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Court Of Chancery Addresses Conflicted Transaction And Secondary Liability

RCS Creditor Trust v. Schorsch, C.A. No. 2017-178-SG (Del. Ch. Apr. 5, 2018) - This is an interesting decision for two reasons. First, it distinguishes between classic self-dealing claims and tag-along challenges to...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When A Minority Stockholder Has Control

In re Tesla Motors Inc. Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 12711-VCS (Del. Ch. Mar. 28, 2018) - Under Delaware law, a controlling stockholder need not be a majority stockholder. Rather, a controlling stockholder might be a...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Expanded Jurisdiction Under Director Consent Statute

LVI Group Investments LLC v. NCM Group Holdings LLC, C.A. No. 12067-VCG (Del. Ch. Mar. 28, 2018) - In Hazout v. Tsang Mun Ting, 134 A.3d 274 (Del. 2016), the Delaware Supreme Court expanded the basis for personal...more

Superior Court Provides Guidance On When A Tort Claim May Be Based On A Breach of Contract

Decisivedge LLC v. VNU Group LLC, C.A. N17C-05-584 WCC CCLD (March 19, 2018) - Too frequently a plaintiff seeks to buttress its case by adding a fraud or tort claim to what is really just a breach of contract....more

Court Of Chancery Explains When Directors Lack Independence To Consider Pre-Suit Demand

In Re Oracle Corporation Derivative Litigation, C.A. No. 2017-037-SG (Del. Ch. Mar. 19, 2018) - Delaware law requires a derivative plaintiff to make a pre-suit demand on the board unless excused as futile. Because some...more

Court of Chancery Applies Revlon to a Warrant to Buy

Carr v. New Enterprise Associates, Inc., C.A. No. 2017-0381-AGB (Del. Ch. Mar. 26, 2018) - This decision addresses a host of interesting topics. First, it declines to invoke the so-called step-transaction doctrine under...more

Court Of Chancery Awards Nominal Damages For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

The Ravenswood Investment Company LP v. The Estate Of Bassett S. Winmill, C.A. No. 3730-VCS (Del. Ch. Mar. 21, 2018) - It is easy to assume that some form of meaningful relief must be available when a fiduciary bears the...more

Is Stockholder Litigation in Trouble in Delaware? An Update

A series of recent Delaware court decisions have caused some plaintiffs law firms to decide stockholder litigation should no longer be filed in the Delaware courts. This article will first explain the background to their...more

Court of Chancery Enforces Section 145 Indemnification Rights of Subrogee

Meyers v. Quiz-Dia LLC, C.A. No. 9878-VCL (Del. Ch. Mar. 16, 2018) - This is an interesting indemnification decision for its handling of subrogation rights in the indemnification context, one involving former Quiznos...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Proper Evidence To Support Inspection Claim

In Re UnitedHealth Group Inc. Section 220 Litigation, C.A. 2017-0681-VCMR (February 28, 2018) - To obtain inspection rights from a Delaware corporation to investigate alleged wrongdoing, the petitioner needs some evidence...more

Delaware Superior Court Upholds Coverage For Fraud Claim

Arch Insurance Company v. Murdock, C.A. N16C-01-104 EMD CCLD (March 1, 2018) - This decision upholds coverage under a D&O policy for a claim alleging fraud by directors. This is not too surprising as the Delaware...more

Court Of Chancery Holds Demand Is Not Excused When Only Best Practices Were Not Followed

Wilkin v. Narachi, C.A. 12412-VCMR (February 28, 2018) - Demand on directors is not required when it is alleged that they have violated a statute or rule. But when the claim is only that they violated the "best practices”...more

Court Of Chancery Imposes Sanctions For Failing To Comply With A Scheduling Order

In RE Examworks Group Inc. Stockholder Appraisal Litigation, C.A. 12688-VCL (February 21, 2018) - As this decision again points out, a scheduling order is a court order that must be followed or sanctions will be imposed....more

Court of Chancery Explains DGCL Section 141

Cummings v. Eden, C.A. 13007-VCS (February 20, 2018) - This decision is particularly helpful in clarifying the effect of Section 141 of the DGCL. A transaction that is passed by the vote of even a single disinterested...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Proper Purpose Analysis

KT4 Partners LLC v. Palantir Technologies Inc., C.A. 2017-0177-JRS (February 22, 2018) - When a demand to inspect corporate records states a purpose other than to value the corporation’s stock, it is often difficult to...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Need To Disclose A Director’s Opinions

Appel v. Berkman, No. 316, 2017 (February 20, 2018) - When seeking stockholder votes it is not always clear when the company must disclose an opinion of an individual director on the merits of the proposed transaction....more

Court Of Chancery Discusses How To Plead A Lack Of Good Faith

Dieckman v. Regency GP LP, C.A. 11130-CB (ORDER) (February 20, 2018) - This Order is helpful in setting out how to plead that a board decision subject to a “good faith” test in an LP agreement did not meet that standard....more

Court Of Chancery Interprets Dell In An Appraisal Case

In RE Appraisal Of AOL Inc., C.A. 11204-VCG (February 23, 2018) - This is an important case for its comments on the Dell decision of the Delaware Supreme Court. The Court declined to use the deal price as evidence of the...more

Court Of Chancery Applies The Covenant Of Good Faith And Fair Dealing To Fill A Gap

In re Oxbow Carbon LLC Unitholder Litigation, C.A. 12447-VCL (February 12, 2018) - This may be the definitive decision on when and how to apply the covenant in every LLC agreement to act in good faith and deal fairly. Here...more

Court Of Chancery Provides Definitive Guidelines On Judicial Sale Process

In re: TransPerfect Global Inc., C.A. 9700-CB (February 15, 2018) - In what it is hoped is the final act in the TransPerfect case, this decision upholds the sale process used by the Custodian to sell TransPerfect....more

Court Of Chancery Adopts Market Price In Appraisal Valuation

Verition Partners Master Fund Ltd. V. Aruba Networks Inc., C.A. 11448-VCL (February 15, 2018) - This appraisal case adopts the target’s market price as its fair value....more

Court Of Chancery Resolves Allocation Issues In Advancement Case

Weil v. Vereit Operating Partnership LP, C.A. 2017-0613-JTL (February 13, 2018) - This decision clearly sets out how to allocate fees for claims subject to advancement of attorney fees from those that are not covered by an...more

Court Of Chancery Resolves Good Faith Claim In LLC Context

Miller v. HCP & Company, C.A. 2017-0291-SG (February 1, 2018) - This decision resolves the tricky issue of when the provisions of an LLC agreement do not allow “gap filling” so as to permit a claim for violation of the...more

Court Of Chancery Awards Fees Under Indemnification Provision

Composecure LLC v. Cardux LLC, C.A. 12524-VCL (February 1, 2018) - Most of this decision deals with when a contract is void or voidable. If the signing is in violation of mandatory provisions in the entity’s governing...more

Court Of Chancery Holds Stock Issuance Void

Southpaw Credit Opportunity Master Fund LP v. Roma Restaurant Holdings Inc., C.A. 2017-0059-TMR (February 1, 2018) - When stock is issued in violation of a stockholder agreement, the issuance is “void.” This has great...more

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