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FTC Blocks Staples’ Acquisition of Office Depot

After more than a year-long battle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the proposed acquisition of Office Depot, Inc. (ODP) by Staples, Inc. (SPLS) was blocked by the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District...more

"Staples-Office Depot Mergers, 1997 v. 2016: Changed Industry, Same Result"

On May 17, 2016, one week after announcing his decision, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia released a public version of his opinion siding with the Federal Trade Commission in its...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reaffirms KKR, But Sounds Cautionary Note to Gatekeepers

On May 6, 2016, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Delaware Chancery Court's ruling that Zale Corporation's sale to Signet Jewelers withstood scrutiny under the business judgment rule because the transaction was approved...more

New York High Court Adopts Delaware's Deferential Business Judgment Review for Controlling Stockholder Buyouts

In re Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. Shareholder Litigation - We previously reported on the Delaware Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. (MFW) applying the deferential, defendant-friendly...more

New York’s Highest Court Adopts Delaware Business Judgment Standard for Controlling Stockholder Buyouts

On May 5, 2016, in In the matter of Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc., Shareholder Litigation (N.Y. 2016), the New York Court of Appeals adopted the standard of review established by the Delaware Supreme Court in Kahn v. M&F...more

Challenges to Going-Private Mergers Just Got Tougher in New York

In a landmark decision on May 5, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals held that challenges to going-private mergers where there is a controlling stockholder must be reviewed under the deferential business judgment rule rather...more

Second Circuit Issues Amended Order Affirming Dismissal in Transocean

On April 29, the United States Court of Appeals entered an amended order (previously decided on March 17, 2016) that affirmed the decision of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in DeKalb...more

UCC Standing Blocked in Recent Sabine Decision

What showing must creditors make to be granted the right to prosecute claims on behalf of the bankruptcy estate? Under the widely recognized standard established by the Second Circuit in In re STN Enterprises, a bankruptcy...more

Draft Carefully: North Carolina Supreme Court Affirms Strict Blue Pencil Doctrine Still Applies to Non-Competes

North Carolina courts traditionally recognized their limited power in amending terms of unenforceable non-compete agreements. The “blue pencil” rule permits a court to enforce restrictions that are reasonable, while striking...more

Dieckman v. Regency GP LP, et al., C.A. No. 11130-CB (Del. Ch. Mar. 29, 2016) (Bouchard, C.)

In this opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery reaffirmed that default fiduciary duties, including a duty of disclosure, may be modified or wholly eliminated when such modification or elimination is clearly set forth in a...more

Delaware Law Updates - Delaware law on advancement of fees incurred by former officers and directors

In a recent Delaware Court of Chancery case - Hyatt v. Al Jazeera America Holdings II, LLC, C.A. No. 11465-VCG - Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery took on a “familiar” issue with a “twist”:...more

Four Takeaways from the ABA Antitrust Section's 2016 Spring Meeting

Antitrust practitioners, enforcers and industry professionals came together in Washington, D.C. for the 64th installment of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law's annual Spring Meeting. The Spring Meeting provides a look at the...more

Antitrust Lessons from Oil Giants’ Proposed Merger

In perhaps an unsurprising move, last week the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit challenging the merger of Halliburton and Baker Hughes, the first and third largest oilfield services companies in the...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Challenge to Merger of MLPs - Reaffirms Ability of Limited Partnerships to Modify Fiduciary...

In an opinion issued on March 29, 2016, the Delaware Chancery Court dismissed a challenge to the 2015 acquisition of Regency Energy Partners LP (“Regency”) by Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (“ETP”), holding that Regency’s...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Advancement Rights Of Seller Representative

This is an interesting advancement case as it applies the usual test of whether the former directors have been sued “by reason of the fact” they were directors in the context of suit against former owners’ representative for...more

Never Second Guess a Second Request

Massive mergers are never a simple matter for organizations and their antitrust attorneys. The Second Request process can be a major burden for merging organizations since it requires that companies review, analyze and...more

Sixth Circuit: “Single-Network” Hospitals Not Exempt from Section One Scrutiny

On March 22, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit allowed a claim to proceed under § 1 of the Sherman Act against four hospitals acting as a single network under a joint operating agreement. Med. Center at...more

Louisiana Municipal Police Employees’ Retirement System v. Black, C.A. No. 9410-VCN (Del. Ch. Feb. 19, 2016) (Noble, V.C.)

In this letter opinion, the Court of Chancery awarded a $144,375 fee to counsel for Louisiana Municipal Police Employees’ Retirement System (“Plaintiff”) on a mootness fee application in connection with the terminated merger...more

Three Things to Watch after One Week of the Staples-Office Depot Merger Trial

On Monday, Staples and the Federal Trade Commission began presenting arguments in the D.C. District Court on whether the FTC should be entitled to a preliminary injunction to halt a potential merger between Staples and Office...more

Assessing New Risks in Letters of Intent - Delaware Supreme Court Creates Increased Exposure by Recognizing a Duty to Negotiate in...

Prior to entering into a definitive commercial agreement, parties often enter into a letter of intent, a term sheet or a memorandum of understanding (a preliminary agreement). Some of the provisions in the preliminary...more

Delaware Law Updates - FdG Logistics LLC v. A&R Logistics Holdings, Inc., C.A. No. 9706-CB (Del. Ch. Feb. 23, 2016)

Anti-reliance disclaimer by buyer in M&A transaction: Delaware law enforces clauses which identify the specific information on which a party has relied and foreclose reliance on other information - Upon the consummation...more

Drafting Matters: Non-Reliance Provisions Barring Extra-Contractual Fraud Claims Effective in Delaware Only if Drafted as a Clear...

It is not unexpected for there to be requirements in consumer contracts that clear formulations of waivers are necessary before a consumer can be deprived of rights. However, under Delaware law similar formality and clarity...more

Court Holds that Disgorgement Award for Breach of Fiduciary Duty Was Neither Punitive Nor Excessive and that Exemplary Damages...

A court of appeals recently issued an opinion rejecting a fiduciary’s claims regarding the excessiveness of the trial court’s judgment that awarded disgorgement and exemplary damages. In Swinnea v. ERI Consulting Engineers,...more

RBC Capital Markets, LLC v. Jervis, No. 140, 2015 (Del. Nov. 30, 2015) (Valihura, J.)

In this en banc decision, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the principal legal holdings and final judgment of the Court of Chancery finding, among other things, that RBC Capital Markets, LLC (“RBC”) aided and abetted...more

Delaware Court of Chancery to Increase Scrutiny of Disclosure Settlements

The Delaware Court of Chancery has made its strongest statement yet in the ongoing conversation about shareholder “disclosure settlements,” i.e., settlements in which the sole or primary consideration received by shareholders...more

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