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CALIFORNIA CORPORATE & SECURITIES LAW

How The Proposed Fix To Delaware’s Stockholder Consent Statute Can Be Fixed

Earlier this week, I wrote about a proposed amendment to Section 228 of the Delaware General Corporation Law.  The amendment, which is proposed by The Corporate Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar, would essentially condition the effectiveness of a stockholder consent upon the delivery of a sufficient number of consents with 60…

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After 25 Years, Delaware Begins To See The Light

A quarter century ago, I wrote a brief piece criticizing how Delaware handled stockholder action by written consent: Another difficulty with section 228 arises from its focus on the date of the “earliest dated consent delivered” to the corporation.  The emphasis on the date of the consent in section 228 contrasts markedly with the focus…

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Chancellor Bouchard Rules There Can Be No Ratification Without Works

In reading Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard’s ruling yesterday in Espinoza v. Zuckerberg, 2015 Del. Ch. LEXIS 273 (Del. Ch. 2015), I was reminded of the theological debate among Christians concerning justification by faith.  The case involved a stockholder challenge to the decision by the board of directors of Facebook, Inc. to approve the compensation of…

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If It’s An LLC, Why Cite Corporate Law?

I continue to be surprised when courts refer to state laws governing corporations when the subject entity is a limited liability company.  A recent example of this confusion can be found in Piatelli Co. v. Chambers, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1556 (D. Nev. Jan. 7, 2014).  That case involved a dispute over whether an agreement had been approved by…

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Can A Director Consent By Email?

The California General Corporation Law authorizes board action by written consent.  Cal. Corp. Law § 307(b).  Sometimes, I’ve been asked about signing an email consent.  Section 17 of the Corporations Code (which governs, but is not part of the General Corporation Law) doesn’t provide a very helpful definition of “signature”.  Section 17.1 was added because the…

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