Chancery Applies Business Judgment Rule to Freezeout by Majority Shareholder

In Re MFW Shareholder Litigation, C.A. No. 6566-CS (Del. Ch. May 29, 2013). Issue Addressed: What standard of review should apply to a going-private merger conditioned upfront by the controlling stockholder on approval by both a properly empowered, independent committee and … Continue reading

Delaware Fiduciary Duty of Disclosure Explained by Chancery

In re Wayport, Inc. Litigation, Cons., C.A. No. 4167-VCL (Del. Ch. May 1, 2013). Issues Addressed: Among the several issues addressed in this case, the most noteworthy is a fulsome discussion and restatement of the fiduciary duty of disclosure that directors … Continue reading

Chancery Addresses Right to Direct Claim for Dilution of Minority Shareholders

Carsanaro v. Bloodhound Technologies, Inc., C.A. No. 7301-VCP (Del. Ch. March 15, 2013). This 76-page Chancery decision addresses issues that include the following: (1) when a claim for dilution of minority shares can be pursued directly instead of, or in … Continue reading

Duties of Directors of Insolvent Company Addressed

Edgewater Growth Capital Partners LP v. HIG Capital, Inc., C.A. 3601-CS (Del. Ch., Feb. 28, 2013). This 70-page decision provides useful and extensive analysis of the duties of directors of an insolvent corporation and related claims against a private equity shareholder … Continue reading

Key Delaware Corporate and Commercial Decisions in 2012

Noteworthy 2012 Corporate and Commercial Decisions from Delaware’s Supreme Court and Court of Chancery. By: Francis G.X. Pileggi and Kevin F. Brady. Introduction This is the eighth year that we are providing an annual review of key Delaware corporate and … Continue reading

Delaware Does Not Impose Fiduciary Duty, Per Se, to Minimize Corporate Taxes

Seinfeld v. Slager, C.A. No. 6462-VCG (Del. Ch. June 29, 2012). Issues Presented (1) Whether board approval of a supplemental retirement bonus was a breach of fiduciary duty to the extent that it constituted waste and did not qualify for … Continue reading

Dismissal of One Derivative Lawsuit Not Bar to Second Derivative Claim by Second Stockholder

Louisiana Municipal Police Employees’ Retirement Systems v. Pyott, C.A. 5795-VCL (Del. Ch. June 11, 2012). Issues Addressed Whether collateral estoppel, Rule 23.1 or Rule 12(b)(6) apply to require the dismissal of a Delaware derivative suit based on the dismissal in … Continue reading

Court of Chancery Awards Lost Future Earnings as Damages to Hedge Fund Managers Due to Fraud of Majority Partner

Paron Capital Management LLC v. Crombie, C.A. No. 6380-VCP (Del. Ch. May 22, 2012). Issue Addressed: Whether the breach of fiduciary duty owed by a hedge fund manager to his partners entitles them to lost future earnings. Short Answer: The Court found that … Continue reading

Chancery Explains Basis for Fiduciary Duty Default Standards Applicable to LLCs

Auriga Capital Corp. v. Gatz Properties LLC, C.A. No. 4390-CS (Del. Ch., Jan. 27, 2012), read opinion here.   What this Case is About and Why it is Important This case establishes a high-water mark in terms of providing the most … Continue reading

Chancery Rejects Breach of Fiduciary Duty Arguments in Merger Challenge

In re Alloy, Inc. Shareholders Litigation, C.A. No. 5626-VCP (Del. Ch. Oct. 13, 2011). Read this Delaware Court of Chancery opinion here. Issue Addressed: Did the directors breach their fiduciary duties in connection with voting on a merger in light … Continue reading