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Leaving the Contractual Term “Voting Power” Undefined Could Be Risky Business

What does the contractual term “voting power” mean? Does it refer only to the power to elect corporate directors, or does it refer to the power to vote on any fundamental matter of corporate governance? Is voting power an...more

Survey Says...Get a Survey

In a decision filed on April 11, 2017, a Superior Court of Pennsylvania case highlights issues that can arise when discrepancies occur between a metes and bounds description of realty versus a parcel number. It also...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

Pleading Equitable vs. Contractual Indemnification

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Can a claim for equitable or common-law indemnification co-exist with a claim for express or contractual indemnification? In Live Invest, Inc. v. Morgan Justice Emerson says “no”, when the claim seeks to recover for the...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

A road map to Life Sciences M&A in Italy

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U.S.-based life sciences companies considering transactions in Europe may easily become overwhelmed with the complexity of Europe’s various jurisdictions. In this series, members of our European Life Sciences Transactions...more

Lessons From Two Auto Dealer Arbitrations About Nonsignatories

In two recent decisions, the Alabama Supreme Court made clear that if an arbitration clause specifies it only applies to disputes between the two parties who sign the clause, that will be strictly enforced. No third party...more

FLSA Successor Liability - More Than You Bargained For

A common method for business expansion is for one company to acquire another company’s operations and then merge the operations into the acquiring company. However, even when care is taken to structure such acquisitions to...more

Identifying and Addressing Environmental Issues in Petroleum Marketing Agreements (“Presentation”)

The Arkansas Oil Marketers Association Environmental Workshop was held on August 30th in Little Rock. I undertook a presentation titled: Identifying and Addressing Environmental Issues in Petroleum Marketing...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Chancellor's Chicago Bridge Ruling - Authority of Independent Auditor to Resolve Purchase Price...

by Jones Day on

In a much-anticipated decision, on June 27, 2017, the Supreme Court of Delaware reversed the Chancery Court's ruling in Chicago Bridge v. Westinghouse. The Delaware Supreme Court determined that an independent auditor...more

Delaware Law Updates: 2017 Year To Date Review

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Our Delaware Corporate and Alternative Entity Law attorneys closely follow the opinions coming from Delaware’s Supreme Court and Court of Chancery. Our 2017 Year to Date Review is a collection of brief summaries of selected...more

Without WARN-ing: Third Circuit Clarifies WARN Act's Unforeseen Business Circumstances Exception

by Jones Day on

Valera v. AE Liquidation, Inc., the Third Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with five other circuits in holding that WARN notice was not required where an external event outside the employer's control triggering layoffs was...more

In Idaho, Make Sure Your Deal Includes an Exact Description of the Land Involved

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Two recent opinions from the Idaho Supreme Court demonstrate the risks you take when you document a real estate deal without an exact description of the land. In Hoke v. Neyada (Docket No. 43343) (Idaho 2016), the seller of...more

Texas Supreme Court Dabbles in Bankruptcy Law

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Noble Energy Inc. v. ConocoPhillips Company, a 6-to-3 Texas Supreme Court decision, is a reminder of two things: How parties to a property transaction describe what’s being acquired and what’s being left behind can have...more

Japanese Report: LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement Destination Restrictions Likely Anticompetitive

by Jones Day on

On June 28, 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission ("JFTC") published a report based on a survey conducted from July 2016 to May 2017 ("Report"), concluding that destination restrictions provided in liquefied natural gas...more

Hawaiian Punch: State Supreme Court Stands Up to SCOTUS on Arbitration

In January of 2016, SCOTUS granted review of an arbitration case from Hawaii, but summarily vacated and remanded it without analysis. (Unless you consider “Please read DIRECTV” substantive analysis.) Here’s the risk of that...more

California Supreme Court Issues Critical Opinion Regarding Structure and Language of Contractual Attorneys' Fees Provisions

by Allen Matkins on

The California Supreme Court recently issued its opinion in Mountain Air Enterprises v. Sundowner Towers, addressing a simple but important question regarding attorneys' fees provisions in commercial contracts: If a contract...more

RCRA Corrective Action Liability: Can it be Imposed on a Company that Never Owned or Operated the Facility?

by Williams Mullen on

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently issued a ruling that will have a significant impact on business transactions involving property subject to a permit or corrective action obligations under the Resource Conservation...more

You Cannot Have it Both Ways: Missouri Appellate Court Holds City Cannot Bring a Complaint for Breach of a Contract and Plead in...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

City of Dardenne Prairie v. Adams Concrete & Masonry, LLC, No. ED104982, 2017 Mo. App. LEXIS 533 (Mo. Ct. App. May 30, 2017) - This case arises out of a construction project in which the City of Dardenne Prairie (the...more

Actual Notice Exception to Pre-Lien Notice Requirement of Nevada Lien Statute Does Not Apply to Architect’s Offsite Work When No...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Iliescu v. Steppan, No. 68346, 2017 Nev. LEXIS 38, (Nevada Supreme Court, May 25, 2017) - Appellants Iliescu entered into a Land Purchase Agreement to sell four unimproved parcels in downtown Reno, Nevada to Consolidated...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

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

by Morris James LLP on

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

Supply and Purchase Agreement Triggers On-Sale Bar Provision of 35 USC § 102(b)

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court and found that a Supply and Purchase Agreement between Helsinn and third-party MGI Pharma, Inc. (MGI) before the critical date of the asserted...more

Rhode Island Court Gives Assignability of Employee Non-Competes a Haircut

Last month, a Rhode Island trial court held that a hairdresser’s noncompetition agreement with the salon for which she had been working, which sold its assets to a successor salon, was not transferable to the successor...more

Merger and Purchase Agreements Governed by Maryland Law: "Sandbagging"

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Merger and purchase agreements involving Maryland corporations and REITs may be governed by Maryland law. For lawyers accustomed to agreements governed by Delaware or New York law, we are frequently asked to describe key...more

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