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Key 2013 Delaware Corporate and Commercial Decisions

Top Ten 2013 Delaware Corporate and Commercial Decisions By: Francis G.X. Pileggi and Kevin F. Brady This is our ninth annual review of key Delaware corporate and commercial decisions. During 2013, we reviewed and summarized over 200 decisions from Delaware’s Supreme Court and Court of Chancery on corporate and commercial issues. Among the decisions with … Continue Reading

Chancery Denies Claim For Advancement and Indemnification From Successor Entity

Grace v. Ashbridge LLC, C.A. No. 8348-VCN (Del. Ch. Dec. 31, 2013). Issue Addressed:  Whether a successor entity was liable for advancement and indemnification claims based on the operating agreement of a successor entity LLC even though the sole allegations involve a predecessor entity and a related entity. Short Answer:  No. Brief Overview:  An understanding … Continue Reading

Chancery Exercises Jurisdiction in Dispute Among Shareholders of Foreign Corporation

Darby Emerging Market Fund, L.P. v. Ryan,  Consol. C.A. No. 8381-VCP (Del. Ch. Nov. 27, 2013). This Chancery decision addressed whether the Court had equitable jurisdiction over a dispute among shareholders of a foreign entity. Delaware’s court of equity relied on the well-worn “clean up doctrine”, which allows it to exercise equitable jurisdiction over an … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Rejects Contractual Indemnification Claim

Winshall v. Viacom International, Inc., Del. Supr., No. 39, 2013 (Oct. 8, 2013).  Issue Addressed: The Supreme Court affirmed a Chancery ruling that Viacom was not entitled to  contractual indemnification, and thus was required to release escrow funds. A prior Supreme Court decision in this case from July 2013, regarding arbitrability, was highlighted on these pages … Continue Reading

Chancery Determines Ownership Interest in LLC and Remedy for Breach of Fiduciary Duties

Grove v. Brown, C.A. No. 6793-VCG (Del. Ch. Aug. 8, 2013) Issues Addressed: This post-trial opinion addresses issues involved in a 4-person LLC whose members disputed: (1) what specific ownership interest each had in the LLC; (2) the impact of a member not contributing the required amount of start-up capital; (3) whether there was an … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Underscores Non-Waivable Contractual Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Regardless of Presumptions in Agreement

Gerber v. Enterprise Products Holdings, LLC, Del. Supr., No. 46, 2012 (June 10, 2013). Issue Presented:  This seminal Delaware Supreme Court decision addresses the important, nuanced issue of whether a contract provision that presumes good faith can preclude a claim for a breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Short Answer: … Continue Reading

Key Corporate and Commercial Delaware Decisions for First Five Months of 2013

Among the key corporate and commercial Delaware decisions that we have highlighted on these pages during the first five months of 2013, the following decisions either clarified existing Delaware law or announced new law on important substantive or procedural topics. This is a supplement to the annual review of cases we have provided on this … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Upholds Waiver of Claims in LP Agreement Based on Presumption of Good Faith

Norton v. K-Sea Transportation Partners, L.P., Del. Supr., No. 238, 2012 (May 28, 2013). This Delaware Supreme Court decision is the second in consecutive business days that addresses the concept of good faith in the contractual context. See SIGA Technologies, Inc. v. PharmAthene, Inc., highlighted on these pages. (Photo: Supreme Court Building in Dover.) Issue … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Affirms Liability of SIGA Technologies to PharmAthene Based on Failure to Negotiate in Good Faith

SIGA Technologies, Inc. v. PharmAthene, Inc., Del. Supr., No. 314, 2012 (May 24, 2013). This Delaware Supreme Court decision was the subject of a BloombergBusinessweek article on Sunday, May 26. The Court of Chancery’s opinion was highlighted on these pages at this link. Also, several other prior Chancery decisions in this case were also outlined on … Continue Reading

Post-Mediation Statement by Mediator Not Admissible to Enforce Settlement

United Health Alliance, LLC v. United Medical, LLC, C.A. No. 7710-VCP (Del. Ch. May 6, 2013). Issue Addressed: Whether a post-mediation e-mail by a mediator is admissible for purposes of enforcing the terms of a settlement reportedly reached during mediation. Short Answer:  No. Brief Overview This short but useful decision describes a situation involving a mediation during … Continue Reading

Settlement Agreement Enforced Without All Signatures

Whittington v. Dragon Group LLC, C.A. No. 2291-VCP (Del. Ch. May 1, 2013).  Multiple prior decisions in this case have been highlighted on these pages and they provide more background details for the interested reader. Issue Addressed:  Whether a settlement agreement needs to be fully executed by all parties in order to be enforceable. Short Answer:  No. … Continue Reading

Attorney/Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine Again Addressed by Chancery

AM General Holdings LLC v. The Renco Group, Inc., C.A. No. 7639-VCN (Del. Ch. April 18, 2013). A prior Chancery decision in this case was highlighted on these pages at this link. Issue Addressed:  Whether the attorney/client privilege and the work product doctrine are defenses to a motion to compel. Short Answer:  They can be. … Continue Reading

Chancery Addresses Reasonableness of Fees Awarded Pursuant to Contract

Edgewater Growth Capital Partners L.P. v. H.I.G. Capital, Inc., C.A. No. 3601-CS (Del. Ch. April 18, 2013).  This ruling explains both an issue about attorneys’ fees and the revision of a previous Chancery opinion in this case highlighted on these pages here. Issue Addressed:  The standard that applies to award fees pursuant to the terms of a … Continue Reading

Chancery Enforces Non-Competition Agreement

Simplexity, LLC v. Zeinfeld, C.A. No. 8171-VCG (Del. Ch. April 5, 2013) (Redacted Version) Issue Addressed:  This case involves a dispute between two companies over the hiring of the former CEO of Simplexity, Andrew Zeinfeld.  (The publication of this opinion was delayed while confidential data was redacted.) Short Overview Simplexity contends that Zeinfeld’s employment with … Continue Reading

Chancery Addresses Default Fiduciary Duties in LLC and Advancement Issues

Zimmerman v. Crothall, C.A. No. 6001-VCP (Del. Ch. Jan. 31, 2013) Issue Presented  This 74-page opinion addresses the allegations of a minority unitholder in an LLC who asserts claims that the directors breached their fiduciary duties in connection with several financing transactions. Brief Overview  Zimmerman claimed that the challenged transactions should be analyzed under the … Continue Reading