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Tax Talk: Volume 10, Issue 2

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - With the failure of health care legislation to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, eyes in Washington, D.C. are now turning to tax reform. Since Congress plans to take August off, any real tax...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Claim Based On Low-Ball Self Tender

by Morris James LLP on

Buttonwood Tree Value Partners L.P. v. R.L. Polk & Co. Inc., C.A. No. 9250-VCG (July 24, 2017) - This an interesting decision because it upholds a claim that the controllers of a Delaware corporation breached their...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Finds Demand Futility Where Plaintiff Adequately Alleged That Board's Approval Of Challenged...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 1, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a motion to dismiss a stockholder complaint asserting claims for breach of fiduciary duty against directors and executives...more

Delaware Supreme Court Decision Addresses Critical "Fair Value" Issues in Appraisal Litigation

On August 1, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an en banc opinion in DFC Global Corporation v. Muirfield Value Partners, L.P., et al., reversing the Delaware Court of Chancery's decision regarding the fair value of DFC...more

Court Of Chancery Declines To Enforce Agreement To Negotiate

by Morris James LLP on

Windsor I LLC v. CWCapital Asset Management LLC, C.A. No. 12977-CB (Del. Ch. July 31, 2017) - In this decision, the Court of Chancery declines to enforce an agreement to negotiate, applying Maryland law. ...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - July 2017

Supreme Court Limits SEC’s Disgorgement Power - Why it matters: On June 5, 2017, the Supreme Court held in Kokesh v. SEC that the five-year statute of limitations found in 28 U. S. C. §2462 with respect to actions for...more

2017 Mid-Year Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

by BakerHostetler on

Welcome to the 2017 Mid-Year Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose of this report is to provide a periodic survey – in addition to our Practice Team...more

Court Upholds Stockholder's Share Ownership and Books-and-Records Request

by Morris James LLP on

Companies often defend against stockholder requests to inspect books and records by contending that the plaintiff stockholder lacks a proper purpose or that his or her stated purpose is not the real purpose. Less common is a...more

Delaware Chancellor Urges Revision of Preclusion Principles in Derivative Actions

The Chancellor of Delaware’s Court of Chancery yesterday urged the Delaware Supreme Court to revise Delaware law on preclusion in shareholder derivative actions. The court’s July 25, 2017 decision in In re Wal-Mart Stores,...more

Exercise of share options and board discretion

by Allen & Overy LLP on

There was an implied duty on the directors of a company not to act unreasonably, arbitrarily or capriciously when deciding whether to give their consent to shares being bought under an option agreement. The decision is a good...more

The Supreme Court Gets “Specific” on Jurisdiction

by Cozen O'Connor on

For the second time in the last three years, the U.S. Supreme Court has addressed the constitutional limits of a court’s ability to exercise jurisdiction over a defendant. The 14th Amendment limits the personal jurisdiction...more

Back to Basics: A Review of Recent SCOTUS Personal Jurisdiction Jurisprudence

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As its term drew to a close, the Supreme Court handed down its latest decision on personal jurisdiction in a case entitled Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of Cal., San Francisco Cty. Over the last six years, the...more

Court of Chancery Advocates New Test Governing Preclusion in Derivative Litigation

by Morris James LLP on

In re Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Delaware Derivative Litig., C.A. No. 7455-CB (Del. Ch. July 25, 2017) - This is an important decision holding that just because one derivative litigation was dismissed for failure to overcome...more

Dallas Court of Appeals Reverses Partnership Verdict: Preliminary Agreements Precluded Partnership

by Bracewell LLP on

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals reversed a $535 million judgment against Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. (Enterprise), finding that unfulfilled conditions precedent in Enterprise’s written agreements...more

Dallas Court of Appeals Reverses Landmark Judgment on Common Law Partnership and Joint Venture Claims

by Jackson Walker on

On July 18, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited decision in Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. v. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., reversing the Dallas County District Court’s judgment that awarded ETP...more

The rules of interpretation: a seller indemnity in a share purchase agreement

by Dentons on

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal over the meaning of an indemnity in a share purchase agreement, and in delivering its judgment has given guidance on the rules of contractual interpretation....more

Court Addresses Formation of Accidental Partnerships in Long-Awaited Enterprise v. Energy Transfer Appeal

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Dallas Court of Appeals yesterday issued its opinion in Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. v. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. , in which the court reversed a judgment of more than $500,000,000 rendered after a jury...more

Third Circuit Holds That Statutes Of Limitation May Be Tolled By Books-And-Records Demands Under Delaware Law Despite Inquiry...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 13, 2017, Chief Judge Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed in part the District Court’s dismissal of claims for breach of contract as untimely. Norman v. Elkin, No. 16-1924 (3d...more

Supreme Court Delivers A Decisive Blow To Forum Shoppers And Magnet Jurisdictions: The Court’s Bristol-Myers Opinion Further...

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

On June 19th, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion that will have far reaching implications for mass manufacturers. The case is Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. Superior Court of California (No. 16-466). The...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - July 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the U.S. Government’s amicus brief in Jesner v. Arab Bank; a...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: The Kokesh Decision’s Impact on SEC Enforcement

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Supreme Court’s decision in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission could have long-lasting implications for the SEC’s enforcement power. We discuss that decision and other developments from the second quarter of...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Stock Restriction Law

by Morris James LLP on

Henry v. Phixios Holdings Inc., C.A. No. 12504-VCMR (July 10, 2017) - This is the rare decision explaining when restrictions on stock transfers (permitted by Section 202 of the DGCL) can be enforced. While the statute...more

Federal Circuit Review - June 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

Inter Partes Reexamination Estoppel Attaches On Claim-by-Claim Basis for New Requests and Pending Proceedings - In In re Affinity Labs Of Texas, LLC, Appeal Nos. 2016-1092, 2016-1172, the Federal Circuit held that the...more

English Court Rejects Jersey Company Directors' Limitation Defence

by Sedgwick LLP on

Although the Jersey Courts have never ruled definitively on the limitation period applicable under Jersey law to claims against directors and officers of Jersey companies, the English High Court has recently held in the case...more

Delaware Law Updates - TransPerfect’s Controversial Business Divorce Continues, Illustrating The Need For LLC Operating Agreements

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Many have heard of the highly publicized litigation involving TransPerfect Global, Inc. ("TransPerfect" or the "Company"), a Delaware corporation and one of the world’s leading providers of translation and litigation support...more

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