Delaware

  • February 28, 2024

    Musk, Ex-Twitter Staff Fail To Reach Deal In Severance Dispute

    Settlement talks between X Corp., formerly known as Twitter, and a group of former employees have fallen apart, the parties told a Delaware federal judge on Wednesday, asking the judge to lift a stay in their dispute over severance compensation.

  • February 28, 2024

    Attys Get $750K Fee Award In $6M Med Tech Co. Deal

    Class attorneys for minority shareholders of Autonomous Medical Devices Inc. who secured a $6 million settlement to resolve claims about a purportedly underpriced stock sale to an interest of Oracle founder Larry J. Ellison won court approval of the settlement Wednesday, along with a requested $750,000 fee award.

  • February 28, 2024

    SPAC Investor Says Energy Co. Merger Was Overhyped

    An investor of blank-check company Star Peak Energy Transition Corp. has sued several of its current and former directors and controllers, alleging the defendants protected their buy-ins while leaving public investors to suffer losses after the company merged with an energy storage company.

  • February 28, 2024

    Crown Castle Founder Alleges Entrenchment Bid In Del. Suit

    The co-founder of cell tower operator Crown Castle Inc. sued the Texas company Wednesday in Delaware's Court of Chancery, seeking to invalidate a cooperation agreement between its board and activist investor Elliott Investment Management LP.

  • February 28, 2024

    US Trustee Taps Ex-Prosecutor To Be FTX Examiner

    The U.S. Trustee's Office has urged a Delaware bankruptcy judge to allow Robert Cleary, a former U.S. attorney who is now with Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, to investigate FTX's finances as an examiner in the defunct cryptocurrency company's Chapter 11 case.

  • February 28, 2024

    3rd Circ. Won't Rehear Pfizer Shareholder Suit Coverage Row

    Pfizer won't get a second shot at arguing its insurer should indemnify it in a settlement stemming from a 2003 shareholder class action, with the Third Circuit on Wednesday declining the pharmaceutical company's request for an en banc rehearing.

  • February 27, 2024

    Bankman-Fried Urges No More Than 6.5 Years For FTX Fraud

    FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried asked a Manhattan federal judge late Tuesday for a sentence that releases him "promptly" after his conviction for stealing billions from customers of the now-collapsed crypto exchange, arguing that federal sentencing guidelines recommend no more than six-and-a-half years in prison.

  • February 27, 2024

    IP Strategy Co. Seeks Sanctions For Suit Over Patent Deal

    Intellectual property strategy and transactions company Transpacific IP has asked the Delaware Chancery Court to sanction Slingshot Technologies LLC more than $400,000 for making "fabricated allegations" in a failed lawsuit over Transpacific's sale of Orange SA network patents.

  • February 27, 2024

    Del. Jury Urged To Award $142M Roundup Punitive Damages

    Attorneys for the family of a South Carolina man whose cancer death was allegedly linked to long working use of Monsanto Corp.'s Roundup herbicide asked a Delaware Superior Court jury Tuesday for $142 million in punitive damages for the company's purported disregard of the product's toxic risk.

  • February 27, 2024

    Last-Minute Settlement Stops 2nd Catheter Trial In Del.

    A second legal fight over patents that cover a type of external catheter for women will not be going before a jury in Wilmington after the two feuding rivals agreed on Tuesday to settle the dispute.

  • February 27, 2024

    Goldman's $4.6M Exec Compensation Deal OK'd By Chancery

    A Delaware Chancery Court judge on Tuesday approved a settlement deal in a derivative suit against Goldman Sachs Group alleging excessive compensation was paid to nonemployee directors, which includes an agreement by the company to change its compensation practices and reduce executives' pay by an estimated $4.6 million.

  • February 27, 2024

    ​​​​​​​Payment Software Co.'s Bylaws Spark Class Action In Del.

    An investor sued a billing software maker and its board Tuesday in Delaware's Court of Chancery to invalidate what he called "coercive" company bylaw provisions that aim to thwart dissident stockholders from successfully waging a proxy contest.

  • February 27, 2024

    NH Power Plant Gets OK On Purchaser Settlement In Ch. 11

    Bankrupt New Hampshire power plant Burgess Biopower LLC will receive a $3.35 million payment from a power purchaser that allegedly withheld money it owed last year, reaching a settlement agreement between the parties that won a Delaware federal judge's blessing on Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2024

    Investors Can't Block $1.6B Oil Co. Merger, Chancery Says

    Warrant holders of deep-water oil producer QuarterNorth Energy who say they're being dragged unwillingly into its $1.6 billion merger with Talos Energy may not prevent the cashing out of their warrants because it could jeopardize the transaction and hurt QuarterNorth shareholders, Delaware's Court of Chancery has ruled.

  • February 27, 2024

    3rd Circ. Won't Reconsider Coverage Ruling For Deli Stabbing

    The Third Circuit declined to review its decision that an insurer for a Philadelphia deli does not owe coverage for a $900,000 settlement reached with a man stabbed on the premises.

  • February 26, 2024

    Clement, Prelogar Odd Bedfellows In Social Media Showdown

    After GOP-led states targeted perceived stifling of conservative voices on social media, Monday's oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court could have featured predictable partisan fissures. But the case instead illustrated that legal ideology in the digital age is sometimes surprising.

  • February 26, 2024

    Del. Justices Back Toss Of $500M Maxim-Analog Merger Suit

    The Delaware Supreme Court on Monday refused to revive investors' $500 million challenge to Maxim Integrated Products Inc.'s $21 billion merger with Analog Devices Inc., leaving intact a Chancery Court decision throwing out the case in May.

  • February 26, 2024

    Justices Say Social Media Speech Laws Pose 'Land Mines'

    The U.S. Supreme Court seemed skeptical Monday of the constitutionality of Florida and Texas laws prohibiting social media platforms from removing content or users based on viewpoint, but struggled with whether the still-developing records in the lawsuits challenging the regulations could support a meaningful ruling on platforms' First Amendment rights.

  • February 26, 2024

    Atty's Letter Is Not A Claim For Damages, Del. Justices Rule

    An attorney's presuit letter claiming that Syngenta's herbicide Paraquat caused his clients' Parkinson's disease does not constitute a "claim for damages" under the company's insurance policies with a pair of Zurich units, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled Monday.

  • February 26, 2024

    Proxy Advice Is Not Solicitation, DC Judge Rules In SEC Case

    A D.C. federal judge tossed U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regulations that define voting advice from proxy advisory firms as solicitation under agency rules, granting a win to one such firm following years of on-and-off litigation.

  • February 26, 2024

    Chancery Approves Snap Inc. Deal, Trims Fee Award By $2M

    An agreement between Snapchat parent Snap Inc. and a class of shareholders to settle litigation that accused the social media platform of giving its founders too much voting power won Delaware Chancery Court approval Monday, but shareholder attorneys got just $4.5 million of the $6.6 million in fees that they sought.

  • February 26, 2024

    3rd Circ. Backs Amtrak's Win In Fired Black Worker's Bias Suit

    The Third Circuit declined Monday to revive a Black former Amtrak inspector's racial discrimination suit claiming he was fired out of prejudice, ruling he didn't show bias informed the company's decision to sack him for taking hundreds of dollars in gifts from a contractor.

  • February 26, 2024

    Del. Justices Deny Second Chance For Texas Land Co. Suit

    Two investors in one of Texas' largest land holding companies lost a bid Monday for Delaware Supreme Court revival of a suit challenging a six-fold increase in company shares, upholding a Court of Chancery finding in December.

  • February 26, 2024

    Caterpillar Owes $12.9M In Wirtgen IP Case, Jury Says

    A federal jury in Delaware has found that Caterpillar owes machinery manufacturer Wirtgen about $12.9 million for infringing five road-milling machine patents, counsel for Wirtgen said.

  • February 26, 2024

    Yellow Corp. Gets Nod On New Procedures For Injury Claims

    Trucking company Yellow Corp. will use its insurance policies to deal with only certain claims from people alleging they were injured by its vehicles under new procedures a Delaware bankruptcy judge approved Monday, after the debtor resolved objections from parties who said its earlier plans would have violated their rights.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • 5 Lessons For SaaS Companies After Blackbaud Data Breach

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    Looking at the enforcement actions that software-as-a-service provider Blackbaud resolved with state attorneys general, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission in the past year can help SaaS companies manage these increasingly common forms of data breaches, say attorneys at Orrick.

  • Del. Ruling Stands Out In Thorny Noncompete Landscape

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    In Cantor Fitzgerald v. Ainslie, the Delaware Supreme Court last month upheld the enforceability of forfeiture-for-competition provisions in limited partnership agreements, providing a noteworthy opinion amid a time of increasing disfavor toward noncompetes and following a string of Chancery Court rulings deeming them unreasonable, say Margaret Butler and Steven Goldberg at BakerHostetler.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Understanding SEC's Focus Amid Lack Of Final AI Rules

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    Although the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed rules to govern artificial intelligence are likely far from being finalized, understanding existing regulatory provisions that could address AI risks with respect to development, disclosure, compliance and data protection could help firms anticipate and avoid pitfalls, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Del. Segway Dismissal Suggests Execs Not Liable For Biz Risk

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    While the debate continues within the Delaware Chancery Court over whether Caremark liability applies to matters of pure business risk, the court's recent rejection of Segway’s suit against the ex-president who oversaw financial difficulties suggests the court is uninterested in undermining the deference the business judgment rule grants corporate fiduciaries, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • ChristianaCare Settlement Reveals FCA Pitfalls For Hospitals

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    ChristianaCare's False Claims Act settlement in December is the first one based on a hospital allegedly providing private physicians with free services in the form of hospital-employed clinicians and provides important compliance lessons as the government ramps up scrutiny of compensation arrangements, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Texas Ruling Clarifies That Bankruptcy Shields LLC Rights

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    A Texas bankruptcy court’s recent ruling in In re: Envision makes it clear that the Bankruptcy Code preempts a section of Delaware state law that terminates a member’s interest in an LLC upon a bankruptcy filing, clarifying conflicting case law, say Larry Halperin and Joon Hong at Chapman and Cutler.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • Debt Collector Compliance Takeaways From An FDCPA Appeal

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    A Consumer Financial Protection Bureau amicus brief last month in an ongoing First Circuit appeal focusing on an interpretation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act can serve as a reminder for debt collectors to understand how their technologies, like bankruptcy scrubs and letter logic, can prevent litigation, says Justin Bradley at Womble Bond.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Exploring The Foreign Discovery Trend In Delaware

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    Despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting the use of Section 1782, recent trends from a Delaware federal court suggest that Delaware remains an appealing forum for such foreign discovery requests, says Florentina Field at Abrams & Bayliss.

  • Del.'s Tesla Pay Takedown Tells Boards What Not To Do

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    The Delaware Chancery Court’s ruthless dissection of the Tesla board’s extreme departures from standard corporate governance in its January opinion striking down CEO Elon Musk’s $55 billion pay package offers a blow-by-blow guide to mistakes Delaware public companies can avoid when negotiating executive compensation, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Del. Dispatch: Clarification On Fiduciary Duties Of Controllers

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    The Delaware Chancery Court’s January opinion in a Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores' stockholder dispute — holding that a controlling stockholder owes the company and minority shareholders some fiduciary duties when selling shares or voting to change the status quo — suggests instances where investors opposing board decisions should tread carefully, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

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