• 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.

  • Yeransian v. Markel Corp.

    Publication Date: 2021-03-31
    Practice Area: Mergers and Acquisitions
    Industry: Financial Services and Banking | Insurance | Investments and Investment Advisory
    Court: U.S. District Court of Delaware
    Judge: District Judge Noreika
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Laurence V. Cronin, Smith, Katzenstein & Jenkins LLP, Wilmington, DE; James D. Sherrets, Diana J. Bogt, Sherrets Bruno & Vogt, LLC, Omaha, NE for plaintiff.
    for defendant: John M. Seaman, Abrams & Bayliss LLP, Wilmington, DE; Kristine Maher, Thomas Prewitt, Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP, Cincinnati, OH; Russell C. Silberglied, Travis S. Hunter, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., Wilmington, DE; Joseph M. Pastore, III, Pastore & Dailey LLC, Stamford, CT for defendants.

    Case Number: D69349

    The court granted a motion to dismiss plaintiff's claims based on res judicata and lack of standing.

  • 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.

  • City of Detroit Police & Fire Ret. Sys. v. Hamrock

    Publication Date: 2021-03-24
    Practice Area: Corporate Governance
    Industry: Energy | Investments and Investment Advisory
    Court: U.S. District Court of Delaware
    Judge: District Judge Stark
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Carmella P. Keener, Cooch and Taylor, P.A., Wilmington, DE; Daniel S. Sommers, Joshua Handelsman, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, Washington, DC; Richard A. Speirs, Amy Miller, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, New York, NY; Kip B. Shuman, Shuman, Glenn & Stecker, San Francisco, CA; Rusty E. Glenn, Shuman, Glenn & Stecker, Denver, CO; Brett D. Stecker, Shuman, Glenn & Stecker, Ardmore, PA; Ronald A. King, Clark Hill PLC, Lansing, MI for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Gregory P. Williams, Raymond J. DiCamillo, Katharine L. Mowery, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., Wilmington, DE; Walter C. Carlson, Nilofer Umar, Caroline A. Wong, Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, IL for defendants.

    Case Number: D69335

    Derivative claim of breach of loyalty dismissed where demand was not excused as plaintiff failed to show that directors were likely to face liability on underlying claim and therefore could not be disinterested and independent.

  • Sycamore Partners Mgmt., L.P. v. Endurance Am. Ins. Co.

    Publication Date: 2021-03-17
    Practice Area: Insurance Litigation
    Industry: Insurance | Investments and Investment Advisory
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge LeGrow
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David J. Baldwin, Peter C. McGivney, Berger Harris LLP, Wilmington, DE; John E. Failla, Nathan R. Lander, Elise A. Yablonski, Proskauer Rose LLP, New York, NY for plaintiffs.
    for defendant: Barry M. Klayman, Cozen O’Connor, Wilmington, DE; Michael R. Davisson, Cozen O’Connor, Los Angeles, CA; Elena C. Norman, Michael A. Laukaitis, II, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, DE; Michael F. Perlis, Locke Lord LLP, Los Angeles, CA; Michael P. Duffy, Scarlett M. Rajbanshi, Peabody & Arnold LLP, Boston, MA; Ian Connor Bifferato, The Bifferato Firm, P.A., Wilmington, DE; James Thurston, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP, Chicago, IL; Daniel E. Tranen, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP, Edwardsville, IL; Elizabeth B. Sandza, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP, Washington, DC; Carmella P. Keener, Cooch and Taylor, P.A., Wilmington, DE; Ronald P. Schiller, Daniel J. Layden, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, P.C., Philadelphia, PA for defendants.

    Case Number: D69333

    Insurers' defense of uninsurability failed as a matter of law, because Delaware law did not prohibit insur-ance policies for restitution or disgorgement.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.