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Recurring Issues in Accounting for Litigation Contingencies

Certain questions seem to recur when it comes to outside counsel’s communications with a company’s auditors about potential exposures as a result of litigation or regulatory/enforcement matters and the underlying accounting...more

D.C. Circuit Rules That the 8(a) Program is Constitutional, But Its Reasoning Raises Questions

On September 9, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) issued a split decision holding that § 8(a) of the Small Business Act does not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the...more

Protecting Your Client's President From Having To Be Deposed: NC Business Court

You have probably been in this situation. Your client is a successful corporate entity, maybe publicly held. You are defending the entity in a lawsuit and you receive a Notice of Deposition for the CEO of your client. The...more

Court of Appeal Closes Door on U.S. Doctrine for Re-Ranking Creditors

The Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) has closed the door on the application of equitable subordination in Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) proceedings. In U.S. Steel Canada Inc. (Re), the OCA clarified the scope of...more

Del. Forum Non Conveniens Doctrine Doesn't Depend on Adequate Alternative Forum

Corporations sued in Delaware and subject to jurisdiction here sometimes employ the doctrine of forum non conveniens (FNC) to seek dismissal of the litigation if defending here would create an overwhelming hardship. In a...more

Court Of Chancery Rejects Fee Application From Litigation Funder

This is a decision worth reading because it so well tells an interesting story. But its legal significance may well be that it holds a litigation funding firm is not entitled to an attorney fee award at least when it does not...more

Court Points to Several Factors in Denying Work Product Protection: Part II

Last week's Privilege Point described a court's rejection of a work product claim based, in part, on an in-house lawyer's lack of involvement in creating the withheld documents. Phoenix Technologies Ltd. v. VMware, Inc., Case...more

Court Reversed Forfeiture Award Due To Trial Court Not Indicating It Followed The Correct Standard

In Cooper v. Sanders H. Campbell/Richard T. Mullen, Inc., a company filed suit under a promissory note against a former joint venture partner. No. 05-15-00340-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 9253 (Tex. App.—Dallas August 24, 2016,...more

Defending A Preference Action – Can You Setoff Post-Petition Amounts Owed by the Debtor Against Your Preference Liability?

All bankruptcy lawyers (and most long-suffering trade creditors) know that creditors who receive payments from a debtor within the “preference period” – 90 days before a voluntary bankruptcy case was filed, or 1 year if the...more

California Supreme Court Decision Could Allow for Greatly Expanded Personal Jurisdiction

The California Supreme Court’s recent opinion on specific jurisdiction may have far-reaching consequences for future actions brought in the state. In the recently published opinion in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - The Unprecedented Extraterritorialization of Tax Crimes

In addition to the discussion of the recently proposed U.K. criminal tax legislation, this month’s issue features articles regarding the Tenth Circuit Court decision in McNeill v. United States discussing a managing partner’s...more

How to Respond To Third Party (Non-Government) Civil Subpoenas And Document Requests That Ask For Personal Information

Litigants in a civil dispute often use subpoenas, subpoenas duces tecum, and discovery requests to obtain personal information about individuals who may not be present in the litigation. A request for documents and...more

Unanimous Colorado Supreme Court Issues Precedential Ruling on General, Tag Jurisdiction

In a closely watched case, Monday’s Colorado Supreme Court decision in Magill v. Ford Motor Co. established two precedents that will make it harder to sue foreign corporations in Colorado going forward. The underlying...more

Insider Trading Before the Supreme Court: Dirks and Salman, Part III

This is the third part of an occasional series examining the issues in Salman v. U.S., No. 15-628, which will be argued before the Supreme Court on October 5, 2016. Petitioner’s Reply Brief centers on two themes: 1) The...more

North Carolina Court Clarifies Deadlines to Set Aside Fraudulent Conveyances

Recently, the North Carolina Court of Appeals, in the case of KB Aircraft Acquisition, LLC v. Berry, et al., clarified the time limit for bringing claims under the North Carolina Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (“UVTA”). ...more

Court Rules Coequal Stockholders Owe Fiduciary Duties To Each Other

Stockholders in closely held corporations often operate their companies as if they were partnerships. Does that mean that the stockholders, like partners, owe fiduciary duties to each other?...more

Virtus Investment Partners Asks the Court to Certify for Interlocutory Appeal Its Decision on Loss Causation Concerning Mutual...

Although this blog is focused typically on opportunities for institutional investors to recover losses as class members or plaintiffs, we think this decision in Youngers v. Virtus Investment Partners, Inc., may also be of...more

In Eagerly Awaited Ruling, AXA Beats Excessive Fee Claim

The fund manager was victorious in the first court decision to come from a group of complaints filed over the last several years against manager-of-manager models. Introduction - Following a 25-day bench trial, the...more

Tennessee Business Court Accepts “Bad Faith Defense” to Dissolution of Dysfunctional LLCs

The Tennessee Business Court, a pilot project (1) (2) (3), has continued dealing with the resolution of business disputes, many of which involve fractious arguments between LLC members. Some disgruntled members pursue damages...more

Secured Creditors Can Chill a Bit Following Aeropostale Ruling

The ability of a secured creditor to credit bid its debt in connection with a sale of a debtor’s assets received a strong boost in a decision last month in the Chapter 11 case of Aeropostale from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean...more

Company's Position Taken in Bankruptcy Voids Noncompete Obligations

The Delaware Court of Chancery's decision in Hipcricket v. mGage, C.A. No. 11135-CB, (Del. Ch. July 15, 2016), highlights the importance of coordinating the positions taken in different legal proceedings. The plaintiff in...more

Court Rules Board Of Directors Is Incapable Of Being Sued

Plaintiffs sue corporations and they sue individual members of the boards of directors, but can a plaintiff sue a board of directors as a body? That was the question in Theta Chi Fraternity, Inc. v. Leland Stanford Junior...more

Russian arbitration reform

On 29 December 2015, the Russian President signed two laws – the Federal Law on Arbitration in the Russian Federation and Federal Law on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation (together – the...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When Prior Dismissal Does Not Preclude Another Derivative Case

This is an important decision because it explains when a prior dismissal of a derivative complaint does not preclude a second complaint alleging a wrong close to that alleged in the dismissed case. It distinguishes a...more

Court Of Chancery Denies Inspection When The Board Has An Obvious Defense To A Claim Of Wrongdoing

In general, the bar is low for exercising inspection rights to investigate claims of wrongdoing. Plaintiffs need provide only some evidence to suggest a credible basis from which the Court can infer possible mismanagement or...more

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