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Business Litigation Report -- July 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..The Uniform Trade Secrets Act: Differences from the Common Law and from State to State - Noted With Interest: ..Enforceability of Settlement Terms in California...more

This Court’s Ruling Puts The Opinion In Auditor’s Internal Control Opinion

A brief ruling issued this week by U.S. District Court Judge James C. Mahan makes it clear that an auditor isn’t always liable even when a subsequent auditor uncovers fraud. In Oaktree Capital Mgmt., L.P. v. KPMG, 2014 U.S....more

Federal Court Removes Liquidators

The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia (Full Court) has upheld part of the appeal of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) by removing liquidators in the case of Australian Securities and...more

CEO, CFO Named in SEC Actions For Concealing Control Problems

The co-founders of a Florida based computer company were named as Respondents in SEC administrative proceedings. The actions centers on significant internal control difficulties regarding the inventory which, rather than...more

ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties

On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master...more

Business Litigation Report -- June 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..Tronox Inc. v. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (In re Tronox Inc.) – Bankruptcy Court Takes Unusual Steps to Declare Corporate Restructuring a Fraudulent Transfer - Noted With...more

Breaking the ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Insolvency Stalemate

On 19 June 2014, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) published an amendment to the ISDA Master Agreement for use in relation to section 2(a)(iii) of that agreement, for parties who wish to amend their...more

Kazakhstan’s New Rehabilitation and Bankruptcy Law

The new law extends the grounds for shareholders’ liability and invalidation of transactions. On 26 March 2014, the new Rehabilitation and Bankruptcy Law (the New Law) took effect in Kazakhstan. The New Law supersedes...more

Flaa v. Montano, C.A. No. 9146-VCG (Del. Ch. May 29, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this post-trial decision in a proceeding pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 225, the Court of Chancery invalidated stockholder action by written consent on the ground that the proxy solicitation materials failed to disclose an...more

Are Fairness Opinions Admissible on a Plan of Arrangement Hearing?

Differing viewpoints have recently arisen in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) as to whether fairness opinions are admissible during court approval of plans of arrangement. In Champion Iron Mines Limited...more

BAC CEO Pays $10 Million Plus D&O Bar To Settle NYAG Market Crisis Case

Former Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis agreed to pay $10 million and to be barred from serving as an officer or director of a public company for three years to settle fraud charges brought by the New York Attorney General...more

Sentinel Decision Prioritizes Protection of Securities and Futures Markets

On March 19, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decided Grede v. FCStone, LLC, Nos. 13-1232, 13-1278 (7th Cir. Mar. 19, 2014), an opinion that reinforces the importance of the portability of investment...more

Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2014: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

Several recent legal developments will likely impact acquisition finance. A recent decision of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York examines who is an “Eligible Assignee” entitled to acquire...more

U.S. Supreme Court Round-Up: Sun Capital Cert Denied, Omnicare Cert Granted and Whistle-Blower Protection Extended

As first discussed in July 2013 the First Circuit Court of Appeals held in Sun Capital Partners III, LP, et al. v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund that a Sun Capital Partners private equity fund (Sun...more

A Bankruptcy Court’s Newly Founded Ability to Certify Questions of Law, Namely Involving Corporate Law Issues, to the Delaware...

The Delaware State Legislature recently amended Article IV, section 11 of the Delaware Constitution to add United States Bankruptcy Courts to the expanding list of courts and agencies that may certify questions to the...more

Attacking LBO Payouts as State Law Fraudulent Transfers

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Court”) in Weisfelner v. Fund 1 (In Re Lyondell Chemical Co.), 2014 WL 118036 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. Jan. 14, 2014) recently held that the safe harbor...more

Lyondell: Is the Safe Harbor Closed to Former Shareholders of LBOs?

In a recent decision by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Weisfelner, v. Fund 1, et al. (In re Lyondell Chem. Co.), 2014 Bankr. LEXIS 159 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. January 14, 2014), the Court...more

Bankruptcy Court defines limits of shareholder safe harbor in failed leveraged buyouts

An opinion issued in connection with the bankruptcy cases of Lyondell Chemical Company and its affiliates may have significant implications for shareholders who receive payments in connection with a leveraged buyout when the...more

"The Unsafe Harbor: The Tribune Decision and the Erosion of Bankruptcy Code Section 546(e)"

A 2013 court decision has cast doubts over the future scope of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code’s safe harbor protections against the reversal of settled securities transactions. If the ruling stemming from the Tribune Company...more

Lehman Court Finds Safe Harbors Protect Damage Calculation Provisions In Swap

Judge James M. Peck issued an important opinion in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy late last month. The opinion protects a non-debtor counterparty's right to rely on a contractually agreed methodology for damages calculations...more

"English Schemes of Arrangement Expand to Continental Europe and Beyond"

A scheme of arrangement is a tool of English corporate law that has been used in M&A and restructurings for decades. A company implementing a scheme has complete freedom to choose with which groups of shareholders and...more

Recent Case on Safe Harbor Provisions in Swap Agreements

Bankruptcy cases are the proving ground for interpreting the boundaries for ISDA safe harbor provisions under the United States Bankruptcy Code. Michigan State Housing Development Authority v. Lehman Brothers Derivative...more

Community Banking Excellence - Fourth Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Interview with a Community Banking Professional - Holiday Wishes - Accidents Don't Cut It - Ensuring You Don't "Unintentionally" Violate the Automatic Stay - Dodd-Frank Essentials: Executive...more

Buyer Beware: Third Circuit Confirms Claims are Subject to Disallowance Despite Sale to Third Party

The Third Circuit in In re KB Toys, Inc. recently affirmed a decision of the Delaware District Court, holding that trade claims are subject to disallowance under section 502(d) of the Bankruptcy Code despite their subsequent...more

Bankruptcy remoteness – a remote prospect?

Lawyers and investment bankers involved in setting up structured products such as asset backed commercial paper, CDOs, CMBS and CLOs often strive to achieve “bankruptcy remoteness” for the vehicle issuing the product...more

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