As securities class actions wane, the mergers and acquisitions boom is fueling another type of shareholder class action: court fights that challenge the terms of a merger that would transform a public company into a private one.

The Delaware Court of Chancery is clogged with scores of shareholder class actions brought against companies entertaining public-to-private acquisition offers, but cases are also scattered in state courts across the nation, including those in California, Florida, New York and Texas.

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