• 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.

  • Snyder v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Inc., LLC

    Publication Date: 2021-02-24
    Practice Area: Employment Litigation
    Industry: Chemicals and Materials
    Court: U.S. District Court of Delaware
    Judge: District Judge Connolly
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Gary W. Aber, Aber, Baker & Over, Wilmington, DE for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Margaret M. DiBianca, Clark Hill PLC, Wilmington, DE; John M. Nolan, John M. Nolan, III, Jackson Lewis PC, Philadelphia,PA for defendant.

    Case Number: D69308

    Employee failed to demonstrate that her termination or surveillance by her employer violated the Family and Medical Leave Act.

  • Am. Int'l Indus. v. The Neslemur Co.

    Publication Date: 2020-12-23
    Practice Area: Products Liability
    Industry: Chemicals and Materials | Consumer Products
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Johnston
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Seth J. Reidenberg, Tybout Redfearn & Pell, Wilmington, DE for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Robert J. Katzenstein, Smith Katzenstein Jenkins, LLP, Wilmington, DE; Patrick F. Hofer, Clyde & Co US LLP, Washington, DC for defendant.

    Case Number: D69231

    Anti-claim/anti-suit injunction on indemnification crossclaims/third-party claims in other jurisdictions granted where crossclaimant/third-party claimant was entitled to indemnification under asset purchase agreement and had contractually chosen to litigate the APA in Delaware.

  • In re: Imerys Talc Am., Inc.

    Publication Date: 2020-12-09
    Practice Area: Bankruptcy
    Industry: Chemicals and Materials | Insurance
    Court: U.S. District Court of Delaware
    Judge: District Judge Noreika
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Stamatios Stamoulis, Stamoulis & Weinblatt LLC, Wilmington, DE; Tancred Schiavoni, Janine Panchok-Berry, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, New York, NY for appellants.
    for defendant: Michael J. Merchant, Marcos A. Ramos, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., Wilmington, DE; Jeffrey E. Bjork, Amy C. Quartarolo, Helena G. Tseregounis, Latham & Watkins LLP, Los Angeles, CA; Richard A. Levy, Latham & Watkins LLP, Chicago, IL; Roman Martinez, Gregory B. in den Berken, Latham & Watkins LLP, Washington, DC; Robert S. Brady, Edwin J. Harroun, Sara Beth A.R. Kohut, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, DE for appellees.

    Case Number: D69216

    No error in bankruptcy court's appointment of future claimants' representative and counsel where adverse parties had waived actual conflict of interest and any other remaining conflict would not prejudice the case.

  • Ashland LLC v. The Samuel J. Heyman 1981 Continuing Trust

    Publication Date: 2020-11-25
    Practice Area: Contracts
    Industry: Chemicals and Materials
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Davis
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Christopher Viceconte, Gibbons P.C., Wilmington, DE; William S. Hatfield, Camille V. Otero, Esquire, Jennifer A. Hradil, Joshua Elias, Gibbons P.C., Newark, NJ for plaintiffs.
    for defendant: William M. Lafferty, John P. DiTomo, Thomas P. Will, Miranda N. Gilbert, Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington, DE; Andrew J. Rossman, Jonathan B. Oblak, Tyler G. Whitmer, Nicholas Hoy, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, New York, NY for defendants.

    Case Number: D69198

    Where the parties' contract contained no language clearly demonstrating that the parties intended to allow for fee-shifting in first-party claims, plaintiff's claim for indemnification of legal fees and costs against contractual counterparty failed.

  • Gibbs v. 84 Lumber Co.

    Publication Date: 2020-10-21
    Practice Area: Occupational Safety and Health
    Industry: Chemicals and Materials
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Rennie
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ipek Kurul, Bartholomew J. Dalton, Andrew C. Dalton, Michael C. Dalton, Dalton & Associates, P.A., Wilmington, DE; Adam Balick, Michael Collins Smith, Patrick J. Smith, Balick & Balick, LLC, Wilmington, DE for plaintiffs.
    for defendant: Beth E. Valocch, Joseph S. Naylor, Swartz Campbell, LLC, Wilmington, DE for defendant.

    Case Number: D69161

    The court granted summary judgment in favor of the supplier of raw asbestos, because it did not have a duty to warn end users of the dangers of asbestos-containing products manufactured by other companies.

  • Weddle v. BP Amoco Chem., Co.

    Publication Date: 2020-09-09
    Practice Area: Occupational Safety and Health
    Industry: Chemicals and Materials | Legal Services
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Rocanelli
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patrick C. Gallagher and David T. Crumplar, Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A., Wilmington, DE for claimant.
    for defendant: Paul A. Bradley and Antoinette D. Hubbard, Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy LLC, Wilmington, DE for employer.

    Case Number: D69117

    Where claimant prevailed on an appeal in this workers' compensation matter, the court awarded attorney fees but adjusted the rates requested by claimant's counsel.

  • Gemak Trust v. Reckitt Benckiser LLC

    Publication Date: 2020-08-12
    Practice Area: Patent Litigation
    Industry: Chemicals and Materials | Consumer Products
    Court: U.S. District Court of Delaware
    Judge: District Judge Andrews
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Susan E. Morrison, Kelly Allenspach Del Dotto, Casey Kraning, and John S. Goetz, Fish & Richardson P.C., Wilmington, DE for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Pilar G. Kraman and Robert M. Vrana, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, DE; Douglas J. Nash and John D. Cook, Barclay Damon, LLP, Syracuse, NY; Philip A. Rovner and Jonathan A. Choa, Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, Wilmington, DE; James H. Shalek and Baldassare Vinti, Proskauer Rose LLP, New York, NY for defendants.

    Case Number: D69079

    Court rejected parties' proposed claim construction where there was no evidence of inventor's disavowal of plaintiff's proposed construction, but where plaintiff's proposal provided no clarity to the claim, the court relied upon the textbook definition for plaintiff's proposed construction term as would be understood by a person of ordinary skill in the art.

  • Wright v. Phillips

    Publication Date: 2020-06-10
    Practice Area: Business Torts
    Industry: Chemicals and Materials
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Glasscock
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Richard E. Berl, Jr., Hudson, Jones, Jaywork & Fisher, LLP, Lewes, DE for petitioner.
    for defendant: Stephen A. Spence, Baird Manadlas Brockstedt, LLC, Lewes, DE for respondent.

    Case Number: D69013

    A co-owner of a business failed to prove that the other owner breached her fiduciary duties or engaged in any breach of contract.

  • Firmenich Inc. v. Natural Flavors, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2020-04-22
    Practice Area: Mergers and Acquisitions
    Industry: Chemicals and Materials | Food and Beverage | Manufacturing
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Johnston
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Alizia R. Karetnick, Ballard Spahr LLP, Philadelphia, PA; Brittany M. Giusini and Elizabeth A. Sloan, Ballard Spahr LLP, Wilmington, DE for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Lisa Zwally Brown, Steven T. Margolin, and Samuel Moultrie, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Wilmington, DE; Jason Kislin, and Matthew F. Bruno, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Florham Park, NJ for defendants Natural Flavors, Inc., Harris Stein, Herbert Stein and Jason Stein. Jeffrey W. Lorell, Nino A. Coviello, and Alex C. Banzhaf, Saiber, LLC, Florham Park, NJ, Paul Cottrell, and Melissa L. Rhoads, Tighe & Cottrell, P.A., Wilmington, DE for defendants Jocelyn Manship and Julie Weisman.

    Case Number: D68951

    Duplicative damages bar did not preclude plaintiff from pursuing breach of contract and fraudulent inducement claims in the alternative where plaintiff's claim for rescission damages sufficiently distinguished its legal theories to allow them to proceed in parallel.