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Court Allows Tesla Dissenting Shareholder Suit to Go Forward

Court of Chancery says Tesla dissenting shareholders allege sufficient facts to show company CEO, Elon Musk, was a controlling shareholder, despite holding a minority interest; court allows breach of fiduciary claims concerning acquisition of related company to proceed.

In re Tesla Motors Stockholder Litig.

Court of Chancery says Tesla dissenting shareholders allege sufficient facts to show company CEO, Elon Musk, was a controlling shareholder, despite holding a minority interest; court allows breach of fiduciary claims concerning acquisition of related company to proceed.

Proxy Disclosed Sufficient Valuation Data to Allow Informed Vote on Merger

Chancery says proxy gave disinterested shareholders sufficient information about valuation analysis underlying financial advisor’s fairness opinion to enable informed vote, and it dismisses breach-of-fiduciary-duty claims under business judgment rule.

Merger valuation disclosures were adequate. Chancery applies business judgment rule to breach of fiduciary duty action

The business judgment rule has featured prominently in a number of recent breach of fiduciary duty cases in front of the Delaware Court of Chancery. Under the rule, the court must not interfere in a transaction if a majority of the minority shareholders approved the deal and the vote was “uncoerced and fully informed.”

Proxy Disclosed Sufficient Valuation Data to Allow Informed Vote on Merger

Chancery says proxy gave disinterested shareholders sufficient information about valuation analysis underlying financial advisor’s fairness opinion to enable informed vote, and it dismisses breach-of-fiduciary-duty claims under business judgment rule.

In re Merge Healthcare Inc. Stockholders Litigation

Chancery says proxy gave disinterested shareholders sufficient information about valuation analysis underlying financial advisor’s fairness opinion to enable informed vote, and it dismisses breach-of-fiduciary-duty claims under business judgment rule.

Shareholder Approval ‘Cleanses’ Potential Undervaluation

Per business judgment rule, court dismisses shareholder complaint that board members breached fiduciary duties by rushing to sell entire company where financial advisor had stated separate sales of company’s various business units would maximize value.

Shareholder Approval ‘Cleanses’ Potential Undervaluation

Per business judgment rule, court dismisses shareholder complaint that board members breached fiduciary duties by rushing to sell entire company where financial advisor had stated separate sales of company’s various business units would maximize value.

In re OM Group, Inc. Stockholders Litig.

Per business judgment rule, court dismisses shareholder complaint that board members breached fiduciary duties by rushing to sell entire company where financial advisor had stated separate sales of company’s various business units would maximize value.

Corwin v. KKR Fin. Holdings LLC

Regarding breach of fiduciary duty claims, Delaware Supreme Court says business judgment rule (lower standard of review) applies where disinterested stockholder majority approves merger with third party and vote was uncoerced and fully informed.

Court Deems Treatment of S Corp Undistributed Income ‘Problematic’

Court rejects expert’s “excess working capital” analysis to determine income for child support purposes saying it conflicts with state statute’s requirement to rely on historical practices when assessing legitimacy of undistributed earnings of an S corp.

Diez v. Davey

Court rejects expert’s “excess working capital” analysis to determine income for child support purposes saying it conflicts with state statute’s requirement to rely on historical practices when assessing legitimacy of undistributed earnings of an S corp.

Valuations Underpin DE Chancery’s Ruling in Going-Private Merger

DE Supreme Court affirms use of business judgment review where controlling stockholder buyout includes two procedural protections for minority and finds valuations from independent financial advisor confirmed merger was favorable to minority stockholders.

Valuations Underpin DE Chancery’s Ruling in Going-Private Merger

DE Chancery adopts business judgment review standard where controlling stockholder buyout includes two procedural protections for minority and finds valuations from independent financial advisor demonstrate merger was favorable to minority stockholders.

Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp.

DE Supreme Court affirms use of business judgment review where controlling stockholder buyout includes two procedural protections for minority and finds valuations from independent financial advisor confirmed merger was favorable to minority stockholders.

In re MFW Shareholders Litig.

DE Chancery adopts business judgment review standard where controlling stockholder buyout includes two procedural protections for minority and finds valuations from independent financial advisor demonstrate merger was favorable to minority stockholders.

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