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Court Of Chancery Applies Limitations Outside Of Arbitration

by Morris James LLP on

HBMA Holdings LLC v. LSF9 Stardust Holdings LLC, C.A. 12806-VCMR (December 8, 2017) - This decision illustrates the dangers of not following the limited contractual time to file a dispute and instead relying on an...more

Third Party Purchaser Agreements Don’t Destroy Sale Treatment: A Victory for the Unintended Consequences Resistance

by Dechert LLP on

Every once in a while we get some good news around the capital markets hood and this is one of those times. Admittedly, all we’re doing here is fixing a problem which was one of the unintended consequences of the Dodd-Frank...more

A Twist in Oil Patch Arbitration

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Would you trust your $12 million arbitration to accountants rather than lawyers? Sometimes it makes sense. In Order_Apache v. YPF SA, delegating an accounting dispute to accountants was right. The problem was in the...more

Is A Non-Compete Agreement In Connection With The Purchase And Sale Of A Family-Owned Business Enforceable?

by Murtha Cullina on

In connection with the purchase of a family-owned business, the buyer may seek a non-compete agreement from the selling owners and certain family member employees. Such agreements are intended to protect the buyer from a...more

The Islamic finance industry can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for the time being

by DLA Piper on

On 17 November 2017, Mr Justice Leggatt handed down a judgment in the High Court of London that had been eagerly awaited by the global sukuk market and the rest of the Islamic finance industry....more

"Change in control" tax – Tanzania

by Hogan Lovells on

Along the lines of the Indian Vodafone case on indirect share disposals, Tanzania has followed suit with its own version of a “change in control” tax. Section 56 of Tanzania's tax legislation applies if there is a change in...more

The Arbitration Resistance May Look Like This… (Post #300)

What happens when state courts disagree with SCOTUS’s interpretation of the Federal Arbitration Act? They resist, and they have a thousand different ways of doing so. The Mississippi Supreme Court demonstrated one way to...more

Successor Liability? Double-Check Those Assets!

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The intersection of franchise law and general corporate law is extensive. A recent decision in the Michigan Court of Appeals (Court) highlights the importance of thoroughly understanding and considering the ramifications of...more

PA PUC Approves PA-American Water’s Fair Market Value Acquisition of McKeesport Wastewater System

by Cozen O'Connor on

In one of the first acquisitions to be decided pursuant to a 2016 amendment to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Code (Code) that allows a public utility to rate base fair market value instead of depreciated original cost, 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

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

by Hogan Lovells on

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

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