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The Corporate Contract in Changing TimesIs the Law Keeping Up?$
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Steven Davidoff Solomon and Randall Stuart Thomas

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226599403

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226599540.001.0001

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Private Ordering Post-Trulia

Private Ordering Post-Trulia

Why No-Pay Provisions Can Fix the Deal Tax and Forum Selection Provisions Can’t

(p.292) Chapter Thirteen Private Ordering Post-Trulia
The Corporate Contract in Changing Times

Sean J. Griffith

University of Chicago Press

I examine the flight of cases from Delaware in the wake of the Court of Chancery’s decision in Trulia and ask whether there is a private ordering solution to the problem. After demonstrating why forum selection bylaws and exclusive forum provisions fail to solve the problem, I suggest instead a charter or bylaw term barring corporations from reimbursing stockholders for attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred in merger litigation. A binding “No Pay” provision addresses the collective action problem created by corporate defendants’ inconsistent preferences over time and, by precluding nuisance settlements, incentivizes plaintiffs’ attorneys to press only those claims where substantial relief is a realistic possibility.

Keywords:   merger litigation, deal tax, Trulia, forum selection, exclusive forum, no pay, fee shifting, multiforum, corporate law, M&A

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