Confusion and Unpredictability in Shareholder Derivative Litigation: The Delaware Courts' Response to Recent Corporate Scandals

54 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2009  

Ann M. Scarlett

Saint Louis University - School of Law

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

The Delaware courts responded to the recent wave of corporate scandals, exemplified by Enron and WorldCom, by changing their approach to shareholder derivative litigation. This Article analyzes the Delaware courts' response to these scandals and concludes that the courts have created doctrinal confusion and introduced unpredictability into derivative litigation. This Article also analyzes the future negative consequences for shareholders, corporations, directors, investors, and other litigants. Finally, this Article proposes improvements for derivative litigation that may alleviate the confusion and unpredictability created by the Delaware courts' response to the recent scandals.

Suggested Citation

Scarlett, Ann M., Confusion and Unpredictability in Shareholder Derivative Litigation: The Delaware Courts' Response to Recent Corporate Scandals (2008). Florida Law Review, Vol. 60, p. 589, 2008; Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1346549

Ann M. Scarlett (Contact Author)

Saint Louis University - School of Law ( email )

100 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63101
United States

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