• Fisher v. Sanborn

    Publication Date: 2021-04-14
    Practice Area: Corporate Governance
    Industry: Financial Services and Banking | E-Commerce | Investments and Investment Advisory
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Chancellor Bouchard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Blake A. Bennett, Cooch and Taylor, P.A., Wilmington, DE; Brian J. Robbins, Stephen J. Oddo, Emily R. Bishop, Robbins LLP, San Diego, CA for plaintiff.
    for defendant: A. Thompson Bayliss, Joseph A. Sparco, Abrams & Bayliss LLP, Wilmington, DE; James N. Kramer, Alexander K. Talarides, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, San Francisco, CA for defendants.

    Case Number: D69359

    Derivative complaint dismissed for failure to make pre-suit demand where lack of evidence that a majority of directors acted knowingly and deliberately in permitting the company to violate consumer protection laws or providing false and misleading information to the public meant that directors were exculpated from bad faith claims and therefore faced no substantial likelihood of personal liability and could independently evaluate a litigation demand.

  • In re: Forum Mobile, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2021-04-07
    Practice Area: Securities Litigation
    Industry: Investments and Investment Advisory
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Laster
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jeremy D. Anderson, Fish & Richardson, P.C., Wilmington, DE for petitioner.
    for defendant: N/A

    Case Number: D69353

    Delaware had a public policy interest in preventing the use of Delaware entities to circumvent federal se-curities laws, so the court appointed an amicus curiae to provide an independent review before ruling on the pending petition.

  • RCS Creditor Trust v. Schorsch

    Publication Date: 2021-03-31
    Practice Area: Corporate Governance
    Industry: Investments and Investment Advisory
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Glasscock
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Philip Trainer, Jr., Marie M. Degnan, Ashby & Geddes, Wilmington, DE; John P. Coffey, Gregory A. Horo-witz, Jeffrey S. Trachtman, Leah S. Friedman, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, New York, NY for plain-tiff.
    for defendant: Daniel A. Mason, Paull, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Wilmington, DE; Allan J. Arffa, Gregory F. Laufer of Paull, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York, NY for defendants.

    Case Number: D69348

    The court granted summary judgment because a corporate controller did not breach his fiduciary duty by making a business decision regarding how he would vote his shares.

  • Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security Am., Inc. v. NXT-ID, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2021-03-31
    Practice Area: Corporate Entities
    Industry: Financial Services and Banking
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Fioravanti
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lewis H. Lazarus, K. Tyler O’Connell, Bryan Townsend, Morris James LLP, Wilmington, DE; Aryeh S. Portnoy, Emily Alban, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, DC for plaintiff.
    for defendant: S. Mark Hurd, Alexandra M. Cummings, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington, DE; Michael T. Sullivan, David E. Danovitch, Clark A. Freeman, Sullivan & Worcester LLP, New York, NY for defendant.

    Case Number: D69345

    The plain language of a contract provided that a holder of preferred stock was entitled to dividends at a higher rate in perpetuity.

  • Endowment Research Group, LLC v. Wildcat Venture Partners, LLC

    Publication Date: 2021-03-24
    Practice Area: Contracts
    Industry: Consulting | Investments and Investment Advisory
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor McCormick
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: ohn M. Seaman, E. Wade Houston, Abrams & Bayliss LLP, Wilmington, DE; William C. Price, Michael T. Zeller, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, Los Angeles, CA for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Gregory P. Williams, Robert L. Burns, Megan E. O’Connor, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A, Wilmington, DE; Kathleen H. Goodhart, Cooley LLP, San Francisco, CA for defendant.

    Case Number: D69336

    Chancery court could exercise subject matter jurisdiction over alleged breach of contract claim where equitable relief might be required for breach of a NDA to prevent future misappropriation and because calculation of legal damages due to prior misappropriation could prove difficult.

  • In re Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. Merger Litig.

    Publication Date: 2021-03-17
    Practice Area: Mergers and Acquisitions
    Industry: Energy
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Laster
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ned Weinberger, Derrick Farrell, Labaton Sucharow LLP, Wilmington, DE; Gregory V. Varallo, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, Wilmington, DE; Jeroen van Kwawegen, Christopher J. Orrico and Alla Zayenchik, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, New York, NY; Stephen E. Jenkins, Marie M. Degnan, Ashby & Geddes, P.A., Wilmington, DE for plaintiffs.
    for defendant: Martin S. Lessner, James M. Yoch, Jr., Paul J. Loughman, Kevin P. Rickert, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, DE; Brian J. Massengill, Matthew C. Sostrin, Linda X. Shi, Mayer Brown LLP, Chi-cago, IL for defendants.

    Case Number: D69329

    Neither collateral estoppel nor the doctrine of stare decisis precluded plaintiffs' claims.

  • DG BF, LLC v. Ray

    Publication Date: 2021-03-17
    Practice Area: Corporate Governance
    Industry: Consumer Products | Food and Beverage | Investments and Investment Advisory
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Zurn
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Sean J. Bellew, Bellew LLP, Wilmington, DE; Gerard P. Fox, Marina V. Bogorad, Gerard Fox Law P.C., Los Angeles, CA for plaintiffs.
    for defendant: Sean A. Meluney, Matthew D. Beebe, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, Wilmington, DE; David B. Anthony, Berger Harris LLP, Wilmington, DE; Perry J. Woodward, Hopkins & Carley, A Law Corporation, San Jose, CA for defendants.

    Case Number: D69328

    Plaintiffs could proceed with breach of contract and implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing claims after alleging company and its officers breached express obligations under operating agreement and failed to act in good faith in selection of independent managers.

  • Jacob v. Bloom Energy Corp.

    Publication Date: 2021-03-10
    Practice Area: Corporate Entities
    Industry: Energy | Investments and Investment Advisory
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Slights
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Blake A. Bennett, Cooch and Taylor, P.A., Wilmington, DE; Sam Bonderoff, James Ostaszewski, Matthew Hendrickson, Zamansky LLC, New York, NY for plaintiffs.
    for defendant: Kevin G. Abrams, John M. Seaman, Eliezer Y. Feinstein, Abrams & Bayliss LLP, Wilmington, DE for defendant.

    Case Number: D69321

    Stockholder established a proper purpose for the inspection of corporate books and records, but the court limited the scope of some of the requests.

  • Dieckman v. Regency GP LP

    Publication Date: 2021-03-10
    Practice Area: Mergers and Acquisitions
    Industry: Energy
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Chancellor Bouchard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Christine M. Mackintosh, Vivek Upadhya, Michael D. Bell, Grant & Eisenhofer P.A., Wilmington, DE; Gregory V. Varallo, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP, Wilmington, DE; Jeroen van Kwawegen, Edward G. Timlin, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, New York, NY for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Rolin P. Bissell, Tammy L. Mercer, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, DE; Michael C. Holmes, John C. Wander, Craig E. Zieminski, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Dallas, TX for defendants.

    Case Number: D69320

    Although board member was placed on conflicts committee prior to merger when the member did not meet qualifications under the company's partnership agreement, the evidence was insufficient to find that the merger was unfair or unreasonable to the company or its limited partners, and the lack of evidence of bad faith or willful misconduct also triggered application of an exculpation from money damages.

  • Schillinger Genetics, Inc. v. Benson Hill Seeds, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2021-03-03
    Practice Area: Contractual Disputes
    Industry: Agriculture
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Zurn
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael P. Kelly, Andrew S. Dupre, Sarah E. Delia, McCarter & English, LLP, Wilmington, DE for plaintiffs.
    for defendant: Travis S. Hunter, Dorronda R. Bordley, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., Wilmington, DE; Kenneth J. Mallin, Jason S. Meyer, Sasha D. Riedisser of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, LLP, St. Louis, MO for defendant.

    Case Number: D69316

    Buyer was not entitled to escrow funds relating to a post-closing price adjustment because it did not give timely notice, but notice of its indemnity claim was adequate.