Purcell Julie & Lefkowitz LLP is dedicated to fighting corporate misconduct, protecting the rights of shareholders, and holding officers and directors of publicly-traded companies accountable for wrongful actions. Our lawyers have a proven track record of success in obtaining millions of dollars in recoveries for companies and shareholders and securing far-reaching corporate reforms designed to prevent future misconduct.
Our firm combines the experience, skills, and sophistication of a large law firm with a level of focused attention to our clients’ needs that only a boutique firm can consistently provide. We take pride in our unique ability to uncover many forms of corporate misconduct and to prosecute cases on behalf of the shareholders who have been harmed by it. The trust our clients place in us to fight for their rights fuels our passion and dedication to our work. If you are a shareholder and believe you have been injured by corporate wrongdoing, please contact us to discuss how we can help. We have substantial experience in handling a wide variety of shareholder litigation, including cases involving:
Breach of fiduciary duty
Corporate insiders owe shareholders a duty of loyalty, honesty and good faith. A breach of this duty can harm investors in a variety of ways, including financial loss and dilution of voting power. We work to ensure that officers and directors act with integrity and fairness, and seek to hold them accountable when they have not.
Fraud often involves false and misleading statements about the company and its operations, which can lead to substantial monetary losses for shareholders. But corporate fraud can take many different and less obvious forms as well – We have the experience and skills to recognize these schemes and help defrauded shareholders obtain remedies.
Where corporate insiders have abused their position by profiting from their special access to confidential information belonging to the corporation, we work to hold them accountable for these improper trades and to see that they give back their wrongful trading profits.
Insiders and controlling shareholders may attempt to abuse their power by transferring assets at unfair prices or otherwise extracting special benefits at the expense of other shareholders. We carefully monitor these transactions and take action when we find that wrongdoing has occurred.
Shareholders have a right to see that corporate assets are used to the company’s benefit and not squandered or wrongfully depleted. We help make sure this right is respected.
Our lawyers have recently worked on cases resulting in the following successful outcomes:
Chitwood v. Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Mass. Sup. Ct. 2017)
- Following a bench trial in the Superior Court under the Massachusetts Business Corporation Act, obtained a unanimous ruling from the Massachusetts Supreme Court, which provided a stockholder access to corporate records for the purpose of investigating insider trading.
In re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation (Del. Sup. Ct. 2017)
- Obtained a unanimous reversal from the Delaware Supreme Court, which found that the trial court had improperly dismissed stockholder claims involving a transaction in which directors awarded themselves over $50 million in stock. The ruling scaled back decades of law concerning director self-compensation decisions, requiring directors to demonstrate the fairness of such transactions when properly challenged.
In re Google Inc. Class C Shareholder Litigation (Del. Ch. 2013)
- Challenged a novel stock recapitalization transaction that created a new class of nonvoting shares and strengthened the corporate control of the Google founders. On the eve of trial, secured an agreement that provided a payment of $552 million in stock to holders of the nonvoting stock, and provided enhanced board of director scrutiny of the Google founders’ ability to transfer stock, including the implementation of a new procedure for a waiver or modification of the founders’ ability to trade control of the company amongst themselves.
Pfeiffer v. Toll (Toll Brothers Inc.) (Del. Ch. 2013)
- After extensive discovery, achieved a settlement returning $16.25 million in cash to the company, including significant contributions from corporate insiders who traded stock while in possession of material non-public information.
Kleba v. Dees (Provectus Biopharmaceuticals) (Tenn. Cir. Ct. Knox Cnty. 2014)
- Recovered approximately $9 million in excess compensation given to insiders and caused the cancellation of millions of shares of stock options issued in violation of a shareholder-approved compensation plan. Also obtained adoption of improved corporate governance procedures and controls relating to the compensation of the company’s officers and directors.
Mor v. Collis (AmerisourceBergen Corp.) (D. Del. 2013)
- Obtained recovery of stock option awards worth more than $16 million improperly granted to CEO, and new corporate controls designed to improve company’s compensation practices.