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Delaware Court Denies Attorneys’ Fees for Stockholders in Appraisal Proceedings

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently held that certain stockholders who launched appraisal proceedings challenging a merger lacked standing to obtain reimbursement of attorneys’ fees from a $10.7 million settlement in a...more

In re Astex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. S'holders Litig., Consol. C.A. No. 8917-VCL (Del. Ch. Aug. 25, 2014) (Laster, V.C.)

The Delaware Court of Chancery denied a request by the parties to enter a proposed order withdrawing plaintiffs’ counsel’s request for the Court to retain jurisdiction to determine an award of attorneys’ fees and closing a...more

Amending Your Bylaws to Mitigate the Cost of Shareholder Litigation: Fee-shifting and forum selection provisions

Shareholder litigation is on the rise, increasing the cost of doing business; and companies often face litigation on multiple fronts, further increasing litigation exposure. In 2013, 94 percent of M&A deals were challenged by...more

Ritchie v. Rupe

The Texas Supreme Court, on June 20, 2014, issued its highly anticipated opinion in Ritchie v. Rupe, 2014 Tex. LEXIS 500 (Tex. 2014). Ritchie involved a claim by a minority shareholder in a closely held corporation under the...more

Third Point LLC V. Ruprecht; Two-Tiered Poison Pill Withstands Judicial Review

In Third Point LLC v. Ruprecht, et al., C.A. No. 9469-VCP (Del.Ch. May 2, 2014), the Delaware Chancery Court denied a preliminary injunction challenging Sotheby’s stockholder rights plan, or so-called “poison pill,” which...more

Smith, Katzenstein & Jenkins LLP v. Fidelity Mgmt. & Research Co., C.A. No. 8066-VCL (Del. Ch. April 16, 2014) (Laster, V.C.)

The Court of Chancery awarded plaintiffs attorneys’ fees and expenses under Delaware’s common fund and common benefit doctrines, concluding that defendants — who settled their potential claims against Revlon, Inc. (“Revlon”)—...more

Business Court Dismisses Derivative Action Against Duke Energy

You might remember the derivative action filed against the board of directors of Duke Energy Corporation stemming from its 2012 merger with Progress Energy. It received a lot of publicity. The merger was concluded long ago,...more

I/MX Info. Mgmt. Solutions, Inc. v. Multiplan, Inc., C.A. No. 7786-VCP (Del. Ch. Mar. 27, 2014) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted the plaintiff’s motion for partial summary judgment as to the withholding of escrowed funds, reasoning that the defendants did not have a pending claim that could...more

A Million Dollars In Fees For Class Counsel in Wachovia/Wells Fargo Merger Lawsuit

When I first looked at Judge Murphy's (unpublished) Order in Ehrenhaus v. Baker earlier this month awarding attorneys' fees to the class action attorneys who sued Wachovia and Wells Fargo over their merger in 2008, I was...more

German Court Rejects National Competition Authority Liability for Damages After Unlawful Prohibition of a Merger

The Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf yesterday dismissed an action for damages of €1.1 billion brought by GN Store Nord against the German Federal Cartel Office. The judgment sheds some light on the possibility for...more

Plaintiff’s Attorney’s Fees in Shareholder Suits Subject to Heightened Scrutiny (In re Theragenics Case)

It’s virtually inevitable: Within hours (or less) of a press release announcing a merger or acquisition involving a public company, a group of shareholders will file a class action lawsuit against the public company target’s...more

Leading Cases in Pennsylvania Takeover Case Law: You’re Not in Delaware Anymore

Presented below is a brief survey of leading cases interpreting Pennsylvania corporate law in situations involving takeovers, proxy fights or other matters affecting corporate changes of control. This summary is by no means...more

Recent Delaware Chancery Transcripts Emphasize That Materiality Is Key To Fee Awards In Disclosure-Based M&A Settlements

Some corporate practitioners could have the impression that significant fee awards are granted as a matter of course in M&A class action litigation, even where the results obtained by class counsel were supplemental (and...more

Activision Blizzard, Inc. v. Hayes, C.A. No. 497, 2013 (Del. Nov. 15, 2013)

In this en banc decision, the Supreme Court set forth the basis for its order reversing the Court of Chancery’s preliminary injunction of a stock purchase agreement under which Vivendi, S.A. agreed to sell its controlling...more

In re Quest Software, Inc., S'holders Litig., C.A. No. 7357-VCG (Del. Ch. Nov. 12, 2013) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this letter opinion, the Court of Chancery addressed plaintiffs’ application for attorneys’ fees under the corporate benefit doctrine in the context of a mooted litigation. Plaintiffs sought a $2.8 million fee award. The...more

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. v. Apollo (Mauritius) Holdings Pvt. Ltd., C.A. No. 8980-VCG (Del. Ch. Oct. 25, 2013) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this letter opinion, Vice Chancellor Glasscock denied a motion for judgment on the pleadings filed in connection with an expedited action in which the plaintiff Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. seeks specific performance of its...more

I/M* Info. Mgmt. Solutions, Inc. v. MultiPlan, Inc., C.A. No. 7786-VCP (Del. Ch. June 28, 2013) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s declaratory judgment action, which sought to preclude the release of escrow funds to indemnify defendants under the...more

Koehler v. NetSpend Holdings, Inc., C.A. No. 8373-VCG (Del. Ch. May 21, 2013) (Glasscock, VC)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery declined to enjoin Total System Services’ (“TSYS”) acquisition of NetSpend Holdings, Inc. (“NetSpend”) because, even though the Court concluded that the NetSpend board (the...more

Delaware Supreme Court Holds that a Covenant to Negotiate in Good Faith Is Enforceable and that a Plaintiff May Receive Its...

As many of you know, we serve as litigation counsel for PharmAthene, which recently received a favorable Delaware Supreme Court decision in SIGA Technologies, Inc. v. PharmAthene, Inc., 2013 WL 2303303 (Del. Supr., May 24,...more

Going-Private Mergers with Controlling Stockholders Subject to Business Judgment Under Right Circumstances - At Least For Now

What you need to know: A recent decision by the Delaware Court of Chancery holds that a going-private merger with a controlling stockholder will be subject to the business judgment rule, not entire fairness review, if...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Enforcement of Agreement to Negotiate in Good Faith

In a recent case before the Delaware Supreme Court, SigaTechnologies v. PharmAthene, the court upheld a Delaware Chancery Court’s ruling that an express agreement between parties to negotiate in good faith, even if the...more

Recent Decisions Show Courts Closely Scrutinizing Fee Awards in M&A Litigation Settlements

Shareholder class and derivative suits quickly follow virtually every significant merger announcement. The vast majority of those suits that are not dismissed settle quickly, with the defendant corporation typically agreeing...more

Condemn Now, CEQA-Compliance Later? OK. Maybe....

Acquiring property for public projects typically does not occur until after the project has received environmental approval. While this is the generally accepted rule – and it makes sense for a number of reasons – must a...more

China’s Merger Control Rules Changing: MOFCOM Publishes New Draft Regulations on Remedies and Simple Cases

China’s Ministry of Commerce recently issued two new draft regulations. The first provides a wider range of potential remedies to obtain the clearance of a concentration (e.g., a merger, acquisition, joint venture, etc.);...more

Delaware Chancery Court Expands Number of Direct Claims Available to Stockholders

On March 15, 2013, the Delaware Court of Chancery denied motions to dismiss filed by a group of director defendants and certain affiliated funds for claims brought by a group of stockholders. The claims allege that the...more

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