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Is Every Agent A Fiduciary?

by Allen Matkins on

In common parlance, a fiduciary is someone you can trust. The word itself is related to the Latin word, fidere, meaning to trust. We name our dogs “Fido” because dogs are trustworthy companions. For example, a dog named...more

Court Rules Again On Motion To Dismiss In Matter Involving Unfiled Rates Charged Under Reinsurance Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

On July 21, 2016, we reported on a putative class action filed in a California U.S. district court by Shasta Linen Company against Applied Underwriters, Inc. and its affiliated entities, alleging that the “EquityComp”...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Arbitr-“all”

by Lewitt Hackman on

A federal court in New Jersey granted a franchisor's motion to compel arbitration of disputes involving seven frozen yogurt franchises, even though the claims were subject to different arbitration provisions in different...more

Is Customer Information A Trade Secret? Not So Fast!

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Under what circumstances do customer information and business operations constitute “trade secrets” that may be enjoined from use by a former employee ? A recent decision by Justice Elizabeth H. Emerson on this issue serves...more

Arizona Reverses Award of Punitive Damages in Bad Faith Case Again

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Holding - In Preciado v.Young American Insurnace Company, 2017 WL 2805631 ( Ariz.App . June 29, 2017) (unpublished), the Arizona Court of Appeals held the trial court erroneously failed to grant an Insurer’s motion for...more

Retailer Liability Under The Florida Unfair And Deceptive Trade Practices Act

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Retailer Liability Under the Florida Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act - Florida retailers have long been part of products liability litigation based on their position in the chain of distribution. But retailers now...more

The Ramifications of a Less-Than-Thorough Investigation

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

An insurance carrier has declined to defend a claim asserted against its insured, arguably without meeting its obligation to investigate the claim. For whatever reason — a change in personnel, loss of a file, or some other...more

Bound by your bargain

by Dentons on

During April 2015, the Court of Appeals (Civil Division) delivered its judgment in MT Hojgaard A/S v. E.ON Climate and Renewables UK Robin Rigg East Limited [2015] EWCA Civ 407....more

TN Trust Code Authorizes Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreement: Not Per Se Breach of Duty, but May Not Bind Non-Signatory Beneficiary

by Burr & Forman on

The Tennessee Supreme Court recently held that Tennessee’s Trust Code and broad trust-instruments authorize a Trustee’s execution of a pre-dispute arbitration clause. That isn’t a per se breach of fiduciary duty, but the...more

District Of South Carolina Denies Motion To Dismiss Action Involving Fronting Relationship

by Carlton Fields on

Applying Delaware law, a South Carolina District Court found Plaintiff had properly pled its causes of action for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence/gross negligence and negligent misrepresentation...more

The North Carolina Business Court Explores The Boundaries Of “Substantial Aggravating Circumstances”

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

Courts have long recognized limitations on claims brought under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 in conjunction with alleged breaches of contract. Although the North Carolina Supreme Court has never formally recognized a restriction,...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #3

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

FDA Warns Snyder’s-Lance About Iron Content Labels - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a warning letter to Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. about the iron content of its Lance Toast Chee Crackers. The letter...more

Corporate Communicator - Fall 2017

by Snell & Wilmer on

Recent changes to Nevada corporate law reaffirm Nevada’s commitment to providing directors and officers with maximum deference in the exercise of their fiduciary duties on behalf of Nevada corporations. Specifically, Nevada...more

Drafting Maryland Liability Releases

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The drafting of liability releases has always been complicated and recent legal developments in Maryland have made such drafting even more complicated. Some non-exhaustive things to think about when drafting liability...more

Houston Bankruptcy Court Splits With Third Circuit on “Statutory Impairment”

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Ultra court clarifies the requirements for classifying a creditor as “unimpaired” under a plan of reorganization. Key Points: - Texas bankruptcy court splits from Third Circuit in finding that a creditor must receive...more

6 Key Considerations in China-related Arbitrations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Differences in enforcement and arbitral rules could cause difficulties for unwary parties engaged in or considering arbitration in mainland China. China’s economic growth has attracted significant foreign investment in...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

Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Plaintiffs’ Challenge to Risk Factors and Earnings Projections, in Williams v. Globus Medical,...

A recent Third Circuit opinion demonstrates the high bar that plaintiffs face when attempting to plead the falsity of two categories of statements: (1) risk factors alleged to be misleading because the warned-of risk had...more

Further ESOP Transaction Guidance Set Forth in Latest DOL Settlement Agreement

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On the heels of a recent settlement agreement with an institutional employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) trustee, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and individual trustee James F. Joyner III (Joyner) entered into a...more

Amazon and Apple Issued Rulings from the European Commission

by King & Spalding on

The EC concludes that Luxembourg provided illegal tax benefits to Amazon of €250 million and refers Ireland to the European Court for failure to recover illegal tax benefits from Apple of €13 billion - On 4 October 2017,...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Fall 2017 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

by Dechert LLP on

A delicate balance has evolved over time in leveraged acquisitions with respect to the nature of the contractual relationship between a target and its owners, on the one hand, and the debt financing sources of the buyer, on...more

SC Supreme Court Says Insurers Can’t Cloud Allocation of Covered and Non-Covered Damages

The South Carolina Supreme Court’s decision in Harleysville Insurance Co. v. Heritage Communities, Inc., modified July 27, 2017, continues a trend of decisions aimed at preventing an insurer from acting in its own interest to...more

EU Retail News - September 2017

by Bryan Cave on

UK Competition Authority Warns Creative Sector About Price Fixing and Information Sharing - On 12th September 2017 the UK Competition Authority,the Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") sent an open letter to...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Fall 2017 Edition: The Dangers of Undefined Fraud Carve-Outs and “Inelegant Drafting”

by Dechert LLP on

Crucial to any private equity seller is certainty: the certainty that a sale will be consummated at an agreed price and that any potential post-closing liability is fully understood in advance of distributing proceeds to...more

DOL Settlement Agreement Provides ESOP Transaction Guidance

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and First Bankers Trust Services Inc. (FBTS) have entered into a settlement agreement filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, resolving a case challenging FBTS'...more

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