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Internal Affairs Doctrine May Not Control Alter Ego Liability

The internal affairs doctrine “is a conflict of laws principle which recognizes that only one State should have the authority to regulate a corporation’s internal affairs — matters peculiar to the relationships among or...more

Delaware Supreme Court Endorses "Fee-Shifting" Bylaw in Certified Question of Law

On May 8, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court provided an en banc answer to a certified question of law from the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware captioned ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund, concluding that...more

Second Circuit Determines the Relevant Date for Determining a Chapter 15 Debtor’s “COMI”

A. INTRODUCTION - Courts in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere have issued conflicting decisions regarding the appropriate time period to consider in determining a foreign debtor’s “center of its main...more

California Supreme Court Holds Suits Against Dissolved Foreign Corporations Subject to Survival Statutes of State of Incorporation

Greb v. Diamond International Corp., __ Cal.4th __, __ Cal. Rptr.4th __ (February 21, 2013) In a victory for liability insurers against the asbestos plaintiffs’ bar, the California Supreme Court ruled in Greb v. Diamond...more

Asbestos Alert: Supreme Court Clarifies When Dissolved Corporations May Be Sued Greb v Diamond International Corp...

Dissolved corporations are frequently sued after their dissolution has taken place in an effort to reach insurance policy coverage for the claim being made. California has a statute, Corporation Code §2010, which does not...more

Supreme Court Holds California’s Survival Statute Inapplicable To Delaware Corporation

Section 278 of the Delaware General Corporation in effect limits suits against dissolved corporations to a period of three years from dissolution. In contrast, Section 2010 of the California Corporations Code sets no time...more

Asbestos Alert: Corporations Formed Other than in California Which Have Dissolved May Be Able to Win Summary Judgment in...

Robinson v. SSW, Inc. California Court of Appeal, First District (September 21, 2012) Douglas Robinson died from mesothelioma and his family filed a wrongful death action. SSW, Inc., a Nebraska corporation, sought...more

USA v. Poker Stars et. al. (Chris Ferguson)

Defense Request for Status Conference re DiChristina case poker ruling

[Defense Request for Status Conference in USA v. PokerStars (Lederer, Ferguson, Furst) SDNY civil forfeiture proceedings:] We represent claimant and defendant Howard Lederer in connection with the referenced case. Mr....more

Delaware Court of Chancery “Overrules” Federal Court

I’ve often heard the claim that one reason to incorporate in Delaware is that the courts won’t surprise you. When I hear this, I recall the surprise, and even outrage, in the aftermath of Smith v. Van Gorkom, 488 A.2d 858...more

Court of Appeal Rules That California Law Applies to Delaware Corporation's CEO's Wrongful Termination Claim

On May 23, 2012, the California Court of Appeal addressed a question of first impression: Does California law govern a corporate officer’s claim against an out-of-state corporation for constructive wrongful termination in...more

It's Not Every Day That You Think About The Internal Affairs Doctrine (Or Res Judicata)

Wow. The Business Court was busier churning out opinions last week than I wanted to be working on my blog, so here's a catchup and a rundown on two cases you should know about. Two more coming after the...more

In re Pacific Pictures: New Ninth Circuit Decision May Be Kryptonite To Claims Of Privilege Under The Selective Waiver Doctrine

Corporations subject to criminal and civil regulatory investigations have long grappled with the highly charged decision over whether to provide the government with privileged communications and attorney work product or...more

Arbeitsrecht - Neue Regelungen im Hinblick auf die Kündigung von Arbeitsverhältnissen ab dem 01.01.2012.pdf

Ab dem 1.1.2012 treten neue Kündigungsfristen in Kraft, die eine Angleichung der Regelungen in Bezug auf die Kündigungsfristen für Angestellte und Arbeiter beabsichtigen. Im Gegensatz zu den bisherigen Regelungen gelten ab...more

Ninth Circuit Latest to Permit Corporate Liability Under Alien Tort Statute; Supreme Court to Resolve Circuit Split in 2012

In Sarei v. Rio Tinto, PLC, Nos. 02-56256, 02-56390, 09-56381, 2011 WL 5041927 (9th Cir. Oct. 25, 2011), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit became the latest Circuit to hold that corporations may be held...more

Another Federal Court of Appeals Weighs in on the Applicability of the Six-Year Statute of Limitations Period to an Overstatement...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently reversed two U.S. Tax Court decisions and held that an overstatement of basis constitutes an omission from gross income that is subject to the six-year statute of...more

Another Fissure In The Internal Affairs Doctrine?

In this post from last November, I mentioned two New Jersey decisions applying New Jersey law rather than the law of the state of incorporation. Krzastek v. Global Resource Industrial & Power, Inc., No. A-1815-06T2 (N.J....more

United Kingdom and European Union: Legal Professional Privilege and In-house lawyers

The Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed in its judgment in the case of Azko Nobel Chemicals Ltd and Akcros Chemicals Ltd -v- European Commission that legal professional privilege does not attach to...more

My Company, LLC v. Litigator, LLC

Motion to Proceed Pro Se in DC District Court

Motion to proceed pro se in DC District Court....more

Legal Issues in Grid and Cloud Computing (book chapter)

This chapter provides the reader with an overview of the main legal issues that Grid and Cloud businesses have to face....more

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