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New Wave of Lehman Litigation Appears to Be Imminent

Thousands of mortgage lenders across the country either recently received, or will soon be receiving, this document from Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. (LBHI). It is a notice of a motion to approve a proposed settlement of...more

SB 496 – New California Law Affecting Indemnification Duties for Design Professionals

SB 496, approved by Governor Jerry Brown on April 28, 2017, amends California Civil Code Section 2782.8 to apply to all design service contracts entered into by design professionals on or after January 1, 2018. The amendment...more

So You’re Looking To Exit – What If I Breach A Representation Or Warranty?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As mentioned in the first post of this series, the goal of many entrepreneurs is to seek venture capital financing or ultimately sell their company in an “exit” merger or acquisition. Upon making representations and...more

New California Law Eases Indemnification Duties For Design Professionals

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

California has enacted a new law limiting indemnification obligations, including the duty and cost to defend, that can be imposed on design professionals with respect to all service contracts. The measure, which takes...more

Court Finds Fraud Carve Out Ambiguous in Stock Purchase Agreement

In EMSI Acquisition, Inc., v. Contrarian Funds, LLC et al, the Delaware Court of Chancery examined a fraud carve out from an indemnification cap and an action for confirmation of an auditors award on a purchase price...more

Defendants in Stock Purchase Indemnification Action Entitled to Advancement under Bylaws

In Davis et al v. EMSI Holding Co., the Delaware Court of Chancery held that officers and directors of an acquired company were entitled to advancement under the acquired Company’s by-laws for expenses incurred in defending...more

Lewis v. Clarke And The Failed Expedition To Secure Tribal Rights: SCOTUS Rules Against Tribal Employee Immunity

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday that tribal sovereign immunity does not apply to employees who are sued in their individual capacities, even if the alleged wrongdoing occurs while the employee is acting...more

A Guide to Corporate Internal Investigations

by Goodwin on

In-house teams at public and private companies are confronted almost daily with evidence or allegations of potential internal wrongdoing. These scenarios may vary widely in severity and magnitude—from notification of a...more

When an Assault is not an Assault - Covered Up: SC District Court Denies Exclusion for Alleged Nightclub Assault and Battery

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In a recent United States District Court decision, the court denied the insurer’s motion for summary judgment as to its duty to defend and indemnify for an alleged assault and battery. The facts of Certain Underwriters at...more

Revisions to ConsensusDocs® Design-Bid-Build Standard Forms

Every construction project has a contract (written, preferably), and they often vary in size and scope depending on the nature and complexity of a project. Many construction industry participants have developed their own...more

The Court of Chancery Examines Indemnification Requirements

by Morris James LLP on

This officer indemnification case arises out of one of the more sordid tales to appear in a Court of Chancery opinion and a later Delaware Supreme Court affirmance. This opinion, however, focuses on the less titillating but...more

Blog: $2 Billion Purchase Price Dispute Over GAAP Compliance Highlights Need for Careful Drafting

by Cooley LLP on

Purchase price adjustments are common features (2015 SRS study: 77% of deals) of private merger agreements that are generally intended to ensure that the acquired company will have the same level of cash or working capital to...more

Defence & Indemnity - February 2017: I. INSURANCE ISSUES A.

by Field Law on

I. INSURANCE ISSUES A. Where an insurer has failed to afford a defence to its insured and the insured is successful in bringing proceedings to enforce the insurer’s obligations, the court can and will award the insured a...more

Website Accessibility

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Website accessibility continues to be a hot topic. Hundreds of businesses throughout the country have been sued in the past few years for failing to have accessible websites. Retail businesses have been the primary target;...more

Indemnification Obligations and the Purchase or Sale of Your Business: Why Should You Care?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

What Is An Indemnification Obligation? - In the simplest sense, indemnification obligations protect one party to a contract against claims that arise after a transaction that should be the other party's responsibility. ...more

M&A Global Intelligence Series: Warranty Time Limits and Caps

by DLA Piper on

In M&A transactions, sellers routinely seek to limit their exposure under warranties and indemnities via reasonably standard exclusions and limitations. This article focuses on two of the most fundamental warranty...more

Court Of Chancery Limits Fee Award To Account For Misconduct

by Morris James LLP on

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

How Wine Sellers Risk Licenses by Using Third-Party Providers

The innovative marketing and brand experiences offered by the online technology of third party providers (TPPs) can be an effective way for wineries and wine retailers to connect their product with their customers, expand...more

Court Rules Plaintiff Is Not Required To Advance Defendant’s Legal Expenses

by Allen Matkins on

Imagine how frustrated you would be if you sued someone and the defendant responded by demanding that you advance his legal expenses in defending your lawsuit. The plaintiff in Allergia, Inc. v. Bouboulis, 2017 U.S. Dist....more

From New York and Delaware Courts, a Double Blow of Bad News for Sergey Aleynikov

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

Sergey Aleynikov, a former computer programmer at Goldman, Sachs & Co., has been on a legal roller coaster for the past few years. In the span of few days, that roller coaster plummeted steeply—twice. First, on January...more

Family Businesses Should Carefully Consider Indemnification and Advancement Obligations Included In Limited Liability Company...

by Murtha Cullina on

When a family business operated as a limited liability company brings on professional management, the parties typically focus on items in the operating agreement such as capital contributions, allocations and distributions,...more

2016 Year In Review: Corporate Governance Litigation And Regulation

2016 saw many notable developments in corporate governance litigation and related regulatory developments. In this article, we discuss significant judicial and regulatory developments in the following areas: Mergers...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Insurer on Bad Faith Claims Where Insurer Offered to Settle Claims for Policy Limit in...

by Saul Ewing LLP on

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rules that insurer’s offer to settle claims for policy limit in exchange for release and indemnification of insured strikes proper balance between competing duties of good...more

Unlike Friendships, Policy Exclusions Are Not Severable In West Virginia

by Carlton Fields on

A homeowners insurance policy often covers every member of a family, and many policies state that the insurance applies separately to each insured. The same policies usually exclude coverage for intentional acts. But what...more

Third party funders held liable for costs on an indemnity basis

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Excalibur Ventures LLC v Texas Keystone Inc & Ors [2016] EWCA Civ 1144, 18 November 2016 - The Court of Appeal has provided important guidance on the extent to which third party litigation funders may be liable to pay...more

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