Einhorn case against Apple rests on rarely used legal tactic

Einhorn, president of Greenlight Capital, speaks during the Sohn Investment Conference in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) – Hedge fund star David Einhorn wants to force Apple Inc to share some of its huge cash pile with investors, but his lawsuit rests on a U.S. securities rule that has little court precedent surrounding it. Einhorn's Greenlight Capital sued the iPad and iPhone maker in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Thursday to try to prevent Apple from eliminating preferred stock from its charter. The suit is part of Einhorn's bid to pressure Apple to use some of its $ 137 billion in cash to issue perpetual preferred shares that pay dividends to existing shareholders. …

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