On May 5, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that courts should apply the business judgment rule in shareholder lawsuits challenging going-private mergers, as long as shareholders were adequately protected—a decision that expressly follows the approach of the Delaware Supreme Court in its seminal case, Kahn et al. v. M&F Worldwide, 88 A.3d 635 (Del. 2014) (“MFW”). In the Matter of Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. S’holder Litig., No. 54, 2016 WL 2350133 (N.Y. May 5,2016) (“KCP”). KCP marks the first time that New York’s highest court determined that the business judgment rule should apply in such situations.
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