California Bill Would Provide Cures For The Incurable

No more "takin' sick when nobody knows the cure"?

Last week, Senator Jones took the first step in the creation of a remedy for what heretofore had been irremediable (a "pair and snare" of "irredeemable"?).  If enacted, SB 870 will  authorize ...

Secretary Of State Seeks To Rework Entity Name Requirements While Retaining Ineluctable Incertitude

Ten years ago today, I penned an opinion piece decrying the inconsistencies of California's statutory requirements for entity names.  

Court Rules Bankruptcy Code Does Not Preempt California Buy-Out Statute

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Judge Troy L. Nunley's holding that the limitations on distributions in Chapter 5 of the General Corporation Law do not apply to a corporation's repurchase of shares pursuant to Section 2000 of the Corporations Code.  ...

Voting Rights Versus Voting Power - A Distinction With A Difference?

Yesterday's post raised the question whether California Corporations Code Section 400(a) precludes tenured voting.  That statute requires that all shares of any one class have the "same voting, conversion and redemption rights . . . unless the class...

Section 1800 And The Case Of The Little Shareholder That Could

Section 1800 of the California Corporations Code provides a procedure for the involuntary dissolution of a corporation.  The process begins with the filing of a verified complaint, but only those persons listed in the statute have standing to file...

Does California's Board Gender Quota Law Put Investors At Risk?

Last October, I wrote that one academic study had concluded that California's enactment of legislation mandating minimum numbers of female directors had already "resulted in a significant decline in shareholder value for firms headquartered in...

Are Company Misstatements Of Diversity Actionable Under Rule 10b-5?

In a typical securities fraud action brought under Rule 10b-5, a private plaintiff must prove (1) a material misrepresentation or omission by the defendant; (2) scienter; (3) a connection between the misrepresentation or omission and the purchase or...

The Mystery Of Independent Legal Counsel

Section 317(e) of the California Corporations Code provides that indemnification may be authorized in four different ways.  Today's blog concerns the second.  Under Section 317(e)(2), an "independent legal counsel" may authorize indemnification in a...

What To Do When A Director Goes Missing

I haven't actually encountered a case in which a corporation simply can't find a member of its board of directors.  If such a situation should arise, however, the California General Corporation Law has an answer in Section 2003.  That statute...

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