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White-Collar Motive, Gun Crazy Movie

In 1950, producers Frank and Maurice King released Gun Crazy, a sometimes surreal Bonnie-and-Clyde story with an introverted, pacifist gun lover (Barton Tare, played by John Dall) and an English femme fatale sharpshooter...more

Lyondell Trial Teaches Lender Lessons

by Baker Donelson on

Multiple draw and revolving loan lenders and counsel can find three important lessons in the 84 page trial ruling after eight years of litigation, three federal judges, and more than five interesting opinions. See Weisfelner,...more

The Enforceability of Ipso Facto Provisions in a Dismissed Chapter 11 Case

by Dechert LLP on

Section 365 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code does not address the legal status of an executory contract that is not assumed or rejected in a chapter 11 proceeding. In such cases where a chapter 11 plan is confirmed, courts adopt...more

Litigation Alert | Third Circuit Reaffirms Scope of Federal Priority Rules

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On December 4, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued its much-anticipated precedential opinion in Marathon Petroleum Corp. et al., v. Secretary of Finance et al., No. 16-4011. The opinion affirms the...more

Tidewater Inc. Settles Its Remaining Charter Agreement Rejection Damage Claim After Judge Shannon Found Stipulated Loss Value...

by Cole Schotz on

On November 28, 2017, Tidewater Inc. and its affiliated debtors (collectively, the “Tidewater Debtors”) withdrew their motion objecting to final allowance of rejection damage claims of Fifth Third Equipment Finance Company...more

Pre-Merger Suit Deemed Premature By Chancery, Dismissal Granted

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent decision by the Delaware Court of Chancery, In re Straight Path Commc’ns Inc. Consol. S’holder Litig., Civil Action No. 2017-0486-SG (Del. Ch. Nov. 20, 20107), Vice Chancellor Glasscock stayed consideration of a...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

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Finding Of Failure To Allege Demand Futility Based On Board Composition Days After Complaint Was...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 27, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed a decision by the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissing a stockholder derivative complaint against certain directors and officers of BioScrip, Inc. for failing to...more

Court Of Chancery Determines When A Proxy Is Irrevocable And When It Has Jurisdiction To Decide Equitable Ownership In A Section...

by Morris James LLP on

Zohar II 2005-1 Limited v. FSAR Holdings Inc., C.A. No. 12946-VCS (Nov. 30, 2017) - This is an important decision for two reasons. First, it determines when a proxy is irrevocable under Delaware law. To be irrevocable...more

Whistleblower Status Up For Debate Before SCOTUS: Digital Realty Trust Inc. v. Somers

The nation’s top court will soon decide a key aspect of how employers should handle employee complaints about possible fraud or financial wrongdoing in the company that may violate federal laws. These situations provide...more

Court Of Chancery Applies Corwin And Test For Control

by Morris James LLP on

Peter Van Der Fluit v. Yates, C.A. No. 12553-VCMR (Nov. 30, 2017) - Briefly, under Corwin, the informed vote of a majority of the disinterested stockholders subjects a transaction to the business judgment rule when the...more

Where the Whistle Blows: Justices Express Doubt That Dodd-Frank Protection Shields Internal Whistleblowing

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

When Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, it bolstered protections for whistleblowers who report certain kinds of misconduct, such as violations of securities law. At the time, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act already provided...more

New York Courts Continue to Reject Consent-By-Registration Theory of Personal Jurisdiction Post-Daimler

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On October 18, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (S.D.N.Y.) decided Sae Han Sheet Co. v. Eastman Chemical Corp., the latest in a series of cases to examine whether an out-of-state corporation...more

Virginia Is For Lovers … And Chapter 11?

by Cole Schotz on

It’s no secret that Delaware, New York (Southern District), and Texas (at least since the oil and gas crisis) have become known as the “hotspots” for filing large chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Whether due to desirable...more

Silence is Not Consent: SunEdison Court Rejects Third Party Releases by Passive Consent

by K&L Gates LLP on

In today’s chapter 11 practice, third party releases are ubiquitous. A staple of the largest and most complex cases for years, plan provisions releasing and enjoining claims against non-debtors, particularly officers and...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

The Arguments in Digital Realty: A Glimpse of Future Battles

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court heard argument in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Paul Somers, No. 16-1276. The case centers on the question of who is a whistleblower and entitled to the protections of the Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Ruling Provides Guidance On Attorney-Client Privilege Protection For Draft Stockholder Communications

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

At a recent hearing, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III of the Delaware Court of Chancery provided guidance on the application of the attorney-client privilege to draft stockholder communications in the context of a...more

New York Court Of Appeals Reverses Dismissal Of Derivative Claims Involving Cayman Islands Company, Finding Cayman Islands...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 20, 2017, the New York State Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of derivative claims brought by a shareholder of Scottish Re Group, Limited (“Scottish Re”)—a Cayman Islands company—against the company, its...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Dismissal With Prejudice Of Class Action Lawsuit Due To Failure To Sufficiently Allege Loss Causation And...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 21, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a dismissal by Judge Jon S. Tigar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California of a putative class action...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

How Proposed Tax Reform Will Impact Private Equity

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have proposed their own versions of tax reform (the “House Proposal” and “Senate Proposal”, respectively, and together, the “Proposals”) which will drastically change the...more

Second Circuit Issues Key Cramdown Interest Rate Ruling

by Jones Day on

In Momentive Performance Materials Inc. v. BOKF, NA (In re MPM Silicones, L.L.C.), 2017 BL 376794 (2d Cir. Oct. 27, 2017) ("Momentive"), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in a long-anticipated decision,...more

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