It’s important to recognize that derivative actions have certain specific procedural requirements and that, regardless of the strength of the evidence a shareholder has, the suit will fail if they do not follow these procedural steps. As a shareholder, it is imperative to recognize the grave risk to your case; namely, a dismissal of your claims. As a corporation or its directors, it’s important to recognize how these rules and requirements can work to your distinct advantage, offering you the chance to defeat a claim before it even gets to trial. Whether you’re a shareholder, a director, or a business entity, an experienced Atlanta derivative action lawyer can help you ensure that you are using both the substantive law and procedural rules to your maximum benefit.
A recent derivative action from here in Georgia demonstrates exactly how a procedural shortcoming can scuttle a case.
The corporation at the center of this derivative action was an Atlanta-based entity that provided fuel cards to businesses. The shareholder, J.W., was an Illinois man who alleged that the corporation “engaged in a scheme to artificially inflate its stock price between February 2016 and May 2017.” The corporation also engaged in deceptive marketing of its fuel cards as “fee-free,” despite the cards having a variety of fees like program fees, account fees, and late fees, according to the complaint.