Loeb Lobs Lawsuit, as Expected, at Yahoo’s Borked Bio Mess
Botched CEO bio. Activist shareholder. Screwy board of directors. Mix it all together and what do you get?
More legal filings, natch!
This — as I reported this weekend would happen today — from Dan Loeb of Third Point, which is waging a proxy fight against Yahoo.
The aggressive hedge-fund investor — who owns close to 6 percent of Yahoo — recently scored a direct hit by revealing that new CEO Scott Thompson had added a faux degree in computer science to his bio, which somehow made its way into regulatory filings of the Silicon Valley Internet giant.
This, despite a supposed thorough vetting by Yahoo’s board of the former president of eBay’s PayPal payments unit.
Not so much, as it turns out — which is why Loeb is asking for all the information about Thompson’s hiring process and more.
Third Point said it was making a demand “under Section 220(b) of the Delaware General Corporation Law to inspect books and records relating to the hiring of CEO Scott Thompson, the appointment of Patti Hart to the Yahoo! Board, and the selection of Board Members Peter Liguori, John Hayes, Thomas McInerney, Maynard Webb, Jr., and Fred Amoroso.”
And its press release added:
“Third Point believes that Yahoo! shareholders and employees will be best served if the Board accepts responsibility quickly for this latest debacle … We believe that this internal investigation by this Board must not be conducted behind a veil of secrecy and shareholders deserve total transparency.”
Well, it looks like it will eventually be all out in the open, what with all the legal motions flying.
Expect a Yahoo response soon, which sources said will focus on a board investigation — using an outside law firm, and headed by independent director Amoroso.
Here you go on Loeb’s shot today:
- Yahoo’s Parting With Thompson Will Be for “Cause” (a.k.a. CSLie)
- Ross Levinsohn’s Yahoo Plan: Back to the Future
- Here’s New Yahoo CEO’s First Note to Troops! (The Leaking-Internal-Memos-to-ATD Policy Remains in Effect As Usual)
- Yahoo Officially Confirms ATD Report on CEO Changes and Proxy Settlement
- Meet the Man I Call “The Hair”: The Video Stylings of Yahoo’s Newest CEO Ross Levinsohn
- Will Thompson’s Ouster Mean a Yahoo-Facebook Patent Settlement Too?
- Exclusive: Yahoo’s Thompson Out; Levinsohn In; Board Settlement With Loeb Nears Completion
- Heidrick & Struggles Slaps Back at Thompson’s Yahoo in Blame Game Over ResuMess
- Is He In or Is He Out? Crunchtime for Scott Thompson at Yahoo.
- Not So Scott Free? Yahoo’s Other Big Shareholder — Cap Re — Leaning Toward Supporting Loeb Over Thompson ResuMess.
- Tech Nation’s Gunn Says She and Yahoo CEO Discussed Their CS Degrees Before 2009 Show (Video and Audio)
- Loeb Calls Again for Thompson Firing From Yahoo, as Former eBay Boss Supports Him
- Place Your Bets: Will Loeb Drop Another Bomb on Yahoo at Vegas Confab Later Today?
- Exclusive: Yahoo Director in Charge of Botched CEO Vetting to Step Down From Board
- CEO Says Sorry to Yahoos for Borked Bio “Distraction” — But Will Mea Culpa Work Without an Apology for Error? (Memo)
- Buffett Comments on Trust Issue in Yahoo CEO BioGate: “You’ve Got a Problem”
- Loeb Lobs Lawsuit, as Expected, at Yahoo’s Borked Bio Mess
- As Yahoo CEO Reaches Out to Top Staff, Board Meets to Weigh “Options” (I.E., Deciding Who Gets to Take the Borked Bio Blame)
- Yahoo Should Expect Incoming Lawsuit Lobbed by Loeb Tomorrow on CEO Hiring
- They Shoot Yahoo CEOs, Don’t They? But Not Without a Really Smoking Gun and a Much Stronger Board.
- Yahoo’s Thompson Asks Employees to “Stay Focused” — Except Not on Him
- In 2009 Interview, Yahoo CEO Does Not Deny He Has a CS Degree, and Calls Himself an “Engineer” (Audio)
- Yahoo’s Board Will “Review” Resume Discrepancy of CEO
- How Did a Phantom CS Degree Get on CEO’s Bio in SEC Filings? Yahoo’s Not Saying.
- Yahoo’s Response on CEO’s Computer Science ResumeGate: “Inadvertent Error”
- Dan Loeb Alleges “Discrepancies” on Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson’s Resume Related to Computer Science Degree