Class conflict – The rights of stockholders can become a board problem
Abstract: For directors, satisfying their fiduciary duties to act in the best interests of the corporation and its shareholders is critical. But what if the interests of different corporate constituencies — such as preferred and common stockholders — conflict with one another? This article examines decisions made by the Delaware Chancery and Supreme courts in two separate cases involving the matter of preferred stockholders’ rights vs. those of common stockholders. A sidebar discusses a similar case, in which a board was unable to convince a court that the board’s decision to approve a merger was disinterested.