Segway Segues Over Choice Of Law Question Inherent In Officer Caremark Claims

Last year, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster's  ruled that McDonald's Corporation's former Executive Vice President and Global ChiefPeople Officer, David Fairhurst, owed a duty of oversight comparable to the duty articulated by Chancellor Allen in In...

I Say Again That Section 2116 Says Nothing About Officers

Recently, I took note of the fact that the California Supreme Court as granted review of EpicentRx, In.c v. Superior Court,95 Cal. App. 5th 890 (2023),review granted 539 P.3d 118 (2023).   This was a case that I discussed last September in which the...

Can A Charter Amendment Fix Con Ed?

In a recent post, Professor Ann Lipton noted a proposed charter amendment intended to address the so-called "Con Ed" problem.   In Consol. Edison, Inc. v. Ne. Utilities, 426 F.3d 524 (2d Cir. 2005), the stockholders of Northeast Utilities sued...

Sundering Noncompetes From The Internal Affairs Doctrine

Last week, I wrote about a recent Delaware case involving an attempt to enforce a non-compete provision in a limited liability company agreement.  Sunder Energy, LLC v. Jackson,2023 WL 8166517. The case was brought in the Delaware Court of Chancery...

Will Your Next California Non-Compete Dispute Be Adjudicated In The Delaware Court Of Chancery?

Sunder Energy, LLC recently sought to enforce a non-compete agreement against its former head of sales in the Delaware Court of Chancery.  Sunder Energy, LLC v. Jackson, 2023 WL 8166517. Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster denied Sunders' application...

California's Narrow Codification Of The Internal Affairs Doctrine

It is sometimes said that California Corporations Code section 2116 "codifies" the internal affairs doctrine.  See, e.g.,  Drulias v. 1st Century Bancshares, Inc., 30 Cal. App. 5th 696, 705, 241 Cal. Rptr. 3d 843, 851 (2018). However, that proposition...

Why Is McDonald's Former V.P. Being Judged In Delaware By Delaware Law?

Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster's recently ruled that McDonald's Corporation's former Executive Vice President and Global ChiefPeople Officer, David Fairhurst, owed a duty of oversight comparable to the duty articulated by Chancellor Allen in In re...

Court Finds California Labor Statute To Be No Bar To Charter Forum Selection Clause

In 2016, California added Section 925to its Labor Code. Cal. Stats. 2016, ch. 632. That statute prohibits an employer from requiring an employee who primarily resides and works in California, as a condition of employment, to agree to a provision...

Choice Of Law And Outside Reverse Veil Piercing

Last week, I took note of the Second District Court of Appeal's decision that allows for the possibility outside veil piercing, Blizzard Energy, Inc. v. Bernd Schaefers,  2021 Cal. App LEXIS 968. Readers may recall that the case involved the...

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