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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

Does the Business Judgment Rule Really Exist in Georgia?

On April 21, 2014, the Georgia Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of FDIC v. Loudermilk to determine whether the Business Judgment Rule really exists in Georgia. Claiming contrary decisions on the Business...more

Alex Rodriguez Files Lawsuit Against MLB

Alex Rodriguez Files Lawsuit Against MLB by Anthony Caruso on October 9, 2013 After several weeks of speculation, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez announced that he has filed a lawsuit against Major League...more

Equityholder's Strategy for Shifting Tax Burdens to Creditors Upheld by Third Circuit

In re Majestic Star Casino, LLC, F.3d 736 (3rd Cir. 2013), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit broke from other courts by holding that S corporation status (or "qualified subchapter S subsidiary" or "QSub" status)...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

NJ Court Upholds Citywide Business Curfew

NJ Court Upholds Citywide Business Curfew by Robert Levy on May 6, 2013 Most businesses in Camden, N.J. must continue to shutter their doors at 11 p.m. Plaintiffs, including 7-Eleven, recently lost a lawsuit challenging...more

Buyer Beware of Successor Liability For FLSA Claims

Businesses often acquire other businesses through an asset purchase, rather than a stock purchase, so that the buyer does not inherit the liabilities of the seller. Not all business owners realize that federal labor law...more

Asset Acquisition Comes With Unexpected FLSA Pain

Some bargains are not as they seem. An asset-acquiring Company discovered this the hard way in Teed v. Thomas & Betts Power Solutions. In the case, at an auction, Thomas & Betts purchased the assets of a company in...more

US V. Lawrence DiCristina

BRIEF FOR AMICUS CURIAE THE POKER PLAYERS ALLIANCE IN SUPPORT OF APPELLEE AND AFFIRMANCE

SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT in Poker Player's Alliance (PPA) Amicus Curiae Brief: Poker is an American tradition and a game of skill. Invented in the United States approximately two centuries ago, the game has always been...more

Do Expert Witness Fees Impact Access? High Court Considers

We all know the cost of retaining an expert can be pricey. But does the price tag affect vindication of individual rights under a federal statue and impact court access? Should the cost of expert witness fees play a role...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

Supreme Court to Address Circuit Split Over 'Defalcation' Meaning

Originally published in The Legal Intelligencer on November 16, 2012. In a corporate system based in part on the separation of ownership and control, the relationship between principals and agents is riddled with agency...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

Prominent Amici Urge Reversal Of Court of Chancery Refusal To Grant Preclusive Effect To Prior Rulings

In “Delaware Court of Chancery ‘Overrules’ Federal Court“, I wrote about Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster’s ruling Louisiana Municipal Police Employees’ Retirement System v. Pyott, C.A. No. 5795-VCL (Del. Ch. June 11, 2012)...more

St. Paul, Problems with Being Human and Small Businesses Dealing with AngiesList.com

Like many people with a standard Midwest religious upbringing I struggle to do the right thing and, sometimes, to know just what that is under the circumstances. But, as St. Paul discussed in Romans 7 “being good is not...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

Second Circuit Declines To Apply California Securities Law In Auction Rate Securities Case

In May 2011, I wrote about U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston’s decision allowing a purchaser of auction rate securities to pursue claims under the California Corporations Code against Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. ...more

United States v. Lawrence DiCristina

Court Memorandum, Order, and Judgment

Since games run by the defendant’s business must constitute “gambling” as defined by the IGBA, it must be determined whether poker falls under that definition of gambling. As noted above, the IGBA defines “gambling” as...more

United States v. Lawrence DiCristina

OPINION

Key Legal Opinion Holdings: 1. Poker is Predominated By Skill Rather than Chance. 2. Poker is Not Gambling Under IGBA. On December 9, 2011, defendant Lawrence Dicris-tina was charged in a second superseding...more

California Legislature Calls Supreme Court Decision “A Serious And Direct Threat To Our Democracy”

The California legislature recently passed a joint resolution, AJR 22 (Wieckowski & Allen), that is harshly critical of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 50 (2010). ...more

The effect of English schemes of arrangement in Germany

English law schemes of arrangement have become an increasingly debated topic in German law following some prominent cases in recent years. As far as Germany is concerned, the key question is whether schemes of arrangement...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

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