Greenmail; interloper; standing; shareholder must have a proper purpose reasonably related to his interest as a stockholder and must further prove some credible evidence of wrongdoing sufficient to warrant continued investigation. 275 Madison Management Corp; A managing general partner of a limited partnership may be removed from the partnership by a limited partner if the managing partner's agent engages in fraudulent conduct. Irving; Where members of a limited liability partnership share no benefit with a partner accused of misconduct, have no direct supervision or control, and have no knowledge of the partner's misconduct, they are statutorily protected. Gursky; New York's Partnership Law provision limiting the personal liability of partners in an LLP does not shield a general partner in a registered LLP from personal liability for breaches of the partnership's or partners' obligations to each o Taghipour v. Sieg; Under Utah law, a sale of property is defined as the conveyance of title to the purchaser for a valuable consideration consisting of the purchase price, or contract of sale, whereby some estate in land passes. In the Matter of 1545 Ocean Avenue, LLC; A petitioner who seeks dissolution of an LLC must establish, in the operating agreement or articles of incorporation, that management is unable or unwilling to permit or promote the stated purpose. (Tyson I); Directors may not ask for shareholder approval of an incentive stock option plan and then later to distribute shares in such a way as to undermine the objectives of that plan. Gifford; The intentional violation of a shareholder approved stock option plan, coupled with fraudulent disclosures, constitutes conduct that is disloyal to the corporation and is therefore an act in bad faith. Shareholder Litigation; When the interests of common stockholders diverge from preferred stockholders, the directors of a corporation have a duty to exercise their discretion in favor of the interests of common stockholders. United States; When liability under Rule 10b-5 is predicated on a defendant's failure to disclose a material fact, positive proof of reliance is not a prerequisite to recovery. Corinthian Colleges, Inc.; A complaint for securities fraud must allege loss causation, so that the defendant is provided notice of what the relevant economic loss might be or the causal connection. Shareholder Litigation; Acquisition tender offer by a controlling shareholder must be non-coercive: non-waivable majority of the minority tender condition; consummate a prompt short-form merger; no retributive threats. Defendant possessed a firearm during enumerated offense. Pereira; joinder of offenses; joinder of criminal charges with multiple offenses is proper when the offenses charged are of similar character or are based on the same act or transaction or parts of a common scheme or plan. United States; For purposes of obtaining a fair trial, it is sufficient if the jurors can lay aside their impressions or opinions and render a verdict based on the evidence presented in court. King; taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee's DNA is, like fingerprinting and photographing, is a legitimate police booking procedure and is reasonable under the Four Amendment. Cruel and unusual punishment is an evolving doctrine and depends on the prevailing societal views of the relative punishment afforded to a specific crime. Beneficial owner; rights offering; stockholders have records inspection rights after corporation merger; neither record holders nor beneficial holders need have an actual economic interest in stock to have inspection rights. Investment Co; A limited partner who is not also a general partner is not liable for the obligations of the limited partnership unless he takes part in the control of the business. Jerez; Under Utah law, documents that provide for the acquisition, mortgage, or disposition of property of the LLC are binding on the LLC if they are signed by a manager; limited liability company. In imposing new sentence upon defendant whose original sentence has been set aside, trial judge may consider events subsequent to first trial and may impose sentence that is greater or less than original sentence. Habeas corpus; ineffective assistance of counsel; nolo contendere. establishes a bank's standard of care for the processing of checks but does not preempt common law tort claims regarding communications about the processing of checks. Under Communications Act of 1934, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates interstate telephone communications using a traditional regulatory system similar to what other commissions regulating other common carriers. Mukasey; An immigration judge's credibility determination must be based on specific, cogent reasons that bear a legitimate nexus to the findings; asylum and protection; Convention Against Torture; Board of Immigration Appeals . Sale of securities falls under 10(b) of the Securites and Exchange Act of 1934; section 10(b) forbids the use of any manipulative or deceptive device or contrivance relating to the sale of a security that is misleading or operates as a fraud or deceit. The Chase Manhattan Bank; Boilerplate successor obligor clauses do not permit assignment of the public debt to another party in the course of a liquidation unless to a single purchaser. RJR Nabisco, Inc.; When there is no express covenant restricting the incurring of new debt, and no perceived direction to that end from the express covenants, the court will not imply a covenant. Bolger; A derivative action that alleges only a breach of the duty of care, and not a breach of the duty of loyalty, does not require separate legal representation of the corporate plaintiff and the management defendants. RCO AG Credit, Inc.; When the court requires a plaintiff in a derivative action to post a bond for the defendant's anticipated attorney's fees and costs, the defendant may not recover costs or fees greater than that bond. Oak Industries, Inc.; The relationship between a corporation and its bondholders is contractual in nature, and the rights and obligations of the parties will be spelled out in the documentation of that relationship. Allied Artists Picture Corporation; When and in what amounts dividends will be declared rests in the honest discretion of the directors, assuming the absence of fraud or a gross abuse of discretion. Delaware corporate law authorizes the indemnification of an officer's legal expenses when the officer has been successful in the underlying proceeding, as well as the advancement of expenses in pending proceedings. Goodyear; a shareholder derivative action must state with particularity any effort made by the plaintiff to obtain the desired action from the directors and the reasons for not obtaining the action or making the effort. Shareholder Litigation; to obtain a preliminary injunction, must demonstrate (1) a reasonable probability of success on the merits, (2) will suffer irreparable harm, and (3) the balance of the equities Nixon v. China Media Express Holdings, Inc.; shareholder may inspect the books and records of a corporation to investigate fraud and mismanagement, and the ability of the board to act independently and in good faith. In re MFW Shareholders Litigation; business judgment rule standard of review applies to controlling stockholder merger if procedural safeguards followed; majority of the minority stockholder approval. Imposition of death sentence for murder in the first degree is not void under due process clause solely because trial court considered additional information from probation department and other sources. Right to a jury trial is not violated by pennsylvania mandatory minimum sentencing act. Moore; The Sixth Amendment requires reasonable competence in representing the accused, but substantial deference must be afforded to counsel's judgment. Habeas corpus; per curiam; opinion; vagueness doctrine; void for vagueness. Court broad construction of a state criminal statute provides fair notice that statutory language will encompass conduct related to that forbidden by the statute. State law may impose restrictions affecting one company's ability to acquire control of another without running afoul of federal law or the Commerce Clause; target corporation; tender offer; Williams Act. Handy; Delaware law protects members and managers of an LLC from liability for obligations of the LLC solely by reason of being or acting as LLC members or managers, but not for other reasons; piercing the corporate veil. Flahive; common law doctrine of piercing the corporate veil is not abrogated by the Limited Liability Company Act and may be used against limited liability company members in appropriate cases. Segal; Because LLCs are not creature of state but of contract, duties and obligations of the LLC members are as set forth in the LLC agreement; implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing; post hoc; sine qua non. Tignor; Only when present circumstances show that it is not reasonably practicable to carry on company's business in accord with articles of organization and any operating agreement may court order dissolution of LLC. Brevig; In dissolution because it is no longer reasonably practicable for a partnership to carry on its business, the partnership assets must be liquidated and the net surplus in cash must be distributed to the partners. Superior Court; Laws that regulate securities trading do not relate to the internal affairs of a corporation, so lawsuits relating to the sales of securities are not governed solely by the state of incorporation. Wolff; Derivative suits on behalf of limited liability companies are allowed, based on the importance of the derivative suit in corporate law, and no evidence the Legislature intended to abolish in the Limited Liability Company Law. Airgas, Inc.; Defensive measures against takeovers are not impermissibly preclusive if they delay a bidder from obtaining control of a board as long as obtaining control in the future is realistically attainable. Blackwell; absent specific contractual provisions, a minority shareholder is not entitled to relief from majority approved corporate actions in a closely held corporation. may impose minimum upon finding, by a preponderance of the evidence, of certain facts. Kentucky; a criminal defense attorney fails to provide effective assistance if the attorney misleads a noncitizen client regarding the removal consequences of a conviction. Absent legislative intent indicating otherwise, repeal or amendment of statute prior to criminal defendant prosecution that renders conduct engaged in by defendant no longer criminal bars further prosecution; deterrence; retribution; savings clause. Business judgment rule; good faith; directors owe corporation and shareholders duty of good faith; business judgment rule does not save directors from liability for the conscious disregard of the consequences of corporate action. AFSCME Employees Pension Plan; Bylaws may be unilaterally adopted by shareholders when they appropriately relate to corporate processes rather than substantive decisions or Board's fiduciary duties. Stephens; misrepresentation material if substantial likelihood disclosure of omitted fact would have been viewed by reasonable investor as having significantly altered total mix of information made available; proxy. Shareholder Derivative Litig; Plaintiff must show directors knew not discharging fiduciary obligations or directors demonstrated conscious disregard for responsibilities; business-judgment rule; exculpatory clause; gross negligence. Stephens; Shareholder ratification applies only to circumstances where fully informed shareholder vote approves director action that does not legally require shareholder approval in order to become legally effective. Cullman; director is "interested" when he derives benefit from transaction that is not shared with other shareholders but lacks "independence" when his decision about transaction controlled directly or indirectly by another; disinterested. Shareholders Litig; Pre-suit demand excused only if shown that a majority of the members of board of directors is either personally interested, or is so dominated by or beholden to an interested director that discretion sterilized. Sidhu; Gross negligence is conduct that constitutes reckless indifference, or actions that are without the bounds of reason, and constitutes a breach of the duty of care; bad faith; exculpatory clause. Horn; The question of whether director is required to offer business opportunity to corporation before taking advantage of it is determined according to relationship between particular director and corporation; accounting; constructive trust. Consolidated Shareholder Litig; A director who uses inside knowledge to enrich employees while avoiding shareholder-imposed requirements is not acting loyally and in good faith as a fiduciary; business-judgment rule. Inter-Tel (Delaware), Inc; directors' defensive actions; burden is on directors to identify legitimate corporate purpose, and show that actions reasonable relation to purpose did not preclude shareholders from exercising right to vote. Nasser; Implied authority is agent reasonably believes he has, shown by evidence of acquiescence of the principal; actual authority; apparent agency; apparent agent; apparent authority; express agency; implied agency. Prometheus Development Company, Inc; A partnership agreement provision that allows an interested partner to count its votes is manifestly unreasonable under California corporations law; limited partner; limited partnership; ratification. Derivative Litigation; the law presumes directors act on an informed basis, in good faith, and in the honest beliefof best interests of company; business judgment rule; derivative action; duty of good faith; fiduciary duty. new constitutional rules of criminal procedure will not be applicable to those cases that have become final before the new rules are announced. Fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine aplies to Fourth amendment, not Fifth Amendment; although Miranda requires the suppression of an un-warned admission, the admissibility of any subsequent statement turns on whether it was made voluntarily. Beard; capital defendant and family say no mitigating evidence, but defense lawyer must make reasonable efforts to obtain and review prosecution evidence of aggravation at sentencing phase of trial; death penalty. United States; repeated requests to commit a crime and pleas for sympathy establish entrapment; if defendant's criminal conduct arises from the inducement of law enforcement officers, not the intention of the defendant. Heckenkamp; absent clear warnings, connecting a personal computer to a computer network does not relinquish an otherwise objectively reasonable expectation of privacy; warrantless search. Villarreal; individuals have a reasonable expectation that their letters and other sealed containers will not be opened by government agents without a warrant when they are surrendered to a carrier. Spears; Title III of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1996 creates exception to civil liability for aural interception during business use of a telephone extension; scope of exception limited to the business purpose. Missouri; the constitution prohibits the use of visible shackles during the penalty phase of a criminal trial unless the use is justified by an essential state interest specific to the defendant on trial. Washington; out-of-court statements are inadmissible into evidence if defendant has no opportunity to cross-examine speaker, unless witness is unavailable and defendant has prior opportunity to cross-examine the declarant; hearsay. Gant; Police may search vehicle incident to recent occupant's arrest only if arrestee is within reaching distance of passenger compartment at time search or reasonable to believe vehicle contains evidence offense of arrest; stare decisis. Redding; school search permissible if scope of measures adopted is reasonably related to objectives of search and not excessively intrusive; in loco parentis; qualified immunity. Louisiana; A criminal defendant's consent to police-initiated interrogation cannot be presumed involuntary simply because the court previously appointed a lawyer to represent him; preliminary hearing. United States; Although acquittals may preclude retrial on counts on which the same jury hangs, the consideration of hung counts has no place in the issue preclusion analysis for double jeopardy purposes; hung jury. Gant; Police may search vehicle incident to recent occupant's arrest only if arrestee is within reaching distance of passenger compartment at time of search and reasonable to believe vehicle contains evidence of offense of arrest. Michigan; exclusionary rule not apply suppress evidence obtained in violation knock-and-announce rule; exclusionary rule; fruit-of-the-poisonous-tree-doctrine; inevitable discovery rule; no-knock search warrant. Illinois; Whatever warnings suffice for Miranda's purposes will also be sufficient to safeguard the right to counsel in the context of post-indictment questioning; indict; sixth amendment. Constructive possession of controlled substance is established when the defendant is knowingly in a position or has the right to exercise dominion or control over it, and has some appreciable ability to guide its destiny. Due Process Clause requires the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the absence of heat of passion when it is at issue in a homicide prosecution. One who, with full knowledge of the dangers involved, deliberately exposes a person to danger of death or bodily injury is liable for murder upon death of victim.
Disbar for alcohol abuse; attorney substance abuse; attorney ethics violation; ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct; lawyer legal ethics and professional responsibility; CLE; Continuing Legal Education. Jaffari; a limited liability company is bound by the operating agreement signed by some members and that defines the LLC's governance and operation, even if the LLC itself did not sign. Geist; A manager of an LLC has the apparent authority to bind the LLC when he executes in its name an instrument for carrying on, in the usual way, its business or affairs. peremptory challenge; batson challenge; strike in camera.
Dep't of Interior; promulating a regulation is not the type of agency action ripe for judicial review under the Administrative Procedure Act until there is a specific factual situation; APAStern v. Safe-harbor provision of 27A of the Securities and Exchange Act; fraud on the market theory; forward-looking statements must be accompanied by meaningful cautionary statements that adequately identify important risk factors. Tellabs, Inc.; When inferences of scienter drawn from the plaintiffs' complaint are at least as strong as any opposing inference, the plaintiffs have successfully pled the necessary scienter. Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.; To sustain a § 10(b) cause of action, there must be "requisite causal connection between defendant's misrepresentation and a plaintiff's injury." ; causation; proximate cause; reliance. An accused who requests the appointment of counsel at arraignment is permitted under the sixth amendment to consult with that counsel during any custodial interrogation by the police, absent waiver by the accused. Representations made by a debtor in a purchase-money security agreement regarding the intended use of the collateral will be binding on the debtor and will determine whether the collateral is for business or personal purposes.
Marshall; bankruptcy judges are not constitutionally vested with jurisdiction to decide state common law claims against an entity that is not otherwise part of the bankruptcy proceedings; Northern Pipeline; Norberg. Ickes; the border search doctrine is not subject to a First Amendment exception; the government's interest in preventing the entry of unwanted persons and effects is at its zenith at the international border Employee handbooks; employee manual; human resources; anti-fraternization policy; workplace romance; non-fraternization policy; anti-fraternization policies; employee rights; dating a coworker; coworker relationships; employment lawyer. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act; the allegations in the complaint, taken together, must give rise to an inference of scienter, which requires that the defendant made false statements, knowing that they were false. Makor Issues & Rights, Ltd.; Private Securities Litigation Reform Act survives motion to dismiss only if reasonable person would deem inference of scienter cogent and at least as compelling as any opposing inference; scienter. Criminal defendant due process rights are violated if the prosecutor charges defendant with a more serious crime after defendant exercises statutory right to challenge conviction for less serious offense arising from the same conduct. a criminal defendant in federal court is not entitled to a dismissal of the indictment because the prosecutor failed to present to the grand jury substantial exculpatory evidence. no need for severance exists until a defendant makes a convincing showing that he has both important testimony to give concerning one count and a strong need to refrain from testifying on the other. A bank or other institution that receives a check for deposit has a duty to exercise due care to make sure that the depositor is the intended recipient of the funds.
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