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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 advantage of a shareholder’s right to request the books and records of a corporation prior to commencing litigation against the corporation. See, e.g., Thermopylae Capital Partners v. Simbol, 2016 WL 368170, at *17 (Del. Ch. Jan. 29, 2016). And while many shareholders have utilized Section 220′s summary proceeding to get a corporation’s books and records, Delaware courts have approved certain conditions on the use of those records. As discussed below, the Court of Chancery recently approved a company’s proposed incorporation condition, assuring the company that all the documents it produces pursuant to a books and records demand will be incorporated, even if not explicitly referenced, in any subsequent litigation where the plaintiff relies on any of the records produced by the company.
By Phil Brown
As we enter 2018, public companies across the United States will begin, in earnest, their preparations for this year’s proxy season and annual shareholder meetings. It is not an understatement to say that 2017 was a tumultuous year on many fronts — economically, politically and globally. As a result, general counsel should have several issues on their radar that could play a role in 2018’s proxy season.
The #MeToo movement has empowered victims of sexual harassment and abuse previously silenced by powerful business and political leaders. No longer silent, these victims are using their experiences to challenge the powerful and raze structures that have permitted abuse. We have compiled a panel of legal experts to analyze how the law and the legal profession failed the workplace. The panelists discuss legal and environmental conditions that led to abuse, and what lawyers and businesses can do to curb the powerful and protect the vulnerable.
By Sandra Feldman
This edition of the Quarterly State Compliance Review looks at some legislation of interest to corporate lawyers that went into effect from Oct.1, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018. It also looks at recent decisions of interest from Delaware.
By Thad McBride
The challenge for U.S. actors is how to comply with the law in the dynamic world of economic sanctions. This article tries to help by pointing out challenging (or “hot”) current issues and making suggestions about compliance strategies that in-house counsel can leverage to address the most challenging compliance issues.