Kezar Life Sciences, Inc.
Extract: Planned Defense Change from a 8-K on 06/25/2019   Download
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On December 19, 2018, the Delaware Chancery Court issued an opinion in Sciabacucchi v. Salzberg, C.A. No. 2017-0931-JTL, invalidating provisions in the certificates of incorporation of Delaware corporations that purport to limit to federal court the forum in which a stockholder could bring a claim under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The Chancery Court held that a Delaware corporation can only use its constitutive documents to bind a plaintiff to a particular forum where the claim involves rights or relationships established by or under Delaware’s corporate law. This case is in the process of being appealed to the Delaware Supreme Court.


Article VII of the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (the “Charter”) of the Company contains a similar federal forum selection provision. As such, and in light of the recent Sciabacucchi decision, on June 25, 2019 the Board of Directors of the Company determined that it does not currently intend to enforce the foregoing federal forum selection provision unless the Sciabacucchi decision is appealed and the Delaware Supreme Court reverses the decision. If the Delaware Supreme Court affirms the Chancery Court’s decision, the Company intends to seek approval by its stockholders to amend the Charter at its next regularly-scheduled annual meeting of stockholders to remove the invalid provision.