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Chancery Grants Section 220 Demand

The Court of Chancery issued an important decision a few days ago for those who need to understand the latest nuances of Delaware law involving DGCL Section 220.  Readers of these pages for the last 12 years have seen highlights of a plethora of rulings supporting the view that demands pursuant to Section 220 are … Continue Reading

Chancery Instructs on Best Practice for Motion to Compel and Need to be Forthcoming with Document Production

Alexandra D. Rogin, an Eckert Seamans associate, prepared this overview. In a recent transcript ruling in the case styled Doctors Pathology Servs., PA v. Gerges, C.A. No. 11457-CB, transcript (Del. Ch. Feb, 15, 2017), Chancellor Bouchard provides additional guidance to attorneys seeking to file motions to compel discovery in the Delaware Court of Chancery.  This ruling … Continue Reading

Chancery Applies Fitracks Procedures to Challenged Advancement Award

Alexandra D. Rogin, an Eckert Seamans associate, prepared this overview. Last month, in a comprehensive advancement decision captioned White v. Curo Texas Holdings, LLC, C.A. No. 12369-VCL (Del. Ch. Feb. 21, 2017), the Delaware Court of Chancery applied what has become known in Delaware as the “Fitracks Procedures” to determine the appropriate amount of an … Continue Reading

Court Rejects Post-Closing Adjustment Claim

The Court of Chancery recently explained in a post-trial opinion why a post-closing adjustment claim seeking a milestone payment was rejected in light of a careful examination of the meaning of an ambiguous term in the milestone trigger provision. This opinion is helpful for those who want insights into how a Delaware court applies contract interpretation principles … Continue Reading

Chancery Enforces Key Litigation Rules

Why this ruling is noteworthy: All those who litigate in the Delaware Court of Chancery need to read an important opinion issued yesterday that enforces key litigation rules by way of granting a motion to compel discovery replies. The court, in the case styled In Re Oxbow Carbon LLC Unitholder Litigation, Consol. C.A. No 12447-VCL … Continue Reading

Chancery Orders Predictive Coding to Assist E-Discovery Process

Alexandra D. Rogin, an Eckert Seamans associate, prepared this overview. The Chancery Daily recently reported on the Court’s order in OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC v. United Ohana, LLC, C.A. No. 12353-CB (Del. Ch. Jan. 27, 2017) (Order), requiring the parties to use predictive coding to assist the plaintiff in expeditiously producing responsive documents. As is … Continue Reading

Chancery Upholds Merger Transaction Approved by Majority Shareholder Vote

Alexandra D. Rogin, an Eckert Seamans associate, prepared this overview. In the Delaware Court of Chancery decision captioned, In re Merge Healthcare Inc. S’holders Litig., C.A. No. 11388-VCG (Del. Ch. Jan. 30, 2017), Vice Chancellor Glasscock applied the business judgment rule and dismissed an action for failure to state fiduciary-related claims.  This opinion is important … Continue Reading

Chancery Appoints Section 226(a) Custodian

A recent Delaware Court of Chancery opinion needs to be read by anyone who wants to fully understand the requirements for the appointment of a custodian of a company deadlocked due to stockholder and director dysfunction. Kleinberg v. Aharon, C.A. No. 12719-VCL (Del. Ch. Feb. 13, 2017). Background:  This carefully reasoned opinion describes in extensive … Continue Reading

Court Appoints Lead Counsel in Appraisal Case

Justin M. Forcier, an associate in the Delaware office of Eckert Seamans, prepared this overview. This case provides guidance to any attorney who would seek an appointment as lead counsel. In re Appraisal of Rouse Props., 12609-VCS (Del. Ch. Dec. 8, 2016) Background:  On July 6, 2016, Rouse Properties, Inc. (“Rouse”) merged with an affiliate of … Continue Reading

Chancery Addresses Indemnification for Affirmative Claims of Directors

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently addressed an issue of importance to directors of companies as well as those interested in corporate litigation. In the case of Dore v. Sweports, Ltd., C.A. No. 10513-VCL (Del. Ch. Jan. 31, 2017), the court addressed situations where a director conceivably could be indemnified for fees incurred in pursuing an … Continue Reading

Court Addresses Whether Unclean Hands Bars Advancement

Justin M. Forcier, an associate in the Delaware office of Eckert Seamans, prepared this overview. The Court of Chancery recently addressed whether unclean hands may be a recognized defense to advancement actions.  Hankinson v. Pike Holdings Inc., C.A. No. 12730-CB (Del. Ch. Nov. 15, 2016) (telephonic transcript ruling). Background:  Plaintiff was a director and CEO of … Continue Reading

Chancery Issues Additional Advancement and Indemnification Rulings in Quiznos Restructuring

Alexandra D. Rogin, an Eckert Seamans associate, prepared this overview. The Court of Chancery issued two opinions relating to a web of advancement and indemnification claims brought on behalf of multiple, separate plaintiffs: (1) Meyers v. Quiz-Dia LLC, C.A. No. 9878-VCL (Del. Ch. Jan. 9, 2017); and (2) Meyers v. Quiz-Dia LLC, C.A. No. 9878-VCL … Continue Reading

Chancery Denies Quasi-Appraisal Remedy and Discusses Notice Requirements for Short-Form Merger Transaction

Alexandra D. Rogin, an Eckert Seamans associate, prepared this overview. In the Court of Chancery’s opinion styled, In re United Capital Corp. Stockholders Litigation, C.A. No. 11619-VCMR (Del. Ch. Jan. 4, 2017), the plaintiff sought a quasi-appraisal remedy for purported breaches of disclosure in connection with a short-form merger transaction.  In granting the defendants’ motion … Continue Reading

Court Grants Dismissal Based on First-Filed Rule

Justin M. Forcier, an associate in the Delaware office of Eckert Seamans, prepared this overview. With the ever-increasing globalization of business, readers will appreciate this Court of Chancery opinion discussing dismissal based on the first-filed rule.  Gramercy Emerging Markets Fund, et al. v. Allied Irish Banks, P.L.C. et al., C.A. No. 10321-VCG (Del. Ch. December … Continue Reading

Chancery Provides in Depth Analysis of Fair Value Determination in Appraisal Proceeding

Alexandra D. Rogin, an Eckert Seamans associate, prepared this overview. The thorough 75-page post-trial decision in Merion Capital L.P. v. Lender Processing Servs., Inc., C.A. No. 9320-VCL (Dec. 16, 2016), is a must read for those involved in appraisal proceedings.  In the memorandum opinion, Vice Chancellor Laster provides a comprehensive analysis of the fair value … Continue Reading

Chancery Rejects Fee-Shifting for Forum Selection Clause

The recent Chancery decision invalidating a fee-shifting bylaw in connection with a forum selection provision was the subject of an article authored by my colleagues Gary Lipkin, Justin Forcier and Alexandra Rogin, which appeared this week in the Delaware Business Court Insider. The article appears below. In Solak v. Sarowitz [C.A. No. 12299-CB (Del. Ch. Dec. … Continue Reading

Chancery Grants Stay and Refers Indemnification Claims to Arbitrator to Determine Arbitrator’s Jurisdiction

Alexandra D. Rogin, an Eckert Seamans associate, prepared this overview. In Meyers v. Quiz-Dia LLC, C.A. No. 9878-VCL (Dec. 2, 2016), the Chancery Court stayed indemnification claims to determine whether they were arbitrable. Background: This matter involves the perenial issue of arbitrability.  Plaintiffs sued three Quiznos sandwich shop entities for indemnification and advancement pursuant to … Continue Reading
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