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ABA Issues Opinion on Judicial Use of Internet for Factual Research

The American Bar Association recently issued an opinion regarding the limitations on the use by judges of the internet for factual research regarding a pending matter, on their own and without input from the parties in a pending case.  I published a short overview of that ABA opinion for my regular ethics column for The Bencher, a … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Clarifies Requirements for Whistleblower Protection

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Digital Realty Trust v. Somers, explained that in order for a whistleblower to be protected from retaliation, in some circumstances, the employee must complain directly to the SEC. I provide a summary of the decision in my latest article for the magazine of the National Association of Corporate … Continue Reading

Claims That Directors Breached Duty of Loyalty Rejected

My latest latest article for the national publication of the National Association of Corporate Directors, called Directorship, features highlights of a recent Delaware Court of Chancery decision that addresses claims that directors breached their fiduciary duty of loyalty by approving side deals that unduly benefitted them personally in connection with a merger. That opinion styled … Continue Reading

Fiduciary Duties in Limited Partnerships

For my latest column in Directorship, the publication of the National Association of Corporate Directors, I discuss a recent Delaware Supreme Court decision that addresses fiduciary duties as modified in the context of a limited partnership agreement. The case of Brinckerhoff v. Enbridge Energy Company was previously highlighted on these pages, but the opinion remains … Continue Reading

New Chapter on Advancement and Indemnification of Directors

As we have written on these pages for several years, in my capacity as the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Advancement and Indemnification Subcommittee of the Business Law Section’s Corporate Litigation Committee, yours truly co-authors a chapter each year that highlights the most noteworthy court decisions on advancement and indemnification of directors and officers, as part of an … Continue Reading

Delaware Firearms Law Seminar

The Delaware Association of Second Amendment Lawyers will present its Third Annual Delaware Firearms Law Seminar on October 6, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. in Wilmington, Delaware, at the Doubletree Hotel. The foregoing hyperlink has more details, but in addition to nationally-recognized constitutional law scholars, two members of the Delaware judiciary will be making a presentation … Continue Reading

Derivative Litigation Remains Corporate Asset

For my latest column in the current issue of Directorship, the publication of the National Association of Corporate Directors, I highlight a recent decision of the Delaware Court of Chancery that explains the truism that a derivative lawsuit is an asset of the corporation. In Park Employees’ and Retirement Board Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of … Continue Reading

Firm Disqualified Based on Representation of Two Adverse Subsidiaries

In my latest ethics column for The Bencher, the national publication of the American Inns of Court, I highlighted a recent decision by a federal district court in which a law firm was disqualified based on its representation of two adverse subsidiaries of a parent company. The court’s useful application of Rule 1.7 and Rule 1.9 should be … Continue Reading

Chancery Upholds Ability of Managers to Waive Fiduciary Duties

In my most recent article for the publication of the National Association of Corporate Directors called Directorship, I provide an overview of a recent decision of the Delaware Court of Chancery that upheld the waiver of fiduciary duties for managers of a limited partnership. The name of the case is Employees Retirement System of the City … Continue Reading

More Directors and Officers Subject to Lawsuits in Delaware

We previously highlighted on these pages a Delaware Supreme Court decision in Hazout v. Tsang, that expanded the orthodox interpretation of a Delaware statute with the net result of making it easier to sue in Delaware an officer or director who has agreed to serve in that capacity for a Delaware entity. Now, readers have the benefit … Continue Reading

Chancery Addresses Nuances of Advancement Claim

For those of us who follow the latest developments in the law of advancement claims for directors and officers, a recent transcript ruling should be of interest, due to circumstances not often addressed in advancement decisions that we have highlighted on these pages for the last decade. Courtesy of Kyle Wagner Compton of The Chancery … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Expands Basis to Sue Directors and Officers in Delaware

The Delaware Supreme Court recently interpreted the statutory basis for imposing jurisdiction over directors and officers of Delaware corporations in a manner that is broader than the interpretation that previously prevailed in Delaware courts for the last 30 years. Hazout v. Tsang, No. 353, 2015 (Del. Supr., Feb. 26, 2016). Directors and officers of Delaware … Continue Reading

Chancery Clarifies Director Liability for Corporate Acts and Enforceable Provisions Barring Misrepresentation Claims

A noteworthy opinion by the Delaware Court of Chancery should be read by all those who need to be, or should be, concerned about the latest iterations of Delaware law that elucidate the circumstances in which: (1) a director may be exposed to personal liability even when ostensibly acting on behalf of a corporation in … Continue Reading

Chancery Invalidates Attempt of Majority Stockholder to Appoint Officers

In Gorman v. Salamone, C.A. No. 10183-VCN (Del. Ch. July 31, 2015), the Court of Chancery affirms the board-centric foundation of Delaware corporate law, and describes the limitation on the ability of a majority stockholder to appoint officers directly–even though a majority stockholder might have the ability to appoint board members. In sum, the majority stockholder … Continue Reading

Independent Directors Have New Ammunition to Obtain Dismissal of Suits

A recent Delaware Supreme Court decision that provides independent directors with a new basis to be dismissed from lawsuits against them, was highlighted in my latest article published in Directorship, the magazine of the National Association of Corporate Directors. The case is styled:  In re Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. Stockholder Litigation, No. 564, 2014; Leal et al. … Continue Reading
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