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Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Dell Appraisal Decision

The Delaware Supreme Court has reversed the Court of Chancery’s appraisal decision in Dell, Inc. v. Magnestar Global Event Driven Master Fund Ltd. et al. The Chancery Court had found that fair value was 28% above the deal...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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

Court Holds That Attorneys Acted As An Escrow Agent And Could Be Sued For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty By A Non-Client

by Winstead PC on

In Alexander O&G, LLC v. Nomad Land & Energy Res., LLC, Nomad entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement (“PSA”) with Alexander O&G, LLC (“AOG”) for the sale of oil and gas interests. No. H-16-2065, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Extends Business Judgment Rule Deference to Controller Transactions Involving Third-Parties

On August 18, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted defendants’ motion to dismiss a class action brought by former minority stockholders of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (“MSLO”) against Martha Stewart and...more

Delaware Supreme Court Decision Addresses Critical "Fair Value" Issues in Appraisal Litigation

On August 1, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an en banc opinion in DFC Global Corporation v. Muirfield Value Partners, L.P., et al., reversing the Delaware Court of Chancery's decision regarding the fair value of DFC...more

It’s Sweet to be NutraSweet: Commercial Division Overturns Arbitration Award Entered in Favor of Would-be Seller of Aspartame...

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

As any seasoned commercial litigator knows, courts are generally loathe to overturn the independent decisions of arbitrators. New York County Commercial Division Justice Charles E. Ramos recently examined the standard for...more

Independent Directors, Law Firm and Financial Advisor not Liable for Omissions in Private Tender Offer

R.L. Polk & Co. Inc., a private company, was allegedly more than 90% controlled by the Polk family. The Company was in the consumer marketing business with holdings such as Carfax, Inc. In March 2011, the Company initiated a...more

Conflicting Court Decisions on Privilege Issues Create Risks for Parties in M&A

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A recent court decision exemplifies the challenges that businesses face in attempting to predict the law that will control privilege questions. The court decided that the law of the state where the court is located governs...more

Antitrust Alert: Federal Court Rejects Failing Firm Defense in Merger Case

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A new decision from a federal court in Delaware reinforces the high burden that parties face in insulating an otherwise anticompetitive merger based on the so-called "failing firm" defense. The Justice Department ("DOJ")...more

Delaware Law Updates - Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Over Expansive Application Of True-Up Provision In Purchase Agreement

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. v. Westinghouse Elec. Co. LLC, et al., No. 573, 2016 (Del. June 28, 2017) - The Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Court of Chancery’s entry of judgment on the pleadings based on a flawed...more

The rules of interpretation: a seller indemnity in a share purchase agreement

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The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal over the meaning of an indemnity in a share purchase agreement, and in delivering its judgment has given guidance on the rules of contractual interpretation....more

Blog: Chicago Bridge Reversal Reiterates Need for Consistent Accounting in Working Capital True-Up

by Cooley LLP on

The vast majority of private company acquisitions contain some type of purchase price adjustment to account for any changes in certain financial metrics (including working capital) of the target between a specified reference...more

High Court Resolves $2B 'True Up' Dispute Against Acquirer

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The Delaware Supreme Court's recent decision in Chicago Bridge & Iron v. Westinghouse Electric, resolved a $2 billion post-closing dispute about the interplay between common features of acquisition agreements: sellers'...more

Delaware Law Updates - Delaware Court Of Chancery Upholds Continuous Ownership Rule In Dismissing Derivative Claims Of...

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In re Massey Energy Co. Deriv. & Class Action Litig., C.A. No. 5430-CB (Del. Ch. May 4, 2017), Bouchard, C. – The Delaware Court of Chancery granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss the complaint based on the continuous...more

Forum Selection Clause in Broker Agreement Insufficient to Confer Personal Jurisdiction

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The Second Department recently handed down a harsh reminder of the importance of obtaining an executed broker’s agreement.  Oral agreements for broker fees are apt to run afoul of the statute of frauds, and personal...more

First Circuit Rules that Bankruptcy Court “Retention of Jurisdiction” Provisions Not Enough to Establish Jurisdiction

It is very common for bankruptcy court orders to provide that the court retains jurisdiction to enforce such orders. Similarly, chapter 11 confirmation orders routinely provide that the bankruptcy court retains jurisdiction...more

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