It is an all-too familiar accusation to many directors: If only you had done something more, the corporation could have avoided an injury or loss. Since the mid-1990s, Delaware courts have repeatedly recognized that attempting to pin personal liability on directors for their alleged inaction is “possibly the most difficult theory in corporation law upon which a plaintiff might hope to win a judgment,” as in In re Caremark International Derivative Litigation, 698 A.2d 959, 967 (Del. Ch. 1996).
In the Goulston & Storrs 2017 General Counsel Survey, fifteen percent of GCs or in-house counsel say they have the most difficulty identifying exposures, and this emerging risk is reshaping their role.
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