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Update: District of Delaware Continues All Jury Trials Scheduled to Begin Before June 30

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware modified its COVID-19 standing order today. Although the Court remains open, all jury trials scheduled to begin before June 30, 2020, are continued under the revised order. Jury proceedings affected by the order will be reset by further order of the assigned judge. The Court has provided, however, that individual judicial officers may continue... Continue Reading

Court of Chancery Holds Delaware Has the Power to Compel Holders to Produce Information Sought in Unclaimed Property Audits

On May 21, 2020, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued an opinion denying a holder’s ripeness challenge to an administrative subpoena for documents issued by the Delaware Department of Finance pursuant to the amended provisions of the State’s abandoned and unclaimed property law.  In State of Delaware Department of Finance v. Univar, Inc., the Delaware Department of Finance filed a summary... Continue Reading

Five Delaware Law Developments for Venture-Backed Companies in 2020

The first quarter of 2020 has brought interesting Delaware law developments for private, venture-backed companies. As is often the case, arising issues for companies in the venture capital and private equity space have had a different emphasis from the public company area. While public companies may be considering issues such as “virtual” stockholder meetings, delayed... Continue Reading

Delaware Coronavirus Resource Center

4.16.2020 - Client Alerts

As COVID-19 continues to affect the legal community and the world in various ways, Delaware courts and state agencies have issued orders concerning COVID-19 measures. Here, we have consolidated key Delaware law resources on the unfolding situation. Our attorneys are committed to serving our clients through this challenging time... Continue Reading

Delaware Extends Deadline to Respond to February 2020 VDA Invitations

On February 20, 2020, Delaware’s VDA Administrator mailed invitations to enter into the State’s Abandoned and Unclaimed Property Voluntary Disclosure Agreement Program (“VDA Program”) to more than 100 companies identified as likely being out of compliance with Delaware’s Unclaimed Property Laws. By statute, an invitee has 60 days from the invitation’s mailing to enroll in the VDA... Continue Reading

Delaware Supreme Court Holds Federal Forum Selection Provisions for Claims Arising Under the Securities Act of 1933 Are Facially Valid

On March 18, 2020, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an important opinion holding that federal forum selection provisions adopted by Delaware corporations requiring that stockholders file actions arising under the Securities Act of 1933 (“1933 Act”) in federal court—and not state court—are facially valid. In so doing, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Court of Chancery’s decision... Continue Reading

Execution of Delaware Trust Agreements Amid Coronavirus Response

As we collectively respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in our country, many have turned their attention to completing estate planning documents. Because clients, especially seniors, are socially-isolated and unable to obtain witnesses and notarization of signatures, we have been fielding numerous questions about the legal requirements for validly executing Delaware trust agreements... Continue Reading

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