Corporate, Partnership and Shareholder Rights LitigationPDF
Robinson Bradshaw represents public and private companies, boards of directors, equity sponsors and lenders in merger and acquisition litigation. Our experience includes hotly contested and fully litigated public company takeover disputes involving a hostile suitor or suitors, defending the typical shareholder suits that are filed in connection with virtually every public company merger or acquisition, and defending lenders in suits alleging breach of loan commitments and tortious interference.
Our attorneys also handle a wide variety of other public company corporate litigation, including defending derivative and class action suits outside the merger and acquisition context and litigating requests for business records.
We have extensive experience in disputes concerning privately held corporations, partnerships and LLCs. This includes representing both minority and majority shareholders in “squeeze out” and other fiduciary litigation, in deadlock situations, and in suits involving alleged diversion of assets and business opportunities.
We work in tandem with our corporate lawyers on corporate, partnership and securities litigation matters to ensure that clients receive effective and efficient guidance and representation across the board.
Represented strategic acquirer Ecolab, Inc. in Swisher Merger Shareholder Litigation. Raul et al. v. Burke, 15 CVS 16703 (N.C. Bus. Ct. 2015-16).
Represented private equity sponsor Court Square Capital Partners in Pike Merger Shareholder Litigation. In re Pike Corp. S’holder Litig., 14 CVS 1202 (N.C. Bus. Ct. 2014-15).
Represented acquirer Forest Laboratories in Furiex Merger Shareholder Litigation. Shinneman v. Furiex Pharms., Inc., 14 CVS 6955 (N.C. Bus. Ct. 2014-15); Nakatsukasa v. Furiex Pharms., Inc., 14 CVS 6156 (N.C. Bus. Ct. 2014-15).
Represented the minority shareholders of a closely held family corporation in Beam Rest Home, Inc. Shareholder Litigation. Mauney et al. v. Beam Rest Home, Inc. et al., (NCBC 2015).
Represented a private equity sponsor-seller in the successful resolution of an earnout and post-closing claims dispute following the sale of a portfolio company to a publicly traded buyer.
Represented Carlyle Group and Hellman & Friedman in PPDI Merger Shareholder Litigation. In re PPDI Litigation, 11 CVS 1486 (N.C. Bus. Ct. 2011-12).
Represented Siris, Convest and other sponsor defendants in Tekelec Merger Shareholder Litigation. Coyne v. Tekelec, 11 CVS 17255 (N.C. Bus. Ct. 2011-12); Ferguson v. Tekelec, 11 CVS 17600 (N.C. Bus. Ct. 2011-12).
Represented Duke Energy in Duke Energy/Progress Energy Shareholder Litigation. In re Progress Energy Shareholder Litigation, 11-CVS-739 (N.C. Bus. Ct. 2011); Galaton v. Johnson, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92125 (E.D.N.C. 2011).
Represented Family Dollar and its directors in Family Dollar Shareholder Litigation. Rothenberg v. Levine, 11-CVS-4914 (N.C. Bus. Ct. 2011).
Represented Wachovia and (post-merger) Wells Fargo in Wells Fargo/Wachovia Merger Litigation. Ehrenhaus v. Wachovia Corp., 2008 NCBC 20 (N.C. Bus. Ct. 2008); Baker v. Citigroup (unpublished TRO barring Citigroup from interfering with merger).
Represented Wachovia and its directors in Wachovia/Wells Fargo merger litigation. Browne v. Wachovia Corp., 2011 NCBC 4 (N.C. Bus. Ct. 2011), aff’d 2012 N.C. App. LEXIS 439 (N.C. Ct. App., April 3, 2012); Harris v. Wachovia Corp., 2011 NCBC 3 (N.C. Bus. Ct. 2011); Rivers v. Wachovia Corp., 819 F. Supp. 2d 484 (D.S.C. 2010), aff’d 665 F.3d 610 (4th Cir. 2011); Rice-Marko v. Wachovia Corp., 2009-CP-10-6230 (S.C. Bus. Ct. 2010), aff’d 728 S.E.2d 61 (S.C. Ct. App. 2012).
Represented Blackstone Group in Blackstone/Polymer Group Merger Litigation. Dugdale v. Polymer, 10-CVS-20527 (N.C. Bus. Ct. 2010).
Represented CommScope and its directors in CommScope Inc. Shareholder Litigation. Dadachanji v. CommScope, Inc., 5:10-cv-00183 (W.D.N.C. 2010).
Represented BB&T and its directors in BB&T Shareholder Derivative Litigation. Borchardt v. King, 1:10-cv-261 (M.D.N.C. 2010).
Represented special committee members in Waste Industries Shareholder Litigation. David Shaev Profit Sharing Account v. Waste Industries USA, Inc., 07-CVS-20453 (N.C. Bus. Ct. 2007).
Represented aaiPharma in aaiPharma Shareholder Litigation. Santos v. aaiPharma, Inc., 7:04-cv-27 (E.D.N.C. 2007).
Represented SPX Corporation and its officers and directors in SPX Shareholder Litigation. In re SPX Corp. Securities Litigation, 3:04-cv-99 (W.D.N.C. 2007).
Represented Jefferson Pilot and (post-merger) Lincoln National in Jefferson Pilot/Lincoln National Merger and Derivative Litigation. Seashore Inv. Group v. Paine, Case No. 05-CVS-10724 (N.C. Bus. Ct. 2005); Walter F. Rucker Family Trust v. Lincoln Nat’l. Corp., 08-cv-00419 (M.D.N.C. 2008).
Represented SPX Corporation and its directors in SPX Derivative Litigation. Eliasoph v. Johnson, 05-cvs-3698 (N.C. Super. 2005).
Represented all defendants in E.A. Morris Charitable Foundation Derivative Litigation (counsel for all defendants). Morris v. Thomas, 161 N.C. App. 680 (2003); Morris v. E.A. Morris Charitable Foundation, 161 N.C. App. 673 (2003).
Represented First Union and (post-merger) the merged entity (renamed Wachovia) in First Union/Wachovia/SunTrust Merger Litigation. First Union Corp. v. SunTrust Banks, Inc., 2001 NCBC 09 (N.C. Bus. Ct. 2001). In re Wachovia Shareholders Litigation, 2003 NCBC 10, rev’d, 607 S.E.2d 48 (N.C. Ct. App. 2005), rev. denied, 613 S.E.2d 25 (2005); Winters v. First Union Corporation, 2001 NCBC 08 (N.C. Bus. Ct. 2001).
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