Skadden Discusses Court Decision Striking Down Women on Boards Law

On May 13, 2022, a judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court ruled in Crest v. Padilla, Case No. 19STCV27561, that California’s statute requiring California-based public companies to have one to three women on their boards of directors (S.B. 826), depending on their board size, violated the equal protection clause of the state constitution. Although the decision, which following a bench trial, does not specifically address the related requirement in S.B. 826 that companies disclose board member information to the secretary of state, the court’s decision enjoins enforcement of the entire law.

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Skadden Discusses California Decision Upholding Uber’s Federal Forum Charter Provision

A California state court dismissed a putative securities fraud class action against Uber, as well as certain individuals and underwriters, on the grounds of inconvenient forum, holding that the federal forum selection provision (FFP) in Uber’s charter was valid and enforceable, and thus plaintiffs were required to bring their claims in federal court.

Plaintiffs, purported shareholders of Uber, brought claims under Sections 11, 12(a)(2) and 15 of the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act), alleging that the offering documents for Uber’s May 2019 IPO contained false or misleading statements. Uber, along with the individual and underwriter defendants, moved to dismiss

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Skadden Discusses Shareholder Derivative Suits Around COVID-19, Racial Equality

As the last few years have shown, shareholder derivative litigation — claims brought by a shareholder purportedly on behalf of a company against its board of directors or senior management for alleged breaches of fiduciary duty — is often brought following the public disclosure of a negative event (so-called “event-driven litigation”). When multiple companies reported the departure of executives in the wake of #MeToo allegations, their boards faced shareholder derivative suits related to the adequacy of the company’s sexual harassment policies or board-level monitoring. Often, litigation also follows when companies disclose data breaches, with claims that the boards of those … Read more