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Federal Court Rules Against Calzone Franchisor In Meaty Lawsuit Against Former Franchisee

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In a meaty decision involving the intersection of restrictive covenant and franchise law, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio recently denied a request by D.P. Dough Franchising, LLC (“D.P....more

Dr. Seuss is Drooling Over Court’s Pre-Holiday Ruling

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

You know of this lawsuit, we’ve blogged on it twice, It’s time for a check-in, to see who’s naughty and nice. The Plaintiff as you know is the heir of Dr. Seuss, And fussing and fuming about an alleged unfair use....more

Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Ratification Defense In Stock Option Cases

by Morris James LLP on

In re Investors Bancorp Inc. Stockholder Litigation, No. 169, 2017 (December 13, 2017) - There has been some uncertainly over the effect of stockholder approval of stock option plans for directors, such as does that...more

Court Of Chancery Expands MFW To Recapitalization

by Morris James LLP on

IRA Trust FBO Bobbie Ahmed v. Crane, C.A.. 12742-CB (December 11, 2017) - This is an important decision because it extends the holding of MFW to a stock reclassification. Under the 6-part test of MFW, the business judgment...more

Superior Court Explains When Fraud Claims May be Brought

by Morris James LLP on

Novipax Holdings LLC v. Sealed Air Corporation, No. N17C-03-1682 (November 28, 2017) - This is an interesting decision because it explains: (1) when a fraud claim may be brought despite anti-reliance provisions in a...more

Superior Court Rules When Fees Recoverable

by Morris James LLP on

Clean Harbors Inc. v. Union Pacific Corporation, No. N15C-07-081 MMJ CCLD (Nov. 15, 2017) - When an obligation to indemnify includes the fees incurred in the underlying litigation is a surprisingly frequent question....more

When Does A Business Dispute That Involves A Third Party Remain “Internal” For Purposes Of An Unfair And Deceptive Trade Practice...

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

The North Carolina Business Court has issued several opinions this year that examine the contours of the “internal business affairs” doctrine. As we have explained in prior posts, North Carolina courts have recognized that...more

Operating Agreement Defeats Statutory Buyout Rights Upon LLC Member’s Withdrawal

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

When the tsunami of LLC enabling statutes swept the U.S. in the late ’80s and early ’90s, including New York in 1994, many included a default rule authorizing as-of-right member withdrawal and payment for the “fair value” of...more

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument In Case That Raises Issue Of Whether State Courts Have Jurisdiction Over Securities Act...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 28, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund, No. 15-1439, a case addressing whether state courts have jurisdiction over class actions asserting...more

Supreme Court Questions “Obtuse” Statute Addressing Jurisdiction Over Securities Act Claims

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Justices hear oral arguments on whether Plaintiffs can evade federal jurisdiction over Securities Act claims by exploiting what the Court calls statutory “gibberish” in the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act. Please...more

NC Business Court On Conversion Of Electronic Data

by Brooks Pierce on

The Defendant in SQL Sentry, LLC v. ApexSQL, LLC, 2017 NCBC 105 was alleged to have copied the Plaintiff's software program which was designed to make "resource intensive T-SQL queries. . . in the Microsoft enterprise...more

Charges By Law Firm-Owned Vendors Challenged In Putative Client Class

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiffs signed engagement letters with the law firm Finkelstein & Partners (the “law firm”) to represent them in two separate personal injury lawsuits on a contingency basis. ...more

Escobar: Year One

Universal Health Services, Inc. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar, 136 S. Ct. 1989 (2016) was a landmark case in FCA jurisprudence. In Escobar, the Supreme Court held that the implied false certification theory can be a basis for...more

Seventh Circuit, Critical of Purchasing Company’s Due Diligence, Declines To Find Seller Breached Of The Duty Of Good Faith

On November 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decided the case of Betco Corporation v. Peacock, et al., which concerns a contractual dispute between the buyer and the seller of companies that produce and...more

Inside the Courts – An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - November 2017/ Volume 9 / Issue 4

This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between August 2017 and October 2017....more

Controversy surrounds UAE Resolution relating to arbitrations

by Dentons on

New law fuels concern in the legal community - The UAE has spent years investing in international arbitration and has become a well-known hub for large scale disputes. The country has developed well-respected and renowned...more

Arizona District Court Denies Motion to Remand in Bad Faith Case, Despite Plaintiff Seeking Only $57,000 in Compensatory Damages

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Holding - In Hoarau v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America, 2017 WL 3328078 (D.Ariz. August 4, 2017), the Arizona District Court denied an insured's Motion to Remand in an insurance bad faith, punitive damages, and declaratory...more

Third Circuit Confirms Government Knowledge Can Defeat Scienter and Materiality Requirements for False Claims Act Liability

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In Spay v. CVS Caremark Corp., the Third Circuit became the latest court of appeals to hold that, in False Claims Act litigation, scienter can be lacking when the government has knowledge of "the facts...more

NC Business Court Stretches NCRCP 14 to Allow New Third Party Defendants To Be Added Years After The Commencement Of Litigation

by Brooks Pierce on

The North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure are fairly identical to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. In fact, I am hard pressed to think of any substantial differences....more

Court Of Chancery Finds Pre-Merger Suit Unripe

by Morris James LLP on

This is an interesting decision with potential implications for future shareholder litigation. Briefly, the complaint alleged that, in connection with a proposed merger, the controlling shareholder secured a side deal at the...more

Court Finds Tort Claims To Be Covered By Forum Selection Agreement

by Allen Matkins on

Contractual forum selection provisions are often broadly written so as to encompass not just claims involving enforcement of the contract but claims arising out of or related to the contract. But how far do these clauses...more

Continuing Trends in M&A Disclosure Litigation

Over the past two years, the deal litigation landscape has changed dramatically. In early 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery announced a new rule for evaluating disclosure-based settlements in deal litigation — the “plainly...more

Developments in Global Securities Litigation

by Dechert LLP on

As securities markets become increasingly interconnected, multi- national public corporations continue to be a part of a significant sea change in the globalization of securities fraud litigation—a change that began with the...more

Court of Chancery Confirms MFW Applies to Controlled-Company Sale With Disparate Consideration

In 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., 88 A.3d 635 (MFW II), that the business judgment rule would apply to controlling stockholder “squeeze-out” mergers if the transaction is conditioned...more

Nordstrom is the latest large employer sued over their 401(k) plan

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The department store business model is selling items at high prices with the heavy end of season discounting. Now if only Nordstrom did the same with their nearly $3 billion 401(k) plan....more

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