Governor Markell Signs Second Leg of Unclaimed Property Reform Legislation into Law

On July 22, 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill No. 141 into law. The bill was introduced in the Delaware State Senate on June 16, 2015 and passed the Delaware House in the early morning hours of July 1, 2015. The speed with which this legislation passed indicates that Delaware is serious about reforming its Unclaimed Property Program... Continue Reading

Delaware Court of Chancery Awards Less Than Merger Price in Appraisal Proceeding

In a decision consistent with the outcome of a number of recent appraisal cases, the Delaware Court of Chancery in LongPath Capital, LLC v. Ramtron International Corp. relied on the negotiated merger price as the best evidence of “fair value” for purposes of Section 262 of the Delaware General Corporation Law.  And, in the most noteworthy portion of the decision, the Court... Continue Reading

Second Leg of Unclaimed Property Reform Legislation Passed by the Delaware Legislature

On June 16, 2015, Senate Bill No. 141 was introduced in the Delaware State Senate.  In the early morning hours of July 1, 2015 (with the Delaware “legislative calendar” still reading June 30, 2015) this legislation, which had already passed the State Senate, passed the Delaware House and awaits Governor Jack Markell’s signature.  The speed with which this legislation... Continue Reading

The Death of the Dead-Hand Poison Put?

Morris Nichols attorneys Bill Lafferty, John DiTomo and Mac Measly contributed this article on the Delaware Court of Chancery ruling in Healthways II concerning a so-called “dead hand proxy put” provision in a credit agreement. The authors discuss proxy put trends, the history of the case and practical implications... Continue Reading

Using Financial Advisor Engagement Letters to Vet Potential Conflicts of Interest

Financial advisors often are selected by a board of directors (or committee thereof) to advise on a strategic review process because of their role as brokers in the market and their ability to generate transactional activity. Of course, that role and ability is dependent upon relationships with potential counterparties to a transaction. Because financial advisors are hired in part to exploit their... Continue Reading

Pleading Direct Patent Infringement Without Form 18

The way plaintiffs plead direct patent infringement may be about to change. Currently, the use of Form 18 suffices to plead a claim of direct patent infringement, despite what many courts and commentators believe is insufficient factual information required by that form. Recognizing that deficiency, the Federal Rules Advisory Committee recently submitted a proposal to the U.S. Supreme Court to... Continue Reading

Second Leg of Unclaimed Property Reform Legislation Introduced in Delaware Senate

On June 16, 2015, Senate Bill No. 141 was introduced in the Delaware State Senate.  This bill proposes what may well be the most important statutory changes ever made to the existing Delaware Unclaimed Property Program.  The second of two bills introduced this legislative session, Senate Bill No. 141 incorporates a number of the recommendations of a Legislative Task Force established by... Continue Reading

Enforcing a Private Company Indemnity Regime

Whether a private company acquisition is structured as a stock sale or a merger, the parties will often include in their deals provisions that specify when a buyer can bring claims for breach of representations. These provisions often take the form of highly negotiated indemnification provisions in the deal documents. In a stock sale, the sellers are party to the agreement, so that they are... Continue Reading

What Distressed Cos. Can Take Away from Quadrant v. Vertin

On May 4, 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued an opinion in Quadrant Structured Products Co. Ltd. v. Vertin that provides important guidance to those counseling distressed Delaware corporations and their stakeholders. The issue in Vertin was whether a creditor suing derivatively on behalf of an insolvent corporation loses standing to maintain that lawsuit if the corporation becomes solvent... Continue Reading

Third Circuit Holds Structured Dismissal Deviating from Bankruptcy Code Priority Scheme May Be Utilized in Appropriate Circumstances

On May 21, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit answered the long-asked question of whether structured dismissals are permissible under the Bankruptcy Code with a resounding yes.  In so ruling, the Third Circuit stated: “[W]e believe the Code permits a structured dismissal, even one that deviates from the § 507 priorities, when a bankruptcy judge makes... Continue Reading