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CALIFORNIA CORPORATE & SECURITIES LAW

Want To File A Derivative Suit? You May Soon Be Required To Read Statutes

I have been writing recently about SB 203, a bill that is now pending in the Nevada legislature.  As introduced, the bill would, among other things, require the following: In an action involving or relating to a domestic corporation that is subject to the provisions of NRS 41.520 or alleges a breach of a fiduciary duty by a director…

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Officers: Got Business Judgment Rule? Nevada Says Yes, Delaware Maybe Not

Francis Pileggi writes about a recent ruling by U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson in which she refused to consider whether the business judgment rule applied to officers of a Delaware corporation: Defendants have cited to no cases where a Delaware court has held that the business judgment rule applies to corporate officers; therefore, the court…

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

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…

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What Is A Knowing Violation Of Law?

Nevada’s private corporation law automatically exculpates directors and officers from individual liability from individual liable to the corporation or its stockholders or creditors for any damages as a result of any act or failure to act in his or her capacity as a director or officer unless it is proven that: The director’s or officer’s…

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Nevada Exculpation Statute Leads To Dismissal Of Claims Against Erstwhile Officer

Nevada, unlike either California or Delaware, exculpates corporate officers from liability to the corporation for any damages as a result of “any act or failure to act” in his or her capacity as an officer unless it is proven that (i) the officer’s action or failure to act constituted a breach of his or her…

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How Nevada Surpasses Delaware In Limiting The Liability Of Directors And Officers

It is hard to believe that it has been more than a quarter century since the Delaware Supreme Court dropped the bombshell of Smith v. Van Gorkom, 488 A.2d 858 (Del. 1985).  Suddenly, incorporation in Delaware no longer looked like a good idea (at least from the perspective of a director).  At the time, Chicago…

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Straining The Quality Of Mercy? Nevada’s Exculpation Statute

The legislatures of California, Delaware and Nevada have each enacted statutes eliminating or limiting the personal liability of corporate directors for monetary damages.  Cal. Corp. Code § 204(a)(10), Del. Code Ann. tit. 8 § 102(b)(7), and NRS § 78.138(7).  While it might be assumed that these statutes are generally similar, Nevada’s statute differs in two…

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