The Charging Order – How The Nevada Secretary Of State Doesn’t Get It Quite Right

In 2007, Nevada imposed an interesting limitation, the charging order, on the ability of creditors to foreclose on shares of closely-held Nevada corporations.  Here’s how the Nevada Secretary of State’s website describes the statute, NRS 78.746: Charging order protection for stock of closely-held corporations protects stockholders of all Nevada corporations with between 2 and 75

Nevada’s Secretary of State Concatenates Veil Piercing, Indemnification And Exculpation

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The Nevada Secretary of State’s website unabashedly proclaims “Nevada is the second most popular commercial filing jurisdiction in the country, due largely to our favorable business laws and low-tax environment.”  The website then continues with a list of “legal advantages”, including the following: Piercing the corporate veil in Nevada requires the presence of “fraud” or

The Tax Man Cometh To Nevada Businesses

Nevada likes to market itself as a low tax jurisdiction, touting the fact that “Nevada does not impose income tax on domestic or foreign corporations.”  It may not impose a tax on income, but it does impose a tax on “commerce”.  This new tax is imposed on businesses with a “Nevada gross revenue” exceeding $4 million in the taxable year.  A

Court Rules Board Of Directors Is Incapable Of Being Sued

Plaintiffs sue corporations and they sue individual members of the boards of directors, but can a plaintiff sue a board of directors as a body? That was the question in Theta Chi Fraternity, Inc. v. Leland Stanford Junior Univ., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116863 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 30, 2016).  The case itself involved a national fraternity’s

Is This The SEC Or The Lotto?

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Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission trumpeted that whistleblower awards have now exceeded $100 million, or a million Benjamins! “Chance, the loss or gain of a moment” The SEC’s total payout is impressive, but the number of payees is extremely small.  According to the SEC, awards were paid to only 33 persons. Moreover, 77.6% of the

One More Thing That A Limited Liability Company May Not Be Able To Do

California law does not permit limited liability companies to render a variety of professional services.  See,  Contractors Do It, PIs Do It; Why Not Real Estate Brokers?  To add insult to injury, the California General Corporation Law does not explicitly authorize LLCs to act as incorporators, even while permitting a wide variety of natural and unnatural persons to

Shareholder Derivative Action Or Shareholder Derivative Suit?

A legal proceeding brought in a representative capacity is sometimes referred to as a “shareholder’s derivative action” and sometimes as a “shareholder’s derivative suit”.  Which is correct? It turns out that the General Corporation Law doesn’t use the term “derivative”.  Section 800 of the Corporations Code refers to an action “instituted or maintained in right

Why You May Want To Reconsider Promising Confidentiality To Whistleblowers

In this recent post, I suggested that absolute guarantees of confidentiality to whistleblowers may be counterproductive. In today’s post, I will elaborate on why. The scope of the promise may be unclear.  Often, the promise of confidentiality is as succinct as “All reports and disclosures you make under this Code of Ethics will remain confidential

Nevada Corporations And Virtual Stockholder Meetings

Companies typically cite cost savings and ease of access as the motivation for holding virtual stockholder meetings.  Andy D. Bryant, Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation, for example, provided the following rationale in the company’s 2016 proxy materials: Intel has for years been a leader in the use of technology to improve and broaden

Agreement To Arbitrate “Any Disputes” Doesn’t Reach Derivative Claims

Corn v. Superior Court, 2016 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6182 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. Aug. 22, 2016) is a case about the meaning of one sentence in a settlement agreement consisting of just seven words – “The Parties agree to arbitrate any disputes”.  The precise question was whether these seven words barred the petitioner from instituting a derivative action.  The