Delaware

  • November 21, 2017

    Oncor Stakeholder Goes After NextEra For $72M Breakup Fee

    A minority shareholder in Texas utility Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC told the Delaware Chancery Court on Monday that NextEra Energy owes it $72 million as a breakup fee for a merger shot down by state regulators.

  • November 21, 2017

    Vitamin World Approved For Store Liquidation, Sale Plans

    Bankrupt health supplement retailer Vitamin World Inc. will move ahead with plans to sell most of its stores as a going concern operation while liquidating the rest of its locations after receiving approval for the process from a Delaware federal judge on Tuesday.

  • November 20, 2017

    Shawe Forges Deal To Buy TransPerfect After Bitter Fight

    TransPerfect co-founder Philip Shawe is slated to buy out the shares of his rival Elizabeth Elting, according to letter Monday from the court-appointed custodian overseeing the sale process, potentially resolving what has been a maelstrom of bitter disputes in Delaware Chancery Court over control of the legal translation firm.

  • November 20, 2017

    21st Century Fox Pens $90M Investor Deal Over Scandals

    Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. has reached a $90 million deal to settle derivative claims stemming from a series of workplace harassment incidents at Fox News, according to an agreement filed Monday in Delaware state court that also requires the media outlet to create a new advisory council on improving workplace culture.

  • November 20, 2017

    Court Skeptical Of All In Koch, Oxbow Post-Trial Argument

    A Delaware vice chancellor cautioned Monday that he remained “skeptical of both sides” after post-trial arguments over a private equity investor’s bid to cash out or force a sale of billionaire William I. Koch’s Oxbow Carbon LLC.

  • November 20, 2017

    M&G, DIP Lender Slam Creditor Call To Sideline Sale, Loan

    Bankrupt plastics maker M&G USA Corp., its debtor-in-possession lender and top secured creditor hit back Monday at an unsecured creditor's call to delay hearings on the company's bid and sale procedures, warning that the company has no options and dwindling cash.

  • November 20, 2017

    DigitalGlobe Investors Seek Share Appraisal In $2.4B Deal

    Shareholders of satellite imaging company DigitalGlobe Inc. filed a petition in Delaware state court late Friday seeking appraisal of their shares in the firm following a $2.4 billion cash-and-stock merger with MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. that closed last month.

  • November 20, 2017

    Sporting Goods Wholesaler Maurice Hits Ch. 11 In Del.

    Maurice Sporting Goods Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware on Monday with roughly $100 million in debt and private investment company Middleton Partners LLC lined up as the stalking horse bidder in a planned asset sale.

  • November 20, 2017

    Takata Can Extend Airbag Lawsuit Freeze For Individuals

    The Delaware bankruptcy judge presiding over the Takata case on Monday granted the debtors’ request to extend the freeze on lawsuits connected to its dangerously defective airbag inflators through late February for individual claims, but will revisit a stay on state enforcement actions in 30 days.

  • November 20, 2017

    Embattled Exelco Should Have Ch. 11 Nixed, US Trustee Says

    A U.S. bankruptcy watchdog wants to dismiss diamond cutter Exelco NV’s Delaware bankruptcy, or possibly convert it to a Chapter 7, saying the company isn’t fulfilling major obligations it took on when it availed itself of court protection.

  • November 20, 2017

    Real Alloy Gets Interim OK On $365M Bankruptcy Loan Deals

    Bankrupt aluminum recycling firm Real Alloy Holding Inc. received interim approval Monday in Delaware for its $365 million post-petition financing plans that will make about $45 million in new money available as soon as Tuesday to help fund the company's operations.

  • November 20, 2017

    Del. Court Blocks Doc's Testimony In Punctured Bladder Suit

    The Delaware Superior Court has granted a clinic's bid to block testimony from a doctor in a malpractice suit over a bladder punctured during a diagnostic procedure, finding that the testimony did not clearly reflect the opinions of experts in the field.

  • November 17, 2017

    Bank Balks At GST Committee's Bid To Hire Configure

    Bankrupt GST AutoLeather Inc.’s pre- and post-petition lender Royal Bank of Canada took aim Friday at the unsecured creditors committee’s bid to hire investment banker Configure Partners LLC, arguing that the firm is not needed and much too expensive.

  • November 17, 2017

    Inseego Suit Cites Representations Not In Deal, Sellers Say

    Attorneys representing the sellers of Feeney Wireless LLC in a $50 million merger with Inseego Corp. told a Delaware state court judge that fraud claims from the buyer should be tossed because they cite representations made by the seller that were not included in the agreed-upon terms of the transaction.

  • November 17, 2017

    Orexigen Seeks Toss Of Suit Over Drug Trial Leaks

    A lawsuit seeking damages from Orexigen Therapeutics Inc.'s board for sharing confidential information about an unfinished obesity drug trial fails to connect the leaks to any improper intent, a directors' attorney said in arguing for dismissal of the case Friday in Delaware Chancery Court.

  • November 17, 2017

    Del. Court Nails Down $12B Student Loan Trust Control

    Attorneys battling over control of $12 billion worth of investment trusts holding 800,000 securitized student loans moved Friday to settle a key ownership impasse that snarled disputes in multiple courts over slipshod loan management and unsupported default and collection lawsuits.

  • November 17, 2017

    Powersports Co. Velocity Gets OK To Tap $25M Of Ch. 11 Loan

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge gave Velocity Holding Co. Inc. the nod Friday to tap $25 million of its post-petition financing that the motorsports parts and apparel company hopes will help fund a rework of its more than $400 million in debt that ultimately proposes a handover to first-lien creditors.

  • November 17, 2017

    4 New US Atty Nominees Come From Prosecutors' Ranks

    The Trump administration announced nominees to fill four of the outstanding U.S. attorney vacancies on Friday, picking county attorneys in Nebraska and New Hampshire and inviting the federal prosecutors currently leading the Delaware and Oregon offices to stay.

  • November 17, 2017

    Black & Decker Settles Blackbird Rechargable Battery IP Row

    Stanley Black & Decker Inc. settled a lawsuit Thursday initiated by Blackbird Technologies that alleged that its products infringed the asserted claims of a patent covering rechargeable battery accessories for cordless power tools.

  • November 17, 2017

    Aluminum Recycler Hits Ch. 11 With $400M In Liabilities

    Aluminum recycler Real Alloy Holding Inc. hit Chapter 11 on Friday in Delaware with more than $400 million in debt after a challenging secondary metal market and a series of one-time operational setbacks strained its cash flow and made it difficult to satisfy its debt obligations.

Expert Analysis

  • Examining Title VII And ADA Claims At 3rd Circ.

    George Hlavac

    The Third Circuit's recent decision in Williams v. Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission is the first time it has addressed whether stand-alone Title VII and ADA claims can be vindicated through Section 1983. The ruling aligns the Third Circuit with all other federal circuit courts that have ruled on this issue, say George Hlavac and John Buckley of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA.

  • TC Heartland And Its Aftermath: A Litigant’s View

    James Dabney

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in TC Heartland is rightly treated as having changed patent venue law, as illustrated by the Federal Circuit's recent Cray decision, says James Dabney, co-head of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s intellectual property practice group and counsel for TC Heartland.

  • The Delaware Court Of Chancery: A 225-Year Retrospective

    Jack Jacobs

    The Delaware Court of Chancery is celebrating the 225th anniversary of its creation as that state’s court of exclusive equity jurisdiction. Although the court is viewed today as one of the world’s pre-eminent expositors of business enterprise law, that outcome would never have been envisioned when the court was constitutionally established in 1792, says former Delaware Justice Jack Jacobs, now with Sidley Austin LLP.

  • The Dell Appeal In Light Of Recent DFC Opinion

    Stephen Lamb

    On Wednesday, the Delaware Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the Dell appraisal case — an appeal that is significant because the Delaware Chancery Court’s decision in the case was premised in large part on grounds that the Supreme Court recently found unsupported in DFC Global, say former Delaware Vice Chancellor Stephen Lamb and Matthew Stachel of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Locating Burden Of Proof When Patent Venue Is Challenged

    Duane-David Hough

    When venue is challenged, who bears the burden of proof in patent cases? It turns out the courts are sharply divided on this important issue, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Extending CalPERS V. ANZ Securities To Exchange Act Cases

    Alan Glickman

    The Third Circuit in North Sound Capital v. Merck became the first federal appellate court to extend the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. ANZ Securities, applying it to claims brought under the Exchange Act. However, the decision's significance remains unclear, say attorneys with Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

  • Applying Delaware Contract Law To LPA Safe Harbors

    Darren Kaplan

    The Delaware Chancery Court's opinion in Morris v. Spectra Energy provides a road map for the litigation of safe-harbor provisions in limited partnership agreements and invites close review by both private fund litigators and drafters of Delaware LPAs, says Darren Kaplan of Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP.

  • Opinion

    We Must Protect Consumers From Illegal Debt Collectors

    Maura Healey

    Companies are allowed to collect the money they are owed, but they cannot break the law or cheat people in the process. Some of the biggest players in the debt collection industry are not focused on getting it right, says Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

  • Implicit Bias' Questionable Role In Employment Litigation

    James McDonald Jr.

    Implicit bias has enjoyed a sustained focus of research and analysis in academia, and it is an increasingly popular topic of discussion among employment lawyers. However, whether implicit bias as a concept has any usefulness in employment discrimination litigation is not at all clear, says James McDonald Jr. of Fisher Phillips.

  • Are Opioids The New Tobacco?

    Richard Scruggs

    Is the rising spate of opioid litigation comparable to the litigation that led to the mega-billion dollar settlement with Big Tobacco? According to ex-trial lawyer Richard Scruggs, who helped engineer the $248 billion tobacco settlement in the 1990s, the answer is "sort of."