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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

Segway Competitor Rolls Away from Former CEO’s Attempt to Force Arbitration

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

A party seeking to enforce a contract has to show mutual assent, also referred to as “a meeting of the minds.” In other words, both parties actually have to agree on the same thing. If the parties don’t agree, then a contract...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - November 2017

Insider Trading: Once More Into the Breach - Why it matters: On Aug. 23, 2017, the Second Circuit decided U.S. v. Martoma, in which the court affirmed a tippee’s conviction in an insider trading case based on the Supreme...more

Blog: Amendments To The Federal Rules Of Bankruptcy Procedure Take Effect December 1, 2017

by Cooley LLP on

Just about every year amendments are made to the rules that govern how bankruptcy cases are managed — the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. The amendments address issues identified by an Advisory Committee made up of...more

The Cookie Crumbles in Baker’s Bid for a § 503(b)(9) Administrative Claim

Under section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code, a creditor may recover as a priority administrative expense the value of goods sold to the debtor in the ordinary course of its business that are “received” by the debtor within...more

First Department of New York Loosens the Standard for “Piercing the Corporate Veil”

One of the general and principal benefits of incorporating a business entity is limited liability; the owners of a corporation are not liable for the corporation’s actions or debts. There are, however, exceptions. One of the...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

Massachusetts Court Upholds Record $2.6M Fine against Beer Distributor

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Earlier this month, a Massachusetts state trial court judge issued a decision in the matter of Craft Beer Guild LLC d/b/a Craft Brewers Guild v. Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. The court upheld a decision by the...more

Competition News - October 2017

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Prohibiting an authorized distributor from selling on a market place is not necessarily a hardcore restriction of competition - By a decree dated September 13, 2017, the French Supreme Court gave its support to brands...more

Internet of Things (IoT) Poses Information Governance Challenges for Organizations - Nextra Solutions

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The Internet of Things (“IoT”) seems to impact every aspect of life. IoT generally refers to computing devices embedded in everyday objects that collect data. From thermostats to driver-assisted cars, innumerable devices...more

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Rana Plaza Class Action

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On July 5, 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released a 129-page decision in the Rana Plaza class action (Das v George Weston Limited, 2017 ONSC 4129), a proposed class action brought in Ontario on behalf of...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

Reverse Veil Piercing: A Judgment Against You Can Become A Judgment Against Your Company

by Weintraub Tobin on

It happens all the time. A hard fought lawsuit results in a satisfying judgment. Then it comes time to collect and it turns out the judgment is worth no more than the paper it’s written on. For example, sometimes a party...more

Client Alert: Vendor Section 503(b)(9) Administrative Priority Claims: When Goods are Received is Critical

Debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings rarely pay unsecured creditors a meaningful dividend on prepetition accounts receivable balances, much less pay them in full. In an era of aggressive lending to place capital in the market,...more

Read This Case. Slap Your Head. Not Too Hard.

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Having read thousands of court opinions during my 30+ years as a litigator, I’ve learned to assume that there are things going on beyond what can be gleaned from the court’s written decision, and that these hidden factors may...more

CJEU clarifies the treatment of non-full-function joint ventures under EU merger control law (Austria Asphalt)

by White & Case LLP on

On 7 September 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU" or "Court") delivered its judgment following the Austrian Supreme Court's (Oberster Gerichtshof) request for a preliminary ruling, seeking clarification...more

It May Look Like Documentary Evidence, But Is It Under CPLR 3211(a)(1)?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

CPLR 3211(a)(1) allows a defendant to seek dismissal of a complaint when the defense is “founded upon documentary evidence.” “Documentary evidence”, however, is not defined by the CPLR – leaving many practitioners in the dark...more

In A Post-Trial Opinion, Delaware Court Of Chancery Dismisses Breach Of Contract And Fiduciary Duty Claims For Lack Of Personal...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 1, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed claims for breaches of contract and fiduciary duty brought by plaintiffs against a prospective business partner,...more

Safe harbour and ipso facto reforms pass through the Senate

by DLA Piper on

Another step has been taken towards the introduction of a safe harbour for directors of insolvent companies and limited stay on the operation of ipso facto clauses. Late on Monday evening, after some debate, the Senate passed...more

August 2017: Securities & Structured Finance Litigation Update

New York’s First Department Creates Split Authority on Inducement Claims by Guaranty Insurers, Weighs in on “Backstop” Claims in RMBS Suits. On May 16, 2017, the New York Appellate Division, First Department, issued a...more

Shareholder Activism Dealt a Blow in Australia's Federal Court

by Jones Day on

The Background: In RBC Investor Services Australia Nominees Pty Limited v Brickworks Limited [2017] FCA 756 (10 July 2017) ("Brickworks case"), a large institutional investor sought to dismantle a cross shareholding...more

My Company Can be Sued Where?: Supreme Court Resolves Some Questions of Where Businesses May Be Sued for Patent Infringement but...

by Smith Anderson on

After a long period in which the U.S. Supreme Court considered intellectual property issues only occasionally, the Court has frequently focused on intellectual property matters in recent years, reflecting the increasing...more

Business Litigation Reporter - August 2017

by Goodwin on

In This Issue - Though law firms have been handling litigation on behalf of corporate clients for decades, industrywide surveys continue to suggest that, in a significant portion of cases, these clients feel they are not...more

Punitive Damages in Mass Torts Cases: Outrageous and in Reckless Disregard of Fairness

by Reed Smith on

It was over 32 years ago that we graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. The three years in Hyde Park were a punishing experience. There was one class in particular when Prof. Richard Epstein used the Socratic...more

Tax Talk: Volume 10, Issue 2

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - With the failure of health care legislation to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, eyes in Washington, D.C. are now turning to tax reform. Since Congress plans to take August off, any real tax...more

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