med-Fast Pharmacy, Inc. and the charges brought against its associated...more

Q&A with Jake Krattiger

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Q: Does joining a corporate board impose any personal liability on board members? A: Joining a board doesn’t impose any personal liability on an individual per se, but improper actions taken while serving on a board can...more

SFC Obtains Disqualification and Court Orders Against Hanergy’s Former Chairman and Current Directors

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Court of First Instance’s decision has important implications for directors of listed companies when failing to act in the best interests of the company. Background - On July 15, 2015, the Securities and Futures...more

Personal Liability for Senior Accounting Officers Over Tax Accounting Arrangements— First Court Decision Provides a Cautionary...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The UK Senior Accounting Officer (SAO) regime was brought in by the Finance Act 2009 and requires large companies and groups to identify the individual who is responsible for certifying to the UK tax authority (HMRC) each...more

Time to Elevate Insurance Provisions That Allocate Loss: Enhancing Coverage Under Executive Risk Liability Policies

by King & Spalding on

One of the primary functions of an executive risk liability policy, such as a directors and officers (“D&O”) liability policy, is to protect companies from the risk of covering costs incurred in the defense of its corporate...more

Personal Liability Under Canada's Anti-Spam Law

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Under Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL) not only may a corporation that fails to comply be liable to pay a monetary penalty but personal liability may also arise. Section 31 provides that "An officer, director, agent or mandatary...more

Exculpatory Provisions Under Delaware Law: Say What You Mean And Mean What You Say

Exculpation provisions in operating agreements must be carefully crafted in order to protect members, managers, directors and officers for breaches of fiduciary duties...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Caremark Claim For Failure To Adequately Allege That The Board Consciously Disregarded FCPA...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 16, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed breach of fiduciary duty and other claims brought derivatively against the directors and former chief financial officer of...more

“But I Didn’t Know” – Protecting Yourself from Responsible Person Status

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A couple of weeks ago, we considered a situation in which an unscrupulous partner (perhaps in cahoots with an IRS agent) tried to stick one of their partners with the federal employment taxes owed by their failing business....more

The Federal Government Holds Individuals Responsible for Involvement in Corporate Healthcare Fraud and Abuse

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

In September 2016, three corporate officers in two healthcare fraud and abuse cases settled allegations that they were personally liable for violations of federal fraud and abuse laws. These settlements come one year after...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - October 2016

by Reed Smith on

Welcome to the October 2016 issue of the CR&B Alert, the newsletter produced by Reed Smith's Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group. Excerpt from newsletter: DELAWARE AND NEW YORK AT ODDS OVER RECLAMATION...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

One of the Largest Member Clubs in Singapore Is Liquidated

by Morgan Lewis on

California Fitness’s closure has left many consumers who have purchased prepaid packages without any remedies. On 20 July, California Fitness, which was once fronted by action movie star Jackie Chan, announced that it...more

D&O Insurance—Issues to Consider Before a Claim Arises

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In Depth - Directors and officers (D&O) liability insurance remains a vital issue for companies and their directors and officers as potential sources of liability continue to evolve. More securities lawsuits were filed...more

What Is A Knowing Violation Of Law?

by Allen Matkins on

Nevada’s private corporation law automatically exculpates directors and officers from individual liability from individual liable to the corporation or its stockholders or creditors for any damages as a result of any act or...more

Business Litigation Reporter - June 2016

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

Up Close and Personal: Individual CCO Liability – Part I

by Thomas Fox on

A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course. That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed. Those lines were the opening verse to the theme song of the TV...more

DOJ’s New FCPA “Pilot Program” Targets Corporate Officers and Other Individuals

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

For years, FCPA observers have predicted that the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) will increase its prosecutions of corporate officers and employees for FCPA violations. These predictions have so far proven disputable, as the...more

SEC Charges Biotech Company and Its Officers with Misleading Investors by Failing to Disclose FDA Concerns and Recommendations

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On March 29, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced charges against a biotech company and three of its officers for securities fraud. The company has agreed to pay $4 million to resolve the charges...more

2016 IPO Report

by WilmerHale on

Our 2016 IPO Report offers a detailed analysis of, and outlook for, the IPO market, plus useful IPO market metrics. We look at rates of adoption of JOBS Act relief by emerging growth companies, and recent FAST Act amendments...more

2015 Georgia Corporation and Business Organization Case Law Developments

by Bryan Cave on

This survey covers the legal principles governing Georgia businesses, their management and ownership. It catalogs decisions ruling on issues of corporate, limited liability company and partnership law, as well as transactions...more

OCC Announces Shift in Enforcement Policy: Increased Focus on Internal Risk Management and Personal Liability of Bankers

by Reed Smith on

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the primary federal regulator for most large banks, recently issued a new policy on agency enforcement actions seeking civil money penalties against institutions and individuals....more

Business Litigation Reporter - February 2016

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Confidentiality Agreement Must be Expressly Preserved in New Employment Agreement. The decision in Meschino v. Frazier Industrial Co., 2015 WL 7295463, at *1 (D. Mass. Nov. 18, 2015) (Stearns, J.), underscores that an...more

Corporate Governance Considerations in Light of the Yates Memo

Last fall, United States Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates released a memorandum titled “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing.” The “Yates Memo” is the latest installment in a series of prosecution guidelines...more

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