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Why An Understanding Of Officers As Agents May Be Important

In several recent posts, I have noted that officers, unlike directors, are agents of the corporation.  Recognizing the agency status of officers can affect the legal analysis in a number of significant ways, including: Choice of law.  California Corporations Code Section 2116 explicitly provides that the law of the jurisdiction of incorporation applies to the…

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Nevada’s Duty Of Care Standard Fails To Win Summary Judgment For Director

NRS 78.138(1) imposes two explicit duties on directors in the exercise of their powers: they must act in good faith and with a view to the interests of the corporation.  This contrasts with Delaware case law which speaks of a triad of duties comprised of care, loyalty and good faith, with good faith standing a bit…

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District Court Refuses To Apply Business Judgment Rule To Claims Against Officers

Since 2008, a total of 38 banks have failed in California (See this list of failed banks).  When this happens, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation acts as receiver for the bank.  Since the FDIC is also an insurer of the failed bank’s deposits, it has an interest in pursuing directors, officers and professionals who were involved in…

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