• RSUI Indem. Co. v. Murdock

    Publication Date: 2021-03-17
    Practice Area: Insurance Litigation
    Industry: Food and Beverage | Insurance | Investments and Investment Advisory
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Traynor
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Robert J. Katzenstein, Kathleen M. Miller, Smith, Katzenstein & Jenkins LLP, Wilmington, DE; Robert P. Conlon, Kevin A. Lahm, Cassandra L. Jones, Walker Wilcox Matousek LLP, Chicago, IL for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Elena C. Norman, Mary F. Dugan, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, DE; Kirk A. Pasich, Pamela Woods, Christopher T. Pasich, Pasich LLP, Los Angeles, CA for defendants.

    Case Number: D69330

    Delaware public policy did not make fraudulent conduct by corporate directors and officers uninsurable, and a policy exclusion did not apply.

  • Chaverri v. Dole Food Co., Inc.

    Publication Date: 2021-03-10
    Practice Area: Personal Injury
    Industry: Agriculture | Chemicals and Materials
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Vaughn
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Scott M. Hendler, Rebecca Webber, Hendler Flores, PLLC, Austin, TX; Andrew C. Dalton, Dalton and Associates, P.A., Wilmington, DE for appellants.
    for defendant: Andrea E. Neuman, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, New York, NY, William E. Thomson, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Los Angeles, CA; Jennifer C. Wasson, Stephanie E. O’Byrne, Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, Wilmington, DE; Boaz S. Morag, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York, NY; James W. Semple, Cooch and Taylor, P.A., Wilmington, DE; Adam V. Orlacchio, Brandon W. McCune, Blank Rome LLP, Wilmington, DE; Michael L. Brem, Schirrmeister Diaz-Arrastia Brem LLP, Houston, TX; Ryan D. Stottman, Barnaby Grzaslewicz, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington, DE; Craig Stanfield, King & Spalding LLP, Houston, TX; Kelly E. Farnan, Richards Layton & Finger, P.A., Wilmington, DE; Timothy Jay Houseal, Jennifer M. Kinkus, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, Wilmington, DE; John C. Phillips, Jr., Phillips, Goldman & Spence, P.A., Wilmington, DE for appellees.

    Case Number: D69319

    Superior court did not abuse discretion in denying motion to vacate dismissal based on after-decided federal cases where differences between the federal first-filed rule and Delaware's first-filed rule meant the superior court could handle plaintiffs' second-filed action differently than it might be handled under the federal rule.

  • Meso Scale Diagnostics, LLC v. Roche Diagnostics GMBH

    Publication Date: 2021-02-24
    Practice Area: Judges
    Industry: Biotechnology | Manufacturing
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David L. Finger, Finger & Slanina, Wilmington, DE; William S. Consovoy, J. Michael Connolly, Consovoy McCarthy PLLC, Arlington, VA; Patrick Strawbridge, Consovoy McCarthy PLLC, Boston, MA for plaintiffs.
    for defendant: Matthew E. Fischer, Timothy R. Dudderar, J. Matthew Belger, Andrew H. Sauder, Potter Anderson & Cor-roon LLP, Wilmington, DE; Thomas L. Shriner, Jr., James T. McKeown, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee, WI for defendants.

    Case Number: D69306

    The Delaware Supreme Court affirmed a ruling which denied plaintiffs' request to reopen a judgment, be-cause a judge's failure to recuse himself did not render the judgment void and plaintiff failed to demonstrate extraordinary circumstances.

  • LCT Capital, LLC v. NGL Energy Partners LP

    Publication Date: 2021-02-10
    Practice Area: Damages
    Industry: Energy | Investments and Investment Advisory
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Montgomery-Reeves
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Steven L. Caponi, K&L Gates, LLP, Wilmington, DE; Roger R. Crane, Thomas A. Warns, K&L Gates, LLP, New York, NY for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Steven T. Margolin, Samuel L. Moultrie, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Wilmington, DE; Hal S. Shaftel, Obiamaka P. Madubuko, Daniel Friedman, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, New York, NY for defendants.

    Case Number: D69292

    The trial court properly ordered a new trial on quantum meruit damages, but it abused its discretion in or-dering a new trial regarding damages for fraud, because plaintiff presented a unified theory of recovery which did not support an independent basis for awarding fraud damages.

  • Bcker v. Palisades Growth Capital II, L.P.

    Publication Date: 2021-02-10
    Practice Area: Corporate Governance
    Industry: Investments and Investment Advisory | Software
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Montgomery-Reeves
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Thomas A. Uebler, Joseph L. Christensen, Hayley M. Lenahan, McCollom D’Emilio Smith Uebler LLC, Wilmington, DE for appellants.
    for defendant: Bradley R. Aronstam, Roger S. Stronach, Holly E. Newell, Ross Aronstam & Moritz LLP, Wilmington, DE; Jon M. Talotta, Hogan Lovells US LLP, Tysons, VA; Michael C. Hefter, Hogan Lovells US LLP, New York, NY for appellee.

    Case Number: D69287

    Court properly found controller had affirmatively deceived directors to foster quorum by publicly expressing support for CEO after making statements to others suggesting controller intended to fire the CEO.

  • Morris v. Spectra Energy Partners (DE) GP, LP

    Publication Date: 2021-02-10
    Practice Area: Mergers and Acquisitions
    Industry: Energy | Investments and Investment Advisory
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Seitz
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Michael J. Barry, Rebecca A. Musarra, Grant & Eisenhoffer P.A., Wilmington, DE; Peter B. Andrews, Craig J. Springer, David M. Sborz, Andrews & Springer LLC, Wilmington, DE; Jeremy S. Friedman, Spencer Oster, David F.E. Tejtel, Friedman Oster & Tejtel PLLC, Bedford Hills, NY for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Robert S. Saunders, Ronald N. Brown, III, Ryan M. Linsay, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Wilmington, DE; Noelle M. Reed, Daniel S. Mayerfeld, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Hou-ston, TX for defendant.

    Case Number: D69293

    The trial court erred in applying a litigation risk discount on a motion to dismiss for lack of standing.

  • Keep Our Wells Clean v. Delaware Dep't of Natural Res. & Envt'l Control

    Publication Date: 2020-12-30
    Practice Area: Environmental Law
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Seitz
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kenneth T. Kristl, Environmental & Natural Resources Law Clinic, Widener University Delaware Law School, Wilmington, DE for appellants.
    for defendant: Devera B. Scott, Kayli H. Spialter, Department of Justice, Dover, DE; R. Judson Scaggs, Jr., Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington, DE for appellees.

    Case Number: D69239

    Wastewater treatment facility applicant was not required to submit new reports required under revised regulations where it submitted application to amend existing permit issued prior to adoption of the revised regulations, and DNREC determined, in its discretion, the proposed changes were not substantial enough to require a new permit.

  • AmerisourceBergen Corp. v. Lebanon County Employees Ret. Fund

    Publication Date: 2020-12-23
    Practice Area: Corporate Entities
    Industry: Distribution and Wholesale | Investments and Investment Advisory | Pharmaceuticals
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Traynor
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Stephen C. Norman, Jennifer C. Wasson, Tyler J. Leavengood, Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, Wilmington, DE; Michael D. Blanchard, Amelia G. Pennington, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Boston, MA for appellant.
    for defendant: Samuel L. Closic, Eric J. Juray, Prickett, Jones & Elliott, P.A., Wilmington, DE; Gregory V. Varallo, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP, Wilmington, DE; Eric L. Zagar, Michael C. Wagner, Christopher M. Windover, Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP, Radnor, PA; Frank R. Schirripa, Daniel B. Rehns, Hillary Nappi, Hach Rose Schirripa & Cheverie LLP, New York, NY; David Wales, Andrew Blumberg, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, New York, NY for appellees.

    Case Number: D69232

    Stockholders could file inspection demand after asserting credible circumstantial evidence that corporate directors and managers had engaged in wrongdoing.

  • Urdan v. WR Capital Partners, LLC

    Publication Date: 2020-12-23
    Practice Area: Contractual Disputes
    Industry: Investments and Investment Advisory
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Seitz
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Elena C. Norman, Benjamin M. Potts, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, DE; Louis R. Miller, Daniel S. Miller, Jeffery B. White, Miller Barondess, LLP, Los Angeles, CA for plaintiffs.
    for defendant: Kenneth J. Nachbar, Alexandra M. Cumings, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington, DE for de-fendants.

    Case Number: D69235

    Stock repurchase agreements conflicted with the terms of a settlement agreement, so plaintiffs were barred from pursuing claims for breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment. Affirmed.

  • Gulf LNG Energy, LLC v. Eni USA Gas Mktg. LLC

    Publication Date: 2020-12-02
    Practice Area: Energy and Natural Resources
    Industry: Energy
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Seitz
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Bradley R. Aronstam, S. Michael Sirkin, R. Garrett Rice, Esquire, Ross Aronstam & Moritz LLP, Wilmington, DE; Joseph S. Allerhand, Seth Goodchild, Tania C. Matsuoka, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, New York, NY; Mark W. Friedman, William H. Taft V, Carl Micarelli, Lisa Wang Lachowicz, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York, NY for appellants.
    for defendant: Joseph B. Cicero, Gregory E. Stuhlman, Chipman Brown Cicero & Cole, LLP, Wilmington, DE; Joseph J. LoBue, Helene Gogadze, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, Washington, DC for appellee.

    Case Number: D69208

    Court could enjoin party from filing second arbitration whose purpose was to effectively appeal a prior arbitration award where the award was subject to the exclusive review under the FAA.