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Delaware Court Of Chancery Focuses On Fiduciary Duty Of Directors Appointed By Preferred Stockholders

by Roetzel & Andress on

In a recent Delaware Court of Chancery opinion filed April 14, 2017 in The Frederick Hsu Living Trust v. ODN Holding Corporation, the court held that it may be a breach of the directors’ fiduciary duty to cause the...more

Where Is Delaware Corporate Litigation Going?

by Morris James LLP on

There are always risks involved in buying a company. Until you are actually inside a company's operations, you can never be sure you know everything about it. Conversely, sellers too will bear the risk that buyer's remorse...more

Who Is Winning the Securities Class Action War—Plaintiffs or Defendants? (Part III)

This is the third of a three-part post that analyzes why plaintiffs are winning the securities class action war and what defendants can do about it....more

Court Of Chancery Declines To Hold Unocal Claim Automatically Excuses Demand

by Morris James LLP on

A derivative plaintiff who fails to make a pre-suit demand on the board must show why demand is excused using particularized facts. Here, the plaintiff argued that demand was automatically excused by sufficiently pleading a...more

Partnership Dissolution And A Chief Judge’s Lament

by Allen Matkins on

Decisions by U.S. District Court judges typically begin with an identification of the parties, an explanation of the procedural posture of the case, or a description of the dispute. Chief Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill, however,...more

Court Of Chancery Rejects Novel Breach Of Appraisal Rights Claim

by Morris James LLP on

This decision begins with a conventional analysis of a claim that disclosure violations and director self-interest have tainted a merger vote. That claim was rejected for want of factual support. More unusual, the decision...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Scope of “Settlement Payment Defense” for Bankruptcy Clawback Suits

by K&L Gates LLP on

On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would review the Seventh Circuit’s decision in FTI Consulting, Inc. v. Merit Management Group, LP, 830 F.3d 690 (7th Cir. 2016) (“Merit”), which addressed the scope of...more

Texas Supreme Court Weighs In on Tied House

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Late last month, the Texas Supreme Court issued a ruling in Cadena Comercial USA Corp. d/b/a OXXO v. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, finding in favor of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) and weighing in for...more

Court Of Chancery Interprets Claimed Advancement Waiver

by Morris James LLP on

This decision explains how to obtain a release of advancement rights from a seller in an agreement to purchase his company. Here that effort failed. However, buyers will continue to not want to have to advance the sellers’...more

"Q&A With Delaware Litigation Partner Ed Micheletti"

What is the most significant recent development in Delaware, from a litigation standpoint? The most significant recent development impacting deal litigation in Delaware is the continuing evolution of the Corwin doctrine,...more

Courts Continue to Struggle with Jurisdiction by Consent

by King & Spalding on

Introduction - On January 26, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (S.D.N.Y.) decided Famular v. Whirlpool Corp., a case addressing the circumstances in which an out-of-state corporation may...more

Stockholders' Complaint Survives Chancery's 'Corwin' Analysis

by Morris James LLP on

After a series of successful applications of the Corwin doctrine in Delaware's Court of Chancery, a plaintiff has finally survived a motion to dismiss where Corwin was applied. In In re Saba Software Stockholder Litigation,...more

Court Of Chancery Explains The “Known Looter” Theory For Controllers

by Morris James LLP on

This is an interesting decision because it examines an intriguing legal theory for holding a controlling stockholder liable in a sale: the “known looter” theory. Generally speaking, controllers can sell their stock to whoever...more

Delaware Law Updates – The Steadfast Refusal Of The Delaware Courts To Grant Creditors Quasi-Standing To Assert Fiduciary Claims...

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In Trusa v. Nepo, et al. (Xion Management, LLC), Del. Ch. C.A. No. 12071-VCMR (April 13, 2107), the Delaware Court of Chancery again fortified the Delaware limited liability company against growing attacks by creditors...more

Notable Delaware Decisions: First Quarter 2017

by BakerHostetler on

The Delaware Chancery Court and Delaware Supreme Court were busy during the first quarter of 2017, handing down decisions touching on: Required disclosure in a variety of settings – for standard-of-review “cleansing”...more

Roadblocks to Redemption: Delaware Chancery Court Ruling Makes Preferred Stock Redemptions More Challenging

by Goodwin on

A recent decision in Delaware illustrates yet another difficulty investors face when using redemption of their stock as a liquidity strategy. In this case, a private equity fund, Oak Hill Capital Partners, and the directors...more

Chancery Finds Credible Basis for Wrongdoing Warranting Inspection of Books and Records

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As discussed in various prior posts, a petitioner making a Section 220 books and records demand must state a “proper purpose” to justify inspection. Commonly approved purposes include valuation of stock, and investigation of...more

Court of Appeals Dismisses Appeal For Lack Of Jurisdiction

On April 20, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a unanimous ruling that may terminate much of the litigation triggered by the bankruptcy of Tronox Inc. The Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal for lack...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Fiduciary Duty Of Preferred Stockholders’ Directors

by Morris James LLP on

This decision is a primer on most of the major issues in Delaware corporate law. However, what it is most likely to be remembered for is its explanation of the duties that directors have to the enterprise as a whole, even...more

Court Of Chancery Limits Creditor Standing

by Morris James LLP on

This decision holds that a creditor lacks standing to bring breach of fiduciary duty claims arising out of the management of an LLC. Of course, creditors are better served by drafting the loan documents to protect their...more

Court of Chancery Explains When There Is A Basis To Investigate

by Morris James LLP on

This decision does a good job of explaining when there is an adequate showing of possible wrongdoing sufficient to justify a books and records inspection. It also explains why conducting a proxy contest does not warrant...more

Delaware Court Orders Sale of Solvent Company’s Stock Despite Shareholder Objections

by Cole Schotz on

Delaware General Corporate Law § 226 (the “Custodian Statute”) bestows the Delaware Court of Chancery with the power to appoint a custodian for solvent companies and receivers for insolvent companies in certain circumstances....more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - Second Half 2016

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

NEWS FROM THE COURTS – Delaware Court of Chancery Once Again Rejects Transaction Price as the Best Measure of Fair Value in DFC Global Litigation - On July 8, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery released its...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Limits Of The Dual Claims Rule

by Morris James LLP on

Under the well-known Brinckerhoff decision, a claim may be both a direct claim and a derivative claim. When that occurs the complaint need not comply with Rule 32.1 demand requirements. This decision points out that...more

"Preserving Attorney-Client Privilege, Work-Product Protection During Internal Investigations"

When companies conduct investigations that remain strictly internal, maintaining confidentiality is straightforward. But many investigations are conducted in cooperation with U.S. government regulators, who expect companies...more

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