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It's Not Just A Delaware Thing: Other Courts Are Also Questioning Disclosure-Only Settlements In M&A Litigation

In an age when overburdened courts with reduced budgets often approve class action settlements without significant oversight, Delaware courts have frequently bucked that trend in the merger litigation context: rejecting...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms FTC’s Challenge to Provider Acquisition as Anticompetitive Despite Defense that the Transaction’s Goals...

Competitive effects still matter in healthcare mergers, even in the face of a transaction’s claimed improvements in patient outcomes through integrated care and risk-based reimbursement consistent with the goals of the...more

FTC Clears Zillow-Trulia Merger Without Conditions

In a ruling on February 13, the FTC unconditionally approved the Zillow-Trulia merger after an intensive six-month antitrust review. Despite reported concerns “that the merger might concentrate too much power in one company,”...more

What is Simplified under Anti-Monopoly Filing Procedures for Simple M&A Cases?

The Ministry of Commerce in China (“MOFCOM”) has promulgated a series of implementation regulations as an effort to improve the enforcement of the Anti-Monopoly Law (“AML”), among which two regulations specifically relate to...more

D&O Insurance Law - 2014 Year in Review

Directors and Officers (D&O) liability and the insurance coverage issues presented by litigation arising from the same continued to be the subject of numerous judicial decisions at the state and federal level during 2014. The...more

“Frivolous” Merger Litigation Settlement Rejected by the Court

In an opinion that could help remedy the problem of baseless merger litigation, a court applying North Carolina law recently refused to approve a class action settlement because the underlying lawsuit was without merit. ...more

Insurance Guaranty Association Must Pay Workers’ Compensation Claims Of A Former, Non-Member Group Self-Insurer

The North Carolina Court of Appeals has held that the state’s Insurance Guaranty Association is obligated to pay for workers’ compensation claims made or incurred against CompTrust, a former group self-insurer that issued...more

Personal Benefit Required Under Misappropriation Theory of Insider Trading

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr. rejected the argument by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York to limit the Second Circuit’s decision in United States v. Newman to classical...more

FTC Announces Changes to Hart-Scott-Rodino Filing Requirements

On Jan. 15, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission announced revised thresholds for premerger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act). These thresholds determine whether companies are required to...more

Seventh Circuit Offers No Relief for United Airlines' "Million Milers"

For years United Airlines has asked its customers to “Fly the Friendly Skies,” but a dispute with one of its frequent flyers turned decidedly unfriendly and became the subject of a recent case before the Seventh Circuit in...more

The M&A Outlook in the Middle East: A Look Back at 2014 and Beyond

The Megatrends in Mergers & Acquisitions conference held in October 2014 focused on the evolving M&A landscape, promoting inbound and outbound M&A in the Middle East, and general industry trends. Among the speakers at the...more

Court Clarifies Law on Enforceability of Obligations of Non-Signatories in Private Mergers

In a fact-specific case with potential ramifications for future mergers under Delaware law, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co., a preferred stockholder of Audax Health Solutions Inc., whose shares were extinguished by a...more

Double Take: Knapp’s 2014 Analysis of Chambers USA Rankings for Am Law 200 Firms

We have just completed our second analysis of Chambers rankings using the 2014 rankings, and this process made us realize just how truly rampant law firm mergers are – more on that later. We used our previous methodology in...more

Mergers & Acquisitions: Trends to Watch in 2015

Canadian M&A activity increased notably in 2014, reflecting the strengthening of the global economy, particularly in the U.S. The total value of Canadian announced deals to date (all numbers as of December 1, 2014) has been...more

Applying Delaware’s Direct vs. Derivative Analysis to Contract Claims

In NAF Holdings, LLC v. Li & Fung (Trading) Limited, 2014 WL 6462825 (2d Cir. Nov. 19, 2014), the Second Circuit considered, but did not decide, whether the usual direct/derivative analysis governing minority stockholder...more

Great Hill Equity Partners IV, LP v. SIG Growth Equity Fund I, LLLP, C.A. No. 7906 (Del. Ch. Nov. 26, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery largely denied but granted in part defendants’ motion to dismiss claims relating to a 2011 merger in which plaintiffs Great Hill Equity Partners IV, LP and related entities...more

New York Court Expands Application Of Common Interest Privilege In Case Involving M&A Transaction

Expanding the law in New York governing the attorney client privilege, New York’s intermediate appellate court held last week that anticipated or pending litigation is not a necessary prerequisite to invoking the common...more

New York Extends Common Interest Privilege Protection to Non-Litigation Communications

Ordinarily, when a communication between an attorney and her client is disclosed to a third party, that communication loses its privileged status. The common interest privilege operates as an exception to that rule that...more

US and EU Regulatory Agencies Approve $43B Medtronic & Covidien Merger US and EU Regulatory Agencies Approve $43B Medtronic &...

Med Device Online reports that Medtronic has been cleared by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and EU’s European Commission to merge with Covidien. Also according to Med Device Online, the companies had to agree that...more

DOJ Releases Second FCPA Opinion of 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice recently publicized its second Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Opinion Procedure Release of 2014. In the Release, the DOJ reiterated that an acquiring company may not inherit FCPA liability when...more

Guarding against a Trust's Destruction by Merger

A trust is not a trust if the “trustee” alone holds legal title to the subject property and alone possesses the entire beneficial/equitable interest. Instead, he owns the subject property outright and free of trust, all...more

Insurance Antitrust Legal News - November 2014 - Volume 3 - Number 6

Plaintiff Files Third Amended Antitrust Claim Against Highmark - A long running antitrust dispute in Western Pennsylvania continued on October 1, when a Pennsylvania hotel (Cole’s Wexford Hotel) filed a third amended...more

Tax Court Rules Corporate Merger of Family-Owned Businesses Results in Substantial Taxable Gift

In September, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Cavallaro v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2014-189, holding that a merger of two family-owned businesses resulted in a $29.6 million gift from Mr. and Mrs. Cavallaro to their three...more

Pennsylvania Significantly Updates Laws Governing M&A/Conversion

On October 22, 2014 House Bill 2234 became effective, establishing Pennsylvania’s “Entity Transactions Law”, a version of the Model Entity Transactions Act (META) which will streamline and make more uniform the way in which...more

Can Undue Concentration in Financial Companies Threaten Market Stability? New Federal Reserve Merger and Acquisition Regulation...

The new year will bring new restrictions on banks and certain large financial institutions, as the Federal Reserve Board issued a final rule prohibiting financial companies from merging if the ratio of the resulting entity’s...more

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