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Delaware Litigation 2017: Assessing Trends at Year-End

Litigation in Delaware in 2017 has somewhat turned on its head the long-held expectation that “every public deal draws a lawsuit” but “private company stockholders rarely sue.” Early indications that public company deal litigation would decrease in Delaware courts have proven to be accurate through 2017. Yet the Delaware Court of Chancery has been busier than ever — so much that Chief... Continue Reading

Benefits of Independent and Delaware Perspectives on Board Self-Evaluations

Board self-evaluations are conducted by companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange and with increasing frequency by boards of other public and private companies. Feedback from director surveys and commentators suggests that, although directors are generally satisfied with the performance of their boards, a lack of independence has proved to be a meaningful hindrance to effective board... Continue Reading

2017 Amendments to Delaware’s General Corporation Law and Alternative Entity Statutes

In its last session, the Delaware Legislature passed a number of amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the ‘‘DGCL’’) and the Delaware ‘‘alternative entity’’ statutes—the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act (the ‘‘DLLCA’’), the Delaware Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act (‘‘DRULPA’’) and the Delaware Revised Uniform Partnership Act... Continue Reading

Of Spoiled Milk—Warnings That Should and Should Not Have Been Issued: Another Take on the Potential for Management and Controlling Shareholder Liability Related to an Insolvent Company’s WARN Act Violations

For the better part of three decades, an apocryphal tale has circulated on the Internet about a man who leaps from a terminal height off a building only to be mortally wounded by a shotgun blast as he hurtles past an open window on the way down.  This dark fable then asks whether the medical examiner should conclude that the death of this man, who was imminently going to perish by his own hand,... Continue Reading

Responding to a Complaint: Delaware

A Q&A guide to responding to a complaint in a trial court of general jurisdiction in Delaware. This Q&A addresses the time to respond, extending the time to respond, pre-answer motions, answers, replies to the answer, counterclaims, crossclaims, third-party claims (also known as impleader) and defensive interpleader. Answers to questions can be compared across a number of jurisdictions... Continue Reading

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