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The Demise of Disclosure-Only Settlements?

On January 22, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery, in an opinion of Chancellor Bouchard, rejected a proposed disclosure-only settlement in the context of M&A litigation that offered no new helpful information to the...more

In Trulia, Chancery Court Continues Crack Down on Disclosure-Only Settlements

It's a familiar story in M&A transactions. A merger is announced and, within days, the plaintiffs' bar scrambles to file suits on behalf of the selling company's stockholders, alleging that the seller's board agreed to an...more

M&A Litigation Update: Delaware Chancery Court Delivers Devastating Blow to Disclosure Settlements

A new decision makes clear that parties should no longer expect the Delaware Court of Chancery to approve broad settlements of M&A class actions based on supplemental proxy disclosures. Chancellor Andre Bouchard issued a...more

Court Of Chancery Applies Entire Fairness To Controller Contract

This is an important and useful decision for at least two reasons. First, the Court carefully analyzes past Delaware precedent to conclude that the entire fairness test applies not just to squeeze-out mergers, but also to...more

Disclosure Settlement Rejected in Trulia Merger Litigation

Chancellor Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery rejected a disclosure settlement in In Re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation. The Chancellor concluded the terms of the proposed settlement were not fair or reasonable...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2016 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

Two recent court decisions may result in a broadening of the range of options available to an equity sponsor in respect of an insolvent portfolio company. The first decision may provide increased flexibility in structuring...more

Prairie Capital III, L.P v. Double E Holding Corp., C.A. No. 10127-VCL (Del. Ch. Nov. 24, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this decision, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted in part and denied in part a motion to dismiss claims for fraud, aiding and abetting fraud, and conspiracy to commit fraud arising out of the acquisition of a private...more

Forum Shopping No More? Oregon Joins Delaware in Upholding Exclusive Forum Bylaw Provision

On December 10, 2015, the Oregon Supreme Court held that an exclusive forum bylaw provision adopted unilaterally by a Delaware company’s board was a valid and enforceable contractual forum selection clause.  Importantly, the...more

Oregon Supreme Court Upholds Delaware Corporation’s “Exclusive-Forum” Bylaw

In Roberts v. TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc., 358 Or. 413, __ P.3d ___, 2015 WL 8539902 (Dec. 10, 2015), the Oregon Supreme Court unanimously held that a Delaware corporation’s “exclusive-forum” bylaw, which required that all...more

"4th Antitrust Set" of amendments

On 5 October 2015 the President of the Russian Federation signed the Federal Law No. 275-FZ "On Amending the Federal Law "On Protection of Competition" and Other Legal Acts of the Russian Federation", so-called the "4th...more

M&A Update: Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Rural Metro Decision, but Financial Advisors Can Breathe a Sigh of Relief

In a November 30, 2015 decision, the Delaware Supreme Court upheld the Delaware Chancery Court’s $76 million damages award against RBC Capital in In re Rural/Metro Corp. S’holders Litig. The ruling, however, notably rejected...more

Supreme Court of Canada Grants Leave to Appeal in Fairmont Hotels Inc.

The Supreme Court of Canada recently granted leave to appeal from the Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Fairmont Hotels Inc v Canada (Attorney General), 2015 ONCA 441. This follows the granting of leave in the Jean Coutu...more

Avoiding Antitrust Pitfalls: Even When You Didn't Do Anything Wrong!

You might already be thinking: “Is this another article about why an antitrust compliance program is very important? Really? People in our company are ethical and would not do anything to violate the laws.” But when you were...more

Another Court Deals with Privileged Communications' Ownership after a Corporate Transaction

Most if not all courts recognize that selling a corporation's stock transfers ownership of the corporation's privileged communications. These can include even communications about the sale transaction. Great Hill Equity...more

The End of Disclosure Only Settlements in M&A Cases? Not So Fast.

Disclosure-only settlements have been popular in the past – last year, about 80% of settlements in M&A-related lawsuits were for disclosures only, according to Cornerstone Research – but lately they have come under scrutiny. ...more

"Recent Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law Address Fee-Shifting and Forum Selection Provisions"

It has become almost axiomatic that when a public company merger is announced, stockholder litigation quickly follows. In recent years, some studies have indicated that more than 90 percent of transactions valued at more than...more

Two Cases From NC Business Court: Class Action Fees Doubled And Expedited Discovery Denied

Last week (well, two weeks ago, I'm kind of behind) seemed like class action week at the Business Court. Judge Gale issued three rulings in class action cases. ...more

The English Court’s Approach to interpretation of Material Adverse Effect provisions

The English High Court recently considered whether a downward revision of a profit forecast would constitute a “material adverse effect” within the parameters of the provision agreed on by the parties in the share purchase...more

Fraud Vitiated Special-Committee Process in Dole Merger

In a self-interested transaction between a company and its controlling stockholder, the operative standard of judicial review under Delaware law is the most rigorous: entire fairness standard of review. To obtain the least...more

Business Judgment Rule Applies to Merger Approved by Informed, Disinterested Stockholders

Delaware Supreme Court’s ruling provides additional grounds for dismissal in post-closing stockholder litigation regarding mergers that are not subject to entire fairness review. Introduction - Clarifying a...more

M&A Update: Fully Informed Vote of Disinterested Stockholders Results in Business Judgment Rule Protection in Post-Closing Review...

In an October 2, 2015 decision, Corwin, et al. v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC., et al., the Delaware Supreme Court clarified that once a merger closes, as long as it has been approved by a fully informed vote of the...more

In re Appraisal of Dell Inc., C.A. No. 9322-VCL (Del. Ch. July 13, 2015) (rev'd July 30, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a defendant’s motion for summary judgment, holding that the continuous holder requirement set forth in Section 262 of the General Corporation Law of the State...more

Oil Supplier Appeals Conoco’s Right To Buy Stake In Refinery Unit

In a long-standing dispute between Venezuelan state-owned Oil Company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (“Petroleos”) and ConocoPhillips, a New York district court judge upheld ConocoPhillips’ acquisition of a 50% stake in a Texas...more

In re Riverbed: The Beginning of the End for Disclosure-Only Settlements in M&A Cases?

The past decade has seen an incredible rise in M&A litigation. According to Cornerstone, in 2014, a whopping 93% of announced mergers valued over $100 million were subject to litigation, up from 44% in 2007. As Delaware...more

"Federal Trade Commission Loses Challenge to Steris-Synergy Deal"

On September 24, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio denied the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) bid to enjoin Steris Corporation (Steris) from acquiring its alleged potential competitor, Synergy...more

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