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January 2016: U.K. Competition/Antitrust Litigation Update

The new Competition Appeal Tribunal Fast-Track Procedure for Small-and Medium-Sized Enterprises. On October 1, 2015, significant competition law reforms took effect in the United Kingdom under the Consumer Rights Act of 2015....more

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

Minnesota Court of Appeals Articulates Test for Direct Shareholder Claims in In re Medtronic, Inc. Shareholder Litigation

On January 25, 2016, the Minnesota Court of Appeals decided In re Medtronic, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, holding that a shareholder’s claim is properly characterized as a direct claim, not a derivative claim, even where all...more

Merck Resolves Investors’ Class Action Lawsuit Related To Vioxx

In 2004, Merck pulled its painkiller, Vioxx, from the market after a study linked the drug to increased risks for heart attack and strokes. On Friday, January 15, 2016, Merck announced that it had agreed to pay $830 million...more

ESG Capital Partners v. Passport Special Opportunities Master Fund, C.A. No. 11053-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 16, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted in part and denied in part defendants’ motion to dismiss a complaint seeking declaratory relief in which plaintiffs alleged that certain investors in ESG Capital...more

Relief from sanction: no relief from the Supreme Court

Since 2013 when the relevant court rules were amended, it has become significantly more difficult to obtain relief from sanction imposed for breach of a court rule, practice direction or court order. It is rare for what...more

Director Cybersecurity Risk Oversight and Actions

This article begins by providing an overview of the duty of directors to oversee risk, including cybersecurity risk, in the cyberattack context and then outlines actions that board of directors are taking as reported by...more

Infringement Case Shows Difficulty of Protecting Intellectual Property

KFx Medical Corp. filed its patent applications like any startup would and with the same goal: protecting its intellectual property. Sometimes, that’s not an easy thing to do, especially if the infringing company is...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Partnership Distribution Rights And Power of GP

ESG Capital Partners II L.P. v. Passport Special Opportunities Master Fund L.P, C.A. 11053-VCL (December 16, 2015) This is an interesting decision for 2 reasons. First, the Court explains what might have seemed obvious...more

SEC Charges IA With Fraud Tied To Conflicts, Undisclosed Interest

Undisclosed conflicts by investment advisers and others is a focus of the current SEC enforcement program. In its most recent action, the conflicts came from a firm with an indirect, undisclosed controlling interest in the...more

Court Of Chancery Awards Fees To Unsuccessful Objector

In what is probably an unprecedented decision, the Court in this case awarded fees to an unsuccessful objector to a settlement of merger litigation. Note that the Court was very cautious in doing so and warns that this should...more

Delaware Supreme Court Decision in Rural/Metro Affirms $76 million Judgment Against Third-Party Advisor for Aiding and Abetting...

On November 30, 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed post-trial decisions by the Delaware Court of Chancery (i) holding RBC Capital Markets, LLC liable to Rural/Metro Corp. shareholders for nearly $76 million based upon...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2015

Regulatory Developments - SEC Grants Exemption from Registration as a Clearing Agency to Two Matching Service Providers - On Nov. 24 the SEC approved applications by Bloomberg STP LLC and SS&C Technologies, Inc....more

SEC Sees Surges in Tips and Claims in Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program

The SEC’s fiscal year ended on September 30, 2015, and the 2015 Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program was issued Monday. According to the report, the SEC saw another surge in whistleblower tips and paid out...more

SEC Settles Insider Trading Case With Admissions

A critical question in insider trading cases currently being brought is whether there are sufficient facts to comply with the Newman personal benefit test – at least if the case is in the Second Circuit. While in many...more

Court Affirmed Finding Of No Fiduciary Duty Because No Joint Venture Existed

In Stutz Rd. Ltd. P’ship v. Weekley Homes, L.P., plaintiffs sued a defendant for breach of fiduciary duty based on duties owed pursuant to an alleged joint venture. No. 05-12-01752-CV, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 11440 (Tex....more

2009 Caiola Family Trust v. PWA, LLC, C.A. No. 8028-VCP (Del. Ch. Oct. 14, 2015) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this 91-page post-trial opinion addressing a dispute between members of a Delaware limited liability company formed to own and operate a residential apartment complex in Kansas, the Court of Chancery held that the...more

Court Of Chancery Declines Stay In LLC Advancement Case

Tulum Management USA LLC v. Casten, C.A. 11321-VCN (November 9, 2015) - A Delaware court will not stay its hand in favor of litigation elsewhere in an advancement or indemnification case absent “exceptional...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Receiver Claims

Seiden v. Kaneko, C.A. 9861-VCN (November 3, 2015) - This is an interesting decision because it articulates what claims a receiver may make against former officers and when those claims are barred by laches....more

Court Of Chancery Calculates The Length Of An Injunction Against Unfair Competition

How long should competition in violation of an agreement be enjoined? Normally, that would depend on what the agreement says. But when that is not set out by the parties’ contract, this decision explains how to determine the...more

Court Of Chancery Reverses Director Resignation

In this unusual case, the Court of Chancery has reinstated a director who was tricked into resigning. The opinion has a good discussion of how directors may resign and when their resignation is not effective....more

Congress Introduces New Legislation To Halt Patent Trolling

Are patent trolls hurting your business’ bottom line? Whether you are a large publicly traded company or a small privately owned business, you’re not alone. Patent trolls are targeting businesses across the spectrum,...more

Examination in England of a Non-Resident Foreign Officer of a Judgment Debtor

Obtaining a judgment is one thing, enforcing it is another. The location of a judgment debtor’s assets can be unknown or deliberately hidden. A judgment creditor may therefore wish to obtain information from a judgment debtor...more

Obtaining Diminution in Value Damages for Seller Misrepresentations in M&A Agreements: New Ruling in the Southern District of New...

On September 28, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an Opinion and Order (the Opinion) in favor of our client, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (SB&D), in its litigation arising from SB&D’s...more

Utah Supreme Court Lays Out Pro-Plaintiff Presumption of Harm Standard in Trade Secret Cases

The Utah Supreme Court recently issued a significant decision laying out a presumption of harm evidentiary standard in trade secret cases, which will be very useful for plaintiffs seeking injunctive relief in cases involving...more

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