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Alert: Supreme Court to Decide if State Courts Have Jurisdiction to Hear IPO Litigation

by Cooley LLP on

On June 27, 2017, the Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari in Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund, Case No. 15-1439 (Cyan), to decide whether state courts have subject matter jurisdiction over class...more

Supreme Court Tightens Personal Jurisdiction Requirements

by Benesch on

Determining whether a nonresident defendant is subject to a forum state’s jurisdiction became clearer on June 19, 2017, when the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Identifies Fiduciary Duty Constraints On Preferred Equity

by Cole Schotz on

A recent decision of the Delaware Court of Chancery (the “Court”) places certain fiduciary constraints on a company’s ability to satisfy its obligations to its preferred equity holders. While investors often seek to acquire...more

The Long Arm of U.S. Sanctions: Penalty Imposed Against Canadian Subsidiary of U.S. Subsidiary of Japanese Company

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On June 8, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced a monetary penalty against American Honda Finance Corporation (American Honda) for alleged violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR), the...more

The Federal Circuit Grapples With a Messy Breakup and Trademark Ownership

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit provided important guidance on the standard applicable to resolving disputes over the rightful ownership of a trademark where the mark has been used by a group of...more

Projects Disputes in Australia: Recent Cases

by Jones Day on

Since late last year, there have been several major decisions from Australia's highest courts on important issues for stakeholders in the construction, mining and infrastructure industries. Below, we provide a summary. Some...more

Standing in the Shoes of a Suspended Corporation under California Law

A California Court of Appeal recently provided a reminder that under Code of Civil Procedure § 368, assignment of a right to recover money or other personal property (“a thing in action”) is subject to any defense existing at...more

Sections 204 And 205 Of The DGCL Cannot Remedy Unauthorized Corporate Acts

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a matter of first impression, the Court of Chancery considered whether an “unauthorized” act–one that the majority of stockholders entitled to vote deliberately declined to authorize–but that the corporation nevertheless...more

Chancery Appraises Corporation Below Merger Price Due To Synergies

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent appraisal action before the Court of Chancery, In re Appraisal of SWS Group, Inc., C.A. No. 10554-VCG (Del. Ch. May 30, 2017), Vice Chancellor Glasscock found that the fair value of the acquired entity, SWS Group,...more

Deal Price Upheld By Chancery In Petsmart Inc. Appraisal Action

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the recent PetSmart, Inc. appraisal proceeding, styled as In re Appraisal of PetSmart Inc., C.A. No. 10782-VCS (Del. Ch. May 26, 2017), the Delaware Court of Chancery found the deal price to be the fair value of PetSmart,...more

Delaware Law Updates – Delaware Court Of Chancery Affirms Fraud Exception To Parties’ Contractual Allocation of Risk

by McCarter & English, LLP on

EMSI Acquisition, Inc. v. Contrarian Funds, LLC, et al., C.A. No. 12468-VCS (Del. Ch. May 3, 2017), Slights, V.C. The Delaware Court of Chancery honored the well-settled policy against fraud and its limitation on parties’...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Deal Price As Fair Value In Appraisal Case

by Morris James LLP on

The Court of Chancery continues to wrestle with the issue of when the negotiated deal price represents "fair value" in an appraisal case. Here, serious problems with the management projections led the Court to reject a...more

Court Of Chancery Appraises Company Below Deal Price

by Morris James LLP on

Recent criticism of appraisal arbitrage argues that it comes without real risk to the petitioners. This appraisal decision, which values the company below the deal price based on a discounted cash flow analysis, should be...more

“Google” Still Not (Yet) Generic

Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a significant opinion on the topic of genericness, Elliott v. Google, Inc., No. 15-15809. The opinion affirmed a federal district court’s grant of summary...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Focuses On Fiduciary Duty Of Directors Appointed By Preferred Stockholders

by Roetzel & Andress on

In a recent Delaware Court of Chancery opinion filed April 14, 2017 in The Frederick Hsu Living Trust v. ODN Holding Corporation, the court held that it may be a breach of the directors’ fiduciary duty to cause the...more

Where Is Delaware Corporate Litigation Going?

by Morris James LLP on

There are always risks involved in buying a company. Until you are actually inside a company's operations, you can never be sure you know everything about it. Conversely, sellers too will bear the risk that buyer's remorse...more

Who Is Winning the Securities Class Action War—Plaintiffs or Defendants? (Part III)

This is the third of a three-part post that analyzes why plaintiffs are winning the securities class action war and what defendants can do about it....more

Court Of Chancery Declines To Hold Unocal Claim Automatically Excuses Demand

by Morris James LLP on

A derivative plaintiff who fails to make a pre-suit demand on the board must show why demand is excused using particularized facts. Here, the plaintiff argued that demand was automatically excused by sufficiently pleading a...more

Partnership Dissolution And A Chief Judge’s Lament

by Allen Matkins on

Decisions by U.S. District Court judges typically begin with an identification of the parties, an explanation of the procedural posture of the case, or a description of the dispute. Chief Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill, however,...more

Court Of Chancery Rejects Novel Breach Of Appraisal Rights Claim

by Morris James LLP on

This decision begins with a conventional analysis of a claim that disclosure violations and director self-interest have tainted a merger vote. That claim was rejected for want of factual support. More unusual, the decision...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Scope of “Settlement Payment Defense” for Bankruptcy Clawback Suits

by K&L Gates LLP on

On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would review the Seventh Circuit’s decision in FTI Consulting, Inc. v. Merit Management Group, LP, 830 F.3d 690 (7th Cir. 2016) (“Merit”), which addressed the scope of...more

Texas Supreme Court Weighs In on Tied House

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Late last month, the Texas Supreme Court issued a ruling in Cadena Comercial USA Corp. d/b/a OXXO v. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, finding in favor of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) and weighing in for...more

Court Of Chancery Interprets Claimed Advancement Waiver

by Morris James LLP on

This decision explains how to obtain a release of advancement rights from a seller in an agreement to purchase his company. Here that effort failed. However, buyers will continue to not want to have to advance the sellers’...more

"Q&A With Delaware Litigation Partner Ed Micheletti"

What is the most significant recent development in Delaware, from a litigation standpoint? The most significant recent development impacting deal litigation in Delaware is the continuing evolution of the Corwin doctrine,...more

Courts Continue to Struggle with Jurisdiction by Consent

by King & Spalding on

Introduction - On January 26, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (S.D.N.Y.) decided Famular v. Whirlpool Corp., a case addressing the circumstances in which an out-of-state corporation may...more

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