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Things Manufacturers Should Be Watching In 2017 In The Areas of Corporate Compliance / Litigation

As is our annual tradition, this is the first in a series of posts that provide industry and legal outlooks for manufacturers as we head into 2017. I will start with corporate compliance and litigation. Matt will follow...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Limits On Stockholder Challenges To Short-Form Mergers

It is well understood that minority stockholders have limited rights to object to a short-form merger under Delaware law. This decision affirms that minority stockholders cannot challenge the merger on fairness grounds...more

Thomson Reuters Publishes Fourth Edition Of Business And Commercial Litigation In Federal Courts, Containing Our Chapter On...

We are excited to report that in late December Thomson Reuters released the fourth edition of the multi-volume treatise Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts. As in the first three editions, we contributed the...more

The Year in Review

As 2016 comes to a close, we again thank you, our readers, for your continued interest, support, and ideas. Decisions from the past year have confirmed the powerful role that N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 plays in North Carolina...more

Supreme Court Chips Away at Concept of Direct And Derivative Claims

Just in time for Christmas, on December 20, 2016, the Delaware Supreme Court issued a Christmas present – or lump of coal, depending on your view – in its opinion in El Paso Pipeline GP Company LLC v. Brinckerhoff. In this...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

Court Of Chancery Clarifies Personal Jurisdiction Over LLC Managers

The Delaware LLC Act provides for personal jurisdiction in Delaware over those who manage a Delaware LLC—i.e., those who are named as managers in the LLC agreement, and those who participate materially in the LLC’s...more

New Year, New Rules: More Changes to the Commercial Division Rules Coming in 2017

The New York Commercial Division is poised to continue its rules revamp, with six new rules proposals announced since October. While these proposals would not alter practice before the Commercial Division in the same manner...more

Court Of Chancery Addresses Who Is To Do Post-Closing Adjustments

Many contracts for the sale of a company have a provision addressing how the parties should resolve disagreements concerning post-closing adjustments to the sale price. Exactly who is to resolve those disputes (be it an...more

Court Of Chancery Examines Whether Derivative Demand Was Wrongfully Refused

Even after a board rejects a plaintiff-stockholder’s demand to bring a derivative litigation, the plaintiff may proceed to bring that derivative action if the plaintiff can show the demand was “wrongful.” Having conceded...more

Court Of Chancery Summarizes Law On Reliance Disclaimers

Large commercial contracts frequently try to limit a buyer’s remedies for any extra-contractual misrepresentations by the seller. Many Delaware decisions deal with disclaimers of extra-contractual representations and this...more

Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Fraud Defense To Advancement

Delaware strongly protects a party’s right to advancement of attorney’s fees. This decision holds that a claim of fraudulent inducement cannot be asserted as a defense in a contractual advancement case even when the fraud is...more

Superior Court Limits Contractual Indemnification To Third Party Claims

This decision holds that a general obligation to indemnify another party to a contract applies only to claims filed by a third party and not to claims between the parties to the contract itself. Hence, if you want to cover...more

Court Of Chancery Grants Dissolution On Conditions

This is an interesting decision in a small case. The Court granted the request to dissolve a Delaware entity in deadlock, but conditioned that dissolution on an agreement not to use the fact of dissolution in another...more

Delaware Supreme Court Explains Setoff And Recoupment

This decision explains the difference between a defendant’s right of setoff and recoupment. The key difference is that the right of setoff arises out of an independent transaction, while recoupment must be based on the same...more

The Corporate Litigant and Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions: The Duty to Prepare the Corporate Representative to Testify

On November 9, 2016, United States Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney (N.D. Tex.) entered an Order that serves as a reminder to corporate litigants and their counsel that the demands of Rule 30(b)(6) should not be disregarded...more

Contra Non Not Applicable: Louisiana Appellate Court Refuses to Find Exception to Running of Prescription

Sophisticated plaintiffs beware. In Bayou Fleet, Inc. v. Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., et al., the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal concluded that contra non valentem, a judicially created exception to prescription, did...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Fee Award In Appraisal Case

Plaintiffs’ attorneys in representative litigation may obtain awards of fees and expenses when their efforts prove successful and provide benefits to the represented class. This decision explains how the Court of Chancery...more

Delaware District Court Finds That Controlling Stockholder Claim Falls Outside Of Forum Selection Bylaw

Forum selection bylaws are a powerful tool for companies to avoid the burdens of multi-forum litigation. But those bylaws only cover the claims falling within their terms. Where, as here, the bylaw only covers fiduciary...more

Do Funders Deserve Benefit Fees?

The business of third-party funding of litigation is said to be rapidly growing. Typically, the entity putting up the money (a funder) signs a contract with a plaintiff to pay the costs of a lawsuit in return for a percentage...more

Webcast: Understanding and Defending State Consumer Protection Actions [Video]

Consumer protection or unfair and deceptive acts or practices statutes have been enacted in every state in an attempt to protect consumers from predatory, deceptive and unscrupulous business practices. While good intentioned,...more

Court of Chancery Explains When Contract Bars Tort Claims and Arbitration

This is a great decision on when the provisions of a contract bar tort claims of fraud and tortious interference. Briefly, when the contract speaks to an issue (e.g., expressly permitting certain acts, or imposing no duty to...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When To Expedite Disclosure Claims

This decision is helpful in clarifying that claims alleging disclosure violations in a proxy statement need to be pressed before a merger closes. ...more

Recurring Issues in Accounting for Litigation Contingencies

Certain questions seem to recur when it comes to outside counsel’s communications with a company’s auditors about potential exposures as a result of litigation or regulatory/enforcement matters and the underlying accounting...more

Del. Forum Non Conveniens Doctrine Doesn't Depend on Adequate Alternative Forum

Corporations sued in Delaware and subject to jurisdiction here sometimes employ the doctrine of forum non conveniens (FNC) to seek dismissal of the litigation if defending here would create an overwhelming hardship. In a...more

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