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Delaware Decision Makes It Increasingly Difficult for Insurers to Evade Coverage for Dissolved Corporations

Can an injured plaintiff obtain compensation from a dissolved company with unexhausted insurance policies and force the insurer to pay? The Delaware Supreme Court says yes—in certain circumstances. Originally published...more

New Zealand's Highest Court Makes Life Difficult for D&O Policyholders (and Their Insurers)

The Supreme Court of New Zealand (Court) last month handed down the latest in a series of decisions, both in New Zealand and Australia, relating to the enforceability of 'statutory charges' over insurance monies – and it is...more

Dissolved Corporations in Delaware Retain Immortality and Liability

The Supreme Court of Delaware recently ruled that asbestos claimants can pursue their personal injury claims against dissolved corporations if the dissolved corporations have undistributed “property,” including unexhausted...more

Huatuco v. Satellite Healthcare, C.A. No. 8465-VCG (Del. Ch. Dec. 9, 2013) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s complaint, pursuant to which the plaintiff sought judicial dissolution of a limited liability company. The Court of...more

Delaware Supreme Court Holds Receiver is Required to Defend Lawsuits After a Corporation is Wound-Up; Finds No Generally...

In Anderson v Krafft-Murphy Co. Inc., 2013 Del. LEXIS 597 (Del. Nov. 26, 2013), the Delaware Supreme Court held that Sections 278 and 279 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, 8 Del. C. §§ 278-279, require a dissolved...more

Delaware Supreme Court Defines Unexhausted Insurance Policies as Property of Dissolved Corporations

The Supreme Court of the State of Delaware recently reversed a Court of Chancery decision declining to appoint a receiver for a dissolved Delaware corporation, Krafft-Murphy Company, Inc. (Krafft). The Chancery Court...more

Minority Shareholder Rights in Virginia

In August 2012, Judge Jane Marum Roush, sitting by designation in the Circuit Court of Buckingham County, issued a comprehensive letter opinion in Colgate et al. v. The Disthene Group, Inc. The opinion reassessed a...more

Weekly Law Resume - May 23, 2013: Insurers May Exercise the Attorney-Client Privilege On Behalf of Dissolved Corporate Insured

Mary Melendrez et al., v. Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles - COURT OF APPEAL, SECOND APPELLATE DISTRICT (April 30, 2013) - Petitioners and Plaintiffs Mary Melendrez, individually and...more

Florida Adopts New Limited Liability Company Act - The New Act Makes Florida a More Desirable Location for Business Owners

During the recently completed legislative session, the Florida Legislature unanimously adopted CS/SB 1300, which is a complete re-write of Florida's limited liability company statute. The new limited liability company act...more

Closing Your Business in Colombia

In Colombia, as in many other countries, closing down or dissolving a business is often more complicated than setting up a new one. Although there is a lot of information related to setting up a company in this country, there...more

Corporate Suspension Blocks Tax Court Access

Most states will suspend or involuntarily dissolve a corporation if it does not pay local taxes or fees. Such suspensions and dissolutions can typically be reversed after the corporation files to be restored and pays any back...more

The Illinois Supreme Court 2012: The Year in Review

During 2012, the Illinois Supreme Court filed seventy-one written opinions, thirty-nine in civil cases. Although the total opinion output was down somewhat from recent years, this represents the Court's highest number of...more

Shareholders Can't Block Asset Sales When Receivers Manage

Under California law, minority shareholders owning 10 percent or more of a corporation can block a sale of assets to the controlling shareholders in dissolution proceedings. However, that rule does not apply where the court...more

Gallagher v. Long, C.A. No. 8181-CS (Del. Ch. Feb. 28, 2013) (Strine, C.)

In this letter opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a motion to dismiss a breach of fiduciary duty claim under the doctrine of laches and rejected motions for oral argument and to recuse Chancellor Leo Strine....more

California Supreme Court Decision Closes the Door to California Lawsuits Against Dissolved Foreign Corporations

In a decision of considerable importance to insurers, the California Supreme Court in Greb v. Diamond International Corporation, Case No. S18365 (February 21, 2013), unanimously held that California’s corporate survival...more

When Law Firms Dissolve: Dividing Up The Proceeds From Contingent Fee Cases

The Court of Appeals in February 2011 ordered Judge Jolly to dissolve Mitchell, Brewer, Richardson, Adams, Burge & Boughman, a law firm organized as a member-managed professional limited liability company. The dissolution was...more

California Supreme Court Holds Survival Statute Does Not Apply to Out-Of-State Corporations

The California Supreme Court recently held that the state’s statute governing wind-up and survival of dissolved corporations does not apply to out-of-state corporations. (Greb v. Diamond Int’l Corp., S183365, 2013 WL 628328...more

California Supreme Court Holds Suits Against Dissolved Foreign Corporations Subject to Survival Statutes of State of Incorporation

Greb v. Diamond International Corp., __ Cal.4th __, __ Cal. Rptr.4th __ (February 21, 2013) In a victory for liability insurers against the asbestos plaintiffs’ bar, the California Supreme Court ruled in Greb v. Diamond...more

California Supreme Court Resolves Court of Appeal Split, Holding that Section 2010 of the California Corporations Code --...

In Greb v. Diamond Int’l Corp., 2013 WL 628328 (Cal. Feb. 21, 2013), the California Supreme Court unequivocally and unanimously laid to rest the assertion that dissolved foreign corporations may be sued in California after...more

In the Matter of Krafft-Murphy Co., Inc., C.A. No. 6049-VCP (Del. Ch. Feb. 4, 2013) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this opinion, the Court of Chancery denied a motion for judgment on the pleadings by certain asbestos claimants (the “Claimants”) seeking appointment of a receiver under 8 Del. C. § 279, holding that the dissolved...more

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