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Stockholder Derivative Suit

A lawsuit filed by one or more shareholders of a publicly-traded company in the name of the company. Often, this lawsuit is filed against a member of the company's management who committed an illegal, unethical, or negligent act. Directors' and officers' liability insurance can protect the management from losses as the result of one of these lawsuits. They are also called derivative suits and derivative action.

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These record settlements in shareholder derivative actions increase the potential liability for directors and officers.
transplanted derivative action lay moribund for almost four post-war decades while at the same time the derivative action was a staple of shareholder litigation in the United States.
The statutory requirements for the appointment of the reviewer are straightforward, but for two issues: 1) the independence requirement discussed below; and 2) whether the independent investigator can be a sitting member of the board of directors of the corporation on whose behalf the derivative action is brought.
But the most prevalent kind of D&O claim activity arising from these practices, however, has been shareholder derivative actions.
The Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed the claims, holding that plaintiffs were precluded from pursuing their derivative claims in Delaware because similar claims had already been dismissed by a federal court in New York in an earlier-filed derivative action on the ground that the New York plaintiffs failed to make a pre-suit demand or allege demand futility with the particularity required by Delaware law an action Weil also won, both in the Southern District of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Schweitzer, relied on a forum selection provision in Fairway s certificate of incorporation making the Delaware Court of Chancery the exclusive forum for derivative actions and other actions involving the internal affairs of Delaware corporations.
Robbins Umeda LLP highlights that Monster shareholders have the option to file a shareholder derivative action to hold those officers and directors accountable for damaging the company.
Robbins Umeda LLP highlights that Sealy shareholders have the option to file a shareholder derivative action to hold those officers and directors accountable for damaging the company.
SUMMARY NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF DERIVATIVE ACTION, PROPOSED SETTLEMENT OF DERIVATIVE ACTION, SETTLEMENT HEARING, AND RIGHT TO APPEAR
This comprehensive legal study features an up-to-date listing of state derivative action statutes and rules, plus analysis of other significant developments, such as the effect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act on shareholder derivative litigation and recent case law concerning the demand requirement and attorneys' fees.
Robbins Umeda LLP highlights that Sanchez Energy shareholders have the option to file a shareholder derivative action to hold those officers and directors accountable for damaging the company.