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SKARBECK: Does focus on stock prices hurt companies in long run?Restricted Content

August 11, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
A new book, “The Shareholder Value Myth,” by Cornell law professor Lynn Stout, is ruffling feathers in the field of corporate governance.
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Simon Property directors sued over CEO’s pay

August 8, 2012
Bloomberg News
The board of the largest U.S. shopping-mall owner wrongfully authorized a compensation package for CEO David Simon that included $120 million in special stock awards, a Louisiana pension fund claimed in the lawsuit filed Wednesday.
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Emmis shareholders fight bylaw changes on dividends

July 31, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Investors asked U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker in Indianapolis for an order blocking a special meeting at which Emmis shareholders will be asked to approve bylaw changes wiping out more than $34 million in accrued and unpaid preferred stock dividends.
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Lawsuit: Smulyan angling for Emmis buyoutRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Greg Andrews
Jeff Smulyan has been considering a new plan to buy out other Emmis Communications Corp. shareholders—a deal that could clear the way for him to finally take the Indianapolis media company private. But Emmis’ founder and CEO insists he has no plans to do so.
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Fortune buyout would help exec out of financial jamRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Greg Andrews
Sale to managers would alleviate problems for company's 70-year-old namesake and keep firm from being seized by bank.
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Shareholders vote disapproval of Simon's $120M bonus

May 21, 2012
Shareholders of Simon Property Group Inc. sent a resounding message to the company that they don't approve of a $120 million retention award given to CEO David Simon.
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Activists plan to protest WellPoint political giving at meeting

May 15, 2012
J.K. Wall
A mix of union groups, activist investors and single-payer advocates will call for increased disclosure from WellPoint, and some investment funds will vote against WellPoint board members who they say have failed to exercise proper oversight of WellPoint’s political spending.
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Shareholder group advises against Simon CEO bonus pay

May 7, 2012
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. is firing back at a corporate governance advisory firm that has recommended Simon shareholders vote against an employment agreement for CEO David Simon that includes a $120 million retention award.
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Wall Street observers blast Emmis plan to ax preferred shares

April 2, 2012
Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
Emmis Communications Corp.'s effort to strip its preferred shareholders of their rights and avoid forking over about $10 million in unpaid dividends is drawing sharp criticism from top market observers, including a columnist for The New York Times.
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Lilly to try again to remove poison-pill provisions

March 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.'s board is once again recommending the removal of a provision that makes the company an almost impossible target for hostile takeovers. The same proposal has fallen slightly short at each of the past two annual shareholder meetings.
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Preferred shareholders blocking Emmis’ repurchase plans

December 19, 2011
Scott Olson
The investors are concerned Emmis will gain voting rights to two-thirds of the preferred shares and that it would use that clout to get out of paying millions of dollars in dividends.
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WellPoint approves annual 'say on pay' measure

May 17, 2011
J.K. Wall
Shareholders of WellPoint Inc. approved on Tuesday the hefty pay packages of the company’s executives and voted for the right to weigh in annually on future executive compensation.
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Software firm seeks to reorganize as holding company

April 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Interactive Intelligence Inc. will ask shareholders at its next annual meeting to vote on a proposal to reorganize the software firm under a new holding company called Interactive Intelligence Group Inc.
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Biglari adjusts controversial pay proposal

October 1, 2010
Cory Schouten
The parent company of Steak n Shake restaurants has scaled back a controversial pay package for its CEO in hopes of securing shareholder approval of the plan at a rescheduled special meeting.
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UPDATE: Large debt load will continue to weigh on Emmis

September 9, 2010
Scott Olson
Emmis, which has been awash in red ink, must contend with more than $340 million in debt after CEO Jeff Smulyan failed in his attempt to purchase the company and take it private.
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Smulyan delays Emmis buyout vote again

September 8, 2010
A Wednesday evening shareholders meeting has been postponed until Thursday at 8:30 a.m., when the Emmis CEO again will try to take the company private.
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Will third time be a charm for Emmis?

August 13, 2010
Scott Olson
Emmis shareholders are set to vote again Friday night on taking the company private, but the proposal could be in jeopardy if a deal is not reached soon, says one investment expert.
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Smulyan considering another option to take Emmis private

August 4, 2010
Scott Olson
The communications company said in a news release that CEO Jeff Smulyan is continuing to negotiate with a group of preferred shareholders and is considering another buyout option that would not require their consent.
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UPDATE: Emmis postpones buyout decision

August 3, 2010
Scott Olson, J.K. Wall
Emmis Communications Corp. on Tuesday postponed a decision on CEO Jeff Smulyan's bid to take the company private, saying it did not receive enough votes from shareholders to reach a quorum.
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Emmis shares skid ahead of buyout vote

August 3, 2010
J.K. Wall
Opposition by preferred shareholders has Emmis shares trading at more than 30 percent below the buyout price of $2.40 per share.
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Preferred-shareholders group may thwart buyout of Emmis

July 31, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Emmis Communications Corp. Chairman Jeff Smulyan’s effort to take the media company private could be derailed by a band of preferred stockholders who oppose the plan.
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Smulyan buyout plan could take Emmis full circleRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Greg Andrews
The going-private deal he worked out—with New York-based Alden Global Capital—could result in another public offering five years from now.
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UPDATE: Emmis takeover deal unlikely to hit turbulence

April 26, 2010
Greg Andrews, Scott Olson
A big Emmis Communications Corp. shareholder believes the $90 million deal CEO Jeff Smulyan unveiled Monday morning to take the company private is unlikely to get derailed—even though it’s worth far less than a takeover offer Smulyan failed to get through his board four years ago.
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Emmis chief looks to take company private

April 26, 2010
Scott Olson
JS Acquisition Inc., the company Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan has established to complete the acquisition, would purchase all shares of publicly traded Emmis for about $90 million, according to Monday morning's announcement.
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Shareholders fail to remove Lilly's anti-takeover provision

April 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
The proposal to remove an 80-percent approval threshold for takeover bids against the wishes of Lilly’s board received approval from shareholders holding 74 percent of Lilly’s shares.
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