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Draft Carefully: North Carolina Supreme Court Affirms Strict Blue Pencil Doctrine Still Applies to Non-Competes

North Carolina courts traditionally recognized their limited power in amending terms of unenforceable non-compete agreements. The “blue pencil” rule permits a court to enforce restrictions that are reasonable, while striking...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

LSU Hospital Operator May Proceed with Antitrust Suit Against Competing Health System

The antitrust suit against Willis Knighton Medical Center will continue following the denial of its motion to dismiss. BRFHH Shreveport v. Willis Knighton Med. Ctr., case number 5:15-cv-02057 (W.D. La. Mar. 31, 2016). The...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Challenge to Merger of MLPs - Reaffirms Ability of Limited Partnerships to Modify Fiduciary...

In an opinion issued on March 29, 2016, the Delaware Chancery Court dismissed a challenge to the 2015 acquisition of Regency Energy Partners LP (“Regency”) by Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (“ETP”), holding that Regency’s...more

Court Upholds but Limits Claims Arising From Merger Agreement

The Delaware courts regularly address contract claims arising out of merger agreements. Among other recurring issues are whether and how the parties limited claims based on alleged misrepresentations or omissions, whether a...more

Important Developments in Canadian Merger Control and IP Matters

KEY TAKEAWAYS - The Competition Bureau (Bureau) has obtained a significant remedy in a merger between non-Canadian companies that was not notifiable in Canada. Parties to non-Canadian transactions must keep in mind that...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Advancement Rights Of Seller Representative

This is an interesting advancement case as it applies the usual test of whether the former directors have been sued “by reason of the fact” they were directors in the context of suit against former owners’ representative for...more

Rush to conflict: Hurried transaction fails after British Columbia court finds conflicts of interest

Conflicts of interest in corporate transactions can present thorny issues for directors, management and their advisors. A British Columbia company recently found itself in a prickly situation when a proposed deal was...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Limits Of Disclosure Obligation

Dieckman v. Regency GP LP, C.A. 11130-CB (March 29, 2016) - This is an interesting decision in the master limited partnership context because it shows how far a limited liability agreement may go to limit member rights...more

Feeling Conflicted: The Importance of Disclosing Potential Conflicts, the Stockholder Vote and the Business Judgment Rule

Shortly after the announcement of a merger (the Merger) between Zale Corporation (Zale) and Signet Jewelers Limited (Signet) on February 19, 2014, each of five plaintiffs (stockholders of Zale) filed a class action complaint...more

Three Things to Watch after One Week of the Staples-Office Depot Merger Trial

On Monday, Staples and the Federal Trade Commission began presenting arguments in the D.C. District Court on whether the FTC should be entitled to a preliminary injunction to halt a potential merger between Staples and Office...more

Are Disclosure-Only Claims Dead Yet?

Are "disclosure only" claims now at an end in Delaware? Following the Delaware Court of Chancery's Jan. 22 decision in In re Trulia, 129 A.3d 884 (Del. Ch. 2016), various commentators have concluded Trulia "likely spells the...more

"Proposed Delaware General Corporation Law Amendments Would Address Appraisal Proceedings, Short-Form Mergers, Court of Chancery...

On March 16, 2016, the Corporation Law Council of the Delaware State Bar Association announced proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) intended to address appraisal proceedings, Section 251(h)...more

Blog: In Re Sanofi: 2d Circuit Considers Misleading Statements Of Opinion After Omnicare

In an early appellate decision applying Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, a three-judge panel of the 2d Circuit, on March 4, issued its opinion in In re Sanofi. The plaintiffs...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Clamps Down on Disclosure-Only Settlements

In recent years, lawsuits challenging mergers and acquisitions have become almost ubiquitous. Virtually all of these cases settled for disclosure-only settlements in which the target’s stockholders received no money. Of...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Increases Scrutiny on Disclosure-Only M&A Class Action Settlements

As recently as 2014, nearly 95% of all mergers of public companies valued at $100 million or more triggered stockholder class action litigation. Historically, a large number of merger-related stockholder litigation settled...more

"Giving" And "Getting": The NC Business Court On Disclosure Only Class Action Settlements

Disclosure only settlements are in deep trouble in Delaware based on the Court of Chancery's recent decision in In re Trulia Inc. Stockholder Litigation. That decision is said to have sounded a "death knell" in Delaware for...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When A Minority Stockholder May Have Actual Control Over A Deal

This is another in a series of decisions dealing with the allegation that a minority stockholder controlled a deal through its control of a majority of the board of directors....more

After In re Trulia: Increased Scrutiny for the Give and the Get in Disclosure Settlements

It used to be that boards of public companies being acquired would routinely face one or (likely) more lawsuits alleging the directors breached their fiduciary duties because they had agreed to sell too cheaply or engaged in...more

Court Of Chancery Calculates Mootness Benefit In Post-Trulia Decision

This is an interesting decision for two reasons. First, the decision awards a mootness fee for disclosures and changes to deal protection measures in a merger gone bust. Thus, the opinion is useful precedent in the...more

Court of Chancery Approves Disclosure Settlement Post-Trulia and Finds Management Projections Plainly Material

As detailed in a prior post (available here), the ruling in In re Trulia, Inc. Stockholders Litigation, 2016 WL 270821 (Del. Ch. Jan. 22, 2016) changed the legal landscape for so-called disclosure settlements. Among other...more

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

The Demise of Disclosure-Only Settlements? The Court of Chancery Outlines a New Regime. - In a recent opinion, Chancellor Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery reiterated the Court of Chancery’s belief that...more

Survival Periods Versus Limitation Periods: Which Prevails? NOV Enerflow ULC v Enerflow Industries Inc.

The recent Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta decision in NOV Enerflow ULC v Enerflow Industries Inc. (the NOV Decision) considered survival periods of representations and warranties in commercial contracts and the interplay...more

Ofgem’s certification review of the Blue Transmission Companies

On 4 February 2016 Ofgem published a decision reviewing the certification status of the Blue Transmission Companies (“BTCs”). The review follows two other previous Ofgem decisions. The reasoning of Ofgem and the EU Commission...more

CorpCast Episode 9: 2015 Year in Review [Video]

Welcome back to CorpCast! In this 2015 Year in Review, we discuss several important cases from the past year, starting with the tidal wave of antagonism in the Court of Chancery towards disclosure-only settlements ending...more

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