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Delaware Supreme Court Decision Addresses Critical "Fair Value" Issues in Appraisal Litigation

On August 1, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an en banc opinion in DFC Global Corporation v. Muirfield Value Partners, L.P., et al., reversing the Delaware Court of Chancery's decision regarding the fair value of DFC...more

It’s Sweet to be NutraSweet: Commercial Division Overturns Arbitration Award Entered in Favor of Would-be Seller of Aspartame...

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

As any seasoned commercial litigator knows, courts are generally loathe to overturn the independent decisions of arbitrators. New York County Commercial Division Justice Charles E. Ramos recently examined the standard for...more

Independent Directors, Law Firm and Financial Advisor not Liable for Omissions in Private Tender Offer

R.L. Polk & Co. Inc., a private company, was allegedly more than 90% controlled by the Polk family. The Company was in the consumer marketing business with holdings such as Carfax, Inc. In March 2011, the Company initiated a...more

Conflicting Court Decisions on Privilege Issues Create Risks for Parties in M&A

by Stinson Leonard Street on

A recent court decision exemplifies the challenges that businesses face in attempting to predict the law that will control privilege questions. The court decided that the law of the state where the court is located governs...more

Antitrust Alert: Federal Court Rejects Failing Firm Defense in Merger Case

by Jones Day on

A new decision from a federal court in Delaware reinforces the high burden that parties face in insulating an otherwise anticompetitive merger based on the so-called "failing firm" defense. The Justice Department ("DOJ")...more

Delaware Law Updates - Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Over Expansive Application Of True-Up Provision In Purchase Agreement

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. v. Westinghouse Elec. Co. LLC, et al., No. 573, 2016 (Del. June 28, 2017) - The Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Court of Chancery’s entry of judgment on the pleadings based on a flawed...more

The rules of interpretation: a seller indemnity in a share purchase agreement

by Dentons on

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal over the meaning of an indemnity in a share purchase agreement, and in delivering its judgment has given guidance on the rules of contractual interpretation....more

Blog: Chicago Bridge Reversal Reiterates Need for Consistent Accounting in Working Capital True-Up

by Cooley LLP on

The vast majority of private company acquisitions contain some type of purchase price adjustment to account for any changes in certain financial metrics (including working capital) of the target between a specified reference...more

High Court Resolves $2B 'True Up' Dispute Against Acquirer

by Morris James LLP on

The Delaware Supreme Court's recent decision in Chicago Bridge & Iron v. Westinghouse Electric, resolved a $2 billion post-closing dispute about the interplay between common features of acquisition agreements: sellers'...more

Delaware Law Updates - Delaware Court Of Chancery Upholds Continuous Ownership Rule In Dismissing Derivative Claims Of...

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In re Massey Energy Co. Deriv. & Class Action Litig., C.A. No. 5430-CB (Del. Ch. May 4, 2017), Bouchard, C. – The Delaware Court of Chancery granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss the complaint based on the continuous...more

Forum Selection Clause in Broker Agreement Insufficient to Confer Personal Jurisdiction

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The Second Department recently handed down a harsh reminder of the importance of obtaining an executed broker’s agreement.  Oral agreements for broker fees are apt to run afoul of the statute of frauds, and personal...more

First Circuit Rules that Bankruptcy Court “Retention of Jurisdiction” Provisions Not Enough to Establish Jurisdiction

It is very common for bankruptcy court orders to provide that the court retains jurisdiction to enforce such orders. Similarly, chapter 11 confirmation orders routinely provide that the bankruptcy court retains jurisdiction...more

Chancery Appraises Corporation Below Merger Price Due To Synergies

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent appraisal action before the Court of Chancery, In re Appraisal of SWS Group, Inc., C.A. No. 10554-VCG (Del. Ch. May 30, 2017), Vice Chancellor Glasscock found that the fair value of the acquired entity, SWS Group,...more

Deal Price Upheld By Chancery In Petsmart Inc. Appraisal Action

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the recent PetSmart, Inc. appraisal proceeding, styled as In re Appraisal of PetSmart Inc., C.A. No. 10782-VCS (Del. Ch. May 26, 2017), the Delaware Court of Chancery found the deal price to be the fair value of PetSmart,...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Deal Price As Fair Value In Appraisal Case

by Morris James LLP on

The Court of Chancery continues to wrestle with the issue of when the negotiated deal price represents "fair value" in an appraisal case. Here, serious problems with the management projections led the Court to reject a...more

Court Of Chancery Appraises Company Below Deal Price

by Morris James LLP on

Recent criticism of appraisal arbitrage argues that it comes without real risk to the petitioners. This appraisal decision, which values the company below the deal price based on a discounted cash flow analysis, should be...more

Irredeemable: Delaware Case Will Make Redemption Rights Tougher to Enforce

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Venture capital funds routinely negotiate for a right of redemption – the right to require the company to buy out their shares after a certain period of time if an exit has not occurred – as a key element of their exit...more

Navigating the Currents – Legal Privilege Under English Law

On 8 May 2017 the High Court in London applied a strict approach to litigation privilege in the context of self-reporting investigations. It is the first case in which a court has considered whether litigation privilege is...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Jon Corzine’s plotting his Wall Street comeback, and he’s planning on using the unpredictable nature of the new administration to help him (and his new hedge fund) get there....more

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

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

"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

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

M&A Indemnification Provisions: Are You Drafting Unenforceable Time Limits?

In an M&A transaction, the convention is for the seller to make representations and warranties to the buyer regarding the target business. When the target business is a private company, the acquisition agreement typically...more

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