Brief Fact Summary. The shareholders authorized a merger of J.I. Case Co. (Defendant) with another corporation and Borak (Plaintiff), shareholder of J.I. Case Co, then argued that the proxy statements violated federal securities laws and desired private relief.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. When no private right of action is explicitly sanctioned or banned, but where a federal securities act has been violated, a private civil action will lie and the court is welcome to create a suitable remedy.
Issue. When no private right of action is explicitly sanctioned and no private remedies mentioned, is a shareholder able to pursue rescission of a merger or damages for a violation of a federal regulation in relation to proxy statements?
Held. (Clark, J.) Yes. When no private right of action is explicitly sanctioned and no private remedies mentioned, a shareholder is able to pursue rescission of a merger or damages for a violation of a federal regulation in relation to proxy statements. Preventing management or others from attaining authorization for corporate action via the utilization of fake or deceiving proxy solicitations is the reason Â§ 14(a) exists. The Act under which the rule publicized allowed the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to pass rules and regulations decided are needed to secure the public interest and the shareholders interests. The congressional mandate to secure the interests of the investors needs an accessible judicial remedy to apply that defense. The SEC states that it lacks the ability to look into the veracity of all proxy statements submitted for registration. If investors’ interests are to be safeguarded in the spirit of the congressional mandate, a private right of action for shareholders who feel mistreated must be created. Seeing as the statute fails to provide for all kinds of relief, the court must choose what remedies are suitable to address the alleged mistreated. In this way, any accessible remedy to a federal court can be used to offer relief for the plaintiff. To hold that the plaintiff is limited to declaratory relief in federal courts, while having to seek other relief in state courts, could likely leave the plaintiff without an effective remedy. After obtaining the federal declaration of his rights, the plaintiff may discover that the state fails to identify the defendant’s actions as illegal, leaving the plaintiff without means to impose his judicially declared rights. The case is affirmed and remanded to the trial court for a hearing on the merits with relief being awarded abiding the result.
When a federal statute condemns an act as unlawful, the extent and nature of the legal consequences of the condemnation, though left by the statute to judicial determination, are nevertheless federal questions, the answers to which are to be derived from the statute and the federal policy which it has adopted.View Full Point of Law