A federal judge has blocked a $36 million derivative suit filed against Viacom Inc. and its 11 board members alleging that the board breached their fiduciary duty by blocking Class B shareholders from approving an executive compensation plan, which permitted the company's top three executives to receive tax-deductible compensation. Although the plaintiff claimed that the compensation plan violated a section of the Internal Revenue Code because only certain shareholders voted, the court held that the IRC cannot trump the Delaware General Corporation Law, which permits the creation of nonvoting stock.
Internal Revenue Code Cannot Trump DGCL, Federal Court Rules
Delaware Business Court Insider
July 24, 2013