Delaware

  • July 05, 2024

    The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

    This U.S. Supreme Court term featured high-stakes oral arguments on issues including gerrymandering, abortion and federal agency authority, and a hot bench ever more willing to engage in a lengthy back-and-forth with advocates. Here's a look at the law firms that argued the most cases and how they fared.

  • July 05, 2024

    Owens Corning Board Sued In Del. Over Advance-Notice Bylaws

    A shareholder of Owens Corning has sued its board in Delaware's Court of Chancery, alleging the building materials company has "weaponized" its bylaws to entrench its sitting directors and prevent activist stockholders from nominating alternative candidates to the board.

  • July 05, 2024

    3rd Circ. Preview: Ponzi Scheme, Merck Vaccine Heat Up July

    The Third Circuit's July argument schedule is sizzling with several high-stakes cases, including two whistleblowers attempting to make drugmaker Merck answer for allegedly inducing the U.S. government to pay for substandard mumps vaccines.

  • July 04, 2024

    Briton Wins Bid To Challenge $99M Wine Fraud Extradition

    A British businessman accused of defrauding investors out of $99 million by persuading them to make interest-bearing loans using valuable wine collections as collateral won a chance on Thursday to challenge his extradition to the U.S.

  • July 03, 2024

    Roche Says Stanford Profs Stole Cancer Detection Tech

    Roche Molecular Systems has accused Stanford University and several faculty members of swiping its proprietary cancer detection technology and secretly founding a new company with it, according to a suit filed in California federal court.

  • July 03, 2024

    24 AGs Urge High Court To Preserve Ghost Gun Regs

    A coalition of 24 attorneys general urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a new federal regulation regarding the weapon parts kits consumers can purchase and use to build ghost guns — firearms without serial numbers — treating them the same way preassembled firearms are, saying the new rule is "crucial to preventing and solving violent, firearm-related offenses."

  • July 03, 2024

    Muldrow Revives Worker's Pregnancy Bias Suit, 3rd Circ. Says

    The Third Circuit reinstated parts of a worker's suit claiming she was forced to resign from Pennsylvania's probation board because she was denied light duty and remote assignments to accommodate her pregnancy, stating Wednesday a recent high court ruling requires another look at her case.

  • July 03, 2024

    Petersen Health Lands $136M In Winning Asset Bids

    Petersen Health Care told a Delaware bankruptcy court Wednesday it selected four successful bids, totaling roughly $135.8 million, for the company's skilled nursing facilities, including an offer worth $116.2 million from a stalking-horse bidder.

  • July 03, 2024

    Revived Skinny Label Case Is A Warning For Generics

    The Federal Circuit has made clear that generic-drug companies need to pay close attention to public statements when advertising drugs that still have patent-protected uses, even if their so-called skinny labels properly avoid references to those carved-out indications, attorneys say.

  • July 03, 2024

    Siemens, GlobalFoundries Kill Chip Design IP Under Alice

    Siemens and GlobalFoundries nabbed a major win Tuesday when a Delaware federal magistrate judge granted the semiconductor makers' summary judgment bids in a patent infringement case, holding that the chip design patents the companies are accused of infringing are invalid under Alice.

  • July 03, 2024

    Blackwells Loses Bid To See Disney Books On ValueAct

    The Walt Disney Co. does not have to give activist shareholder Blackwells Capital more information about an agreement that Disney made with ValueAct Capital, a Delaware Chancery Court judge ruled Wednesday, finding that Blackwells had "failed to meet its burden to prove a credible basis to suspect wrongdoing."

  • July 03, 2024

    Cooley DQ'd From IP Case Over Atty's Past Patent Work

    Cooley LLP was disqualified on Wednesday from representing a pharmaceutical customer-support software company against patent infringement claims in Delaware, with the district court citing a Cooley partner's prior work representing the plaintiff and Cooley's refusal to screen its attorney.

  • July 03, 2024

    Deal Reached In Del. Suit Targeting Gores-Backed UWM SPAC

    Architects of a $16 billion special purpose acquisition company merger that took United Wholesale Mortgage public have reportedly agreed to settle a Delaware Chancery Court stockholder suit accusing private equity billionaire Alec Gores and others of misleading investors.

  • July 03, 2024

    Cerevel Investors Allege Insider Trades Pre-$8.7B AbbVie Deal

    A pension fund shareholder of Cerevel Therapeutics Holdings Inc. has sued the biopharmaceutical company in Delaware's Court of Chancery, seeking documents to investigate potential fiduciary duty breaches and possible insider trading shortly before the company announced its pending $8.7 billion merger with AbbVie Inc.

  • July 03, 2024

    Chancery Tosses Challenge To $3B AstraZeneca Viela Bio Sale

    AstraZeneca PLC and a U.K. affiliate beat late Tuesday a Delaware Court of Chancery stockholder suit accusing the company of orchestrating an underpriced, $3 billion sale of clinical stage biopharmaceutical venture Viela Bio Inc. in order to clear the way for AstraZeneca's purchase of a larger competitor.

  • July 02, 2024

    Mike Huckabee Says Meta Hosted Fake CBD Gummy Ads

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says Meta Platforms Inc. has been allowing and hosting advertisements that falsely portray him promoting CBD gummies, leading to people falsely associating him with the CBD industry and marijuana use, according to a suit filed Monday in Delaware federal court.

  • July 02, 2024

    Health Data Co. Alleges Contract Breach, Seeks Del. TRO

    A Blue Cross Blue Shield Association healthcare data licensee has sued for a Delaware Court of Chancery injunction that would bar a client from sharing a valuable database of BCBS medical and pharmacy claims with direct competitor Cigna Corp.

  • July 02, 2024

    Biotech Biz Co-Directors Sue Each Other In Del., Cite Breaches

    A California-based biotech company once researching a new class of antiviral therapy for COVID-19 is now the subject of dissolution proceedings in Delaware's Court of Chancery, after the company's two directors filed dueling lawsuits alleging fiduciary duty breaches and a board-level stalemate.

  • July 02, 2024

    Harvest Capital Class Ends Chancery Merger Suit For $3.85M

    Stockholder attorneys who secured a $3.85 million pretrial class settlement for an allegedly unfair Harvest Capital Credit Corp. merger deal won an above-average 25% share of the award Tuesday, in what a Delaware vice chancellor indicated was a move to reward top-flight attention to smaller-stakes litigation.

  • July 02, 2024

    Beasley Allen Slams J&J's DQ Bid 'Check-Up' In Talc Tort

    The Beasley Allen Law Firm and Johnson & Johnson continue to spar over the firm and attorney Andy Birchfield's role in long-running federal and state mass torts over talcum powder injuries, with the firm calling out J&J on Tuesday for "prodding" the New Jersey courts to boot the lawyers from the litigation.

  • July 02, 2024

    Chancery Cuts Sears Shareholders' $18.3M Award To $8.7M

    Minority stockholders of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores saw their class award in Delaware Chancery Court litigation trimmed from $18.3 million to $8.7 million Tuesday after former Sears CEO Edward S. Lampert and his co-defendants protested that the court had erred in its calculations.

  • July 02, 2024

    Justices Order Post-Rahimi Review For Felon Gun Ban

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered lower courts to review a series of cases that challenged as unconstitutional federal gun restrictions, including those for felons and drug users, in light of its ruling this term that allowed bans for domestic abusers.

  • July 01, 2024

    What To Know: The High Court's Ruling On Social Media Regs

    Rather than settling a circuit split over state laws curbing content moderation on the largest social media platforms, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday remanded the cases — a decision many attorneys and First Amendment experts are viewing as a win for free speech online.

  • July 01, 2024

    GoDaddy Shareholders Balk At Further Chancery Delay

    A special litigation committee that GoDaddy Inc. created in September 2023 in response to shareholder litigation over an $850 million tax asset buyout has 30 days to convince a Delaware Chancery Court judge that it is conducting a good-faith investigation and cooperating with the suing shareholders.

  • July 01, 2024

    Carvana Seeks Toss Of Chancery Suit Alleging Faulty Sales

    An attorney for online used-car sales giant Carvana Inc. on Monday urged Delaware's chancellor to toss or stay what he described as a derivative damages case "repackaged" from past or pending federal securities actions that "have not fared well."

Expert Analysis

  • Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

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    From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

  • The State Of Play In DEI And ESG 1 Year After Harvard Ruling

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    Almost a year after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, attorney general scrutiny of environmental, social and governance-related efforts indicates a potential path for corporate diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to be targeted, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Key Lessons From Recent Insurance Policy Reform Litigation

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    A review of recent case law reveals the wide range of misunderstandings that may arise between insurers and policyholders in the purchase and renewal of insurance policies, as well as the utility — and the limits — of reformation and related remedies for these misunderstandings, say Jad Khazem and Seth Tucker at Covington.

  • Patent Lessons From 4 Federal Circuit Reversals In April

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    Four Federal Circuit decisions in April that reversed or vacated underlying rulings provide a number of takeaways, including that obviousness analysis requires a flexible approach, that an invalidity issue of an expired patent can be moot, and more, say Denise De Mory and Li Guo at Bunsow De Mory.

  • 2nd Circ. Ruling Affirms NY Law's Creditor-Friendly Approach

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    The Second Circuit’s recent ruling in 245 Park Member v. HNA International provides creditors with some reason for optimism that debtors in New York may face rejection in court for aiming to keep creditors at arm’s length by transferring personal assets into an LLC, says Jeff Newton at Omni Bridgeway.

  • What The FTC Report On AG Collabs Means For Cos.

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    The Federal Trade Commission's April report on working with state attorneys general shows collaboration can increase efficiency and consistency in how statutes are interpreted and enforced, which can minimize the likelihood of requests for inconsistent injunctive relief that can create operational problems for businesses, say attorneys at Kelley Drye.

  • When Oral Settlements Reached In Mediation Are Enforceable

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    A recent decision by the New Jersey Appellate Division illustrates the difficulties that may arise in trying to enforce an oral settlement agreement reached in mediation, but adherence to certain practices can improve the likelihood that such an agreement will be binding, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • Series

    Being An EMT Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    While some of my experiences as an emergency medical technician have been unusually painful and searing, the skills I’ve learned — such as triage, empathy and preparedness — are just as useful in my work as a restructuring lawyer, says Marshall Huebner at Davis Polk.

  • Exploring An Alternative Model Of Litigation Finance

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    A new model of litigation finance, most aptly described as insurance-backed litigation funding, differs from traditional funding in two key ways, and the process of securing it involves three primary steps, say Bob Koneck, Christopher Le Neve Foster and Richard Butters at Atlantic Global Risk LLC.

  • Businesses Should Take Their AI Contracts Off Auto-Renew

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    When subscribing to artificial intelligence tools — or to any technology in a highly competitive and legally thorny market — companies should push back on automatic renewal contract clauses for reasons including litigation and regulatory risk, and competition, says Chris Wlach at Huge Inc.

  • Del. IP Ruling May Mark Limitation-By-Limitation Analysis Shift

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    A Delaware federal court's recent ruling in Lindis Biotech v. Amgen, which involved complex technology where the complaint contained neither facts nor a specific allegation directed to a claim limitation, might spark a shift away from requiring a limitation-by-limitation analysis, say Ted Mathias and Ian Swan at Axinn.

  • Del. Dispatch: Chancery's Evolving Approach To Caremark

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    Though Caremark claims are historically the least likely corporate claims to lead to liability, such cases have been met in recent years with increased judicial receptivity — but the Delaware Court of Chancery still expressly discourages the reflexive filing of Caremark claims following corporate mishaps, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • Cell Therapy Cos. Must Beware Limits Of Patent Safe Harbors

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    Though developers of gene and cell therapy products commonly assume that a legal safe harbor protects them from patent infringement suits, recent case law shows that not all preapproval uses of patented technology are necessarily protected, say Natasha Daughtrey and Joshua Weinger at Goodwin.

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    Teaching Yoga Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Being a yoga instructor has helped me develop my confidence and authenticity, as well as stress management and people skills — all of which have crossed over into my career as an attorney, says Laura Gongaware at Clyde & Co.

  • A Vision For Economic Clerkships In The Legal System

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    As courts handle increasingly complex damages analyses involving vast amounts of data, an economic clerkship program — integrating early-career economists into the judicial system — could improve legal outcomes and provide essential training to clerks, say Mona Birjandi at Data for Decisions and Matt Farber at Secretariat.

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