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CALIFORNIA CORPORATE & SECURITIES LAW

Vice Chancellor’s Order Sparks A Wortwechsel In The Blogosphere

Two weeks ago, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster denied a proposed stipulated consolidation and scheduling order.  The proposed order directed that the consolidated cases be captioned “In re Astex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Shareholders Litigation”.  What could be wrong with that?  The cases, after all were class action lawsuits against Astex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. I don’t know why the…

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Why The Word “Includes” Conflates The Separation Of Powers

There are many ways to define a term.  Many definitions are “intensional definitions”.   An intensional definition lays down all of the properties required to meet that definition.  For example, Corporations Code Section 185 provides that “Shareholder” means “one who is a holder of record of shares.”  That is, the necessary and sufficient condition for belonging…

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Nevada Supreme Court Pragmatically Rules On Delivery Of Dissenters’ Rights Notices

Last week, the Nevada Supreme Court answered the question of whether notice of dissenters’ rights must be delivered to both stockholders of record and beneficial owners. NRS 92A.410(2) provides that when a merger is effected without stockholder approval under NRS 92A.180, the Nevada corporation “shall notify in writing all stockholders entitled to assert dissenters’ rights…

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