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Columbia Law School

1993

Business Lawyer

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New Myths And Old Realities: The American Law Institute Faces The Derivative Action, John C. Coffee Jr. Jan 1993

New Myths And Old Realities: The American Law Institute Faces The Derivative Action, John C. Coffee Jr.

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Nothing in The American Law Institute's (ALI) Principles of Corporate Governance: Analysis and Recommendations (Principles) proved more controversial than the effort to develop fair and balanced standards for the derivative action. Only the topic of corporate takeovers seems to evoke an equally intense level of emotion among corporate lawyers. Not surprisingly then, Part VII (Remedies) of the Principles attracted the same attention from critics that a lightning rod does in a thunderstorm.

Unlike other ALI Restatements, however, the Principles also encountered a professional opposition, which lobbied against its adoption, both inside and outside the ALI, on behalf of various ...