Francis Pileggi

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Francis Pileggi is a partner in the firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, and practices primarily in the areas of corporate and commercial litigation. Visit Francis' biography page on his firm's website for more information.

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A wealth of information is available that discusses the intersection of artificial intelligence and the law.  Most people are familiar with the nearly ubiquitous examples of artificial intelligence in daily life such as Siri and the Amazon Echo. Most lawyers are familiar with existing applications of artificial intelligence such as “computer assisted review”, sometimes called predictive coding, that allows for the review of large volumes of documents in a manner that is often faster and…
Welcome to the Artificial Intelligence Law Blog, brought to you by the AI, Robotics, and Autonomous Transportation Systems team at the law firm of Eckert Seamans. The purpose of this blog is to present legal developments in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous transportation systems, legal issues on subjects that relate to these fields, and commentary about how the law might impact each of those cutting-edge areas of technology. The co-editors of this…
The Delaware Supreme Court, in Akorn, Inc. v. Fresenius Kabi AG, et al., Del. Supr., No. 535, 2018 (Dec. 7, 2018), affirmed in a 3-page order, two days after oral argument, the Court of Chancery’s 253-page decision which was highlighted on these pages, and which is thought to be the first Delaware decision to find that a “material adverse effect” clause was triggered in such a way as to allow an acquiring party to terminate a…
A common theme in cases before the Delaware Court of Chancery involves a buyer and a seller of a business disagreeing about some aspect of the deal.  So it was in the matter of Great Hill Equity Partners IV, L.P. v. SIG Growth Equity Fund I, LLLP, C.A. No. 7906-VCG (Del. Ch. Dec. 3, 2018). This opinion weighs in at 153-pages and provides extensive factual details especially in the first 90-pages.  There were several prior
Why This Decision is Noteworthy: By comparison to some of the other corporate and commercial litigation issues addressed by the Court of Chancery, there remains a relatively modest number of court decisions that address whether an LLC should be dissolved based on the statutory standard that it is “not reasonably practicable” to carry on the LLC.  In Decco U.S. Post-Harvest, Inc. v. Mirtech, Inc., C.A. No. 2018-0100-JTL (Del. Ch. Nov. 28, 2018), the court, in…
The Court of Chancery recently explained the public policy reasons for enforcing discovery rules and scheduling deadlines, as well as explaining the types of penalties available for failure to comply with discovery obligations or deadlines. The key takeaways from the decision in Terramar Retail Centers, LLC v. Marion #2-Seaport Trust U/A/D June 21, 2002, C.A. No. 12875-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 4, 2018), include the following: The court explains the policy reasons for the need…
We highlight on these pages many decisions that describe the right to obtain records under the RTK Law, but it remains helpful to be aware of enumerated exclusions in the RTK Law that prevent one from obtaining certain documents. For example, in the recent Final Determination by the Office of Open Records in the matter of Chabot v. Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Dkt. No. AP 2018-1920 (OOR, Nov. 21, 2018), a request…
We have referred to Delaware legislative developments regarding benefit corporations previously on these pages, but a recent article in Forbes provides helpful background information about the history and genesis of the Delaware statutory provisions regarding this rather new aspect of Delaware corporate law. The article features a prominent Delaware lawyer who is a major player in promoting benefit corporations. In essence, the relatively new statute allows a corporation to be formed in order to have as…
The purpose of this new blog is to inform lawyers, business managers, educators, concerned citizens, journalists, and government officials about the legislation passed in 2008 by the Pennsylvania Legislature known as the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law, a/k/a PA Open Records Law. We will provide interpretations and applications of that law in court opinions and in decisions by the Office of Open Records (OOR). We will also include insights and commentary on the law by the OOR, practitioners, government officials and academics. The…