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A recent letter ruling from the Court of Chancery clarified the procedural distinction between a statutory proceeding considered “summary” in nature, and a case that may involve exigent circumstances for which a Motion to Expedite may be warranted. In PL Wardman Member, LLC v. JBGS/Company Manager, L.L.C., No. 2020-0754-JRS (Del. Ch. Sept. 21, 2020), the Court reviewed a Motion to Expedite in a dissolution case. The Court explained that: “Summary means expedited, at least relative…
This post was prepared by Frank Reynolds, who has been following Delaware corporate law, and writing about it for various legal publications, for over 30 years. A discovery ruling by the Delaware Court of Chancery in a contest between two board factions for control of Adkins Energy LLC allowed plaintiff Pearl City Elevator, Inc. access to the attorney-client-privileged documents of a rival faction only in areas where Pearl’s interests were not adverse to those of…
There remains a relative paucity of opinions addressing the nuances of the dissolution statute under DGCL Section 280, compared to the Delaware decisions addressing other sections of the DGCL, so we refer to a recent Court of Chancery decision that denies a Motion for Reargument under Rule 59(f) of a ruling that rejected a request to set aside a reserve for a fraud claim–even though the letter ruling was barely three-pages long–in the matter styled…
A recent Delaware Court of Chancery decision addressed the issue of whether a seller was liable for not disclosing the notification it received prior to closing that one or more key customers were terminating their relationship with the seller’s business. Swipe Acquisition Corporation v. Krauss, C.A. No. 2019-0509-PAF (Del. Ch. Aug. 25, 2020). This decision and others cited below must be read by anyone who seeks a deep understanding of Delaware law on this topic.…
This post was prepared by Frank Reynolds, who has been following Delaware corporate law, and writing about it for various legal publications, for over 30 years. In a recent ruling dismissing shareholder charges that Outerwall Inc.’s directors disloyally sold the automated vendor company too cheaply to avoid losing their seats in a looming proxy fight with an activist investor, the Delaware Chancery Court found the plaintiff fell short of showing that the board lacked independence…
This past week I was the subject of an online video interview that was livestreamed on Facebook. LexBlog, the company that provides the “backroom” software support to host this blog, conducted the interview and we talked about the genesis of this blog and why I have continued to publish this blog over the last 15 plus years. For any lawyers, or others, interested in blogging in general, the interview may provide useful information.…
This post was prepared by Frank Reynolds, who has been following Delaware corporate law, and writing about it for various legal publications, for over 30 years. The Delaware Court of Chancery recently decided AmerisourceBergen Corporation shareholders’ breach-of-duty suit was one of the few Caremark claims to pass Delaware’s pre-suit demand test because it may prove the directors and officers turned a blind eye to a subsidiary’s criminal enterprise of cancer drug repackaging in Teamsters Local…
A recent Court of Chancery letter ruling provides useful definitions and related statements of Delaware contract law in connection with issues that arose over an asset purchase agreement. In CHS/Community Health Systems, Inc. v. Steward Health Care System LLC, C.A. No. 2019-0165-JRS (Del. Ch. Aug. 21, 2020), the following statements of law provided by the court are useful for corporate and commercial litigators: The court defined the standard for determining whether a party may be…
This post was prepared by Frank Reynolds, who has been following Delaware corporate law, and writing about it for various legal publications, for over 30 years. The Delaware Court of Chancery recently ruled, on an issue of first impression, that The We Company’s management did not have the authority to unilaterally preclude a director faction from accessing the office space provider’s privileged information in a dispute over a Japanese investment group with a controlling interest…
The Delaware Statute of Limitations for contract claims v. claims for wages was compared and contrasted in Weik, Nitsche & Dougherty, LLC v. Pratcher, C.A. No. 2018-0803-MTZ (Del. Ch. Aug. 26, 2020). In sum: Delaware has a three-year statute of limitations for most contract claims pursuant to 10 Del. C. section 8106 For wage claims, generally a one-year statute of limitation applies under 10 Del. C. section 8111, but: where those types of claims overlap…