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Get your ducks in a row if you want to challenge an adjudicator's decision

by Dentons on

To err is human and, soon after the Construction Act was enacted, the courts sensibly recognised that a "slip rule" could be implied in adjudications to allow adjudicators to correct minor clerical and typographical errors in...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Identifies Fiduciary Duty Constraints On Preferred Equity

by Cole Schotz on

A recent decision of the Delaware Court of Chancery (the “Court”) places certain fiduciary constraints on a company’s ability to satisfy its obligations to its preferred equity holders. While investors often seek to acquire...more

Joint Defense Agreements Are Not Protected By The Attorney-Client Privilege

by Brooks Pierce on

Why would any lawyer think that his Joint Defense Agreement, entered into with a co-defendant, was protected from production by the attorney-client privilege? Well, the lawyer for one of the Defendants In AP Atlantic, Inc.,...more

A reminder why certainty in contracts is so important

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In the recent New South Wales Court of Appeal decision Port Macquarie-Hasting Council v Diveva, the Court considered the contractual interpretation of a renewal clause. The clause was phrased in general terms and did not...more

The Federal Circuit Grapples With a Messy Breakup and Trademark Ownership

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit provided important guidance on the standard applicable to resolving disputes over the rightful ownership of a trademark where the mark has been used by a group of...more

Court Upholds Over $6 Million in Civil Penalties for Unfair Business Practices and False Advertising

In The People v. Overstock.com, Inc. (No. A141613 filed June 2, 2017), Division Four of the First Appellate District affirmed a trial court judgment against Overstock for injunctive relief and over $6 million in civil...more

High Court to review availability of judicial review of adjudication determinations

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Judicial review of adjudication determinations - In our earlier update concerning the decisions in Southern Han1 and Shade Systems2 we noted the NSW Court of Appeal decision in Shade Systems was under appeal to the High...more

The Singapore High Court clarifies the scope of adjudication review

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For the first time, a Singapore court considered the question of the scope of an adjudication review under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (Cap 30B, 2006 Rev Ed) (the Act). In Ang Cheng Guan...more

Insured May Bear the Consequences of Insurer’s Negligence

For decades, California courts have mandated that an insurer is obligated to accept a “reasonable” settlement demand within policy limits on behalf of its insured. If it fails to do so, it is liable for the entire judgment,...more

Top 10 Things Defense Lawyers Need to Know About Lack of Good Faith Claims

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

By now, every Maryland defense lawyer knows that there is a cause of action that can be leveled against insurers for lack of good faith. Most even know that this cause of action is based on Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. §...more

Eleventh Circuit Deems Voluntary Dismissal of a Coverage Action Sufficient to Award Attorneys’ Fees to a Policyholder as the...

by Carlton Fields on

In a recent unpublished opinion, the Eleventh Circuit issued a decision that should serve as a warning to insurers to be sure to resolve all issues before dismissing a coverage action, particularly when involved in the...more

Creditor Lacks Standing To Bring Derivative Suit against LLC

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The recent decision of Trusa v. Nepo, C.A. No. 12071-VCMR (Del. Ch. April 13, 2017), stands for the proposition that a creditor lacks standing to assert a derivative claim against a limited liability company. In Trusa, the...more

So, ISDA Counterparties Don’t Have to Deal in Good Faith, or Do They?

by Dechert LLP on

The implied contractual duty of good faith and fair dealing is well enshrined in the common law, including in New York and every jurisdiction in the U.S. Since, by its nature, however, the duty is not susceptible of precise...more

See No Evil, Hear No Evil: Third Circuit Finds Employer Not Liable for Tortious Interference Claim Where Employer had No Knowledge...

A few months ago, a three-member Third Circuit appellate panel in Acclaim Systems, Inc. v. Infosys, upheld a district court decision, which dismissed tortious interference claims against an employer for engaging with four...more

Courts Continue to Struggle with Jurisdiction by Consent

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Introduction - On January 26, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (S.D.N.Y.) decided Famular v. Whirlpool Corp., a case addressing the circumstances in which an out-of-state corporation may...more

Arbitration Clauses Extending to Non-Signatory Affiliates: Are They Enforceable?

A recent decision of the New Jersey Court of Appeals considered the enforceability of arbitration agreements by non-signatories. In Foti v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., the plaintiff filed a putative class action...more

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Scope of Section 546(e)'s Safe Harbor

by Jones Day on

On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Merit Management Group v. FTI Consulting, No. 16-784, on appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals from the Seventh Circuit. The Court's decision could resolve a circuit split...more

Court Of Chancery Explains The “Known Looter” Theory For Controllers

by Morris James LLP on

This is an interesting decision because it examines an intriguing legal theory for holding a controlling stockholder liable in a sale: the “known looter” theory. Generally speaking, controllers can sell their stock to whoever...more

Two Commercial Division Rulings Put Payday Further Out of Reach for Russian Businessman

Justice Anil Singh of the New York Commercial Division recently issued two decisions related to the long-running litigation between Russian businessmen Alexander Gliklad and Michael Cherney. ...more

Suit Limitation Period In Standard Flood Insurance Policy Is Not Tolled By Filing In State Court: Hurricane Irene Claim Dismissed...

The terms and conditions of the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (“SFIP”) are specified by regulations promulgated under the National Flood Insurance Act (“NFIA”). One of the terms in the SFIP provides that the insured cannot...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Enforcement of Exculpatory Clauses

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed the court's enforcement of an exculpatory clause in the context of a Trading Advisory Agreement. Where parties elect to include exculpatory clauses in their contracts, such...more

Suing on Behalf of People You’re Suing Can Sink a Derivative Lawsuit — Especially If You Have a Litigious Nature

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The U.S. reportedly has the world’s highest number of lawyers per capita (1 for every 300 people) and the 5th highest number of lawsuits per capita (74.5 for every 1,000 people, topped only by Germany, Sweden, Israel, and...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Fiduciary Duty Of Preferred Stockholders’ Directors

by Morris James LLP on

This decision is a primer on most of the major issues in Delaware corporate law. However, what it is most likely to be remembered for is its explanation of the duties that directors have to the enterprise as a whole, even...more

Court Of Chancery Limits Creditor Standing

by Morris James LLP on

This decision holds that a creditor lacks standing to bring breach of fiduciary duty claims arising out of the management of an LLC. Of course, creditors are better served by drafting the loan documents to protect their...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Limits Of The Dual Claims Rule

by Morris James LLP on

Under the well-known Brinckerhoff decision, a claim may be both a direct claim and a derivative claim. When that occurs the complaint need not comply with Rule 32.1 demand requirements. This decision points out that...more

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