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Protecting Shareholder Rights in the Bay Area
Publicly traded companies have a legal obligation to make every effort to transparently facilitate a healthy rate of return for shareholders. This means that directors and officers of a publicly traded company must act in the best interests of the business, including its shareholders and investors. If shareholders believe that executives are breaching their duty to the company or are engaging in unlawful misconduct, it may become necessary to consider pursuing legal action.
Our San Francisco shareholder litigation lawyers can help investors explore the full breadth of their legal options when directors and offers fail to fulfill their responsibilities to a business. We also represent companies and individual executives in defending against these types of claims. Our team at Wood Litigation, APC has over two decades of collective legal experience and regularly secures favorable outcomes for clients in high-value disputes. We understand how these cases are adjudicated in California and can provide you with the knowledgeable guidance and straightforward advice you need to advance your claims or defenses.
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Conflicts that may warrant shareholder litigation can take many forms. Each situation is unique and will require a tailored approach and a careful analysis of the facts and evidence.
Our San Francisco shareholder litigation attorneys can assist you with cases involving:
- Founder Freeze-Out Claims. Business owners and stakeholders may sometimes attempt to shut out and restrict the rights of the majority or minor shareholders. Shareholders are entitled to certain rights under U.S. law and may therefore be able to fight a freeze-out attempt through litigation or other legal remedies.
- Embezzlement or Mismanagement. Co-owners and company officers cannot take business funds or resources for personal use without shareholders’ permission. Shareholders may also be able to bring a legal claim if there is evidence that company leaders are egregiously mismanaging the business’s affairs to the detriment of the venture’s performance.
- Investor and Securities Fraud. A business’s leadership must not misrepresent the level of risk inherent to investing in the venture or make any guarantees that cannot be kept. A shareholder may be the victim of securities fraud if they invested as a direct result of the enterprise’s false promises or manipulations. Financial advisors can also engage in investment fraud when they fail to disclose or deliberately misrepresent risks associated with high-risk schemes, including cryptocurrencies, hard-money lending in real estate, and short-term promissory notes.
- Conflicts of Interest and Breaches of Fiduciary Duty. Company leaders are required to put the business’s needs above their personal needs and the needs of other business interests. Officers must fully disclose any potential conflicts of interest and recuse themselves where necessary. Shareholders may be able to pursue a claim if a conflict of interest is not disclosed and the officer consequently breaches their duty to shareholders.
- Misleading or Fabricated Financial Statements. Corporate officers are required to file and distribute accurate and exhaustive financial statements for shareholder and regulator review. Shareholders may have a case if they discover that any portion of a financial statement was deliberately misleading or falsified.
- Executive Unlawful Conduct. Business owners and leaders are expected to behave appropriately and not place the company in legal jeopardy. Shareholders may be able to file a claim if an executive breaks the law and endangers the business’s brand, reputation, and/or material assets.
To prevail in a shareholder lawsuit, claimants must prove that they suffered economic losses as a direct result of their investment. Our San Francisco shareholder litigation lawyers can evaluate the available evidence and advise whether you have a strong case.
We also regularly work with company owners and officers to explore and mount robust defense strategies. Whether you are a frustrated investor or an executive facing a serious claim, our team at Wood Litigation, APC will fight to secure the favorable results you deserve.
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