A Professor Filed a Shareholder Lawsuit to Restrict Shareholder Rights

“An enormous zeal for the overdog” — a good description of this effort to get the shareholders of J&J to waive their right to file shareholder lawsuits — permanently. Over the past two years, some senior officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission have indicated that they would be open to corporations foisting mandatory arbitration on…

McKesson Board Can’t Dodge Opioid Shipment `Red Flags’ Suit – Bloomberg

Some McKesson Corp. directors must face an investor lawsuit accusing them of failing to honor promises to ensure internal systems for spotting suspicious opioid shipments functioned properly. Two shareholders of the San Francisco-based company can press claims the distributor’s board was asleep at the switch when it came to overseeing such shipments after a 2008…

SEC Jay Clayton on forced arbitration clauses in IPOs

In a comprehensive letter to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) obtained by Yahoo Finance, SEC Chair Jay Clayton gave shareholder advocates causes for both relief and concern about whether the agency will make it harder for investors to sue public companies. Clayton clarified how the agency would handle whether corporations would be allowed to IPO with…

Pension Fund Charges Netflix With Rigging Executive Bonuses

A federal lawsuit filed in the US District Court in San Francisco accuses Netflix of giving undeserved “sham” bonuses to top executives so that the company could take advantage of a prior tax loophole. The pension fund lawsuit was filed by the City of Birmingham Relief and Retirement System, one of the company’s shareholders. The…

State Courts Can Adjudicate Class Actions

A decision by Justice Elena Kagan and supported unanimously by the  Court upheld a category of shareholder lawsuits that corporations were attempting to keep out of state courts, a significant ruling on behalf of shareholders who file class actions. The Supreme Court ruled today that the 1998 amendments to the federal securities laws did not…