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Court Of Chancery Rejects Attorney-Driven Books And Records Demand

by Morris James LLP on

Wilkinson v. A. Schulman, Inc., C.A. No. 2017-0138-VCL (Nov. 13, 2017) - This decision has potential far-reaching consequences for shareholder-plaintiff litigation. As is well known, some entrepreneurial plaintiff-side...more

Judge Rules Internal Affairs Doctrine Governs California Insider Trading Statute

by Allen Matkins on

As I have mentioned on numerous occasions, California has its own insider trading statute – California Corporations Code Section 25402. The statute is included in the California Corporate Securities Law of 1968. In general,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The moral of this story is as follows: if Maysayoshi Son says the merger’s off, it’s probably off (regardless of what the rest of the board says). We discussed the will they/won’t they status of the T-Mobile/Sprint deal last...more

Chancery Approves Incorporation of Reference Condition in Section 220 Litigation

by Morris James LLP on

Books and records actions are heralded as the “tools at hand” for litigators pursuing shareholder claims against a corporation. In fact, the Delaware Court of Chancery has been critical of litigants who failed to take...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Demand Excusal Based On Knowing Violations Of Law

by Morris James LLP on

Kandell v. NIV, C.A. No. 11812-VCG (Sept. 29, 2017) - Derivative plaintiffs alleging that directors allowed the corporation they serve to violate the law typically face dismissal for failure to make pre-suit demand on the...more

Nevada Supreme Court Adopts Delaware’s Direct Harm Test For Derivative Claims

by Allen Matkins on

On the same day that the Nevada Supreme Court rejected Delaware’s approach to reviewing special litigation committee determinations, it adopted Delaware’s test for determining whether a shareholder suit is derivative or...more

Cyberattacks Are the New Norm - How to respond and get insurance recovery for government investigations.

Takeaways - Companies that suffer cyberattacks can expect not sympathy but scrutiny from legal authorities. - D&O insurance can cover not only litigation but also investigation costs. - Strategic negotiation of...more

Nevada Supreme Court Adopts Delaware’s Tooley Test to Determine Whether Shareholder Claims are Direct or Derivative

In Parametric Sound Corp. v. The Eighth Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada, ___ P.3d ___, 2017 WL 4078845 (Nev. Sept. 14, 2017), the Nevada Supreme Court addressed the circumstances under which breach of fiduciary...more

Does California Side With Delaware Or New York On Special Litigation Committee Reviews?

by Allen Matkins on

As discussed in the two preceding posts, Nevada’s Supreme Court last week decided to adopt New York’s standard of review of special litigation committee recommendations to dismiss stockholder derivative suits. In re Dish...more

Nevada Favors New York Over Delaware Precedent For SLC Review

by Allen Matkins on

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

Demand Futility Isn't Dead For Derivative Actions Against Non-Profit Corporations

by Brooks Pierce on

You probably thought that you would never again have to argue that a demand on a corporation's board of directors before filing a derivative action should be excused because it would have been futile. That's because the...more

Shareholder Derivative Suit Or Derivative Action?

by Allen Matkins on

I have long puzzled over the question of which is correct – “derivative suit” or “derivative action”? Historically, the term “suit” was used for proceedings in equity. California courts have generally regarded shareholder...more

Can Shareholders Sue CEOs For Corporate Social Activism?

by Allen Matkins on

In an August 17, 2017 opinion piece published in The Wall Street Journal, Jon L. Pritchett and Ed Tiryakian had the following message for shareholders...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Delaware Test for Direct Versus Derivative Action

In a case arising out of the inversion transaction where Medtronic merged with Coviden, the Minnesota Supreme Court spoke on the proper test of determining when an action is derivative or direct in In re Medtronic, Inc....more

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

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

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

Chancery Recommends Rule to Determine Preclusive Effect of Judgments in Prior Derivative Actions

by Morris James LLP on

The predominant approach in most jurisdictions to determine whether the dismissal of a derivative action based on the failure to adequately plead demand futility bars re-litigation of this issue in a subsequent derivative...more

How To Confer A $6.9 Million Benefit For Less Than A Half Dollar

by Allen Matkins on

In March 2011, the three-member compensation committee of EchoStar Corporation awarded options to purchase 1.5 million shares of company stock to its Chairman, Charles W. Ergen. According to EchoStar’s proxy statement for...more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds Garner Fiduciary Exception Does Not Justify Compelled Production Of Privileged Documents Relevant To...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 27, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III of the Delaware Court of Chancery found that stockholder plaintiffs had not satisfied their burden of showing “good cause” under the Garner fiduciary exception to the...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Duty Of Care and Loyalty Claims

by Morris James LLP on

H&N Management Group Inc. v Couch, C.A. No. 12847-VCMR (Del. Ch. Aug. 1, 2017) - This is a rare case involving apparent lack of care in approving a conflicted transaction and a failure to employ almost any safeguards to...more

Delaware Chancellor Urges Revision of Preclusion Principles in Derivative Actions

The Chancellor of Delaware’s Court of Chancery yesterday urged the Delaware Supreme Court to revise Delaware law on preclusion in shareholder derivative actions. The court’s July 25, 2017 decision in In re Wal-Mart Stores,...more

Court of Chancery Advocates New Test Governing Preclusion in Derivative Litigation

by Morris James LLP on

In re Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Delaware Derivative Litig., C.A. No. 7455-CB (Del. Ch. July 25, 2017) - This is an important decision holding that just because one derivative litigation was dismissed for failure to overcome...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

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

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

Delaware Chancery Court Declines To Dismiss Claims Under Corwin, Finding The Complaint Adequately Pleaded That The Shareholder...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 31, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss purported derivative and direct stockholder claims for breaches of fiduciary duty against the directors of Charter...more

Finding No “Therapeutic” Benefit to Corporation, Court Denies Fee Award in Discontinued Shareholder Derivative Action

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

At first glance, you might think the plaintiff minority shareholder in Sardis v Sardis, 2017 NY Slip Op 27163 [Sup Ct Suffolk County May 11, 2017], achieved her derivative lawsuit’s goal when the defendant controlling...more

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