Filings by public companies continue to include references to Rule 14a-11, which permits shareholders to nominate a director and include the nomination in the registrant’s proxy statement. In the last several days we have noted the following:

LAM Research Proxy (filed September 13, 2010)

Proposals Submitted under SEC Rules. Stockholder-initiated proposals (other than director nominations) may be eligible for inclusion in our Proxy Statement for next year’s 2011 Annual Meeting (in accordance with SEC Rule 14a-8) and for consideration at the Annual Meeting. The Company must receive a stockholder proposal no later than June 6, 2011 for the proposal to be eligible for inclusion. Further, on August 25, 2010 the SEC adopted its new “proxy access” rule (SEC Rule 14a-11); this rule is expected to be effective prior to our next annual meeting, and if so will permit inclusion in our proxy statement of nominees for director that meet all of the requirements of the new rule (including, without limitation, stockholding requirements and receipt of any such nomination not earlier than May 7, 2011 and not later than June 6, 2011). Any stockholder interested in submitting a proposal or nomination is advised to contact legal counsel familiar with the detailed securities law requirements for submitting proposals or nominations for inclusion in a company’s proxy statement.

Massey Energy Proxy (filed September 13, 2010)

16. How do I make a stockholder proposal for the 2011 annual meeting?

Any proposal of a stockholder intended to be presented at our 2011 annual meeting of stockholders for inclusion in our 2011 proxy statement and form of proxy/voting instruction card for that meeting pursuant to Rule 14a-8 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), must be received by us no later than December 17, 2010, by such stockholder delivering written notice to our Corporate Secretary at our principal executive offices at P.O. Box 26765, Richmond, Virginia 23261.

Our Amended and Restated Bylaws (the “Bylaws”) provide that a stockholder entitled to vote for the election of directors may (i) nominate persons for election to the Board or (ii) bring business before a stockholder meeting, by delivering written notice to our Corporate Secretary at our principal executive offices at P.O. Box 26765, Richmond, Virginia 23261. Such notice must be delivered to or mailed and received between January 18, 2011 and February 17, 2011; provided, however, in the event that the date of the 2011 annual meeting is advanced by more than 30 days, or delayed by more than 90 days, from the first anniversary date of the 2010 annual meeting (or May 18, 2011), written notice must be delivered not earlier than the 120th day prior to the 2011 annual meeting and not later than the close of business on the later of the 90th day prior to the annual meeting or the 10th day following the day on which the date of the 2011 annual meeting is first publicly announced by Massey. We anticipate holding the 2011 annual meeting of stockholders on May 17, 2011.

The stockholder’s notice must include, as to each person whom the stockholder proposes to nominate for election as a director:

  • all information relating to such person that is required to be disclosed in solicitations of proxies for election of directors or is otherwise required pursuant to Regulation 14A under the Exchange Act and Rule 14a-11 of the Exchange Act;  
  • such person’s written consent to being named in the proxy statement as a nominee and to serving as such a director if elected; and  
  • an executed copy of Massey’s director agreement and questionnaire (a copy of which can be obtained by contacting Massey’s Corporate Secretary at the address above), along with all information required in connection with that agreement and the questionnaire.  

Standex International Proxy (filed September 16, 2010):

In order for a shareholder to bring other business before a shareholder meeting, the Company by-laws require that timely notice should be received by the Company on or before May 20, 2011, but no later than June 17, 2011. In order for shareholders to submit director nominee(s) for consideration pursuant to SEC Rule 14a-11, proper notice must be received no earlier than April 20, 2011, and not later than May 20, 2011.

Resources Connection Proxy (filed September 16, 2010)

Stockholder Nominations for the 2011 Annual Meeting. If you are submitting director nominees for inclusion in next year’s proxy statement pursuant to SEC Rule 14a-11, you must follow the procedures prescribed in SEC Rule 14a-11. To be eligible for inclusion, notice of stockholder nominations on Schedule 14N must be transmitted to our corporate secretary at our executive offices no earlier than April 19, 2011, and no later than May 19, 2011.

Web MD Proxy (filed September 17, 2010)

Submission of Director Nominations for Inclusion in WebMD’s Proxy Materials. Stockholders that intend to submit director nominations for inclusion in WebMD’s proxy statement and form of proxy relating to the 2011 Annual Meeting must follow the procedures prescribed in SEC rule 14a-11, including filing a notice on Schedule 14N with the SEC and transmitting the notice to WebMD’s Corporate Secretary (at the address provided below under “—Advance Notice Provisions under WebMD’s Bylaws”) not later than May 24, 2011 and not earlier than April 24, 2011, unless the date of our 2011 Annual Meeting is changed by more than 30 days from the date of the 2010 Annual Meeting, in which case the notice must be filed and transmitted a reasonable time before a solicitation is made.

Advance Notice Provisions under WebMD’s Bylaws. WebMD’s Amended and Restated By-laws establish an advance notice procedure with regard to director nominations and proposals by stockholders intended to be presented at an annual meeting, but not included in WebMD’s proxy statement. For these nominations or other business to be properly brought before the 2011 Annual Meeting by a stockholder, the stockholder must provide written notice delivered to the Secretary of WebMD at least 90 days and not more than 120 days in advance of the anniversary of the 2010 Annual Meeting date, which notice must contain specified information concerning the matters to be brought before the meeting and concerning the stockholder proposing these matters. All notices of proposals by stockholders, whether or not intended to be included in WebMD’s proxy materials, should be sent to: Corporate Secretary, WebMD Health Corp., 111 Eighth Avenue, New York, New York 10011. If a stockholder intends to submit a director nomination or a proposal at the 2011 Annual Meeting that is not intended for inclusion in WebMD’s proxy statement relating to that meeting, notice from the stockholder in accordance with the requirements in the WebMD Amended and Restated By-laws must be received by WebMD no later than July 23, 2011, unless the date of the meeting is changed, in which case WebMD will announce any change in the date by which the notice must be received by WebMD when WebMD first announces the change in meeting date.

Awesome Living Bylaws (filed September 15, 2010)

SECTION 2.9 Advance Notice of Stockholder Proposals and Stockholder Nominations. Nominations of persons for election to the board of directors of the Corporation and the proposal of business to be considered by the stockholders may be made at any meeting of stockholders only (a) pursuant to the Corporation’s notice of meeting, (b) by or at the direction of the Board, or (c) by any stockholder of the Corporation who was a stockholder of record at the time of giving of notice provided for in these bylaws, who is entitled to vote at the meeting and who complies with the notice procedures set forth in this Section 2.9.

To be timely, a stockholder’s notice shall be delivered to the secretary at the principal executive offices of the Corporation not later than the close of business on the 60th day nor earlier than the close of business on the 90th day prior to the first anniversary of the preceding year’s annual meeting; provided, however, that in the event that the date of the annual meeting is advanced by more than 30 days or delayed by more than 60 days from such anniversary date or if the Corporation has not previously held an annual meeting, notice by the stockholder to be timely must be so delivered not earlier than the close of business on the 90th day prior to such annual meeting and not later than the close of business on the later of the 60th day prior to such annual meeting or the tenth day following the day on which public announcement of the date of such meeting is first made by the Corporation. In no event shall the public announcement of a postponement or adjournment of an annual meeting to a later date or time commence a new time period for the giving of a stockholder’s notice as described above.

Such stockholder’s notice shall set forth (I) as to each person whom the stockholder proposes to nominate for election or reelection as a director (a) all information relating to such person that is required to be disclosed in solicitations of proxies for election of directors in an election contest, or is otherwise required, in each case pursuant to Regulation 14A under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (or any successor thereto) and Rule 14a-11 thereunder (or any successor thereto) (including such person’s written consent to being named in the proxy statement as a nominee and to serving as a director if elected), (b) the name and address of the stockholder who intends to make the nomination and of the person or persons to be nominated, (c) a representation that the stockholder is a holder of record of stock of the Corporation entitled to vote at such meeting and intends to appear in person or by proxy at the meeting and nominate the person or persons specified in the notice; (d) a description of all arrangements or understandings between the stockholder and each nominee and any other person or persons (naming such person or persons) pursuant to which the nomination or nominations are to be made by the stockholder; and (e) such other information regarding each nominee proposed by such stockholder as would be required to be included in a proxy statement filed pursuant to the proxy rules of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission had the nominee been nominated, or intended to be nominated, by the Board, (II) as to any other business that the stockholder proposes to bring before the meeting, a brief description of the business desired to be brought before the meeting, the reasons for conducting such business at the meeting and any material interest in such business of such stockholder and the beneficial owner, if any, on whose behalf the proposal is made; and (III) as to the stockholder giving the notice and the beneficial owner, if any, on whose behalf the nomination or proposal is made (a) the name and address of such stockholder, as they appear on the Corporation’s books, and of such beneficial owner, and (b) the class and number of shares of the corporation which are owned beneficially and of record by such stockholder and such beneficial owner. In addition, the stockholder making such proposal shall promptly provide any other information reasonably requested by the Corporation. Notwithstanding anything in these Bylaws to the contrary, no business shall be conducted at any meeting of the stockholders except in accordance with the procedures set forth in this Section 2.9(A). The Chairman of any such meeting shall direct that any nomination or business not properly brought before the meeting shall not be considered.

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