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Court Of Chancery Limits Cost Recovery Following Successful Appeal

This decision explains what “costs” are recoverable under Court of Chancery Rule 54 following a successful appeal. While the amounts involved normally do not merit much discussion, the cost of bond for an appeal can be...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Sanctions Award

The Supreme Court affirmed perhaps the largest award of attorney fees as a sanction for bad conduct in Delaware’s history in this very unusual decision. It is a good summary of when a Court may depart from the “American...more

T&E Litigation Newsletter - February 2017

Several recent decisions serve as a good reminder that it is not only the Probate and Family Court that addresses important T&E issues in Massachusetts. In the consolidated matters of Hanna et al. v. Williams et al.,...more

The Top Ten Regulatory and Litigation Risks for Private Funds in 2017

Private investment funds and advisers are likely to face new regulatory challenges and increased litigation risks in 2017, not only because of a change in the administration, but also because many advisers have not corrected...more

Delaware Superior Court Explains Liability Of Signatory To Contract

This is an excellent review of when a signatory to a contract might be personally liable notwithstanding that he claims to have only signed in a representative capacity. Hint: contractual references to the signatory separate...more

Strategies for avoiding unnecessary litigation expenses

Litigation is expensive, and concerns about the costs associated with litigation can deter both plaintiffs and defendants from vigorously pursuing their claims and defenses in court — even when those claims and defenses have...more

Court Of Chancery Holds That Wrong Forward Looking Statement Insufficient To Support Records Inspection

It is not enough that certain forward-looking statements failed to come true to justify requiring an inspection of corporate records. More evidence of wrongdoing is needed if your inspection is based on a theory of...more

Delaware Superior Court Explains How To Assert Fraud Exclusion

This is an important insurance coverage decision. It upholds the claim of an insurer to bring a coverage suit to determine that a fraud exclusion applies to bar coverage on an underlying litigation that asserted a claim for...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Limitation On Fiduciary Duty Claims

This decision explains how a provision in an LLC agreement waiving fiduciary duties is to be applied in the context of conflicted transactions. It is a good summary of Delaware law on that issue. ...more

Backdating: You Can’t Do that in Litigation!

In a recent case the CEO of a public company testified that he backdated the review of a whistleblower. It was not helpful testimony. What’s worse, based on the report of the incident, it appeared that the case was a winner...more

Court Of Chancery Limits Fee Award To Account For Misconduct

What will the Court of Chancery do when a Petitioner's attorney alters his records to increase the fees sought in an advancement or indemnification case? Here at least the Court disallows the altered fees, rather than barring...more

Delaware Supreme Court Signals Due Process Might Prevent Dismissal Based On Demand Futility Issue Preclusion

When a derivative suit is dismissed for the failure to plead demand futility, does that also mean that any other pending derivative suit based on the same facts must be dismissed because the shareholders are precluded from...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Pleading Rules For A Caremark Claim

At first look, this decision seems to involve just another unsuccessful failure of oversight Caremark claim against directors. But it is worth reading because it outlines the various theories of a Caremark case and then...more

Delaware Supreme Court Implies Duty Of Disclosure For Limited Partnership Conflicts Provision

Agreements for publicly-traded limited partnerships often disclaim any fiduciary duties and provide safe harbors for transactions involving a conflict for the controller. The safe harbor provisions frequently contain minimal...more

Court of Chancery Explains Role of Records Demand in Alleging Wrongful Pre-Suit Demand Refusal

This decision examines when pre-suit demand may be excused because the board who refused the demand declines to disclose the report of its investigation when responding. In this case, the board’s unwillingness to disclose the...more

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

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