Delaware

  • June 12, 2024

    Terraform, Founder To Settle With SEC For $4.7B After Trial

    Crypto firm Terraform Labs and its founder Do Kwon have agreed to a combined $4.67 billion settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission after a Manhattan jury found the firm and executive liable for fraud in April.

  • June 12, 2024

    Gaming Co. Derides DraftKings' $2.3M Fee Bid In Patent Suit

    The fallout from a testy patent dispute over DraftKings' geolocation technology intensified this week as Interactive Games pushed back against the online gambling giant's request for $2.3 million in legal fees in Delaware federal court.

  • June 12, 2024

    Shareholders To Settle Discovery-AT&T Merger Suit In Del.

    Former shareholders of Discovery Inc. who sued in Delaware's Court of Chancery over the media entertainment company's $43 billion merger with AT&T in 2022 have agreed to settle their class action and intend to finalize settlement documentation by July 5, the parties told the court late on Tuesday.

  • June 11, 2024

    Alston Steers Transport Co. Coach Through Ch. 11

    Bus company Coach USA Inc. announced Tuesday that it filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware bankruptcy court, saying it has struck asset purchase agreements to preserve jobs and continue offering its ground passenger transportation services.

  • June 11, 2024

    Pharmacy Co. Optio Gets Interim OK For $10M DIP Package

    Illinois-based specialty pharmacy chain Optio received interim approval at a first-day hearing Tuesday in Delaware bankruptcy court to access a $10 million in new money debtor-in-possession financing to fund its Chapter 11.

  • June 11, 2024

    Auto Apprenticeship Program Sued In Del. For Documents

    A stockholder and founder of Automotive Apprenticeship Group LLC sued the Kentucky-headquartered business Tuesday for a Delaware Court of Chancery-ordered release of company documents allegedly refused in the past after repeated, direct requests.

  • June 11, 2024

    Moelis-Inspired Del. Corporate Law Bill Clears Senate Panel

    A string of law professors turned out Tuesday to oppose a Delaware Senate bill that would let boards cede some governance rights to big stockholders and some Delaware Court oversight to other jurisdictions, with the measure nevertheless cleared for a full Senate vote.

  • June 11, 2024

    AES Sued In Del. For 'Weaponized' Advance Notice Bylaws

    Global utility and power company The AES Corp. has "weaponized" advance notice requirements in its bylaws to make it "unreasonably difficult, if not impossible," for stockholders to nominate candidates for the company's board, a stockholder has alleged in a new Delaware Court of Chancery suit.

  • June 11, 2024

    J&J Inks $700M Deal To End AGs' Talc Marketing Suits

    Forty-three state attorneys general on Tuesday said there has been a $700 million nationwide settlement and a consent judgment has been reached with Johnson & Johnson that ends claims it misled consumers about the safety of its talc products.

  • June 11, 2024

    Elon Musk Sued Anew In Del. Over $16B Tesla Stock Sale

    A Tesla shareholder has hit Elon Musk with a lawsuit over his 2021 sale of $16 billion worth of stock just before his purchase of Twitter, claiming the billionaire profited by concealing his intent to buy the social media platform and made the purchase in part to reinstate former President Donald Trump's account.

  • June 11, 2024

    Hunter Biden Found Guilty Of Federal Gun Charges

    President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden was found guilty of three felony gun charges by a federal jury in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday.

  • June 10, 2024

    Microsoft Wants $242M IP Verdict Axed Or Cut To $1.9M

    Microsoft has urged a Delaware federal judge to toss a $242 million jury verdict that found Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana infringed a patent originally issued to a company that developed Apple's Siri software, arguing infringement wasn't proven and the "grossly inflated" award should at least be cut to $1.95 million.

  • June 10, 2024

    Bankrupt UpHealth Warned Of Criminal Charges In India

    A court in India said it has received a criminal charge sheet issued by an investigative governmental agency in Calcutta against bankrupt American healthcare company UpHealth, targeting it and executives over accusations that they conspired to defraud a local healthcare system.

  • June 10, 2024

    Prosecutors Tell Jury To Ignore Hunter Biden's 'Stories'

    Jury deliberations in Hunter Biden's trial on felony gun charges will continue Tuesday at a federal courthouse in Wilmington, Delaware, after a five-day trial ended Monday afternoon with Biden's attorney imploring jurors to avoid "conjecture and suspicion" and prosecutors urging them not to fall for "fictional stories."

  • June 10, 2024

    Chancery Retains Most Healthcare Tech Merger Suit Claims

    Nearly all the allegations of fraud, breach of contract and related claims lodged by healthcare technology venture Trifecta Multimedia Holdings Inc. against acquirer WCG Clinical Services have survived dismissal challenges and will move toward trial, a Delaware vice chancellor ruled Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Big players and big moves dominated much of the past week in Delaware's Court of Chancery, as Tesla in particular and big corporations in general showed their pique over rulings that went toward stockholders or against conventional expectations.

  • June 10, 2024

    Ventilator Co. Vyaire Hits Ch. 11 As COVID Demand Wanes

    Vyaire Medical Inc., a company that makes breathing ventilators and other respiratory treatment and diagnosis products, filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware after demand for its products waned following the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • June 10, 2024

    Pharmacy Biz Files Ch. 11 With More Than $235M In Debt

    Illinois-based specialty pharmacy Optio Rx has filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware bankruptcy court with more than $235 million in debt and an agreement with creditors for a partial debt-for-equity swap.

  • June 07, 2024

    Hunter Biden Prosecutors Wrap Up Case As Daughter Testifies

    Federal prosecutors who say Hunter Biden lied about his crack addiction when he bought a gun in 2018 wrapped up their case Friday with expert testimony about cocaine residue and street dealer lingo, as Biden's daughter kicked off testimony for the defense.

  • June 07, 2024

    3rd Circ. Backs NJ In Pipeline Co.'s Business Tax Fight

    The Third Circuit ruled Friday that New Jersey's partnership filing fee is a state affair that can't be challenged in federal court, dealing a blow to a pipeline company seeking to shed the cost because it does very little business in the state.

  • June 07, 2024

    Tesla Rips 'Unprecedented' $5.6B Fee Bid In Musk Pay Fight

    Tesla urged Delaware's Chancery Court on Friday to reject a $5.6 billion stock-based fee request by counsel representing investors who blocked Elon Musk's record Tesla pay package, arguing the "unprecedented" fee bid is unreasonable, unwarranted and 17 times larger than any fee award in Delaware history.

  • June 07, 2024

    FaZe Clan SPAC Investor Sues B. Riley In Chancery Court

    Former stockholders of the blank-check company that took electronic sports and entertainment company FaZe Clan public in a $725 million transaction in July 2022 sued B. Riley Financial and others behind the deal on Friday in Delaware's Court of Chancery, alleging disclosure failures and breaches of fiduciary duty.

  • June 07, 2024

    Hospital Dodges Hostile-Workplace Claim In Race Bias Suit

    A federal court trimmed a state-level claim of hostile work environment and two allegations of racial bias from a Black former emergency room doctor at a hospital outside Philadelphia, but said there were enough questions of fact for other parts of her case to move ahead.

  • June 07, 2024

    Battle Lines Drawn As Major Del. Corporate Law Tweak Looms

    On Tuesday morning, seven Delaware state senators are set to open the first public round of debates on a fast-tracked Delaware General Corporation Law amendment package that would allow boards to cede some governance rights to big stockholders and Delaware Court oversight for some corporate actions to other jurisdictions.

  • June 06, 2024

    Tesla Sued Over Vote On Revived $55B CEO Pay, Texas Move

    Tesla, its board of directors and CEO Elon Musk were hit with a proposed class action in Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday over the company's plan to seek stockholder approval for the same $55.8 billion Musk compensation plan voided in January, along with reincorporation of Tesla as a Texas company.

Expert Analysis

  • Patent Lessons From 7 Federal Circuit Reversals In May

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    A look at recent cases where the Federal Circuit reversed or vacated decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board or a federal district court provide guidance on how to succeed on appeal by clarifying the obviousness analysis of design patents, the finality of a judgment, and more, say Denise De Mory and Li Guo at Bunsow De Mory.

  • Litigation Inspiration: Attys Can Be Heroic Like Olympians

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    Although litigation won’t earn anyone an Olympic medal in Paris this summer, it can be worthy of the same lasting honor if attorneys exercise focused restraint — seeking both their clients’ interests and those of the court — instead of merely pursuing every advantage short of sanctionable conduct, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • Lean Into The 'Great Restoration' To Retain Legal Talent

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    As the “great resignation,” in which employees voluntarily left their jobs in droves, has largely dissipated, legal employers should now work toward the idea of a “great restoration,” adopting strategies to effectively hire, onboard and retain top legal talent, says Molly McGrath at Hiring & Empowering Solutions.

  • NY Combined Hearing Guidelines Can Shorten Ch. 11 Timeline

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    The Southern District of New York’s recently adopted guidelines on combining the processes for Chapter 11 plan confirmation and disclosure statement approval may shorten the Chapter 11 timeline for companies and reduce associated costs, say Robert Drain and Moshe Jacob at Skadden.

  • Opinion

    Bankruptcy Judges Can Justly Resolve Mass Tort Cases

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    Johnson & Johnson’s recent announcement of a prepackaged reorganization plan for its talc unit highlights that Chapter 11 is a continually evolving living statute that can address new types of problems with reorganization, value and job preservation, and just treatment for creditors, says Kenneth Rosen at Ken Rosen Advisors PC.

  • Series

    Fishing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Atop the list of ways fishing makes me a better lawyer is the relief it offers from the chronic stress of a demanding caseload, but it has also improved my listening skills and patience, and has served as an exceptional setting for building earnest relationships, says Steven DeGeorge​​​​​​​ at Robinson Bradshaw.

  • Parsing Controversial Del. General Corporation Law Proposals

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    In response to issues raised in three recent high-profile Delaware Court of Chancery decisions, many amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law were quickly proposed that, if enacted, would bring significant changes likely to be hotly debated — and litigated — for the foreseeable future, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • A Healthier Legal Industry Starts With Emotional Intelligence

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    The legal profession has long been plagued by high rates of mental health issues, in part due to attorneys’ early training and broader societal stereotypes — but developing one’s emotional intelligence is one way to foster positive change, collectively and individually, says attorney Esperanza Franco.

  • To Make Your Legal Writing Clear, Emulate A Master Chef

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    To deliver clear and effective written advocacy, lawyers should follow the model of a fine dining chef — seasoning a foundation of pure facts with punchy descriptors, spicing it up with analogies, refining the recipe and trimming the fat — thus catering to a sophisticated audience of decision-makers, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Circuit Judge Writes An Opinion, AI Helps: What Now?

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    Last week's Eleventh Circuit opinion in Snell v. United Specialty Insurance, notable for a concurrence outlining the use of artificial intelligence to evaluate a term's common meaning, is hopefully the first step toward developing a coherent basis for the judiciary's generative AI use, says David Zaslowsky at Baker McKenzie.

  • Perspectives

    Trauma-Informed Legal Approaches For Pro Bono Attorneys

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    As National Trauma Awareness Month ends, pro bono attorneys should nevertheless continue to acknowledge the mental and physical effects of trauma, allowing them to better represent clients, and protect themselves from compassion fatigue and burnout, say Katherine Cronin at Stinson and Katharine Manning at Blackbird.

  • Opinion

    Del. Needs To Urgently Pass Post-Moelis Corporate Law Bill

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    After the Delaware Chancery Court's decision in West Palm Beach Firefighters' Pension v. Moelis sparked confusion around governance rights, recently proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law would preserve the state's predictable corporate governance system, says Lawrence Hamermesh at Widener University Delaware Law School.

  • Series

    Playing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My deep and passionate involvement in playing, writing and producing music equipped me with skills — like creativity, improvisation and problem-solving — that contribute to the success of my legal career, says attorney Kenneth Greene.

  • 3rd Circ.'s Geico Ruling May Encourage Healthcare Arbitration

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    The Third Circuit's recent decision in Geico v. Mount Prospect, finding that claims under New Jersey's Insurance Fraud Prevention Act can be arbitrated, strengthens arbitration as a viable alternative to litigation, even though it is not necessarily always a more favorable forum, say Khaled Klele and Jessica Osterlof at McCarter & English.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Pitfalls When Withdrawing From A Case

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    The Trump campaign's recent scuffle over its bid to replace its counsel in a pregnancy retaliation suit offers a chance to remind attorneys that many troubles inherent in withdrawing from a case can be mitigated or entirely avoided by communicating with clients openly and frequently, says Christopher Konneker at Orsinger Nelson.

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