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Maryland Court of Special Appeals Reaffirms Heightened Standard for Recovering Punitive Damages

On June 1, 2016, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland issued an opinion in 1st Team Fitness, LLC, et al. v. Francesco Illiano, No. 0136, Sept. Term 2015 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. Jun. 1, 2016) reaffirming Maryland’s heightened...more

Middle East focus: the Dubai International Financial Centre as a conduit jurisdiction

In DNB Bank ASA v. Gulf Eyadah Corporation and Gulf Navigation Holdings PJSC CA 007/2015, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Court of Appeal has delivered a landmark judgment which expands the jurisdiction of the...more

Dell Decision Grants Claimants Fair Value Award Above Merger Price

Delaware law has long made clear that the price established for a company in a market transaction, while a relevant factor, does not necessarily equate to the fair value that shareholder claimants are entitled to receive in...more

CJEU confirms when jurisdiction clauses in bond prospectuses will bind purchasers on the secondary market

Last month the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) published its preliminary ruling in Profit Investment Sim SpA, in liquidation v Stefano Ossi and others. The case considered the circumstances in which a party...more

Delaware Supreme Court Weighs In On “Direct v. Derivative” Question Certified By Second Circuit

In Citigroup Inc. v. AHW Investment Partnership, No. 641, 2015 (Del. May 24, 2016), the Delaware Supreme Court answered a certified question of law presented by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals allowing shareholders...more

Delaware Court Voids LLC Agreement Provision Giving Creditor Veto Over Bankruptcy

A Delaware bankruptcy court has joined what appears to be a recent trend toward invalidating limited liability company operating agreement provisions that effectively afford lenders veto power over the LLC’s authority to file...more

Litigation Funder Communications Protected by the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine

Addressing a novel issue in In re: International Oil Trading Company, LLC, 548 B.R. 825 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 2016), the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida recently denied in part an involuntary...more

U.S. Supreme Court Makes It Harder to Remove Some Securities Cases to Federal Court

In Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. v. Manning, the U.S. Supreme Court held that mere references to Securities Exchange Act of 1934 violations in a state law claim filed in state court are not sufficient grounds for...more

The Redwater Decision: The Alberta Energy Regulator - Trumped by Federal Bankruptcy Law

In Redwater Energy Corporation (Re, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench ruled against the AER, holding certain sections of the Oil and Gas Conservation Act (OGCA) and Pipeline Act inoperative to the extent that if applied...more

Disregard of Speculative Financial Projections Was Not Bad Faith

In a stockholder challenge to a sale of the company, a plaintiff may rebut the business judgment rule by pleading facts that support a reasonable inference that at least half of the directors, who approved the sale, were not...more

Secured Creditors Must Be Diligent to Protect Post-Petition Interest and Costs

U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan recently affirmed a ruling from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in In re Construction Supervision, Inc. that a secured creditor that was oversecured...more

Second Circuit Overturns Fraud Judgment against Bank of America and Former Countrywide Executive

On May 23, 2016, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a judgment of fraud against Bank of America, Countrywide, and former Countrywide executive Rebecca Mairone in U.S. v Countrywide Home...more

The United States Supreme Court Expands Discharge Exception to Include Fraudulent Transfers

Bankruptcy Code Section 523(a)(2)(A) provides that a debtor may not receive a discharge for a debt for "money, property, services… to the extent obtained by: (A) false pretenses, a false representation or actual fraud… ." In...more

Tennessee Chancery Court Denies Motion to Dismiss $164 Million RMBS Suit Brought by Tennessee Pension Fund

On May 24, 2016, Chancellor Carol L. McCoy of the Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, declined to dismiss claims brought by the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (“TCRS”) against several large financial...more

Directors Owe Fiduciary Duties to Creditors of Insolvent Companies

Creditors of a corporation in bankruptcy recently received some good news from a bankruptcy court in California. In re ATWR Liquidation, Inc. clarified that corporate officers and directors owe creditors the same fiduciary...more

Do State Courts Lack Subject Matter Jurisdiction Over Covered Class Actions That Allege Only ’33 Act Claims?

In Luther v. Countrywide Financial Corp., 195 Cal. App. 4th 789 (2011), the trial court ruled that state courts do not enjoy concurrent jurisdiction when a class action meeting the definition of a “covered class action” under...more

Supreme Court Interprets Jurisdictional Provision of the Federal Securities Laws

On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. v. Manning, in which the Court resolved a Circuit split concerning the jurisdictional provision of the Securities Exchange...more

California Federal Court Holds That U.S. Securities Laws Do Not Apply to Unsponsored, Unlisted ADRs

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California held on May 20, 2016 that the federal securities laws do not apply to U.S. transactions in unlisted, unsponsored American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) for a foreign...more

Supreme Court Update: Merrill Lynch V. Manning (14-1132), Huskie Int'l Electronics V. Ritz (15-145), Sheriff V. Gillie (15-338)...

It's that time of year! Fresh on the heels of the six decisions handed down Monday, the Court issued another three yesterday, with more to come on the other side of the weekend. This Update will cover the remaining three...more

Blog: Court Of Appeal Considers Interpretation Of Aggregation Clause In Solicitors’ Professional Indemnity Insurance

In AIG Europe Limited (Appellant) v OC320201 LLP (formerly The International Law Partnership LLP) & 5 others (Respondents) & The Law Society of England and Wales (acting in its regulatory capacity as the Solicitors Regulatory...more

Purchasing a Corporation in Maryland? “Mere Continuation” Rule Just Became Clearer

The Maryland Court of Appeals (the “Court”), the state’s highest court, in Phillip Martin, v. TWP Enterprises Inc. (No. 1855, Sept. Term, 2014, decided Feb. 24, 2016, Leahy, J.) addressed what it identified as the third...more

"Delaware Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Aiding-and-Abetting Liability for Financial Advisors"

On November 30, 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated opinion in RBC Capital Markets, LLC v. Jervis, No. 140, 2015, 129 A.3d 816 (Del. 2015). The Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the Court of Chancery’s...more

Supreme Court’s Manning Decision Leaves Questions Unanswered

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on May 16, 2016 in Merrill Lynch v. Manning clarified the scope of federal jurisdiction under the Exchange Act in certain important respects, but also left open critical issues that may arise...more

Supreme Court: The Reach of Exchange Act Section 27

Exchange Act Section 27 gives federal district courts exclusive jurisdiction of all suits “brought to enforce any liability or duty created” by the Act. The critical question was the scope and reach of that exclusive...more

Supreme Court Decides Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. v. Manning

On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. v. Manning, No. 14-1132, holding that that the “arising under” test for federal-question jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C....more

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