Category Archives: Case

One of These Things is Not Like the Other: Student Bar Loan Distinguished from Traditionally Nondischargeable Student Loan Debt

In a blog post written for the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, DJCL Articles Editor Kaitlin E. Maloney analyzes a recent decision from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York.  In Campbell v. Citibank, the court distinguished a law school graduate’s bar loan from other nondischargeable student loan debt, and ruled that the bar loan was dischargeable in bankruptcy.  Though some believe that this will discourage lending institutions from extending bar loans to law students, Kaitlin argues that is unlikely due to the relatively low risk these loans present to lenders.

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Applying Omnicare and Protecting Investors Under § 11 of the ‘33 Act

In a blog post written for the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, DJCL Senior Staff Member Nicholas D. Picollelli, Jr. discusses how the Second Circuit’s recent decision in Tongue v. Sanofi is the most recent attempt to apply the U.S. Supreme Court’s Omnicare standard regarding § 11 of the Securities Act of 1933. Under specific circumstances, Omnicare expands § 11 liability to include omissions of fact relating to statements of opinion in a registration statement. The Omnicare standard and the Second Circuit’s application present issuers with a unique choice – costly drafting fees or potentially extravagant litigation.

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EZCorp Deems Entire Fairness Standard Appropriate When Controlling Shareholder Receives Non-Ratable Benefits

In In re EZCorp, the Court of Chancery grappled with the appropriate standard of review for business transactions between a company and a controlling shareholder.  In a blog post written for the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, DJCL Senior Staff member Helene Episcopo explains that the court  determined that the entire fairness standard of review was appropriate, and that it declined to apply Aronson beyond the demand futility context.

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In Re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation: End to Disclosure Settlements?

In a blog post written for the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, DJCL Senior Staff Member Erin Rogers discusses the Court of Chancery’s recent decision in In Re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, and the effect decision will have on the future quantity of disclosure settlements and merger related litigation.  She argues that while the heightened standard for disclosure settlements set out in Trulia will certainly decrease the number of disclosure settlements and decrease the amount of merger related litigation, the extent of the decrease will depend on a number of factors discussed in the article.

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The Impact of Obergefell on Employee Benefits in Delaware

On June 26, 2015, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Obergefell legalized same-sex marriage, but the impact of the decision on businesses and employee benefits has yet to be fully understood. In a blog post written for the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, 3L Liz Miosi analyzes the implications of Obergefell on two Delaware businesses and how the decision will likely impact their employee benefits plans.

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Delaware Supreme Court Finds Third-Party Advisor Liable for the Board’s Breach

In RBC Capital Markets, LLC v. Jervis, the Delaware Supreme Court held that a third-party financial advisor was liable for aiding and abetting a Board of Directors’ breach of fiduciary duties.  In a blog post written for the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, DJCL staff member Michael Laukaitis explains that to be found liable for such conduct, third-party advisors must knowingly aid the board’s breach and may protect themselves by fully disclosing any possible conflicts to the board.

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Fine-Tuning Revlon: The Consequence of Fair and Fully Informed Stockholder Votes

The recent Delaware Supreme Court decision of Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings, LLC held that in the event of a fair and fully informed stockholder vote, a court will apply the business judgment standard instead of Revlon‘s increased scrutiny.  In a blog post written for the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, DJCL staff member Nicholas Picollelli, Jr.  explains that because a conflict-free vote puts stockholders in the best position to evaluate a proposed transaction, heightened Revlon scrutiny is unnecessary.

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The U.S. Government and Corinthian Colleges, Inc.: Picking Winners and Losers

Corinthian Colleges, Inc., a for-profit career-college, closed its doors amid allegations of predatory student loan practices and fraud and misrepresentation surrounding graduation rates and job placement statistics.  In a blog post written for the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, DJCL staff member Chris Kephart describes the unprecedented decision of the federal government to facilitate the forgiveness of close to $1 billion in public and private student loans, by negotiation with the holder of the private student loans and directly providing debt relief for students who took federal student loans to attend Corinthian.

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Bargaining Away Fiduciary Duty: Considering Partnership Agreements After Kinder Morgan

The recent Dole and Kinder Morgan Court of Chancery opinions highlight the differing roles of fiduciary duties in corporations and limited partnerships.  In a blog post written for the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, DJCL staff member Donald Huddler  summarizes the basic fiduciary duties of corporate fiduciaries and limited partnership fiduciaries and considers how the facts in Dole would be treated if they were governed by the terms of the Kinder Morgan partnership agreement, thus probing the outer limits of permissible conduct under limited partnership agreements.

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Chancery Court Issues Discretionary Remedy to Dole Shareholders in Fraud

The Delaware Court of Chancery issued a damages award of $148 million to Dole Food Company shareholders after CEO David Murdock and President and COO C. Michael Carter intentionally and fraudulently misrepresented company performance in an attempt to undervalue Dole stock.  In a blog post written for the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, DJCL staff member Brandon Harper explains how Vice Chancellor Laster determined that shareholders were entitled to what he declared a “fairer price.”

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