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District of Delaware Releases Jury Trial Restart Guidelines

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware issued Jury Trial Restart Guidelines today providing direction to litigants “in framing pre-trial discussions that will be required in order to conduct jury trials in a manner that protects health and safety as well as litigants’ rights” during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 8 pages of guidelines cover (1) identifying and assembling the... Continue Reading

District of Delaware Anticipates Re-Opening Phase 2 as of September 15

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware modified its COVID-19 standing order today. The new order continued all civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials scheduled to begin before September 15, 2020. However, the Court intends to enter Phase 2 of the District’s Re-Opening Guidelines on September 15, 2020, assuming COVID-19 trends remain where they are as of today. Before... Continue Reading

Delaware Supreme Court Rules on “Necessary and Essential” Condition for LP Books and Records Demands

The Delaware Supreme Court recently decided the case of Murfey v. WHC Ventures, LLC, No. 294, 2019 (Del. July 13, 2020), which involved a dispute over whether the plaintiff limited partners were entitled to certain books and records under the partnership agreement in question.  Specifically, plaintiffs sought the Schedule K-1s of the other limited partners in the partnership purportedly for the... Continue Reading

Delaware Overreach? Chancery Criticizes Delaware’s Unclaimed Property Audit Program, Limits Information Holders Must Produce and Places Burden on the State to Show Voided Checks Are Unclaimed Property

Earlier this month, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued an opinion in Department of Finance v. AT&T, Inc., C.A. No. 2019-0985-JTL (Del. Ch., July 10, 2020). The opinion itself is narrow in scope but its result, and several of its findings regarding Delaware’s administration of its unclaimed property program, should be assessed carefully by holders and their advocates. The opinion may... Continue Reading

State of Delaware Provides Additional 30 Days—Until July 18, 2020—for Companies to Enter Its Voluntary Disclosure Program: Audit Notices Will Be Sent to Those Who Do Not Enter the Program

Virtually all companies generate unclaimed property. This type of property includes unclaimed payroll or accounts payable checks, unapplied customer credits, and unclaimed dividends or shares. Under laws that exist in every state, property that is unclaimed by the owner after a defined period of time must be paid to the state of the last known address of the owner or, if that address is unknown,... Continue Reading

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

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