• Nuvasive, Inc. v. Miles

    Publication Date: 2018-10-17
    Practice Area: Employment Litigation
    Industry: Recruitment and Staffing
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Glasscock
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Philip Trainer, Jr., Aaron P. Sayers, Rachel B. Cowen, Michael J. Sheehan and Christopher W. Cardwell for plaintiff
    for defendant: Philip A. Rovner, Jonathan A. Choa, Kenneth M. Fitzgerald and Keith M. Cochran for defendant.

    Case Number: D68322

    The Delaware choice of law provision in the parties' employment contract was enforceable, and another state's prohibition on non-competition agreements did not apply.

  • Lyons Ins. Agency, Inc. v. Wilson

    Publication Date: 2018-10-10
    Practice Area: Business Torts | Labor Law
    Industry: Insurance
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Glasscock
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael P. Kelly, Andrew S. Dupre, and Janine L. Faben, attorneys for plaintiff
    for defendant: Herbert W. Mondros, Krista Reale Samis, Christopher A. Tinari and Michael R. Miller, attorneys for defendants.

    Case Number: D68311

    Former employee breached employment agreement by leaving plaintiff to work for competitor to service clients in employee's book of business, in which plaintiff had invested sums to ensure employee's ability to service, thereby granting plaintiff an interest in said book of business.

  • ChyronHego Corp. v. Wight

    Publication Date: 2018-08-15
    Practice Area: Business Torts | Mergers and Acquisitions
    Industry: Technology Media and Telecom
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Glasscock
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: A. Thompson Bayliss and E. Wade Houston, Abrams & Bayliss LLP, Wilmington, DE; Peter M. Stone, Paul Hastings LLP, Palo Alto, CA, attorneys for plaintiffs
    for defendant: D. McKinley Measley and Daniel T. Menken, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington, DE; Overton Thompson III and Joseph B. Crace, Jr., Bass Berry & Sims PLC, Nashville, TN, attorneys for defendants.

    Case Number: D68247

    Contractual anti-reliance clause precluded plaintiffs from pleading justifiable reliance in support of claims of extracontractual fraud.

  • Sciabacucchi v. Liberty Broadband Corp.

    Publication Date: 2018-08-08
    Practice Area: Corporate Governance
    Industry: Technology Media and Telecom
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Glasscock
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kurt M. Heyman, Melissa N. Donimirski, Jason M. Leviton and Joel A. Fleming for plaintiff
    for defendant: Donald J. Wolfe, Jr., Peter J. Walsh, Jr., Brian C. Ralston, Tyler J. Leavengood, Jaclyn C. Levy, Aaron R. Sims and Richard B. Harper for defendants Liberty Broadband, Malone and Maffei; Martin S. Less-ner, David C. McBride, James M. Yoch, Jr., Paul J. Loughman, William Savitt, Anitha Reddy and David Kirk for remaining defendants.

    Case Number: D68243

    A stockholder failed to state any direct claims, but he adequately alleged demand futility and a viable deriva-tive claim for breach of fiduciary duty.

  • Ellis v. Gonzalez

    Publication Date: 2018-07-25
    Practice Area: Corporate Governance
    Industry: Pharmaceuticals
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Glasscock
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Blake A. Bennett, Francis A. Bottini, Jr. and Albert Y. Chang for plaintiff
    for defendant: Lisa A. Schmidt, Daniel E. Kaprow, Robert J. Kopecky and Joshua Z. Rabinovitz for defendants.

    Case Number: D68225

    Stockholder in this derivative action failed to establish that defendants faced a substantial threat of personal liability, so the court found demand was not excused.

  • Fringer v. Kersey Homes, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2018-07-11
    Practice Area: Business Torts | Corporate Entities
    Industry: Construction | Real Estate
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Glasscock
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Dean A. Campbell, Law Office of Dean A. Campbell, P.A., Georgetown, DE, attorney for plaintiff
    for defendant: Richard E. Berl, Jr., Hudson, Jones, Jaywork & Fisher, LLC, Lewes, DE, attorney for defendants.

    Case Number: D68206

    Piercing of corporate veil granted where evidence indicated corporation fraudulently transferred sole asset to avoid collection by judgment creditor.

  • In Re Straight Path Commc'ns Inc. Consolidated Stockholder Litig.

    Publication Date: 2018-07-11
    Practice Area: Corporate Governance | Mergers and Acquisitions
    Industry: Technology Media and Telecom
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Glasscock
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ned Weinberger and Thomas Curry, Labaton Sucharow LLP, Wilmington, DE; March Lebovitch, Edward Timlin, John Vielandi, and David MacIsaac, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP, New York, NY; Vincent R. Cappucci and Joshua K. Porter, Entwistle & Cappucci LLP, New York, NY, attorneys for plaintiffs
    for defendant: Rudolf Koch, Kevin M. Gallagher, Sarah A. Clark, and Anthony M. Calvano, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., Wilmington, DE; William Ohlemeyer, Edward Normand, and Jason Cyrulnik, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, Armonk, NY; Kevin G. Abrams, Michael A. Barlow, and April M. Kirby, Abrams & Bayliss, Wilmington, DE; Greg A. Danilow, Seth Goodchild, and Thomas G. James, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, New York, NY, attorneys for defendants.

    Case Number: D68207

    Claim that controlling stockholder improperly used influence to acquire company asset in exchange for approving sale of the company was a direct claim that could be brought by stockholders since they would have received consideration for the asset but for the controller's conduct.

  • WNYH, LLC v. AccuMED Corp.

    Publication Date: 2018-06-13
    Practice Area: Contracts | Deals and Transactions
    Industry: Biotechnology
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Glasscock
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kevin G. Abrams, Matthew L. Miller, Christopher R. Rodi and Brian J. Capitummino for plaintiff
    for defendant: Gregory v. Varallo and Susan M. Hannigan for defendants.

    Case Number: D68181

    The parties to a sale agreement did not condition the transaction on tax-free status, so the seller did not have a breach of contract claim against the buyer, but the court refused to dismiss a claim relating to an escrow ac-count, because the parties' escrow settlement agreement was ambiguous.

  • The Dow Chem. Co. v. Organik Kimya Holding A.S.

    Publication Date: 2018-06-06
    Practice Area: Commercial Law | Trade Secrets
    Industry: Chemicals and Materials
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Glasscock
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Rodger D. Smith II, Ryan D. Stottmann, Charles K. Verhoeven, Raymond N. Nimrod and James E. Baker for plaintiffs
    for defendant: Kathleen Furey McDonough, John A. Sensing, Ryan C. Cicoski, J. Robert Robertson and Benjamin Holt for defendants.

    Case Number: D68171

    In this trade secret matter, plaintiff alleged sufficient facts to provide defendants with notice of its claims, and the court held it was premature to determine choice of law and preemption issues.

  • In re Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. Unitholder Litig.

    Publication Date: 2018-05-30
    Practice Area: Class Actions | Mergers and Acquisitions | Securities Litigation
    Industry: Energy
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Glasscock
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael Hanrahan, Paul A. Fioravanti, Jr., Kevin H. Davenport, Samuel L. Closic, and Eric J. Juray, Prickett, Jones & Elliott, P.A., Wilmington, DE; Marc A. Topaz, Lee D. Rudy, Eric L. Zagar, Michael C. Wagner, and Grant D. Goodhart, III, Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP, Radnor, PA, attorneys for plaintiffs
    for defendant: Rolin P. Bissel, James M. Yoch, Jr., and Benjamin M. Potts, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, DE; Michael C. Holmes, John C. Wander, Craig E. Zieminski, and Andrew E. Jackson, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Dallas, TX; David E. Ross and Benjamin Z. Grossberg, Ross Aronstam & Moritz LLP, Wilmington, DE; M. Scott Barnard, Michelle Reed, and Lauren E. York, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Dallas, TX, attorneys for defendants.

    Case Number: D68160

    Unitholders' complaint challenging private issuance of securities to insiders established unfairness of transaction, but did not warrant equitable relief cancelling the transaction where partnership was not injured by transaction.