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Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Delaware Court Of Chancery's Dismissal Of Fiduciary Duty Breach Claims, Finding Non-Exculpated...

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On March 15, 2018, the Supreme Court of Delaware affirmed the Delaware Court of Chancery’s dismissal of a putative stockholder class action asserting claims for breach of fiduciary duty and quasi-appraisal against the...more

Federal Court of Appeal Quells Concern over Transactional Common Interest Privilege

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A December 2016 a decision of the Federal Court caused chills for corporate lawyers across Canada when it held that common interest privilege does not apply in the transactional context where otherwise privileged material is...more

Updated Guidance (and Ground Rules) for Controlling Stockholder Deals

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The Delaware Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. (“MFW”) provided business judgment rule protection for controlling stockholder transactions that are conditioned from the outset on certain procedural...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Uses DCF Analysis To Arrive At Fair Value Below Deal Price, Even Though Deal Process Was Not "Dell...

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On February 23, 2018, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery ruled, based on his own discounted cash flow (“DCF”) analysis, that the fair value of AOL Inc. (“AOL”) was below the deal price paid by...more

Delaware Supreme Court Confirms All Material Facts Must be Disclosed to Receive Corwin Business Judgment Rule "Cleansing" Effect

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The Delaware Supreme Court has reversed the Delaware Court of Chancery's earlier dismissal of a stockholder challenge to the sale of Diamond Resorts International, finding that the reasons why Diamond's chairman abstained...more

Delaware Chancery Court Finds Unaffected Market Price to Be Fair Value in a Post-Dell Appraisal Decision

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On February 15, 2018, in the statutory appraisal proceeding of Verition Partners Master Fund Ltd. v. Aruba Networks, Inc., the Delaware Court of Chancery decided that the “most persuasive evidence” of Aruba Networks’ fair...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Applies Dell And DFC To Find "Fair Value" Of Widely Traded Company With No Controlling Stockholder Is...

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On January 26, 2018, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery ruled in a post-trial opinion that the thirty-day average unaffected market price was the best evidence of the fair value of Aruba...more

Reinstating A Post-Closing Merger Challenge, Delaware Supreme Court Holds Views Expressed By Directors In Connection With A...

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On February 20, 2018, the Delaware Supreme Court, in an opinion by Chief Justice Leo E. Strine, Jr., reversed the dismissal of a suit brought by former stockholders of Diamond Resorts International (“Diamond”) challenging the...more

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

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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

Supreme Court Clarifies Need To Disclose A Director’s Opinions

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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 Interprets Dell In An Appraisal Case

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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

New York Trial Court Does Its Best To Shore Up Standard for Approving Disclosure-Only Class Action Settlements

Takeaway: Strike suits against corporate mergers are often resolved in worthless “disclosure-only” settlements. Derided as a “peppercorn and a fee,” a disclosure-only settlement provides no monetary relief to the...more

Declining To Find Enhanced Scrutiny Inapplicable To Post-Closing Damages Actions, Delaware Court Of Chancery Denies Motion For...

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On February 6, 2018, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a summary judgment motion by defendant Potomac Capital Partners II, LP (“Potomac”) in an action by stockholders challenging the...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Holds That Addition Of MFW Protections Following Initial Controller Proposal But Before Negotiations...

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On February 2, 2018, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a stockholder challenge to the buyout of Synutra International Inc. (“Synutra”) in a squeeze-out merger by a controlling...more

Key Developments in Delaware Corporation Law in 2017

Developments in appraisal law, the application of Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC in post-closing damages actions and the potential expansion of Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corporation (MFW) — a case examining the standard of...more

Chancery Greenlights Use of Books and Records Demands to Buttress Post-'Corwin' M&A Challenges

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Stockholder M&A challenges in the Delaware Court of Chancery have declined in the wake of the well-known Trulia (and its federal corollary Walgreens) and Corwin decisions, which respectively reduced incentives for pre-closing...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Grants Books And Records Demand, Holding That Corwin Is Irrelevant To Section 220 Proceedings

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On December 29, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a stockholder’s demand to inspect books and records related to the acquisition of West Corporation (“West”) by Apollo...more

“You’re Not Fully Clean”: § 220 Inspection Demands Under Corwin

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On December 29, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to extend the ruling in Corwin by finding that the approval of a merger by a vote of the disinterested stockholders does not act as an impediment to a properly...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Dismisses Challenge to Acquisition of VC-Backed Public Company

In late 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued an important decision rejecting a post-closing challenge to the sale of a venture capital-backed public company. The decision, van der Fluit v. Yates,1 by Vice Chancellor...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reaffirms Importance of Deal Price in Dell Appraisal Reversal

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Reaffirming the importance of deal price in appraisal proceedings involving wellshopped transactions, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the 2016 Chancery Court decision which held that Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners...more

Does Choice Of Law Include The Parol Evidence Rule?

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On the antepenultimate day before Christmas, the California Court of Appeal issued an opinion that should be of interest and concern to lawyers documenting merger and acquisition agreements. Kanno v. Marwit Capital, No....more

Supreme Court Reverses Chancery's Dell Appraisal Decision

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In one of the most anticipated opinions of 2017, Delaware’s Supreme Court reversed the Court of Chancery’s appraisal decision valuing Dell, Inc.’s shares after its management-led buyout in 2013. In its unanimous en banc...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Five-Year Sale-of-Business Noncompete Agreement Valid

In E.T. Products, LLC v. D.E. Miller Holdings, Inc., the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that noncompete agreements signed by sellers of a business were enforceable under Indiana law, but the sellers did not...more

Forum Selection, Jury Waiver and Choice of Law Provisions in Acquisition Agreements – March 2018

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View Jackson Walker partner Byron Egan’s publication entitled, Forum Selection, Jury Waiver and Choice of Law Provisions in Acquisition Agreements, prepared for the TexasBarCLE Essentials of Business Law: Protecting Your...more

Alert: Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Dell’s Merger Appraisal Price Bump

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On December 14, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed and remanded the Court of Chancery's appraisal of the fair value of Dell Inc. The trial court's 2016 ruling, which found that a $25 billion management-led buyout...more

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