• Olenik v. Lodzinski

    Publication Date: 2019-04-17
    Practice Area: Deals and Transactions
    Industry: Energy | Investments and Investment Advisory
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Seitz
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jeremy S. Friedman, Spencer Oster and David F.E. Tejtel, Friedman Oster & Tejtel, PLLC, New York, NY; Ned Weinburger and Thomas Curry, Labaton Sucharow LLP, Wilmington, DE; Peter B. Andrews, Craig J. Springer and David Sborz, Andrews & Springer LLC, Wilmington, DE for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Kenneth J. Nachbar, D. McKinley Measley and Lauren Neal Bennett, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington, DE; Gerard G. Pecht, Peter A. Stokes and William Patrick Courtney, Norton Rose Fullbright US LLP, Houston, TX and Austin, TX for defendants Lodzinski, Singleton, Bold Energy III LLC and Earthstone Energy, Inc. Rolin P. Bissell and James M. Yoch, Jr., Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, DE; Michael C. Holmes, Craig E. Zieminski, Stephen S. Gilstrap, R. Kent Piacenti and Jeffrey Crough, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Dallas, TX for defendants Swanson, Thielmann, Zorich, EnCap Investments, Bold Energy Holdings, LLC and Oak Valley Resources, LLC.

    Case Number: D68531

    Plaintiff alleged sufficient facts to avoid dismissal of this derivative action, because substantive economic negotiations occurred prior to the formation of a special committee.

  • Valentine v. State of Delaware

    Publication Date: 2019-04-03
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Traynor
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Brian L. Arban, Department of Justice, Wilmington, DE for the state.
    for defendant: Benjamin S. Gifford, IV, Wilmington, DE for defendant.

    Case Number: D68517

    A search warrant was not based on probable cause where an unidentified informant's tip was not corroborated by police surveillance or other information.

  • Burrell v. State

    Publication Date: 2019-03-27
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Traynor
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Edward C. Gill, Georgetown, DE for appellant.
    for defendant: John R. Williams, Department of Justice, Dover, DE for appellee.

    Case Number: D68503

    Juvenile offender's aggregate sentence of 37 years, which included a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years for murder, did not violate the holding of Miller v. Alabama where the sentencing statute expressly imposed a lesser punishment on juvenile offenders, offender's sentence was not the functional equivalent of life without parole, and multiple mandatory sentences would still give offender chance at parole.

  • Gonzalez v. State of Delaware

    Publication Date: 2019-03-27
    Practice Area: Government
    Industry:
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Strine
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Oliver J. Cleary, Department of Justice, Wilmington, DE for the state.
    for defendant: John S. Whitelaw and Katherine E. Sell, Community Legal Aid Society, Inc., Wilmington and Dover, DE; Travis W. England, Nationall Center for Law and Economic Justice, New York, NY for defendant. Joan-na J. Cline, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Wilmington, DE for amicus curiae David A. Super of Georgetown Univ. Law Center in support of defendant.

    Case Number: D68505

    The state was preempted by federal law from bringing a state court action against a recipient of public benefits for fraud where a state agency had already pursued an administrative action based on the identical facts.

  • Sunline Commercial Carriers, Inc. v. CITGO Petroleum Corp.

    Publication Date: 2019-03-27
    Practice Area: Contractual Disputes
    Industry: Cargo and Shipping | Energy | Transportation
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Strine
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael F. Bonkowski and Nicholas J. Brannick, Cole Schotz P.C., Wilmington, DE ; Ross A. Mortillaro, Stinson Leonard Street LLP, Dallas, TX for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Mary F. Dugan, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, DE; John Zavitsanos, Debora Si-mon Pacholder and Edward Goolsby, Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing, P.C., Houston, TX for defendant.

    Case Number: D68508

    The parties' contractual agreements contained inconsistencies, and these ambiguities precluded summary judgment.

  • Silverman v. Silverman

    Publication Date: 2019-03-13
    Practice Area: Family Law
    Industry:
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Seitz
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David C. Gagne and Achille C. Scache, Giordano, Delcollo, Werb & Gagne, LLC, Wilmington, DE for husband.
    for defendant: Shawn Dougherty, Weik, Nitsche & Dougherty, LLC, Wilmington, DE for wife.

    Case Number: D68491

    Husband's financial disclosure met the statutory standard for a valid premarital agreement, so the family court erred in refus-ing to enforce the agreement based on unconscionability.

  • Walker v. State of Delaware

    Publication Date: 2019-03-06
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Vaughn
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Stephanie Blaisdell, Assistant Public Defender, Dover, DE, for Kevin Walker.
    for defendant: John Williams, Deputy Attorney General, Dover, DE for the state.

    Case Number: D68454

    An administrative search did not comply with the basic procedure, so defendant was entitled to suppression of the evidence which resulted from that search.

  • Ayala v. State of Delaware

    Publication Date: 2019-02-27
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Expert Witnesses
    Industry:
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Traynor
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Bernard J. O'Donnell and James O. Turner, Jr., Office of the Public Defender, Wilmington, DE for Javier Ayala
    for defendant: Carolyn S. Hake, Department of Justice, Wilmington, DE for the state

    Case Number: D68477

    The trial court did not abuse its discretion in admitting a chemist's results from hypergeometric testing.

  • Wong v. Broughton

    Publication Date: 2019-02-20
    Practice Area: Expert Witnesses | Medical Malpractice
    Industry: Health Care
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Vaughn
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Joshua H. Meyeroff, Morris James LLP, Wilmington, DE for Peter J. Wong, M.D. and Dedicated to Women OB-GYN, P.A.
    for defendant: Bruce L. Hudson and Ben T. Castle of Hudson & Castle Law, LLC, Wilmington, DE for Monica Brough-ton and Amari M. Broughton-Fleming.

    Case Number: D68470

    Expert medical testimony in this medical malpractice case did not rely on res ipsa loquitur and was properly admitted into evidence.

  • KT4 Partners LLC v. Palantir Tech. Inc.

    Publication Date: 2019-02-13
    Practice Area: Corporate Entities
    Industry: Investments and Investment Advisory | Technology Media and Telecom
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Strine
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Bartholomew J. Dalton and Michael C. Dalton, Dalton & Assoc., P.A., Wilmington, DE; Barry S. Simon, Jonathan B. Pitt and Stephen L. Wohlgemuth, Williams & Connolly LLP, Washington, DC for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Blake Rohrbacher, Kevin M. Gallagher and Kelly L. Freund, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., Wilming-ton, DE; Kevin J. Orsini and Rory A. Leraris, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, New York, NY for defendant.

    Case Number: D68458

    The chancery court abused its discretion in refusing to allow a shareholder to inspect emails under a §220 books and records, request, because the corporation did not have any formal documents relating to the amend-ment of an investors' rights agreement.