California Court Of Appeal Finds Caremark To Be Too Steep A Hill For Plaintiff To Climb

In January 2018, the media began reporting on  two security vulnerabilities affecting Intel Corporation's microprocessors - dubbed "Spectre" and "Meltdown".  Following these disclosures, Intel's stock price fell and its market capitalization...

Federal Court Applies Demand Excused Test When Demand Was Allegedly Made

I must confess that I confess that I am nonplused by a recent ruling by U.S. District Court Judge James A. Teilborg in SinglePoint Direct Solar LLC v. Curiel, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19880.  The case involved, among other things, a derivative claim...

Professor Bainbridge's Quibble Might Be No Quillet

In this post, UCLA Law School Professor Stephen Bainbridge quibbles my description of Delaware's two-step approach to the special litigation committee defense in derivative suits.  In particular, he points out that Delaware not only adds a second...

Court Orders Discovery In Derivative Action Challenging Racial Diversity

Last year, the City of Pontiac General Employees' Retirement System filed a derivative suit against the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Cisco Systems, Inc.  The gist of the complaint was that the "Defendants publicly misrepresented...

Unsuccessful Derivative Plaintiff Found Personally Liable For Defendant's Attorneys' Fees

I expect that most plaintiffs in derivative actions do not expect to pay a defendant's attorneys' fees if they lose because under the "American Rule" each side pays their own attorneys' fees, regardless of who wins.  A contract may, of course,...

Does A Plaintiff In A Derivative Action Have A Protectable Interest?

When allegations of corporate misfeasance surface at public companies, derivative actions are sure to follow.  Often, actions will be filed in both state and federal court.  This is what happened when "sexual misconduct" claims were made made public...

Dismissal Of State Court Derivative Action Yields Dismissal Of Parallel Federal Action

I first wrote about the preclusive effect, if any, of a dismissal of a parallel derivative action some nine years ago when I wrote about Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster's ruling in La. Mun. Police Emples. Ret. Sys. v. Pyott, 46 A.3d 313, (2012).  ...

LLC's Failure To File Cross-Complaint Dooms Double Derivative Action

Although the members of a limited liability may file a derivative action, the right of action belongs to the LLC and not to the members themselves.  This fundamental principle had real consequences for the plaintiffs in Heshejin v. Rostami, 2020...

The Board and #MeToo

The following fact pattern should be familiar.  A high-profile news story runs detailing years of sexual harassment by the CEO of a company.  Four women sued, claiming that the CEO repeatedly propositioned or groped female employees, and rewarded or...

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