Delaware

  • March 18, 2024

    ​​​​​​​Amyris Gets OK To Settle Pot Co.'s $15M Trade Secret Suit

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge has approved biotechnology company Amyris' $15.1 million settlement with cannabinoid manufacturer Lavvan, resolving yearslong litigation and arbitration proceedings alleging the debtor misused its then-business partner's trade secrets.

  • March 18, 2024

    One Of Longest-Serving Del. Superior Court Judges Is Retiring

    Delaware's Superior Court is set to lose one of its longest-serving judges, Judge Mary M. Johnston, who is retiring on a yet-to-be disclosed date.

  • March 18, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Multimillion-dollar e-cigarette settlements, $4 billion in stock buybacks and a $6.1 million appraisal tweak were among the big-dollar items logged in the Delaware Court of Chancery's ledger last week. Also on the docket: a Panama port project, a news outlet's defamation case, drone disputes and a flood of mail from Tesla shareholders. In case you missed it, here's all the latest from the Chancery Court.

  • March 18, 2024

    Joann Hits Ch. 11 With $1B Secured Debt, Creditor Deal

    Fabric retailer Joann Inc., better known as Joann Fabrics, filed for bankruptcy in Delaware on Monday with $1 billion in secured debt and an agreement with its creditors to trim $505 million from its balance sheet.

  • March 18, 2024

    Ex-CEO Sues Trump-Tied SPAC For Litigation, Probe Fees

    A director and former CEO of Donald Trump-tied Digital World Acquisition Corp. has sued the venture in Delaware's Court of Chancery, seeking legal fee advancements from DWAC for costs arising from federal probes, lawsuits in multiple states and potential fiduciary breach claims.

  • March 18, 2024

    Justices Won't Review PTAB Ax Of Fabric Printing Patents

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal arguing that four patents on transferring images to fabric were wrongly invalidated in a challenge by Avery Products and others because the decision did not explain why the patents were obvious.

  • March 15, 2024

    Peer Street Can Solicit Ch. 11 Plan Votes, Judge Says

    Peer Street told creditors of the company and its entities Friday to expect ballots for their Chapter 11 plan, after a Delaware bankruptcy judge decided the real estate investment platform had disclosed enough information about its proposal for reorganization.

  • March 15, 2024

    Apollo Voting Rules Favoring Founders Challenged In Del.

    An Apollo Global Management Inc. investor has launched a challenge to board agreements favoring the company's former managing partners in decisions on board and executive committee seats, citing recent Court of Chancery rulings that invalidated similar measures.

  • March 15, 2024

    White House Stands By 3rd Circ. Nominee Amid GOP Attacks

    White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Friday urged the Senate to confirm Third Circuit nominee Adeel Mangi, who would be the first Muslim federal appellate judge, amid widespread criticism from Republicans and a report that the votes might not be there to secure confirmation.

  • March 15, 2024

    Judge Voids Boy Scouts Ch. 11 Ballots For Likely Forgery

    Three Chapter 11 plan ballots that opted for a quicker but smaller settlement payout in the Boy Scouts of America's bankruptcy should be tossed, a Delaware bankruptcy judge has ruled, finding they were likely forged.

  • March 15, 2024

    Feds Say Bankman-Fried Deserves 40 To 50 Years In Prison

    Sam Bankman-Fried should spend 40 to 50 years in prison for engaging in a massive fraud that sank his FTX crypto exchange, Manhattan federal prosecutors argued Friday, pushing back against a request by defense counsel for a sentence of roughly six years.

  • March 15, 2024

    Onix Networking Buyer Sues Seller In Del. Alleging Deal Fraud

    A private equity firm that bought Onix Networking Corp. in 2022 has sued the company's former owners in Delaware's Court of Chancery to rescind part of the deal, alleging seller fraud and misrepresentation of annual revenues by "tens of millions of dollars."

  • March 14, 2024

    Atty Claims Privilege On Docs In Patent Suit Origin Probe

    An attorney whom Delaware Judge Colm Connolly is considering referring for disciplinary action as part of a probe into third-party patent litigation control and funding turned over some documents requested by the judge on Thursday, but said others are being withheld as privileged.

  • March 14, 2024

    IP Forecast: Internet Archive Fights Vinyl Copyright Case

    A California federal judge will hear arguments next week over whether the Internet Archive can toss accusations from record labels that describe its project for a free, digitized library of 78 rpm records as a "wholesale theft of generations of music." Here's a look at that case, plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

  • March 14, 2024

    Chancery Sends Drone-Maker's Claim To Sister Court

    A Delaware vice chancellor handed off to a regular civil court Thursday remaining claims in drone-maker Teal Drones Inc.'s suit accusing a software supplier and its owner of wrongly pulling the plug on Teal's license for autonomous-flight programming, after tossing claims against the supplier itself.

  • March 14, 2024

    Tingo Sued In Del. For Docs On CEO Indictment, DOJ Probe

    A stockholder of Tingo Group Inc., a company controlled by a Nigerian man recently charged in connection with an allegedly "staggering" multinational fraud, has sued the business for books and records in Delaware's Court of Chancery, saying the documents are central to assessing next steps.

  • March 14, 2024

    Near Intelligence's Ch. 11 Plan Gets Court's Approval

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Thursday confirmed consumer data platform Near Intelligence's Chapter 11 plan, which went through without objection after negotiations resolved outstanding concerns.

  • March 14, 2024

    Wash. Real Estate Co.'s Ch 11 Plan OK'd After Judgment Slashed

    Washington state-based commercial and residential real estate company High Valley Investments LLC 's Chapter 11 plan received a Delaware bankruptcy judge's blessing Thursday after a settlement agreement slashed a $47.4 million judgment against it to an $18 million claim.

  • March 14, 2024

    Chancery Concedes Appraisal Math Error In HBK Share Award

    Delaware's Court of Chancery has issued a rare post-merger appraisal ruling correction, adding $6.1 million to an earlier post-deal valuation of Pivotal Software Inc. shares held by two HBK Capital Management affiliates at the time of Pivotal's $2.7 billion sale to VMWare Inc. in 2019.

  • March 14, 2024

    Most States Fall Short In Disclosing Justices' Finance Reports

    The vast majority of state supreme courts make it exceedingly difficult for the public to get information about justices' financial entanglements, and the information they do give out is often scant at best, according to a report released Thursday.

  • March 14, 2024

    Camshaft Facing Daily Fine, Manager's Arrest In Byju's Ch. 11

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge hit hedge fund Camshaft Capital Fund with $10,000 in daily fines Thursday until it discloses information about the whereabouts of $533 million transferred out of bankrupt tech company Byju's, and ordered the arrest of Camshaft's sole officer for not appearing in court as directed.

  • March 14, 2024

    Court Urged To Give Sullivan & Cromwell $31M For FTX Work

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge should give Sullivan & Cromwell LLP about $31 million in fees for its work in FTX Trading Ltd.'s case from August through October 2023, the Chapter 11 fee examiner said.

  • March 13, 2024

    Jewish Group Sues UN Relief Agency Over Hamas Massacre

    An advocacy group that defends Jewish rights has sued in Delaware federal court an American charity that aids a United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees, saying it purportedly bears accountability for the Hamas attack in Israel in October.

  • March 13, 2024

    Velodyne Investors Seek OK On $27.5M Deal Over CEO Ouster

    Velodyne Lidar stockholders asked a California federal judge Wednesday to preliminarily approve a $27.5 million deal to resolve claims that the company failed to disclose adverse facts regarding the ouster of its founder and that it omitted from securities filings that it'd been investigating director misconduct that led stock prices to fall.

  • March 13, 2024

    Dodging Attempt Doesn't Invalidate Service, 3rd Circ. Told

    A consulting firm suing a construction company for failing to pay for its services related to a separate lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs told a Third Circuit panel Wednesday that it served process to the defendant, in spite of the principal's alleged attempts to dodge service.

Expert Analysis

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Chancery's 'Unfair Deal, Fair Price' Ruling Part Of A Trend

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    The Delaware Court of Chancery's recent decision in In re: Straight Path Communications is the latest in a line of recent post-trial rulings by the court that seem to prioritize a fair price in determining damage awards — even when a transaction has been clouded by an unfair process, say attorneys at V&E.

  • Asserting 'Presence-Of-Counsel' Defense In Securities Trials

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    As illustrated by the fraud trial of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, defense attorneys in securities trials might consider arguing that counsel had some involvement in the conduct at issue — if the more formal advice-of-counsel defense is unavailable and circumstances allow for a privilege waiver, say Joseph Dever and Matthew Elkin at Cozen O'Connor.

  • An Overview Of Circuit Courts' Interlocutory Motion Standards

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    The Federal Arbitration Act allows litigants to file an immediate appeal from an order declining to enforce an arbitration agreement, but the circuit courts differ on the specific requirements for the underlying order as well as which motion must be filed, as demonstrated in several 2023 decisions, says Kristen Mueller at Mueller Law.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • 10 Essential Bankruptcy Litigation Tips For In-House Counsel

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    Bankruptcy litigation is a complex and multifaceted area of law that poses unique challenges for in-house counsel, and there are several tools at legal professionals' disposal, like appraisals and understanding jurisdictions, to stay well-informed and protect their companies' interests, says Alison Ashmore at Dykema.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Tips For Avoiding Disputes From M&A Earnout Provisions

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    Attorneys at Freshfields review key Delaware cases to outline several important considerations that may reduce the risk of an earnout dispute arising from a merger agreement and help the parties navigate disputes when they do occur.

  • Del. Dispatch: Refining M&A Terms After Twitter Investor Suit

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    The Delaware Court of Chancery's recent decision in Crispo v. Musk — invalidating a merger agreement provision that has been commonly used to disincentivize buyers from wrongful merger termination — should cause target companies to consider new approaches to ensure the payment of lost premium damages, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

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