Delaware

  • July 01, 2024

    German Co. Says Burford Fight Can Be Litigated

    A company suing the German arm of law firm Hausfeld LLP for allegedly trying to circumvent a German ban on contingency fees in certain antitrust litigation is arguing that its discovery request to litigation funder Burford Capital for use in the Hausfeld litigation doesn't belong in arbitration in London.

  • July 01, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Two multimillion-dollar settlement approvals, a $25 million fee-shifting demand, and a biotech merger spoiled by murder: This was just the beginning of the drama last week in the nation's preeminent court of equity. Shareholders in satellite companies filed new cases, a cannabis company headed toward trial, and there were new developments in old disputes involving Tesla and Truth Social.

  • July 01, 2024

    Apple Scores Some Patent Board Reviews In Watch IP Fight

    Yet another front has opened in Apple's ongoing legal war with a small medical software company that claims the tech giant used its patents in a blood oxygen sensor found in the newer version of the Apple Watch.

  • July 01, 2024

    Air Taxi Startup Sued In Delaware Over Liability Shield

    An Archer Aviation Inc. stockholder has sued the electric air taxi startup in Delaware's Court of Chancery in a proposed class claim accusing Archer of adopting an invalid charter term shielding its officers from most damage claims despite failure of the measure to receive a supermajority vote.

  • July 01, 2024

    Redbox Parent Chicken Soup For The Soul Hits Ch. 11

    Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc., the parent of movie rental kiosk pioneer Redbox, filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware bankruptcy court, saying it owes nearly $1 billion to creditors after it wasn't able to secure enough cash to purchase rights to newly released films.

  • July 01, 2024

    Clothing Maker Delta Apparel Hits Ch. 11 With Sale Plans

    Delta Apparel Inc., a Georgia-based clothes manufacturer, and six affiliates filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware with around $250 million in debt and plans to sell the lifestyle and clothes brand Salt Life while in bankruptcy.

  • July 01, 2024

    Social Media Laws Need More Analysis, Justices Say

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday returned to the lower courts challenges to Florida and Texas laws prohibiting social media platforms from removing content or users based on viewpoint, saying that the Fifth and Eleventh circuits did not conduct the proper analysis on the facial First Amendment challenges to the laws.

  • June 28, 2024

    Chevron's End Is Just The Start For Energized Agency Foes

    By knocking down a powerful precedent that has towered over administrative law for 40 years, the U.S. Supreme Court's right wing Friday gave a crowning achievement to anti-agency attorneys. But for those attorneys, the achievement is merely a means to an end, and experts expect a litigation blitzkrieg to materialize quickly in the aftermath.

  • June 28, 2024

    In Chevron Case, Justices Trade One Unknown For Another

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overrule a decades-old judicial deference doctrine may cause the "eternal fog of uncertainty" surrounding federal agency actions to dissipate and level the playing field in challenges of government policies, but lawyers warn it raises new questions over what rules courts must follow and how judges will implement them.

  • June 28, 2024

    Match Group Should Escape Investor Claims, Judge Says

    A proposed class action brought by shareholders of dating website operator Match Group Inc. should be tossed for now because it failed to show how the company allegedly misled the markets about an integration process, a Delaware federal magistrate judge determined.

  • June 28, 2024

    Chancery Court, Not Accountant, To Resolve Curaleaf Dispute

    A post-merger dispute between cannabis dispensary giant Curaleaf and the former owner of a multistate cannabis operation it acquired in 2022 must be resolved by Delaware's Court of Chancery and not an independent accountant, the court's chancellor said Friday.

  • June 28, 2024

    Top Delaware Court Tosses Voting Law Challenge

    Delaware's Supreme Court on Friday reversed a Superior Court strike-down of two state statutes on voting procedures, finding that the plaintiffs had no standing to sue because they hadn't shown any "imminent, particularized" harm.

  • June 28, 2024

    AT&T Faces Derivative Suit In Del. Over Toxic Cable Risks

    An AT&T Inc. stockholder launched a derivative suit in Delaware's Court of Chancery on Friday seeking damages from the company's directors and top officers on the company's behalf for past, present and future expenses caused by toxic risks from lead-tainted cables around the country.

  • June 28, 2024

    Most H.I.G. Capital Claims Advance In $915M Del. Audax Suit

    A Delaware Superior Court judge has kept alive much of a suit filed by affiliates of H.I.G. Capital alleging "brazen" sell-side fraud and conspiracy by interests of Audax Group in connection with H.I.G.'s $915 million deal in early 2022 for an allegedly overvalued Mobileum Inc.

  • June 28, 2024

    Lincoln Logs Maker Basic Fun Inc. Files For Ch. 11

    Basic Fun Inc., the toy-maker behind Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday in a Delaware bankruptcy court, listing less than $100 million in assets and liabilities each. 

  • June 28, 2024

    Nixed Purdue Ch. 11 Plan May Leave States Ready For A Fight

    State attorneys general across the country could be gearing up for more opioid-related litigation against the Sackler family after the U.S. Supreme Court wiped out a $5.5 billion third-party release for the owners of bankrupt drugmaker Purdue Pharma LP, experts told Law360.

  • June 28, 2024

    High Court Enters July With 3 Rulings To Go

    In a rare move, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue opinions into the beginning of July as the court tries to clear its merits docket of three remaining cases dealing with presidential immunity, whether governments can control social media platforms' content moderation policies and the appropriate deadline to challenge agency action. 

  • June 27, 2024

    Biden Takes Dig At 'Convicted Felon' Trump In 1st Debate

    President Joe Biden referred to former President Donald Trump as a "convicted felon" during Thursday's presidential debate, while Trump suggested that Biden could be criminally prosecuted after leaving office.

  • June 27, 2024

    B. Riley-Linked SPAC To Settle Del. Class Action For $8.5M

    The co-chairman of B. Riley Financial Inc. and others have agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle a class action in Delaware's Court of Chancery accusing them of making misleading and inadequate disclosures leading up to a $320 million special-purpose acquisition company deal for battery storage venture Eos Energy Storage LLC.

  • June 27, 2024

    EPA's State Smog Pollution Plan Down, Not Out Yet

    The U.S. Supreme Court flexed its muscles menacingly at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday and blocked it from implementing an important air pollution control plan for several states, but experts say it's too early to completely write off the rule in question.

  • June 27, 2024

    Chancery Orders Hearing On Musk's Texas Pay Ratification

    Delaware's Chancellor on Thursday ordered arguments on the effect of Tesla Inc.'s latest ratification of a multibillion-dollar stock-based compensation award for CEO Elon Musk but separated the session from a July 8 hearing on fees for class attorneys who won an order voiding Musk's earlier pay award.

  • June 27, 2024

    Chancery Questions $25M Fee-Shifting Bid In LG Case

    A $25 million fee-shifting request from the co-founders of an LG Electronics subsidiary, who successfully sued to recoup their board seats after a purge, prompted more than an hour of questioning on Thursday from a Delaware vice chancellor who zeroed in on whether the lawsuit benefited any other minority shareholders.

  • June 27, 2024

    Titanic Purdue Ruling Shifts The Balance Of Power In Ch. 11

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Sackler family's liability shield in the Chapter 11 plan of Purdue Pharma LP not only eliminates a key tool to resolve mass tort liabilities through bankruptcy, it gives claimants more leverage and fundamentally changes the insolvency landscape in future cases, experts tell Law360.

  • June 27, 2024

    Ex-Exec Fights Sotera's Bid To Toss Del. Stock Vesting Suit

    An attorney representing a former Sotera executive said Thursday in Delaware's Court of Chancery that the lab testing and industrial sterilization firm failed to justify its request for dismissal of a lawsuit alleging the company wrongly refused to vest his purported right to 620,000 shares in the business after his departure.

  • June 27, 2024

    Newsmax Can't See OANN-Smartmatic Defamation Settlement

    Conservative broadcasting company Newsmax Media Inc. may not force voting-machine provider Smartmatic USA Corp. to reveal the terms of its confidential settlement with One America News Network that resolved Smartmatic's defamation claims against the broadcaster, a Delaware court has ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • Bankruptcy Courts Have Contempt Power, Del. Case Reminds

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    A Delaware bankruptcy court recently held Camshaft Capital and its principal in contempt, serving as a reminder to bankruptcy practitioners and anyone else that appears before a bankruptcy judge that there are serious consequences for failing to comply with court orders, say Daniel Lowenthal and Kimberly Black at Patterson Belknap.

  • Opinion

    Climate Change Shouldn't Be Litigated Under State Laws

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    The U.S. Supreme Court should reverse the Hawaii Supreme Court's October decision in Honolulu v. Sunoco that Hawaii could apply state law to emissions generated outside the state, because it would lead to a barrage of cases seeking to resolve a worldwide problem according to 50 different variations of state law, says Andrew Ketterer at Ketterer & Ketterer.

  • Del. Rulings Make Clear That 'Arbitrator' Isn't A Magic Word

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    Recent decisions by the Delaware Chancery Court clarify that calling a process an "expert determination" or "arbitration" in a purchase agreement is not sufficient to define it as such, so practitioners must consider how to structure dispute resolution provisions to achieve their clients’ desired result, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Del. Ruling Highlights M&A Deal Adviser Conflict Disclosures

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    The Delaware Supreme Court recently reversed the Court of Chancery's dismissal of challenges to Nordic Capital's acquisition of Inovalon, demonstrating the importance of full disclosure of financial adviser conflicts when a going-private merger seeks business judgment rule review, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • E-Discovery Quarterly: Recent Rulings On Text Message Data

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    Electronically stored information on cellphones, and in particular text messages, can present unique litigation challenges, and recent court decisions demonstrate that counsel must carefully balance what data should be preserved, collected, reviewed and produced, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Series

    Swimming Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Years of participation in swimming events, especially in the open water, have proven to be ideal preparation for appellate arguments in court — just as you must put your trust in the ocean when competing in a swim event, you must do the same with the judicial process, says John Kulewicz at Vorys.

  • How Courts Are Interpreting Fed. Circ. IPR Estoppel Ruling

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    In the year since the Federal Circuit’s Ironburg ruling, which clarified the scope of inter partes and post-grant review estoppel, district court decisions show that application of IPR or PGR estoppel may become a resource-intensive inquiry, say Whitney Meier Howard and Michelle Lavrichenko at Venable.

  • Patent Damages Jury Verdicts Aren't Always End Of The Story

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    Recent outcomes demonstrate that patent damages jury verdicts are often challenged and are overturned approximately one-third of the time, and successful verdict challenges typically occur at the appellate level and concern patent validity and infringement, say James Donohue and Marie Sanyal at Charles River.

  • Notable Q1 Updates In Insurance Class Actions

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    Mark Johnson and Mathew Drocton at BakerHostetler discuss notable insurance class action decisions from the first quarter of the year ranging from salvage vehicle titling to rate discrimination based on premium-setting software.

  • Why High Court May Have Rejected IP Obviousness Appeal

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    Attorneys at Womble Bond analyze possible reasons the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Vanda Pharmaceuticals' request to review the Federal Circuit’s reasonable expectation of success standard for determining obviousness, including that the court was unpersuaded by the company's argument that Amgen v. Sanofi places a bind on drug developers.

  • Opinion

    Viral Deepfakes Of Taylor Swift Highlight Need For Regulation

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    As the nation grapples with addressing risk from artificial intelligence use, the recent circulation of AI-generated pornographic images of Taylor Swift on the social platform X highlights the need for federal legislation to protect nonconsenting subjects of deepfake pornography, say Nicole Brenner and Susie Ruiz-Lichter at Squire Patton.

  • The Fed. Circ. In April: Hurdles Remain For Generics

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    The Federal Circuit’s recent Salix v. Norwich ruling — where Salix's brand-name drug's patents were invalidated — is a reminder to patent practitioners that invalidating a competitor's patents may not guarantee abbreviated new drug application approval, say Sean Murray and Jeremiah Helm at Knobbe Martens.

  • Don't Use The Same Template For Every Client Alert

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    As the old marketing adage goes, consistency is key, but law firm style guides need consistency that contemplates variety when it comes to client alert formats, allowing attorneys to tailor alerts to best fit the audience and subject matter, says Jessica Kaplan at Legally Penned.

  • Series

    Walking With My Dog Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Thanks to my dog Birdie, I've learned that carving out an activity different from the practice of law — like daily outdoor walks that allow you to interact with new people — can contribute to professional success by boosting creativity and mental acuity, as well as expanding your social network, says Sarah Petrie at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Follow The Iron Rule Of Trial Logic

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    Many diligent and eager attorneys include every good fact, point and rule in their trial narratives — spurred by the gnawing fear they’ll be second-guessed for leaving something out — but this approach ignores a fundamental principle of successful trial lawyering, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

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