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Delaware Court Of Chancery Dismisses Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims In Connection With Two-Step Merger, Despite Finding Corwin...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 30, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed breach of fiduciary duty claims against the board of Opower, Inc. (“Opower”) in connection with Opower’s acquisition...more

Amendments to Australian Antitrust Regime Take Effect

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Australia has adopted a package of changes to its antitrust laws that are designed to give more power to its antitrust enforcement agency, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and to increase...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

Maximizing Efficiency, Minimizing Risk: Understanding the Common Interest Doctrine

by K&L Gates LLP on

The common interest doctrine provides that, if two or more separately represented entities with a common legal, factual, or strategic interest exchange information with each other and their respective lawyers, a communication...more

Continuous Representation Revisited

by Vedder Price on

New York courts have frequently applied the continuous representation doctrine (“CRD”) to toll the three-year statute of limitations period for malpractice claims against accounting firms under CPLR § 214(6), which has...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

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

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 of Chancery Addresses the Effect of Corwin and Garner in the Section 220 Context

Since its issuance in 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court’s decision in Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC has been routinely applied, in appropriate circumstances, to dismiss post-closing deal litigation. However, Corwin’s...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

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

Activists at the Gate: Court of Chancery Weighs In on Claims Involving Activist Stockholders

Several recent decisions applying Delaware law offer helpful insight about the impact that activist investor involvement has on board decision-making leading to a transaction and how those decisions will be reviewed by the...more

Delaware Courts Continue to Define Appropriate Valuation Methodologies for Statutory Appraisal

Statutory appraisal actions remain one of the most closely watched areas of Delaware corporate law, and there have been significant developments in Delaware appraisal law. Recently, the Delaware Supreme Court provided...more

EU General Court orders fresh review of Liberty Global/Ziggo merger

by Dechert LLP on

The EU lower court has overturned a 2014 merger clearance by the European Commission (EC) following an appeal by a third party. Overturning the clearance does not mean that the deal is now prohibited. Instead, the case...more

Court Of Chancery Favors Plain Language In Earn-Out Dispute And Declines To Imply Contractual Terms

by Morris James LLP on

Greenstar IH Rep. LLC v. Tutor Perini Corporation, C.A. No. 12885-VCS (Oct. 31, 2017) - With every contract under Delaware law comes the obligation to not act so as to deprive the counter party of the benefit of its...more

Is the eDiscovery Market Growing or Shrinking? Or Maybe SHIFTING?: eDiscovery Trends

by CloudNine on

If you look at the number of eDiscovery companies that have been merged or acquired over the past couple of years, you might think that the market is shrinking. On the other hand, if you look at the number of venture capital...more

Second Circuit Affirms Arbitration Award Finding No Disregard Of Merger Agreement Or Manifest Disregard Of Delaware Law

by Carlton Fields on

In a summary order, the Second Circuit affirmed a judgment confirming an arbitral award of damages for breach of a merger agreement between respondents Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. and Arges Imaging Inc. (“Sirona”) and...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Dismisses Post-Merger Fiduciary Duty Claims Against Alleged Controller

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 24, 2017, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a motion to dismiss a putative class action by former stockholders of Morgans Hotel Group Co. (“Morgans”), challenging its $794...more

EU Court annuls a 2014 European Commission merger clearance for insufficient reasoning

by White & Case LLP on

The EU General Court ("GC" or "Court") annulled a 2014 decision of the European Commission ("Commission") clearing the Liberty Global/Ziggo transaction for lack of appropriate reasoning. The GC found that the Commission...more

Blog: The Art of Drafting Milestones for an Earn-Out

by Cooley LLP on

Former stockholders of SARcode Bioscience were recently denied a claim that they were entitled to be paid $425 million in milestone payments under a merger agreement. The decision provides an anecdotal lesson in drafting...more

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Candour in Ex Parte Applications

by Bennett Jones LLP on

A recent decision by the Alberta Court of Appeal (ABCA) reminds us that counsel must take care to provide a balanced view of both sides and not overreach in their asks when seeking an ex parte application, lest the court set...more

Houston Court of Appeals Finds Pre-PSA Emails Created Binding Contract

by Winstead PC on

The use of email in modern transactions is pervasive. Few negotiating parties consider, however, the possibility that those emails may create a binding obligation when the transaction requires finalization through a formal...more

Texas Federal District Court Invalidates IRS Regulations Limiting Inversion Transactions

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 29, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas granted summary judgment in favor of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Texas Association of Business, holding that the Internal Revenue...more

Practice Pointers on Choosing Standards: “Commercially Reasonable Efforts,” “Best Efforts” and Similar Standards

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Background - Contracting parties frequently use terms such as “commercially reasonable efforts,” “reasonable efforts,” “best efforts” or similar standards when describing their expectations regarding the performance of a...more

Delaware’s Restrictive Trulia Standard Gains Traction in California

Silicon Valley court signals increased scrutiny of disclosure-only settlements of merger objection litigation. Delaware Courts have become reluctant to approve settlements of merger objection lawsuits based on...more

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