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SEC proposes CEO pay ratio disclosure rule

  • Locke Lord LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 26 2013

The SEC issued a proposed rule on September 18, 2013, that would require most public companies to report the ratio between the annual total

The Brocade trial: Judge Breyer may take case away from jury

  • Locke Lord LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 9 2007

The first criminal trial of stock options backdating conduct may end with the court finding that government prosecutors failed to present sufficient evidence of intent to support a conviction

The Brocade trial: an important defense gets in the door

  • Locke Lord LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 3 2007

Until last Friday, Greg Reyes, Brocade's former CEO, had been unable raise an important aspect of his defense: Brocade was only one of many companies that allegedly manipulated stock options grants

The Brocade trial: Judge Breyer postpones decision on motion to dismiss

  • Locke Lord LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 20 2007

On July 19, 2007, Judge Breyer deferred, for the second time, his decision on the pending motion to dismiss in the Brocade stock options backdating trial

SEC releases competing proposals for shareholder participation in contested elections

  • Locke Lord LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 30 2007

On July 27, 2007, the Securities and Exchange Commission posted two separate proposing releases that relate to shareholder access to a public company’s proxy ballot in connection with director elections

The Brocade options backdating trial: Reyes found guilty on all counts

  • Locke Lord LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 8 2007

On Tuesday, August 7, 2007, after more than a week of deliberations, the jury in the criminal trial of ex-Brocade CEO Greg Reyes returned a guilty verdict

Internet proxy solicitation: shareholder choice means companies must prepare early

  • Locke Lord LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 27 2007

Shareholders may soon choose to receive proxy solicitations via the Internet

Delaware Court of Chancery tackles issue of first impression and rules that stock option backdating violates a director’s fiduciary duty of loyalty

  • Locke Lord LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 9 2007

In Ryan v. Gifford, 918 A.2d 341 (Del. Ch. 2007), the Delaware Court of Chancery addressed a novel issue of Delaware law: whether backdating stock option grants violates one or more fiduciary duties

PCAOB study: post-SOX drop in market reaction to restatements

  • Locke Lord LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 24 2007

In a working paper recently released, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), a non-profit entity created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) to oversee the auditors of public companies, found that the loss in market value following announcements of financial restatements has diminished since the July 30, 2002 implementation of SOX

Second Brocade executive convicted in backdating prosecution

  • Locke Lord LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 7 2007

On December 5, 2007, following a 5 12 day trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, a jury convicted Brocade's former head of human resources, Stephanie Jensen, of falsifying corporate records and conspiracy