• W & C Catts Family Ltd. P'ship v. The Town of Dewey Beach

    Publication Date: 2018-12-12
    Practice Area: Administrative Law | Land Use and Planning
    Industry: Food and Beverage | State and Local Government
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Stokes
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John W. Paradee, Glenn C. Mandalas and Daniel F. McAllister, Mandalas & Brockstedt, Dover, DE for appellant.
    for defendant: Veronica O. Faust, Morris James, LLP, Rehoboth Beach, DE; Michael J. Hoffman, Tarabicos Grosso, LLP, New Castle, DE for appellees.

    Case Number: D68387

    A property owner abandoned a nonconforming use of an eatery for at least one year, and the property was subject to floodplain district requirements.

  • Lampkins v. Mitra QSR, LLC

    Publication Date: 2018-12-12
    Practice Area: Employment Litigation | Labor Law
    Industry: Food and Beverage
    Court: U.S. District Court of Delaware
    Judge: District Judge Connolly
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patrick C. Gallagher and Raeann Warner, Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A., Wilmington, DE for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Richard A. Barkasy and Daniel M. Pereira, Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP, Wilmington, DE; Jo Bennett and Samantha Banks of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP, Philadelphia, PA for defend-ants.

    Case Number: D68389

    Genuine issues of material fact existed as to a former employee's claims involving constructive discharge and a hostile working environment, but she was not entitled to recovery under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • Wenske v. Blue Bell Creameries, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2018-11-28
    Practice Area: Contractual Disputes | Corporate Entities
    Industry: Food and Beverage
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Slights
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jessica Zeldin of Rosenthal, Monhait & Goddess, P.A., Wilmington, DE; Scott G. Burdine and David E. Wayne of Burdine Wynne LLP, Houston, TX for plaintiffs
    for defendant: Timothy R. Dudderar and Travis R. Dunkelberger of Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP for Blue Bell de-fendants; Srinivas M. Raju and Kelly L. Freund of Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., Wilmington, DE for defendants Bridges and Kruse.

    Case Number: D68371

    Plaintiffs failed to allege sufficient facts to rebut the presumption of corporate separateness between a parent company and its subsidiary, and their conclusory allegations did not support theories for piercing the corporate veil or joint venture liability.

  • Post Holdings, Inc. v. NPE Seller Rep LLC

    Publication Date: 2018-11-14
    Practice Area: Corporate Entities | Deals and Transactions
    Industry: Food and Beverage
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Chancellor Bouchard
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Rodger D. Smith II, Ryan D. Stottmann and Alexandra M. Cumings of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington, DE; Richard B. Walsh, Jr. and Evan Z. Reid of Lewis Rice LLC, St. Louis, MO for plaintiffs.
    for defendant: Kevin R. Shannon, Christopher N. Kelly and Jay G. Stirling of Potter, Anderson & Corroon LLP, Wil-mington, DE; William C. O'Neil, Jeffrey J. Huelskamp and Michael A. Meneghini of Winston & Strawn LLP, Chicago, IL for defendants.

    Case Number: D68356

    Plaintiffs could not enjoy benefits under the contract while refusing to perform their obligations under it.

  • Delaware Business Court Insider

    Investors Sue to Block Sonic's Proposed $2.3B Deal to Take Company Private

    November 05, 2018

    A shareholder of Sonic Corp. has sued in Delaware federal court to halt the drive-in fast food company's $2.3 billion bid to take the company private, alleging that the board withheld key financial data about the deal.

  • Delaware Business Court Insider

    Schnatter Continues Push for Papa John's Records After Trial

    October 31, 2018

    Papa John's founder said the company sought to embarrass him and failed to show he was not entitled to corporate documents related to his ouster.

  • New York Law Journal

    Managing the Key Issues Affecting Hospitality M&A Deals

    October 30, 2018

    In their Hospitality Law column, Todd Soloway and Michelle Pham explore some common issues that arise in M&A negotiations involving hospitality companies and provide guidance for how companies should address the related risks and liabilities.

  • Delaware Business Court Insider

    Bouchard Orders Holding Co. to Turn Over Tax Refunds From $93.5M Deal to Buy Egg Producer

    October 29, 2018

    The Delaware Court of Chancery on Monday ordered Post Holdings Inc. and its Delaware subsidiary to turn over nearly $1 million in funds stemming from the food suppliers' $93.5 million deal to buy National Pasteurized Eggs Inc. in 2016.

  • Flood v. Synutra Int'l, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2018-10-24
    Practice Area: Corporate Governance | Mergers and Acquisitions | Securities Litigation
    Industry: Food and Beverage
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Strine
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ryan M. Ernst, Daniel P. Murray,O'Kelly Ernst & Joyce, LLC, Wilmington, DE; Donald J. Enright, Eliza-beth K. Tripodi, Levi & Korsinsky, LLP, Washington, D.C., attorneys for plaintiff
    for defendant: Matthew E. Fischer, Matthew R. Dreyfuss, Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, Wilmington, DE; Roger A. Cooper, Rishi N. Zutshi, Vanessa C. Richardson, Hana Choi, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York, NY, attorneys for defendants Synutra, Jinrong Chen, Lei Lin and Yalin Wu; William M. Laf-ferty, John P. DiTomo, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington, DE; Lawrence Portnoy, Re-becca L. Martin, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, New York, NY, for defendants Liang Zhang, Xiuqing Meng and Beams Power Investment Ltd.

    Case Number: D68329

    The business judgment rule applied, even though a controller's initial offer did not contain the required condi-tions, because he provided a second letter containing those conditions prior to any action by the special com-mittee.

  • Marchand v. Barnhill

    Publication Date: 2018-10-10
    Practice Area: Corporate Entities
    Industry: Food and Beverage
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Slights
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Robert J. Kriner, Jr., Vera G. Belger, Michael Hawash and Jourdain Poupore, attorneys for plaintiff
    for defendant: Timothy R. Dudderar, Travis R. Dunkelberger,; Srinivas M. Raju and Kelly L. Freund, attorneys for defendants.

    Case Number: D68312

    Derivative breach of fiduciary duty claim failed where plaintiff failed to make or excuse pre-suit litigation demand upon the board, the majority of whom were sufficiently disinterested to exercise independent judgment of such demand, and where plaintiff had failed to plead the requisite scienter for a failure of oversight claim levied against directors.