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Laurie & Monica Out-Action Jack…and Other Fiduciary Duties (Silicon Valley – Episode 22)

Episode 22 provides a decisive and satisfying showdown between Jack’s Box plan and Richard’s consumer platform option. Richard’s not-so-secret skunkworks project is dead, and the team sets to work on the Box believing that...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Challenge to MLP Drop Down Transaction

The Delaware Chancery Court recently dismissed a challenge to a transaction in which a master limited partnership (the "MLP") repurchased an interest in a crude oil pipeline in 2015 previously sold to its general partner (the...more

New Cause of Action from Business Court?

CentsAbility: Creditors' Rights Law Update - In a recent case from the Business Court in Brunswick County, a North Carolina Judge held that Defendants could assert a claim for breach of the duty to negotiate in good...more

Disputes come from two directions. Either a claim form or a letter threatening legal action lands on your desk, or you...

Disputes come from two directions. Either a claim form or a letter threatening legal action lands on your desk, or you discover that you have a potential legal claim against a third party. When this happens, what are the most...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

The Tennessee Business Court Clarifies Fiduciary Duties of LLC Members

In a recent opinion, decided 12/22/15, the Tennessee Business Court clarified the circumstances under which members of a Tennessee limited liability company owe fiduciary duties to one another. In Ewing v. Miller, Case No....more

Delaware Supreme Court Rules that Qualifying to Do Business as a Foreign Entity Does Not Operate as a Consent to General...

On April 18, 2016 the Delaware Supreme Court, in a 4-1 decision, held that a foreign corporation does not expressly consent to general jurisdiction by merely registering to do business in the state and appointing an agent for...more

Court Of Chancery Limits Fiduciary Claims Based On A Contract

A recurring problem in Delaware jurisprudence is whether breach of contract and fiduciary duty claims may proceed simultaneously....more

2015 Half-year in review M&A legal developments

We set out below a number of interesting English court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical guidance on...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

Shaev v. Adkerson, C.A. No. 10436-VCN (Del. Ch. Oct. 5, 2015) (Noble, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims that in granting one million restricted stock units, defendants, the board of directors of a corporation, violated its...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - Third Quarter 2015

Delaware Court Awards $148 Million in Damages, as Fiduciaries’ Bad Faith Conduct Prevented Stockholders from Obtaining a “Fairer Price” in Take-Private Transaction In a recent post-trial opinion, Vice Chancellor Laster of the...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

Do Not Pass Go. Do Not Collect $200?: D&O Insurance—Advance Warning on Fee Advancement

In a recent string of decisions, the Delaware Chancery Court has addressed the scope of the right of Directors and Officers to have their legal expenses paid while governmental investigations or legal proceedings against them...more

Common Law Business Partnership – Can You Have a Partner Despite a Contrary Agreement?

Believing that a non-binding term sheet and earlier written agreements precluded any unwritten partnership, Original Oil Production Services (OOPS) cut out its colleague Petroleum United Transfer Zenith (PUTZ) and secretly...more

Quadrant Structured Prods. Co. v. Vertin, C.A. No. 6990-VCL (Del. Ch. Oct. 20, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this post-trial decision, the Court of Chancery held that a company’s repurchase of senior notes from an insider approximately six months after returning to solvency did not violate the express or implied terms of the...more

Chancery Rejects Facebook Stockholder Ratification Argument

In Espinoza v. Zuckerberg, a stockholder challenged the Facebook board of directors' unanimous approval of a compensation plan for the company's six non-employee directors. The board consisted of eight directors, with only...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

"Delaware Courts Question Long-Standing Practice of Approving Disclosure-Based Deal Litigation Settlements"

In a series of rulings issued over the last few months, the Delaware Court of Chancery has shaken up decades of well-settled authority in the area of deal litigation settlements. The Court of Chancery historically has...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

[Webinar] Protecting Company Relationships and Information Upon an Employee Departure - Oct. 14th, 1:00pm EST

Learn how your company can prepare to act quickly and strategically to protect important relationships, information and trade secrets at the time that a key employee leaves. This session will review the latest developments in...more

Delaware's One-Two Punch to M&A Litigation Disrupts the Cozy Status Quo of M&A Deal Settlements

Over the summer, Delaware in two separate and impactful decisions hit out at many, if not most, shareholder litigation suits challenging public company M&A suits. The result: uncertainty ahead. The customary rhythm in an...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Contribution Claim

This interesting decision both explains the conspiracy theory of jurisdiction and upholds an equitable contribution claim by the company required to advance fees to a director to have the director’s companies contribute...more

Tyranny of the Minority: North Carolina Business Court Explores Potential Fiduciary Duties of Minority Shareholders

The North Carolina Business Court recently issued an opinion considering whether a minority shareholder can ever be considered a “controlling shareholder” who owes a fiduciary duty to other shareholders. The court’s opinion...more

When Is a Breach of a Covenant Not to Compete Also Unfair or Deceptive?

Next Monday, August 31, the North Carolina Supreme Court will hear arguments in an important business-versus-business case. Beverage Systems of the Carolinas v. Associated Beverage Repair (No. 316A14) includes two...more

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