The Ascertainabilty Fallacy And Its Consequences

This article discusses the traditional interpretation of ascertainability, highlights the radical departure taken by the Third Circuit in Carrera, and identifies an emerging split in the wake of that and other similar decisions… Read Article
(first published in AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Groups Newsletter, Spring 2015) 

What Fiduciary Duties?: Delaware Supreme Court Okays One-Way Fee-Shifting Bylaws

The Board of Insulated Corp. has just agreed to a merger by which Insulated Corp.’s controlling stockholder will cash-out all of the corporation’s public stockholders and take the corporation private. Your client owns shares of Insulated Corp. stock and believes the merger price reflects only 50% of the true value of the stock. If your client is right, then she stands to gain $50,000 in increased merger consideration—and the class of public stockholders stands to gain $50,000,000. Sounds like a great case for breach of fiduciary duty, right? Not so fast… Read Article
(first published in AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Groups Newsletter, Summer 2014)

Supreme Court to Revisit the Fraud-on-the-Market Presumption of Reliance in Securities Fraud Case

In November 2013, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a corporate defendant’s sweeping challenge to the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance in securities fraud cases. Reliance is a necessary element of a securities fraud claim… Read Article
(first published in AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Groups Newsletter, Winter 2014)

Fees Obliterate Managed Futures Fund Profits

Looking for a profitable fund to invest in? You may find one if you look to a managed futures fund. You might be surprised, however, to later find that despite your chosen fund showing significant gains, you’ve reaped little to no profit… Read Article

Multidistrict Litigation Practice: The Function and Shifting Focus of the JPML in Class Action and Other “Bet the Company” Litigation

One of the consequences of the 20th Century, post-industrial expansion of manufacturing, technology, and commerce across the United States (and abroad) is the increasing procedural and substantive complexity of litigation arising from that expansion. Whether through mass production, federal legislation, or otherwise, now, when torts arise from defective products or other improper conduct, the problem is rarely localized or individual in scope… Find the Full Article here

Disgorgement Of Compensation Paid To Directors During The Time They Were Grossly Negligent: An Available But Seldom Used Remedy

A bedrock principle of Delaware corporate law is that directors of Delaware corporations are charged with a duty of care, which means that they must consider all material information reasonably available to them and exercise reasonable care and skill in dealing with the affairs of the corporation… Read Article

Shareholder Rights and Corporate Governance in the Dodd-Frank Act

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is a massive piece of legislation that is over 2,300 pages long. It authorizes various regulatory bodies to conduct additional studies and to enact rules to implement the Act… Read Article

SEC Adopts Proxy Access Rules Making it Easier for Shareholders to Nominate and Remove Directors

The ability of shareholders to require that the names of shareholder-nominated candidates for the board of directors be placed on the company’s proxy statement has long been considered the “holy grail” for shareholder activists… Read Article

SEC Adopts New Regulations to Deter Fraudulent Conduct and Excessive Risk Taking

On December 16, 2009, the SEC voted 4-to-1 to adopt broader proxy disclosure requirements forcing public companies to reveal more information about how they pay their executives… Read Article

Company Takes Aim at Shareholder, Refusing to Include Proposal in its Proxy Materials

On March 10, 2010, the Hon. Lee. H. Rosenthal, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued her decision in a closely watched case relating to the procedural requirements imposed on shareholders who seek to introduce proposals under SEC Rule 14a-8… Read Article

Reforming Executive Compensation

Given the fact that the federal government had to bring the economy back from the brink of utter collapse less than two years ago, the investing public understandably expected to see significant changes to the compensation paid to executives… Read Article

The Stockholder’s Statutory Right to Inspect Corporate Books and Records

Stockholders, as corporate owners, have both a right and a need to receive information relevant to the decisions they need to make in protection of their interests, including decisions about how to vote their shares, whether to sell, and whether legal action is necessary… Read Article

Shareholder Proposals For Reimbursement Of Expenses Incurred In Proxy Contests: Recent Guidance From The Delaware Supreme Court

There has been considerable academic discussion of the struggle for control of public corporations waged between shareholders (as the owners) and boards of directors (who are the managers and agents of the shareholders)… Read Article

Stoneridge: Did it Close the Door to “Scheme Liability”?

As Mark Twain might have said, reports of the death of scheme liability may have been greatly exaggerated…  Read Article

In a Clear Victory for Institutional Investor, Court Finds U.S. Accounting Firm and its International Organization can be Held Liable for Audits Conducted by Foreign Affiliates

In a January 27, 2009 decision in In re Parmalat Securities Litigation, Judge Lewis Kaplan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York addressed the issue of whether a U.S. accounting firm and the international organization of which it is a member can be held liable for securities violations committed by a member firm practicing in another country… Read Article

The Delaware Court of Chancery Speaks on Option Backdating and Spring-Loading

On February 6, 2007, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued two significant decisions in derivative cases involving allegations of stock option backdating and spring-loading…
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Does Corporate Governance Matter to Investment Returns?

Although Conrad Black will tell you that corporate governance is a form of terrorism, an increasing body of evidence suggests that enhanced governance equals enhanced performance… Read Article

State Appraisal Statutes: An Underutilized Shareholder Remedy

There are many occasions upon which the shareholders of a corporation are deprived of their ownership interest in that corporation, against their will, either through merger, recapitalization or as the result of some other corporate transaction… Read Article