NEW: $$$ Law 360 discusses Chancellor Bouchard’s announced retirement in Bouchard’s Surprise Exit Opens Uncertain Void On Chancery.
$$$ Law360 discusses Chancellor Bouchard’s top decisions in Bouchard Rulings That Shaped Delaware Corporate Law.
$$$ Delaware Business Court Insider discusses Chancellor Bouchard’s retirement and career within Chancery Court in Bouchard Announces April Retirement, Ending 34 Years of Practice and Judging in Chancery Court.
1st State Update discusses the Chancellor’s retirement announcement in Bouchard Announces Retirement From Court Of Chancery.
WTOP discusses Chancellor Bouchard stepping down in Head of Delaware Chancery Court stepping down.
The Delaware News Journal discusses Chancellor Bouchard’s announced retirement in Head of Delaware Chancery Court Andre Bouchard stepping down.
WDEL discusses Chancellor Bouchard’s announced retirement in Delaware Court of Chancery chancellor to retire next year.
The following announced the Delaware Senate’s confirmation of the appointment of Paul Fioravanti, Jr. as Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery:
- NEW: Delaware Business Now: Senate confirms Fioravanti to Chancery post.
- $$$ Bloomberg Law: Delaware Senate Confirms Fioravanti for Court of Chancery Post.
- Delaware Business Times: Senate confirms Paul Fioravanti to Chancery.
- WBOC: Veteran Corporate Law Attorney Confirmed to Delaware Court of Chancery.
- Office of the Governor: Governor Carney’s Statement on Senate Confirmation of Paul Fioravanti, Jr. to Court of Chancery.
- DelMarVa Public Radio: Corporate Lawyer Appointed to Delaware Bench.
The News Journal discusses Justice Montgomery-Reeves’ appointment to the Delaware Supreme Court with reference to Delaware’s progressive role in civil rights jurisprudence in Delaware’s first black Supreme Court justice to take oath of office Friday.
WDEL relates Justice Montgomery-Reeves’ personal inspirations and the career path that led to her appointment to the Delaware Supreme Court in Delaware’s 1st African-American Supreme Court justice on shattering the glass ceiling: ‘I stand on the shoulders of so many giants’.
Delaware State News discusses Justice Montgomery-Reeves’ service on the Delaware Court of Chancery and her appointment to the Delaware Supreme Court in Trailblazing justice, 38, reflects on joining Delaware’s highest court.
The Supreme Court of the United States has granted certification to hear appeal of the Third Circuit’s decision invalidating a “political balance” provision of Delaware’s constitution, which limits appointments of State Court judges by political party affiliation, intended to ensure the Courts are not controlled by one party.
- The Cape Gazette discusses the issue in Future of state’s bipartisan courts heads to Washington.
- Delaware Public Media discusses the issue in U.S. Supreme Court to settle fate of Delaware judicial balance requirement.
- The Epoch Times discusses the issue in Supreme Court to Consider if States Can Choose Judges on Party Affiliation.
NEW: The Big Three and Board Gender Diversity: The Effectiveness of Shareholder Voice examines the effects of campaigns to increase gender diversity on corporate boards that institutional investors BlackRock, State Street, and Vanguard launched in 2017, finding significant impact on increases in new female board members and proportion of female to male directors.
Vanguard’s John Galloway advises that, beginning in 2021, Vanguard funds will consider board diversity and may vote against director candidates at companies where board diversity falls behind market norms and expectations, and encourages board feedback on how they have prioritized diversity in A Continued Call for Boardroom Diversity.
Sheppard Mullin discusses a new California bill that requires increased diversity of the board of directors of publicly-traded California-based corporations in CA Bill AB 979 Seeks to Increase Board Diversity.
Wilson Sonsini discusses Nasdaq’s proposal to adopt listing rules related to board diversity in Nasdaq Proposes Listing Rules Regarding Board Diversity.
D&O Diary’s Kevin LaCroix discusses a Nasdaq proposal, introduced in a December 1, 2020 press release, to adopt listing rules related to board diversity in Nasdaq Pushes Proposed Board Diversity Listing Rules.
D&O Diary’s Kevin LaCroix discusses a stockholder action challenging alleged failures to achieve board diversity and misleading disclosures regarding commitments to diversity filed against Pinterest in Pinterest Board Hit with Derivative Suit Based on Race and Gender Discrimination Allegations.
Goodwin Procter discusses the recent filing of stockholder challenging allegedly misleading disclosures regarding commitments to diversity by companies that have failed to achieve board diversity in Talking the Talk Versus Walking the Walk: Shareholder Suits Aim to Push Board Diversity and Punish Companies Supposedly Failing to Make Meaningful Change.
Racial Diversity and Corporate Governance: Assessing California’s New Board Diversity Mandate – discusses California’s recently-enacted law requiring boards of directors of public companies headquartered in California to have a minimum number of directors from underrepresented communities on their boards, likely legal challenges to the law under the internal affairs doctrine and equal protection, and related process and political economy concerns it raises.
Troutman Pepper discusses the recent filing of stockholder derivative actions for alleged breach of fiduciary duty and for proxy solicitation violations under Section 14(a) of the federal Securities Exchange Act based on failure to achieve board diversity and misleading disclosures regarding commitments to diversity in A New Wave of Board Diversity Derivative Litigation.
D&O Diary’s Kevin LaCroix discusses the California Partners Project’s Progress Report on Women’s Representation on California Corporate Boards, which tracks the changes in gender diversity on California boards, in Progress Report on California Public Company Board Gender Diversity Requirements.
Cooley discusses A Progress Report on Women’s Representation on California Corporate Boards, which tracks the changes in gender diversity on California boards since enactment of a state law requiring companies headquartered in California to add women to their boards of directors, citing research purportedly showing that companies with women on their boards outperform companies without them, in New report looks at board gender diversity in California.
D&O Diary’s Kevin LaCroix discusses California’s adoption of a new law requiring boards of directors of public companies headquartered in California, whether or not incorporated in California, to have a minimum number of directors from underrepresented communities on their boards, and a lawsuit — Robin Crest, et al. v. Alex Padilla, C.A. No. 20-37513, compl. (Cal. Super. Sept. 30, 2020) — challenging the constitutionality of the law in California Board of Directors Diversity Bill Signed Into Law, Challenged by Lawsuit.
Fenwick & West discusses California’s adoption of a new law requiring boards of directors of public companies headquartered in California, whether or not incorporated in California, to have a minimum number of directors from underrepresented communities on their boards in New Law Requires Racial, Ethnic or LGBT Diversity on Boards of California-Based Public Companies.
Richa Joshi at Truvalue Labs discusses California’s adoption of a new law requiring boards of directors of public companies headquartered in California, whether or not incorporated in California, to have a minimum number of directors from underrepresented communities on their boards in Board Diversity: No Longer Optional.
Deloitte discusses the results of survey data regarding company, board, and management practices related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and advancement of diversity and inclusion in their organizations in Diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Cooley reports that parties who previously brought suit challenging the constitutionality of California’s gender diversity statute, which requires that foreign and domestic public corporations headquartered in in California appoint women to their boards of directors have filed a new lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s more recently adopted statute requiring that California headquartered companies appoint members of “underrepresented communities” to their boards in Crest v. Padilla redux – conservative activist group challenges AB 979, California’s board diversity law for “underrepresented communities”.
Jones Day discusses several recent stockholder derivative actions that challenge alleged material misstatements and omissions to investors regarding companies’ professed commitment to diversity in Shareholder Derivative Litigation Concerning Diversity in Corporate Leadership Is an Emerging Trend.
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer discusses California’s adoption of a new law requiring boards of directors of public companies headquartered in California, whether or not incorporated in California, to have a minimum number of directors from underrepresented communities on their boards in California Becomes First State to Require Members of Underrepresented Communities on Boards of Directors.
Wilson Sonsini discusses the passage of a new California law requiring that publicly held corporations having their principal place of business in California to have at least one director from an underrepresented community by the end of 2021, and up to three, depending on board size, by the end of 2022, in California Expands Board Diversity Mandate.
D&O Diary’s Kevin LaCroix discusses a stockholder action challenging alleged failures to achieve board diversity and misleading disclosures regarding commitments to diversity filed against Cisco in Cisco Systems Hit With Board Diversity Lawsuit.
D&O Diary’s Kevin LaCroix discusses a stockholder action challenging alleged failures to achieve board diversity and misleading disclosures regarding commitments to diversity filed against Monster Beverage in Monster Beverage Hit With Latest Board Diversity Lawsuit.
Olshan Frome Wolosky discusses passage of a bill by the California legislature that would require increased racial and ethnic diversity on corporate boards of directors for domestic and foreign corporations having their principal place of business in California in California State Legislature Passes Bill Requiring Each Public Company Headquartered in the State to Include a Minimum Number of Directors from Underrepresented Communities on its Board.
Reuters discusses challenges of increasing diversity on corporate boards posed by lack of disclosure and self-reporting of ethnicity in Color blind? How boardroom diversity data eludes advocates.
D&O Diary’s Kevin LaCroix discusses the Board Challenge, pursuant to which corporate Pledge Partners agree to add a Black director in the next twelve months in Growing Number of Companies Pledge to Address Board Diversity Issues.
D&O Diary’s Kevin LaCroix discusses a stockholder action challenging alleged failures to achieve board diversity and misleading disclosures regarding commitments to diversity filed against Danaher in Yet Another Board Diversity Derivative Lawsuit, This Time Against Danaher’s Board.
D&O Diary’s Kevin LaCroix discusses a stockholder action challenging alleged failures to achieve board diversity and misleading disclosures regarding commitments to diversity filed against The Gap in The Gap Hit with Board Diversity Derivative Lawsuit.
Keith Bishop discusses passage of a bill by the California legislature that would require racial, ethnic, gender, and gender role diversity in the composition of corporate boards of directors for domestic and foreign corporations having their principal place of business in California in California Legislature Passes Corporate Board Racial/Ethnic/Gender Quota Bill.
Cooley discusses companies’ increasing concern with expanding board diversity, and considerations raised in the study Why Do Boards Have So Few Black Directors? and the Black Corporate Directors Time Capsule Project survey in Addressing the challenge of board racial diversity.
D&O Diary’s Kevin LaCroix discusses the latest stockholder action challenging alleged failures to achieve board diversity and misleading disclosures regarding commitments to diversity filed against NortonLifeLock in NortonLifeLock Hit with Board Diversity Derivative Suit.
Cleary Gottlieb discusses stockholder actions challenging alleged failure to uphold commitments to diversity at Oracle, Facebook, and Qualcomm in 3 Cases Spotlight Shareholder Interest In Public Co. Diversity.
The Origins and Real Effects of the Gender Gap: Evidence from CEOs’ Formative Years examines demographic data on the socioeconomic backgrounds of CEOs, finding CEOs raised in male-dominated families—those where the father was the only income earner and had more education than the mother—hire fewer women and allocate smaller capital budgets to female managers.
Shearman & Sterling discusses stockholder breach of fiduciary duty actions suits recently filed against directors and officers of Oracle, Facebook, and Qualcomm based on failure to uphold commitments to diversity in Shareholder Derivative Complaints Allege Lack Of Board And Senior Executive Diversity.
Gender and Executive Job Mobility: Evidence from Mergers and Acquisitions – examines gender differences in job mobility based on senior managers displaced when their employers are acquired, finding a significant “gender penalty” for women.
Wachtell discusses increasing pressures public companies face to increase gender and racial diversity on boards in Corporate Governance Update: Raising the Stakes for Board Diversity.
D&O Diary’s Kevin LaCroix discusses ra ecent derivative breach of fiduciary duty and securities actions challenging alleged failures to achieve board diversity and misleading disclosures to stockholders regarding commitments to internal policies regarding diversity filed against Qualcomm in Qualcomm Hit with Board Racial Diversity Derivative Lawsuit.
D&O Diary’s Kevin LaCroix discusses recent derivative breach of fiduciary duty and securities actions challenging alleged failures to achieve board diversity and misleading disclosures to stockholders regarding commitments to internal policies regarding diversity filed against Oracle and Facebook in Oracle Directors Hit with Derivative Suit on Board Diversity Issues, and Facebook Board Hit with Derivative Lawsuit on Board Diversity and Other Race-Related Issues.
Barington Capital Group discusses its activist investor perspective on board diversity that companies benefit most from demographically diverse directors who also help improve cognitive diversity in the boardroom in Maximizing the Benefits of Board Diversity: Lessons Learned From Activist Investing.
Keith Bishop discusses a bill introduced in the California legislature that would require domestic and foreign publicly held corporations having their principal place of business in California to include individuals who are African-American, Hispanic, or Native American on their board of directors in Bill Would Impose Minimum Number Of “Directors From An Underrepresented Community”.
The New York City Office of the Comptroller discussed progress of its Boardroom Accountability program in obtaining commitments from companies with which it does business to engage in search processes that ensure that women and people of color are considered for executive and board positions in NYC Comptroller’s Boardroom Accountability 3.0 Results.
Shearman & Sterling reports that a recent amendment to Washington State corporation law require that public companies have a “gender-diverse board” by January 1, 2022 or provide board diversity disclosures in Washington State Becomes Next to Mandate Gender Diversity on Boards.
Jackson Lewis discusses measures that twelve states have enacted or are considering to enhance diversity on corporate boards in States are Leading the Charge to Corporate Boards: Diversify!
Cooley discusses research suggesting that, despite recent efforts to promote diversity on corporate boards, diversity in corporate executive positions remains low, in The sorry state of C-suite diversity.
Wachtell reports the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging California’s law mandating gender diversity on corporate boards for lack of standing in Creighton Meland v. Alex Padilla, C.A. No. 19-2288, compl. (E.D. Cal. Nov. 13, 2019), noting that plaintiff has already appealed the ruling, in Federal District Court Dismisses Challenge to Board Diversity Statute.
Davis Polk reports that the New York City Comptroller announced 75% of companies have approved stockholder proposals establishing diversity search policies seeking to increase board representation by women and people of color, submitted by the New York City Retirement Systems as part of the city’s Boardroom Accountability Project 3.0, which seeks to foster diversity in leadership of companies in which the Retirement System invests, in NYC Comptroller Stringer Reports Progress on Project to Boost Board/CEO Diversity.
Cooley reports that Creighton Meland v. Alex Padilla, C.A. No. 19-2288, compl. (E.D. Cal. Nov. 13, 2019), a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of California’s board gender diversity statute filed by a conservative legal organization on behalf of a public company stockholder has been dismissed for lack of standing in Federal District Court dismisses a challenge to California board gender diversity statute.
Cooley reports findings that California’s California’s SB 826 board gender diversity statute has led to significant gains in board diversity, and discusses other states that have introduced similar legislation in Will other states follow California in adopting board gender diversity mandates?
Reuters reports Goldman Sachs’ announcement that from June 30, it will only help take companies having at least one diverse member company, citing superior performance of such companies after going public, in Goldman Sachs to companies: Hire at least one woman director if you want to go public.
Spencer Stuart discusses key takeaways from the 2019 U.S. Spencer Stuart Board Index finding that boards have increasingly added new directors with diversity of gender, age, race/ethnicity and professional backgrounds, but that board turnover remains low, with new directors representing only 8% of all S&P 500 directors. 2019 U.S. Spencer Stuart Board Index.
Deloitte discusses the latest statistics on global boardroom diversity, efforts to increase gender diversity in 66 countries, and political, social, and legislative trends. Women in the Boardroom: A Global Perspective.
Keith Paul Bishop discusses a study of negative effects of California’s SB 826, imposing gender quotas on the boards of publicly traded companies headquartered in California. Business Professors Find “Large Negative Stock Market Reaction” To California’s Board Quota Law.
The New York City Comptroller calls on boards of directors to adopt a policy requiring that searches for director and officer candidates include qualified female and racially/ethnically diverse candidates, and candidates from non-traditional environments such as government, academic, or non-profit. NYC Comptroller Boardroom Accountability 3.0.
Davis Polk’s Betty Moy Huber and Paula H. Simpkins report findings from the 2019 U.S. Spencer Stuart Board Index that S&P 500 companies are accelerating the addition of women and minority directors. Spencer Stuart Shows How Boards Are Transforming.
NEW: Cooley discusses guidance provided by different stockholder constituency groups regarding the conduct of virtual stockholder meetings in 2020 Working Group identifies best practices for virtual shareholder meetings.
Back to the Future? Reclaiming Shareholder Democracy Through Virtual Annual Meetings examines stockholder voting turnout and voting outcomes at annual meetings between March and June 2020 in comparison with prior years, noting differences in turnout and approval rates depending on use of hybrid, in-person, telephonic, or interactive video, market capitalization; and proposal topics.
Mayer Brown discusses implications of the coronavirus pandemic, including the likelihood that companies may wish to use virtual stockholder meetings in 2021, proxy disclosures regarding the effects of the pandemic, and other likely proxy disclosure issues for which companies may wish to begin preparation in 2021 Proxy and Annual Report Season: Time to Prepare.
Skadden suggests, given uncertainty to the ongoing consequences of the coronavirus pandemic in 2021, that companies begin to consider and plan for effective use of virtual stockholder meetings in the 2021 in Planning Ahead: Virtual Shareholder Meetings in the 2021 Proxy Season.
How Shifting from In-Person to Virtual Shareholder Meetings Affects Shareholders’ Voice evaluates the conduct of virtual stockholder meetings following shifts from in-person meetings in response to the coronavirus pandemic, finding decreases in meeting length and discussion of various topics that suggest virtual meetings increase potential stockholder participation by reducing costs, but that in practice, less time has been spent addressing stockholder concerns.
Stockholder and sustainable investment organizations write to the SEC to raise concerns based on recent experience with widespread use of remote virtual platforms to conduct stockholder meetings in Letter to Clayton and Hinman on Virtual and Hybrid Meetings.
Soundboard Governance discusses use of remote, virtual platforms to conduct stockholder meetings following recent increases in use in Key Takeaways and Best Practices from Virtual Shareholders Meetings in 2020.
Vorys discusses the use of virtual board meetings, their management, and how mitigate additional risks they pose in Virtual board meetings and risk mitigation during Covid-19.
Broadridge provides statistics on virtual stockholder meetings it hosted between January 1 and May 22, 2020, representing a more than 6X increase over the same period in 2019, at Broadridge Virtual Shareholder Meetings (“VSMs”): Preliminary Statistics.
Wachtell discusses increases in the use of virtual annual meetings during the coronavirus meeting, and the first virtual meeting used in a proxy contest in Lessons From the Future – The First Contested Virtual Annual Meeting.
Cleary Gottlieb reports that New York’s Governor Cuomo has issued Executive Order 202.18, Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency (New York, Apr. 16, 2020), extending his previous Executive Order 202.8, Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency (New York, Mar. 23, 2020), which suspended New York’s Business Corporation Law Sections 602(a) — requiring physical stockholder meetings — and 605(a) and (b) — requiring prior notice of annual meetings and adjournments — “to the extent they require meetings of shareholders to be noticed and held at a physical location.” Cuomo Executive Order Gives New York Corporations Relief on Physical Annual Meetings.
Olshan discusses Delaware Governor Carney’s a Tenth Modification of the Declaration of a State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat (Apr. 6, 2020), which authorized Delaware corporations to switch noticed in-person stockholder meetings to remote virtual meetings of adjourn them in favor of a later remote meeting, which it commended as preferable to a proposed emergency amendment to 8 Del. C. § 110, which would give broads discretion to postpone annual meetings irrespective of whether an emergency prevented a quorum from being convened in Delaware Emergency Order: Remote Shareholder Communication Meetings.
Sheppard Mullin discusses considerations regarding the use of virtual stockholder meetings, including hybrid meetings that can be attend either in-person or remotely, in Virtual and Hybrid Shareholder Meetings in the Era of COVID-19: What Public Companies Need to Know.
UCLA Law Professor Stephen Bainbridge discusses recent sources of authority for conducting virtual stockholder meetings, and suggests a platform offered by Broadridge for conducting virtual meetings in Conducting the Annual Shareholder Meeting during the COVID19 Pandemic.
ISS discusses SEC guidance regarding the conduct of virtual stockholder meetings in Annual General Meetings & COVID-19.
Delaware Governor John Carney, in a Tenth Modification of the Declaration of a State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat (Apr. 6, 2020), noting that the Delaware General Corporation Law does not address certain aspects of stockholder meetings implicated by a public health emergency, provides rules governing notice of changes of physical meetings to meetings conducted by remote communications, and adjournment of scheduled meetings.
Cleary Gottlieb discusses adjournment of scheduled stockholder meetings and conversion of scheduled stockholder meetings to virtual meetings, and related notice and procedural requirements under Delaware and New York law in Coronavirus & Postponing/Adjourning Annual Meetings and Coronavirus & Virtual Annual Meetings.
NEW: Greenwashing examines the practices and performance of among hedge funds that have endorsed the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, signaling commitment to including Environmental, Social, and Governance factors in investment decisions, but not honoring that commitment (i.e. “greenwash”), finding funds that endorse Responsible Investment on average underperform other hedge funds, performance differences between funds that endorse and honor Responsible Investment commitments and those that do not endorse Responsible Investment are modest, and funds that greenwash underperform both genuinely green and non-green funds, among many other findings.
Reuters discusses “greenwashing” — corporate attempts to benefit from positive investor sentiment toward environmental, social, and governance initiatives by misrepresenting commitment to sustainability — which is described as rampant, and of interest to short-selling investors in Villains or visionaries? Hedge funds short companies they say ‘greenwash’.
NEW: Fox Rothschild discusses changes in North Carolina procedures for seeking designation of complex business cases to the North Carolina Business Court in Business Court Amends Designation Procedure for Mandatory Complex Business Cases.
$$$ Law.com discusses the opening of Georgia’s Statewide Business Court in Statewide Business Court Judge: ‘Build It, They Will Come’.
The Casper Star Tribune reports that the Wyoming legislature has appropriated funds for the formation of a court of chancery, scheduled to become functional in 2022 in Casper gets a new court.
The State Bar of Wisconsin reports on the success of a three-year Business Court Pilot Project initiated by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2017 in Commercial Litigation: Business Court Pilot Project Still Open for Business.
Stoll Keenon Ogden reports the Kentucky Supreme Court’s approval of the creation of a designated business court in Kentucky’s First Business Court to Launch January 1, 2020.
NEW: Morris Nichols discusses amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law, the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act, the Delaware Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act, and the Delaware Revised Uniform Partnership Act that became effective in July 2020 in 2020 Amendments to Delaware’s General Corporation Law and Alternative Entity Statutes.
Sullivan & Cromwell discusses 2020 amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law in Amendments to Delaware’s General Corporation Law.
Cooley discusses recent amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law relating to public business corporations and indemnification of corporate officers in Delaware bill to update emergency powers, revise PBC provisions and amend indemnification provisions signed into law.
Wilson Sonsini discusses recent amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law that ease existing barriers to conversion of public and private corporations to public benefit corporations in 2020 Delaware Statutory Amendments Reduce Barriers to Becoming a Public Benefit Corporation.
Richards Layton & Finger discusses 2020 amendments to Delaware’s Limited Liability Company Act, the Delaware Revised Uniform Partnership Act, and the Delaware Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act in Amendments to Delaware’s LLC and Partnership Acts Adopted.
Richards Layton & Finger discusses 2020 Proposed Amendments to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware.
Cooley discusses propose amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law intended to address powers in the event of a declared emergency in Proposal to amend the DGCL to provide relief regarding stockholders’ meetings.
NEW: Cooley discusses recent research regarding company disclosures regarding business impact of the coronavirus pandemic in Study looks at COVID-19 disclosure.
Reuters reports that a study of corporate disclosures on management of social and environmental risk required under the European Union’s 2018 Non-Financial Reporting Directive revealed “big gaps between many companies’ words and action,” in Sustainability disclosures by European companies generally poor: study.
ESG Performance and Disclosure: A Cross-Country Analysis examines the relationship between ESG factors, disclosure, and financial performance across countries with varying policies imposing ESG disclosure requirements, finding correlation between quantity of disclosures and quality of data, and no relationship between ESG and risk-adjusted returns, but a small effect on volatility.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce discusses proposed guidelines for Environmental, Social & Governance disclosures in ESG Reporting Best Practices.
Ernst & Young discusses corporate disclosures relating to human capital and culture in How and Why Human Capital Disclosures are Evolving.
Davis Polk discusses best practice guidelines for Environmental, Social & Governance disclosures proposed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Chamber of Commerce Releases Best Practices for Voluntary Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Disclosure.
The Delaware Court of Chancery issued a March 6, 2020 standing order, Standing Order Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures, order (Del. Ch. Mar. 6, 2020), implementing procedural precautions, particularly the use of telephonic rather than live hearings, to help prevent coronavirus transmission. On March 11, the Delaware Division of Public Health announced the first case of coronavirus infection in the State, and on March 13, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an Order Declaring a Judicial Emergency, order (Del. Mar. 13, 2020) encouraging telephonic proceedings. The Supreme Court subsequently ordered closure of the State Courthouses to the public effective March 23, and ordered an extension of the closure to June 13, 2020. In re COVID-19 Precautionary Measures, order (Del. May 14, 2020). The Courts have established a designated webpage — The Delaware Judiciary Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) — to publish the latest developments.
NEW: Fox Rothschild notes the Tenth Anniversary, in May 2020, of the creation of the Delaware Superior Court’s Complex Commercial Litigation Division, and discusses procedural and strategic considerations for litigating business disputes in the CCLD in – Adjudicating Business Disputes in Delaware’s Complex Commercial Division.
Skadden reports that Delaware Supreme Court and Court of Chancery are operational and pending corporate litigation has continued with minimal interruption, and discusses the courts’ current status and procedures in Checking In With Delaware Courts Amid the COVID-19 Crisis.
The News Journal discusses the Delaware Supreme Court’s extension of its prior order closing the state’s courthouses to the public in Delaware courts will continue to operate virtually for now.
Law360 discusses the Delaware Court of Chancery’s changes in procedure to continue to handle corporate disputes during the coronavirus pandemic in Del. Chancery Is Uniquely Suited For Coronavirus Response.
Seyfarth Shaw discusses the responses of various Courts, including the Delware Court of Chancery, in COVID-19: Business Courts’ Response to the Crisis.
Francis Pileggi discusses closure of Delaware courthouses and postponements of hearings and other deadlines in More Closures in Delaware Due to Pandemic.
Law360 discusses court closures and the Court of Chancery’s rescheduling of proceedings and adoption of teleconferencing technology in Delaware Largely Closes All Courts For ‘Stay-At-Home’ Order.
The News Journal discusses the recent cancellations and changes in How coronavirus is impacting Delaware: Monday cancellations, schedule changes.
Law.com discusses updates with the Delaware Superior Court in Del. Superior Court Suspends Jury Trials, Chancery Court Postpones In-Person Hearings.
Fox Rothschild discusses the latest updates in Chancery Court in Chancery Hearings and Trials to be Held Telephonically for 30 Days.
Francis Pileggi discusses responses to the first confirmed case in Delaware Supreme Court Declares Judicial Emergency Due to Coronavirus.
Delaware Business Now discusses emergency status and updates to standing orders in Updated: Jury trials delayed in Delaware Superior Court as emergency order is broadened.
Fox Rothschild discusses the Courts’ actions in The Delaware Judiciary’s Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The News Journal discusses current coronavirus-related Orders and the status of the Courts in Coronavirus and Delaware courts: What jurors, others need to know.
Francis Pileggi discusses current standing orders and other coronavirus-related concerns in Delaware Courts’ Response to the Coronavirus.
Morris James comments on the precautionary concerns in Delaware Courts Issue Standing Orders Addressing Coronavirus Concerns.
Bloomberg Law comments on this matter of public health in the freely-accessible Delaware’s Chancery Increasing Dial-In Court Due to Coronavirus.
$$$ Law360 advises the public of the situation from behind a paywall in Chancery Eyes Remote Hearings To Stem Coronavirus Risk.
Cooley discusses transactions that have been terminated or are in litigation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, noting trends, observations, and lessons for pending transactions in Social Distancing From a (Supposed) Life Partner: Early Lessons From Deals Terminated and On the Rocks in the COVID-19 Era.
The California Secretary of State announced the availability of online corporate formation and improvements to its online corporate filing tool, intended to better serve incorporators and filers during the coronavirus emergency, in Secretary of State’s Office Launches Corporations Formations Online Filing Tool and Revamped Online Filing Tool for Corporation Statements of Information.