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Federal Whistleblower Laws Collide With The Attorney-Client Privilege: The Bio-Rad Case Study

Seyfarth Synopsis: Federal whistleblower laws collide with the in-house attorney-client privilege. The trial round goes to the whistleblower. The expected appellate round has still not been fought. In a February 7,...more

First Department Opens the Door a Bit Wider to “Disclosure-Only” Settlement Agreements in Class Action Cases

On February 2, 2017, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, approved a “disclosure-only” settlement agreement in Gordon v. Verizon Communications, Inc., 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 740 (1st Dep’t Feb....more

Recovery of Contractual Attorneys’ Fees for Tort and Contract Claims - Dismissing Contract Action May Mean Attorney’s Fee...

Dismissing Contract Action May Mean Attorney’s Fee Liability. Neeshat S. Khan v. Michael Shim - Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (December 29, 2016) - Civil Code § 1717(b)(2) generally bars the award...more

Delaware Law Updates—The Court of Chancery Deviates from Some Recent Appraisal Decisions and Gives “100 Percent Weight” to the...

In a recent decision out of the Delaware Court of Chancery—Merion Capital L.P. v. Lender Processing Services, Inc., C.A. No. 9320-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 16, 2016) ("LPS")—Vice Chancellor Laster strayed from several of the Court...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Merger Price As Fair Value In Appraisal Action

This is another decision in the continuing development of Delaware law on how to determine the acquired company’s fair value in an appraisal action. The decision carefully reviews the more recent opinions on whether the...more

Delaware Chancery Court Provides Further Insights into the Validity of Anti-Reliance Clauses

On November 30, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued another opinion in a growing body of decisions defining the parameters of extra-contractual fraud claims in M&A transactions. In IAC Search LLC v. Conversant LLC,...more

LLC Operating Agreement Does Not Prevent Freeze-Out Merger

On October 24, 2016, Justice Charles E. Ramos of the New York Commercial Division denied a motion by minority members of a limited liability company (“LLC”) to enjoin a freeze-out merger that would cash out the minority...more

Marquee Energy Appeal Reaffirms Plans of Arrangement Law in Canada

In a decision released on November 15, 2016, the Alberta Court of Appeal allowed the appeal of Marquee Energy Ltd. (Marquee) from a prior decision of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta which had required, as a condition to...more

In Win for Financial Services Industry, Second Circuit Limits Use of FCA to Enforce Banking Regulations

In United States ex rel. Bishop v. Wells Fargo & Co., 823 F.3d 35 (2d Cir. 2016), the Second Circuit rejected an attempt to use the False Claims Act (“FCA”) as an enforcement mechanism for banking regulations in the lead-up...more

The Death of Merger Litigation Part II – The North Carolina Business Court Puts a Nail in the Coffin

In a recent article entitled “The Death of Merger Litigation?”, we wrote about the Delaware Court of Chancery’s increasing refusal to approve disclosure-only settlements in shareholder lawsuits challenging public company...more

The Tie that Binds: Enforceabliity of Merger Provisions Against Non-signatory Shareholders

The Predicament - One challenge encountered in M&A deals is how to bind all shareholders of the target company to all deal terms. For private companies with few shareholders, this is not much of a challenge. However,...more

Merger does not invalidate noncompete, nonsolicitation covenants

When corporate mergers and acquisitions take place, the parties frequently ask, “What is the effect on the acquired company’s contracts?” That was the issue in a case involving noncompetition and nonsolicitation covenants in...more

Competition News September 2016

By a controversial decision, the Constitutional Council ruled that so-called “simple” investigations comply with the constitution - The investigation services of the French Competition Authority made several requests for...more

CDX Holdings, Inc. (f.k.a. Caris Life Sciences, Inc.) v. Kurt Fox, No. 526, 2015 (Del. June 6, 2016) (Holland, J)

In this split decision, a 4-1 majority of the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s post-trial ruling that Caris Life Sciences’ (“Caris” or the “Company”) board of directors (the “Board”) breached a stock...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects Misbehavior Challenge To Arbitration Award

Foundation Surgery Affiliate of Southwest Houston, LLC (“Southwest”), the owner of a surgical and imaging facility in Houston, entered into a purchase and sale agreement in 2008 with Rainier Capital Acquisitions, LP, which...more

Court Halts FTC’s Bid to Block Chicago-Area Hospital Merger

On June 14, 2016, in FTC v. Advocate Health Care et al., No. 15-cv-11473, the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied the Federal Trade Commission’s attempt to stop the merger of Advocate Health Care...more

Delaware Chancery Court Grants Appraisal Petition After Finding Dell MBO Transaction Provided Stockholders Less Than Fair Value

Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Chancery Court recently issued an important opinion in In Re: Appraisal of Dell Inc.C.A. No. 9322-VCL (May 31, 2016), holding that merger consideration offered to Dell, Inc’s common...more

Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Standards in Corporate Takeovers

On May 6, 2016, the Delaware Supreme Court upheld a merger between Zale Corporation (“Zales”) and Signet Jewelers Limited (“Signet”) when it affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a shareholder class action that sought to...more

FTC Records Two Wins as Staples-Office Depot Merger Abandoned for a Second Time

On May 10, Staples and Office Depot announced that they would be terminating their $6.3 billion merger in the wake of a federal judge’s decision to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the deal. This represents the second...more

FTC Emphasizes Competitive Issues Arising From Partial Interest Acquisitions

On May 9, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) posted an article summarizing recent developments and areas of competitive sensitivity in the acquisition of partial equity interests. Most antitrust challenges to mergers or...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

Anti-Reliance Disclaimers in Delaware – Why Skillful Drafting Matters

In FdG, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a Buyer’s fraud claim based on extra-contractual representations will not be barred unless the anti-reliance disclaimer is drafted as an unambiguous affirmative expression by...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

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

The Demise of Disclosure-Only Settlements?

On January 22, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery, in an opinion of Chancellor Bouchard, rejected a proposed disclosure-only settlement in the context of M&A litigation that offered no new helpful information to the...more

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