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M&A Update: Ohio Federal Judge Blocks Controlling Stockholder’s Tender Offer Based On Target Board’s Conflicts and Stockholder...

In a March 14, 2014 decision that has received little commentary, an Ohio federal court in Spachman v. Great American Insurance Co. took the extraordinary step of enjoining a tender offer by Great American Insurance, a...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

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

'Reps' and Warranties: One Could Cost More Than the Other Under English Contract Law

Contractual representations and warranties are often grouped together, referred to in shorthand as “reps and warranties.” The differences between the two concepts are often forgotten, but the distinction is important: a...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

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: Bad-Faith Attempt to Renegotiate Term Sheet May Create Liability for “Benefit-of-the-Bargain” Damages

A term sheet can play a useful role by allowing the parties to focus on key issues first, without getting bogged down in details. But what happens when a party agrees to a term sheet but insists on very different terms for...more

In re Plains Exploration & Production Co. S’holder Litig., Consol. C.A. No. 8090-VCN (Del. Ch. May 9, 2013) (Noble)

In this opinion, the Court of Chancery denied the motion of stockholders of Plains Exploration & Production Company (“Plains”) to enjoin preliminarily the proposed merger (the “Merger”) between Plains and Freeport-McMoRan...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

Doctrine of Successor Liability: 7th Circuit Expands Federal Standard to FLSA Claim Context

This week we examine the doctrine of successor liability through the 7th Circuits decision to expand application of the federal standard to Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) cases through the Teed v. Thomas & Betts Power...more

In re PAETEC Holding Corp. S'holders Litig., C.A. No. 6761-VCG (Del. Ch. Mar. 19, 2013) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this letter opinion, the Court of Chancery awarded attorneys’ fees and costs to plaintiffs’ counsel of $500,000 after analyzing plaintiffs’ unopposed fee request under the relevant Sugarland factors, and determining that...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

Delaware Supreme Court Weighs In On Methodology for Attorneys’ Fees Award in Shareholder Derivative Litigation

On Monday, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed a $2 billion judgment by Delaware Chancellor Strine in the Grupo Mexico/Southern Peru shareholder derivative litigation. The Supreme Court also affirmed Chancellor Strine’s...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

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Allows Post-Merger Suits in Cases of Fraud or Fundamental Unfairness

Many practitioners in Pennsylvania have long been of the view that in the case of a Pennsylvania merger, no legal claim under state law seeking equitable relief or damages based on unfairness of the merger, or even fraud,...more

Majority Shareholders Who Take Part in "Squeeze-Outs" Can No Longer Count Pennsylvania as the Sanctuary It Once Was Thought to Be

Standard learning has long held that a minority shareholder of a Pennsylvania corporation who was deprived of his stock by a “cash-out” or “squeeze-out” merger had no remedy after the merger was completed other than to take...more

California Federal District Court Holds That Section 1312(a) of the California Corporations Code Provides the Exclusive Remedy For...

In Dixon v. Cost Plus, Inc., No. 12-2721, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90854 (N.D. Cal. Jun. 27, 2012), the United States District Court for the Northern District of California held that Section 1312(a) of the California...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

"Inside the Courts - Volume 4, Issue 2: An Update from Skadden Securities Litigators"

This issue of Inside the Courts, Skadden's securities litigation newsletter, includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected noteworthy cases principally decided from January to March 2012, such as the U.S....more

Delaware Court of Chancery Blocks Hostile Takeover Efforts Due to Breaches of Confidentiality Agreements

Earlier this month, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued its much-anticipated post-trial decision in the dispute between "the top two rock stars in the aggregates industry," Martin Marietta Materials and Vulcan Materials. In...more

Delaware Chancery Court Finds Breach of Confidentiality Agreement and Enjoins Martin Marietta’s Hostile Bid for Vulcan Materials

A recent decision of the Delaware Chancery Court shines a spotlight on the terms of confidentiality agreements and the critical importance of explicit drafting to avoid unintended consequences. Ambiguous terms in a...more

In re Answers Corp. S'holder Litig., C.A. No. 6170-VCN (Del. Ch. Apr. 11, 2012) (Noble, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court denied motions to dismiss claims for breach of the fiduciary duty of loyalty and aiding and abetting the conduct of the board of directors of Answers Corporation (“Answers”) in connection...more

Frank v. Elgamal, C.A. No. 6120-VCN (Del. Ch. Mar. 30, 2012) (Noble, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery addressed a motion to dismiss a stockholder class action complaint challenging the merger of a wholly owned subsidiary of AH Holdings, Inc. with and into American Surgical,...more

In re Celera Corp. S'holder Litig., C.A. No. 6304-VCP (Del. Ch. Mar. 23, 2012) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery addressed several issues related to class actions alleging breaches of fiduciary duty, including typicality and adequacy and the effect of the recent United States Supreme Court...more

Delaware Chancery Court Reluctantly Declines to Stop Stockholder Vote

The Delaware Chancery Court denied an application for preliminary injunction to stop a stockholder vote on a merger, in In re El Paso Corporation Shareholder Litigation, Consolidated CA No. 6949-CS. El Paso, which has...more

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