Category: Litigation

SCOTUS decides Omnicare: 6th Circuit applied incorrect standards in the context of liability under §11 for statements of opinion

by Cydney Posner Today, SCOTUS issued its opinion in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund.   In the case, SCOTUS answers these questions: First, when can a statement of opinion be considered a “false statement of material fact”? That is, for purposes of §11, a “strict […]

Delaware Chancery Court addresses application of fee-shifting bylaw to former stockholder

by Cydney Posner In a case just decided, Strougo v. Hollander, C.A. No. 9770-CB (Del. Ch. Mar. 16, 2015), the Delaware Chancery Court addressed the issue of whether the timing of adoption affects the enforceability of a unilaterally adopted fee-shifting bylaw against former stockholders.  While it appears that, in light […]

SEC Enforcement tries to fix more “broken windows”

by Cydney Posner On Friday, the SEC charged eight officers, directors and major shareholders for failing to update their Schedule 13D stock ownership reports to reflect material changes in connection with several going-private transactions. According to the press release, each person or entity charged “took steps to advance undisclosed plans […]

No surprises in direction of Delaware Bar’s Corporation Law Council proposals on forum selection and fee-shifting bylaws

by Cydney Posner The Delaware Bar’s Corporation Law Council is proposing amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law that would address forum selection provisions, and, more significantly, the debate roiling the Delaware bar regarding the validity and advisability of fee-shifting charter and bylaw provisions. No real surprises in the directions […]

Will Congress revisit the conflict minerals rule?

by Cydney Posner According to a Bloomberg BNA report, a representative of the Chamber of Commerce, one of the plaintiffs in National Association of Manufacturers, Inc. v. SEC, the conflict minerals case currently pending in the DC Circuit, claims that the litigation “is sparking new interest by Congress in the requirements.” Don’t […]

In re Numoda Corporation Shareholders Litigation: Delaware court addresses the new Delaware ratification statutes

by Cydney Posner A recent Delaware opinion, In Re Numoda Corporation Shareholders Litigation, decided on January 30, 2015, appears to be the first opinion to resolve questions under the new Delaware statutes, Sections 204 and 205, which authorize ratification of defective corporate acts by the corporation and the Delaware courts, […]

House Republicans pressure SEC to end court battle over conflict minerals rule

by Cydney Posner According to this article from The Washington Post with Bloomberg, in February, House Financial Services Committee Chair Jeb Hensarling and three other House members (Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Bill Huizenga of Michigan, and Ed Royce of California) sent a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White urging […]

Study shows benefit of forum selection bylaws

by Cydney Posner A new study from Cornerstone Research demonstrates the benefit of adopting forum selection bylaws. The study reveals that, for the first time since 2008, the majority (60%) of M&A-related litigation was filed in only one jurisdiction, a reversal of the trend that prevailed from 2009 to 2013, when […]

Institutional investors speak out on proxy access and conflicting proposals

by Cydney Posner Earlier this month, the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee devoted part of its agenda to the topic of proxy access and the much debated Rule 14a-8(i)(9), which permits companies to exclude shareholder proposals from their proxy statements if they directly conflict with management proposals for the same meeting.  […]

Disclosure of employee litigation in periodic reports: between Scylla and Charybdis?

by Cydney Posner A recent case from the 7th circuit, Greengrass v. International Monetary Systems, Ltd., No. 13-2901, decided January 12, 2015, may be useful to keep in mind now that it’s 10-K season. The case involved a retaliation claim made by a former employee when her former employer, in […]