This excerpt taken from the BBBY 8-K filed Apr 9, 2009.
Elimination of Supermajority Voting Provisions.
The Board adopted a resolution approving proposed amendments to the Certificate of Incorporation and By-laws that would eliminate the supermajority vote requirements contained in Article SEVENTH of the Certificate of Incorporation and Article VII, Section 4 of the By-laws, which currently provide that shareholders may amend certain provisions of the Certificate of Incorporation and By-laws related to the Board and meetings of shareholders by the vote of 80% of voting power of all the then outstanding shares of voting stock of the Company entitled to vote at an election of directors, voting together as a single class.
In addition, because the New York Business Corporation Law specifies that a vote of two-thirds of the outstanding shares entitled to vote thereon is required for certain matters unless a companys certificate of incorporation specifically provides that such matters shall be approved by the vote of a majority of the outstanding shares entitled to vote thereon, the Certificate of Amendment would add a new Article to the Certificate of Incorporation providing that the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares entitled to vote thereon would be required to (i) adopt a plan of merger or consolidation, (ii) approve the sale, lease or exchange of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company, (iii) approve a share exchange, or (iv) dissolve the Company.
The proposed amendments to the Certificate of Incorporation and By-laws will be submitted to the Companys shareholders for approval at the 2009 Annual Meeting, with the Boards recommendation that they be approved.
If approved by the shareholders at the 2009 Annual Meeting, the amendment to the Certificate of Incorporation will become effective upon the filing with the New York Department of State of the Certificate of Amendment. The Company would make such a filing promptly after the 2009 Annual Meeting. The corresponding amendments to the By-laws will be effective as of the date of the filing with the New York Department of State of the Certificate of Amendment.
The foregoing description of the Certificate of Amendment and By-laws is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Certificate of Amendment attached hereto as Exhibit 3.1 and an annotated version of the By-laws attached hereto as Exhibit 3.2, each of which is incorporated herein by reference.