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Court Affirmed Jury’s Findings Of Breach Of Fiduciary Duty By Joint Venture Partner And The Partner’s Representative

In CBIF v. TGI Friday’s, a joint venture partner sued the other partner for breaching fiduciary duties for unreasonably withholding consent regarding amending a lease and by acting out of its own self-interest in threatening...more

The Tie that Binds: Enforceabliity of Merger Provisions Against Non-signatory Shareholders

The Predicament - One challenge encountered in M&A deals is how to bind all shareholders of the target company to all deal terms. For private companies with few shareholders, this is not much of a challenge. However,...more

Merger does not invalidate noncompete, nonsolicitation covenants

When corporate mergers and acquisitions take place, the parties frequently ask, “What is the effect on the acquired company’s contracts?” That was the issue in a case involving noncompetition and nonsolicitation covenants in...more

Directors’ Duties in the UK (England and Wales)

A director who breaches the obligations and duties imposed on him by his office may be liable to compensate the company for breach of duty, may incur personal liability for the company’s debts, may also face criminal or civil...more

Forfeiture of an LLP Member's Profit Share

A recent English Court decision confirms that members of LLPs who breach their fiduciary duties are at risk of having their remuneration (including that received by way of profit share) forfeited. This is in addition to...more

Supreme Court Requires Many More VOSB Set-Asides

On June 16, 2016, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must apply the “Rule of Two” in all contracting decisions in Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States, 136 S.Ct. 1969...more

Court-Appointed “Tiebreakers” In a 50/50 Ownership Setting

When two people start a company, neither wants to give control to the other, so ownership is usually split 50/50. This sounds like a great idea at the outset, when everyone is on the same page, and there is usually no other...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

A Bitter Pill for Ex-Rite Aid GC: Delaware Court Finds His 2015 Suit for Indemnification Untimely

Remember 2002? That year, A Beautiful Mind won best picture, and the University of Maryland won the NCAA basketball tournament. It is also the year that Rite Aid and its former General Counsel, Franklin Brown, began...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

SEC Targets Employment Agreements Requiring Waiver of Whistleblower Awards

The SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower continues to examine employee severance, settlement and confidentiality agreements for language that might chill reporting of securities violations to the SEC and other regulators. The...more

Recent Developments in Petrobras Class Action Could Interfere with Trial Date

There have been several recent and interesting updates to the In re Petrobras Securities Litigation, 14-cv-9662 (S.D.N.Y.) that we have discussed several times on this blog. First, the Second Circuit has decided to accept...more

Judgments

CoCos – Supreme Court decision in litigation between Lloyds and its noteholders - BNY Mellon Corporate Trustee Services Limited v. LBG Capital No 1 Plc and another [2016] UKSC 29 - June 2016 saw the publication...more

Texas Court of Appeals: Parties Cannot Recover Statutory Attorney's Fees from an LLC for Breach of Contract Claims

A recent decision from the Texas Court of Appeals in Houston closes the door to the recovery of attorney's fees from limited liability companies under Chapter 38 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, one of the few...more

Federal Court Finds Private Equity Funds Liable for Portfolio Company’s Withdrawal Liability on “Partnership-in-Fact” Theory

On March 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Sun Capital Partners III LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund, No. 10-10921 (D. Mass. 2016) delivered a surprising...more

Sun Capital: District Court Relies on Constructive Partnership Theory to Find Separate PE Funds Liable for a Portfolio Company’s...

The most recent Sun Capital decision is a troubling development for private equity fund sponsors and will likely require a “rethink” of fund structuring when private equity funds own portfolio companies with significant...more

Anti-Reliance Disclaimers in Delaware – Why Skillful Drafting Matters

In FdG, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a Buyer’s fraud claim based on extra-contractual representations will not be barred unless the anti-reliance disclaimer is drafted as an unambiguous affirmative expression by...more

Court Of Chancery Calculates Mootness Benefit In Post-Trulia Decision

This is an interesting decision for two reasons. First, the decision awards a mootness fee for disclosures and changes to deal protection measures in a merger gone bust. Thus, the opinion is useful precedent in the...more

The Demise of Disclosure-Only Settlements?

On January 22, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery, in an opinion of Chancellor Bouchard, rejected a proposed disclosure-only settlement in the context of M&A litigation that offered no new helpful information to the...more

ESG Capital Partners v. Passport Special Opportunities Master Fund, C.A. No. 11053-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 16, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted in part and denied in part defendants’ motion to dismiss a complaint seeking declaratory relief in which plaintiffs alleged that certain investors in ESG Capital...more

Relief from sanction: no relief from the Supreme Court

Since 2013 when the relevant court rules were amended, it has become significantly more difficult to obtain relief from sanction imposed for breach of a court rule, practice direction or court order. It is rare for what...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Partnership Distribution Rights And Power of GP

ESG Capital Partners II L.P. v. Passport Special Opportunities Master Fund L.P, C.A. 11053-VCL (December 16, 2015) This is an interesting decision for 2 reasons. First, the Court explains what might have seemed obvious...more

Court Of Chancery Awards Fees To Unsuccessful Objector

In what is probably an unprecedented decision, the Court in this case awarded fees to an unsuccessful objector to a settlement of merger litigation. Note that the Court was very cautious in doing so and warns that this should...more

Court Affirmed Finding Of No Fiduciary Duty Because No Joint Venture Existed

In Stutz Rd. Ltd. P’ship v. Weekley Homes, L.P., plaintiffs sued a defendant for breach of fiduciary duty based on duties owed pursuant to an alleged joint venture. No. 05-12-01752-CV, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 11440 (Tex....more

2009 Caiola Family Trust v. PWA, LLC, C.A. No. 8028-VCP (Del. Ch. Oct. 14, 2015) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this 91-page post-trial opinion addressing a dispute between members of a Delaware limited liability company formed to own and operate a residential apartment complex in Kansas, the Court of Chancery held that the...more

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