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Chancery Allows Delaware Expedited Relief Request Despite NY Forum Selection Clause

A recent Delaware Court of Chancery decision entertained a request for expedited relief in Delaware despite a New York forum selection clause, in part due to the unavailability of the New York Courts that were not fully operational due to the coronavirus shutdown. Francis Pileggi and Chauna Abner co-authored an article with an overview of … Continue Reading

Candor to the Court

In my recent ethics column for The Bencher, the publication of the American Inn of Courts (that I have been writing for over 20 years), I discuss the duty of candor to the court that lawyers have, and how that interfaces with the duty of confidentiality owed to clients.… Continue Reading

15th Annual Review of Key Delaware Corporate and Commercial Decisions

The following article is reprinted with permission from the Jan. 15, 2020 edition of “The Delaware Business Court Insider”, (c) 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All rights reserved. By: Francis G.X. Pileggi and Chauna A. Abner This is the 15th year that Francis Pileggi and various co-authors have created an annual list of important corporate … Continue Reading

Signature Alone Not Always Sufficient Evidence of Binding Contract

In a recent article appearing in The Delaware Business Court Insider, co-authored with my colleague Chauna Abner, we discussed a recent Delaware Chancery decision that found a fully-executed agreement, based on extrinsic evidence, was not intended by both parties to be a binding contract. This, of course, is somewhat counterintuitive, but provides a helpful cautionary … Continue Reading

Chancery Grants Advancement, Rejects Common Defense

For those readers who follow the many Chancery decisions highlighted on these pages regarding advancement for corporate officers and directors, the recent Court of Chancery decision in Nielsen v. EBTH Inc., C.A. No. 2019-0164-MTZ (Del. Ch. Sept. 30, 2019), can be added to the long line of cases that reject an argument that the requirement … Continue Reading

Delaware Supreme Court Instructs on Standards of Deposition Conduct

A recent Delaware Supreme Court opinion provides a tutorial on the standards imposed on Delaware lawyers when a deponent, who is the lawyer’s client, engages in inappropriate conduct during a deposition. See Shorenstein Hays-Nederland Theaters LLC Appeals, Nos. 596, 2018 and 620, 2018 (Del. Supr. June 20, 2019). My overview of the decision was the focus of … Continue Reading

I’m a Contributing Author for: “The Art of M&A: A Merger, Acquisition and Buyout Guide” (5th ed. 2019)

Your truly is a contributing author for a recently published treatise entitled: “The Art of M&A: A Merger, Acquisition and Buyout Guide” (5th ed. 2019), edited by Alexandra Reed Lajoux. I was asked to attend a book signing at the flagship Barnes & Noble store on 5th Avenue in New York City on August 22, 2019, at noon, in connection … Continue Reading

Chancery Advancement Ruling Recites Basic Principles and Nuances

Adding to the multitude of Delaware decisions featured on these pages involving the right of corporate directors and officers to advancement of their fees incurred to defend claims against them, pursuant to DGCL Section 145, or by agreement, we offer highlights of Sider v. Hertz Global Holdings, C.A. No. 2019-0237-KSJM, Order (Del. Ch. June 17, 2019), a … Continue Reading

Chancery Interprets Contractual Indemnification Clause

A recent Delaware Court of Chancery decision interpreted an indemnification clause and rejected the applicability of equitable defenses to a strictly legal claim.  I highlighted the recent decision in NASDI Holdings v. North American Leasing, Inc., C.A. No. 2017-0399-KSJM (Del. Ch. Apr. 8, 2019), in an article published in the current issue of the Delaware … Continue Reading

Recent Decision Clarifies Safe Harbors in DGCL § 144 for Board Action

The following article appeared in the current issue of the Delaware Business Court Insider: Recent Decision Clarifies Safe Harbors in DGCL § 144 for Board Action By: Francis G.X. Pileggi* and Chauna A. Abner** The recent Superior Court decision in Toedtman v. Turnpoint Medical Devices, Inc., C.A. No. N17C-08-210 RRC (Del. Super. Ct., Jan 23, … Continue Reading

ABA Issues Opinion on Judicial Use of Internet for Factual Research

The American Bar Association recently issued an opinion regarding the limitations on the use by judges of the internet for factual research regarding a pending matter, on their own and without input from the parties in a pending case.  I published a short overview of that ABA opinion for my regular ethics column for The Bencher, a … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Clarifies Requirements for Whistleblower Protection

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Digital Realty Trust v. Somers, explained that in order for a whistleblower to be protected from retaliation, in some circumstances, the employee must complain directly to the SEC. I provide a summary of the decision in my latest article for the magazine of the National Association of Corporate … Continue Reading

Claims That Directors Breached Duty of Loyalty Rejected

My latest latest article for the national publication of the National Association of Corporate Directors, called Directorship, features highlights of a recent Delaware Court of Chancery decision that addresses claims that directors breached their fiduciary duty of loyalty by approving side deals that unduly benefitted them personally in connection with a merger. That opinion styled … Continue Reading

Fiduciary Duties in Limited Partnerships

For my latest column in Directorship, the publication of the National Association of Corporate Directors, I discuss a recent Delaware Supreme Court decision that addresses fiduciary duties as modified in the context of a limited partnership agreement. The case of Brinckerhoff v. Enbridge Energy Company was previously highlighted on these pages, but the opinion remains … Continue Reading

New Chapter on Advancement and Indemnification of Directors

As we have written on these pages for several years, in my capacity as the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Advancement and Indemnification Subcommittee of the Business Law Section’s Corporate Litigation Committee, yours truly co-authors a chapter each year that highlights the most noteworthy court decisions on advancement and indemnification of directors and officers, as part of an … Continue Reading
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