Marjorie P.Duffy

Partner

Columbus + 1.614.281.3655

Marjorie Duffy represents corporations, directors, and officers in securities, shareholder, and derivative litigation in federal and state courts across the country. She concentrates on litigation arising from mergers and acquisitions and other significant corporate events, as well as on fiduciary, governance, and appraisal claims and statutory demands for corporate books and records. Marjorie also litigates consumer class actions involving RICO and other complex claims.

Law360 recently selected Marjorie as one of the top six securities litigators in the country under 40 years old. She was a law clerk to the Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery before joining Jones Day in 2008, and she is admitted in New York and Ohio.

Marjorie's representative litigation success includes obtaining dismissals of securities class actions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (PSLRA) and of stockholder derivative and class actions in state and federal courts. She successfully has litigated M&A and other commercial disputes and recently obtained summary judgment in a preferred stockholder dispute. She also secured summary judgment in a nationwide consumer class action.

Columbus Business First recognized Marjorie in its 2018 list of "40 under 40" honorees. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and chairs its Governance Committee. She also is chair of the board of directors of VOICEcorps, which provides services to the visually impaired, and is a longtime volunteer reader.

Marjorie is the New Lawyers Group coordinator in the Columbus Office and is a member of its Recruiting Committee.

Experience

  • Conagra defends securities and derivative litigation arising from merger with Pinnacle FoodsJones Day is defending Conagra Brands, Inc. and its officers and directors in a securities class action and several shareholder derivative actions.
  • NRCG obtains summary judgment on merger-related claims brought by preferred stockholder in Delaware Court of ChanceryJones Day obtained summary judgment on behalf of NRC Group Holdings Corp. and NRC Group Holdings LLC ("NRCG") on breach of contract and other claims asserted by a preferred stockholder in the Delaware Court of Chancery.
  • Fairmount Santrol successfully defends litigation seeking to halt mergerJones Day successfully defended securities class actions brought against Fairmount Santrol Holdings, Inc. and its directors, seeking to halt the merger transactions that created Covia Holdings, Inc.
  • Beneficient Company Group acquires shares in GWG Holdings, Inc.Jones Day advised The Beneficient Company Group, L.P. (BEN), a provider of liquidity products and services to the owners of alternative assets and illiquid investment funds, in its acquisition of shares in GWG Holdings, Inc. (GWG Holdings), a NASDAQ listed company that is a leading provider of liquidity to owners of life insurance in the secondary market, previously held by GWG Holdings’ founding stockholders, Jon R. Sabes and Steven F. Sabes.
  • Former CFO prevails in Third Circuit against fiduciary-duty and fraudulent-transfer claimsJones Day obtained dismissal of all claims asserted in an adversary proceeding against the former CFO of The Standard Register Company in connection with Standard Register's 2013 acquisition of a competitor company and its subsequent bankruptcy in 2015.
  • Inside Secure acquires Verimatrix for approximately $145 millionJones Day advised Inside Secure in its all cash acquisition of Verimatrix, Inc. for up to approximately $145 million in cash (including a potential earn-out).
  • Goodyear directors defend against shareholder derivative litigationJones Day is defending current and former directors and officers of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in a shareholder derivative litigation.
  • Wendy's board of directors obtains dismissal of shareholder derivative action alleging breach of fiduciary dutyJones Day defended the board of directors of The Wendy's Company, obtaining dismissal of a shareholder derivative action brought against ten board members.
  • Manufacturer of bird food defends against putative class actionJones Day is defending a manufacturer of bird food in a consolidated putative class action suit alleging that the company sold bird food products that should not have been sold and seeking a refund of funds expended by consumers.
  • Dismissal of shareholder challenge to Lubrizol's $9.7 billion merger with Berkshire Hathaway upheld on appealJones Day represented the board of directors of The Lubrizol Corporation in class-action and derivative litigation challenging the company's merger with Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., in a transaction valued at approximately $9.7 billion.
  • Cooper Tire & Rubber wins dismissal of securities class action, and Third Circuit affirmsJones Day, on behalf of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company and certain officers and directors, prevailed in a securities class action arising out of a terminated merger transaction.
  • Abercrombie & Fitch resolves purported class action related to promotional gift cardsJones Day client Abercrombie & Fitch Co. resolved a purported class action of all Ohio citizens who received certain promotional gift cards that expired.
  • Abercrombie & Fitch obtains summary judgment in nationwide class actionAbercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., represented by Jones Day, obtained a favorable summary judgment in a nationwide class action lawsuit.
  • Cardinal Health secures dismissals of multiple shareholder derivative lawsuits in state and federal courts, and affirmance of dismissal by Sixth CircuitJones Day represented directors and officers of Cardinal Health, Inc. in multiple shareholder derivative actions (dismissed and affirmed on appeal), books-and-records requests, and shareholder demands arising from enforcement actions taken against the company by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
  • KeyCorp defends class actions alleging securities fraud and ERISA violations arising out of investments related to Bernard MadoffJones Day defended KeyCorp and an affiliate that managed a family of funds-of-hedge-funds against class actions arising out of the Bernard Madoff scandal.
  • FirstMerit Corporation obtains dismissal of ERISA claims in 401(k) stock-drop litigationJones Day defended FirstMerit Corporation in an ERISA stock-drop class action relating to the offering of company stock as an investment option in a predecessor bank's 401(k) plan.
  • Directors and officers of Cooper Tire & Rubber involved in shareholder derivative lawsuitsJones Day defended directors and officers of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company against shareholder derivative lawsuits arising out of a terminated merger transaction.
  • Cardinal Health wins dismissal in state court, and affirmance in Sixth Circuit of dismissal in federal court, of shareholder derivative lawsuitsJones Day represented directors and officers of Cardinal Health, Inc. in shareholder derivative litigation in state and federal courts arising from the company’s interactions with the DEA.
  • Hollister obtains dismissal of putative nationwide class action on forum non conveniens groundsJones Day represented Abercrombie & Fitch and its affiliate, Hollister Co., in a putative nationwide class action of Hollister customers.
  • Special Committee of Board of Directors represented in response to shareholder demand letter arising out of FDA inspectionsJones Day represented Special Committee of the Board of Directors in evaluating and recommending response to shareholder demand letter arising out of FDA inspections and related observations and communications concerning company operations.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • December 4, 2018
      Developments in Securities and Shareholder Litigation, Jones Day CLE Academy
    • August 28, 2018
      Insider Trading and Regulation FD - Legal Update, Jones Day CLE Speaker Series
    • November 28, 2017
      Directors and Officers in the Crosshairs: Trends in Securities and Shareholder Litigation, Jones Day CLE Academy
    • December 8, 2015
      Developments in Securities and Shareholder Litigation, Jones Day CLE Academy
    • March 8-10, 2013
      Fiduciary Responsibility course, Distinguished Practitioners in Residence Program in Business Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, co-teaching with the former Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery
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