Vivint Transaction in order to finance SunEdison’s purchase of Vivint Solar, and (ii) commit to purchase future residential solar generation facilities from SunEdison over the next five years so that SunEdison could use the Company’s commitment to acquire a loan to partially cover its financial obligations in its transaction to acquire Vivint Solar. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit sought damages for the Company for the damages the Company had and would suffer as a result of the defendants’ breaches of fiduciary duty. The lawsuit also sought an award of the plaintiffs’ costs and disbursements, including attorneys’ fees and expenses.
On January 12, 2016, a verified stockholder derivative complaint (Appaloosa Investment Limited Partnership I et al. v. SunEdison, Inc. et al., Case No. 11898) on behalf of the Company was filed in the Court of Chancery in the State of Delaware against the Company, as nominal defendant, and against SunEdison and three of the Company’s individual directors, as defendants (the “Appaloosa Proceeding”). The lawsuit alleged that SunEdison, as the Company’s controlling stockholder, breached its fiduciary duties to the Company and its minority stockholders by causing the Company, amongst other things, to (i) enter into an amended transaction to acquire the Vivint Assets from SunEdison for its benefits at the expense of the Company’s interests, (ii) purchase the Vivint Assets at an unfair price, and (iii) agree to an unfair take/pay arrangement so that SunEdison could use such commitment by the Company to acquire a loan to partially cover its financial obligations in connection with its own contemplated merger with Vivint Solar, for which SunEdison never compensated the Company. The lawsuit also contended that the then-current members of the Corporate Governance and Conflicts Committee of the Company’s Board breached their fiduciary duty of loyalty to the Company’s minority stockholders by, amongst other things, approving the transaction on terms that were unfair to the Company and improperly favored SunEdison to the detriment of the Company and its stockholders. The lawsuit sought to enjoin the completion of the transaction, rescission of such transaction or, alternatively, awarding rescissory damages, in the event it was consummated. The lawsuit also sought an award of the plaintiffs’ costs and disbursements, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses.
On January 26, 2016, the Delaware Chancery Court consolidated the Appaloosa Proceeding and the Central Laborers’ Proceeding into a single proceeding and named Appaloosa Investment Limited Partnership I as lead plaintiff and named counsel to the lead plaintiff as lead counsel (the “Consolidated Proceeding”). On February 16, 2016, the Delaware Chancery Court held a hearing on the plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction of the Vivint transaction, and on February 26, 2016, the Chancery Court issued a bench ruling denying plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction. In that ruling, the court concluded that the plaintiffs had not demonstrated that irreparable harm would result if the court failed to preliminarily enjoin the Company’s purchase of the Purchased Subsidiaries under the Amended Purchase Agreement with SunEdison and the Company’s entry into the take/pay transaction pursuant to the Amended and Restated Interim Agreement with SunEdison (collectively, the “Challenged Transaction”).
Following the termination of the Vivint acquisition, the Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint alleging that SunEdison and certain director defendants breached their fiduciary duties by engaging in the Challenged Transaction and associated management changes. The Plaintiffs' amended complaint sought money damages to be determined at trial and equitable relief intended to undo those management changes and to require that the Conflicts Committee of the Company be chosen by the majority of the Company’s Class A shareholders. On April 20, 2016, the Plaintiffs filed a second amended complaint that added allegations against certain of the Company’s directors for failing to appoint new members to the Conflicts Committee following the appointment of the then-current members of the Conflicts Committee to the then newly created Office of the Chairman. Effective April 21, 2016, the Office of the Chairman was abolished, and the Board of the Company confirmed and ratified that Peter Blackmore was serving as the Company’s Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer.
On June 20, 2016, the Defendants filed a briefing in support of motions to dismiss the case. On August 25, 2016, the parties informed the Delaware Chancery Court that they were discussing settlement. In light of these settlement discussions, the court suspended the deadlines associated with the pending motions to dismiss. On September 27, 2016, the Company reached a settlement agreement with Appaloosa Investment Limited Partnership I to resolve its stockholder derivative suit, as well as derivative claims by stockholders relating to the Vivint Solar transaction. On December 19, 2016, the Chancery Court approved the proposed settlement. The settlement agreement provided for certain corporate governance initiatives, which have been implemented, and the payment of up to $3 million of legal fees and expenses of the plaintiffs, which were paid by the Company’s directors’ and officers’ liability insurance providers. The period for appeals has now expired.
Securities Class Action
On April 4, 2016, a securities class action under federal securities laws (Chamblee v. TerraForm Power, Inc., et al., Case No. 1:16-cv-00981-JFM) (the "Chamblee Class Action") was filed in the United States District Court for the District of