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A Million Dollars In Fees For Class Counsel in Wachovia/Wells Fargo Merger Lawsuit

When I first looked at Judge Murphy's (unpublished) Order in Ehrenhaus v. Baker earlier this month awarding attorneys' fees to the class action attorneys who sued Wachovia and Wells Fargo over their merger in 2008, I was...more

German Court Rejects National Competition Authority Liability for Damages After Unlawful Prohibition of a Merger

The Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf yesterday dismissed an action for damages of €1.1 billion brought by GN Store Nord against the German Federal Cartel Office. The judgment sheds some light on the possibility for...more

Plaintiff’s Attorney’s Fees in Shareholder Suits Subject to Heightened Scrutiny (In re Theragenics Case)

It’s virtually inevitable: Within hours (or less) of a press release announcing a merger or acquisition involving a public company, a group of shareholders will file a class action lawsuit against the public company target’s...more

Leading Cases in Pennsylvania Takeover Case Law: You’re Not in Delaware Anymore

Presented below is a brief survey of leading cases interpreting Pennsylvania corporate law in situations involving takeovers, proxy fights or other matters affecting corporate changes of control. This summary is by no means...more

Recent Delaware Chancery Transcripts Emphasize That Materiality Is Key To Fee Awards In Disclosure-Based M&A Settlements

Some corporate practitioners could have the impression that significant fee awards are granted as a matter of course in M&A class action litigation, even where the results obtained by class counsel were supplemental (and...more

Activision Blizzard, Inc. v. Hayes, C.A. No. 497, 2013 (Del. Nov. 15, 2013)

In this en banc decision, the Supreme Court set forth the basis for its order reversing the Court of Chancery’s preliminary injunction of a stock purchase agreement under which Vivendi, S.A. agreed to sell its controlling...more

In re Quest Software, Inc., S'holders Litig., C.A. No. 7357-VCG (Del. Ch. Nov. 12, 2013) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this letter opinion, the Court of Chancery addressed plaintiffs’ application for attorneys’ fees under the corporate benefit doctrine in the context of a mooted litigation. Plaintiffs sought a $2.8 million fee award. The...more

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. v. Apollo (Mauritius) Holdings Pvt. Ltd., C.A. No. 8980-VCG (Del. Ch. Oct. 25, 2013) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this letter opinion, Vice Chancellor Glasscock denied a motion for judgment on the pleadings filed in connection with an expedited action in which the plaintiff Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. seeks specific performance of its...more

I/M* Info. Mgmt. Solutions, Inc. v. MultiPlan, Inc., C.A. No. 7786-VCP (Del. Ch. June 28, 2013) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s declaratory judgment action, which sought to preclude the release of escrow funds to indemnify defendants under the...more

Koehler v. NetSpend Holdings, Inc., C.A. No. 8373-VCG (Del. Ch. May 21, 2013) (Glasscock, VC)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery declined to enjoin Total System Services’ (“TSYS”) acquisition of NetSpend Holdings, Inc. (“NetSpend”) because, even though the Court concluded that the NetSpend board (the...more

Delaware Supreme Court Holds that a Covenant to Negotiate in Good Faith Is Enforceable and that a Plaintiff May Receive Its...

As many of you know, we serve as litigation counsel for PharmAthene, which recently received a favorable Delaware Supreme Court decision in SIGA Technologies, Inc. v. PharmAthene, Inc., 2013 WL 2303303 (Del. Supr., May 24,...more

Going-Private Mergers with Controlling Stockholders Subject to Business Judgment Under Right Circumstances - At Least For Now

What you need to know: A recent decision by the Delaware Court of Chancery holds that a going-private merger with a controlling stockholder will be subject to the business judgment rule, not entire fairness review, if...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Enforcement of Agreement to Negotiate in Good Faith

In a recent case before the Delaware Supreme Court, SigaTechnologies v. PharmAthene, the court upheld a Delaware Chancery Court’s ruling that an express agreement between parties to negotiate in good faith, even if the...more

Recent Decisions Show Courts Closely Scrutinizing Fee Awards in M&A Litigation Settlements

Shareholder class and derivative suits quickly follow virtually every significant merger announcement. The vast majority of those suits that are not dismissed settle quickly, with the defendant corporation typically agreeing...more

Condemn Now, CEQA-Compliance Later? OK. Maybe....

Acquiring property for public projects typically does not occur until after the project has received environmental approval. While this is the generally accepted rule – and it makes sense for a number of reasons – must a...more

China’s Merger Control Rules Changing: MOFCOM Publishes New Draft Regulations on Remedies and Simple Cases

China’s Ministry of Commerce recently issued two new draft regulations. The first provides a wider range of potential remedies to obtain the clearance of a concentration (e.g., a merger, acquisition, joint venture, etc.);...more

Delaware Chancery Court Expands Number of Direct Claims Available to Stockholders

On March 15, 2013, the Delaware Court of Chancery denied motions to dismiss filed by a group of director defendants and certain affiliated funds for claims brought by a group of stockholders. The claims allege that the...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Analyzes Damages Claims in Failed Asset Sale

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently denied, with one exception, cross-motions for summary judgment in an action to determine damages arising from a failed asset purchase agreement....more

In re Celera Corp. S’holder Litig., No. 212, 2012 (Del. Dec. 27, 2012)

In this en banc decision, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s certification of a class representative in a breach of fiduciary duty action, even though the class representative sold its stock in the...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2012

In This Issue: - Court Declines to Dish Out Preliminary Injunction in Commercial-Skipping Case Despite Likelihood of Infringement - Free and Open-Source Software Diligence in Mergers, Acquisitions, and...more

Delaware Chancery Court Strengthens First-Filed Action Rule

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently stayed a Delaware action in favor of an earlier-filed Texas case because they dealt with substantially similar facts, even where the two lawsuits did not contain identical claims. The...more

Americas Min. Corp. v. Theriault, C.A. No. 30, 2012 (Del. Aug. 27, 2012)

In this en banc opinion, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s ruling in In re S. Peru Copper Corp. S’holder Derivative Litig., 30 A.3d 60 (Del. Ch. 2011), awarding base damages of $1.263 billion to...more

Delaware Supreme Court Changes Law on Burden Shifting in Conflict of Interest Cases and Upholds Huge Damages and Attorney Fee...

In a highly anticipated decision, on August 27, the Delaware Supreme Court upheld Chancellor Leo Strine’s October 2011 trial decision in the Southern Peru Copper case. The Supreme Court’s opinion announced new law on...more

Section 1312(a) Held To Preclude Preliminary Injunction In Cost Plus Tender Offer

On May 9, 2012, Cost Plus, a California corporation, and Bed Bath & Beyond, a New York corporation, issued this press release announcing their agreement for BB&B’s acquisition of Cost Plus. The acquisition was to be effected...more

It’s Tough to Prevail in Private Consumer Class Challenges to Mergers

In Kottaras v. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (D.D.C. Jan. 30, 2012), the court refused to certify a purported class of people who had bought premium, natural or organic products from Whole Foods in the Los Angeles area after Whole...more

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