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Chancery Court Refuses to Dismiss Action to Enforce Post-Merger Covenant Due to Ambiguities in Merger Agreement

Jan. 15, 2020—Robert S. Reder & Faisal Q. Haider | 73 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 27 | PDF Download Link “Notwithstanding the disavowal of covenant survival and third-party beneficiary rights, there are circumstances in which publicly traded targets bargain for post-merger covenants in public merger agreements. For instance, where a significant amount of acquiring company stock...

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Chancery Court Declines to Apply Corwin at Pleading Stage to “Cleanse” Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claim Due to Material Non-Disclosures

Jan. 15, 2020—Robert S. Reder & Robert W. Dillard | 73 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 17 | PDF Download Link “In late 2018, the Delaware Court of Chancery (the “Chancery Court”) once again denied pleading-stage application of Corwin when faced with well-pled allegations a stockholder vote was not fully informed. In In re Xura, Inc. Stockholder...

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Chancery Court Finds Merger Agreement Preserved Sellers’ Privilege Over Pre-Merger Attorney-Client Communications

Jan. 15, 2020—Robert S. Reder & Jake Haskins | 73 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 11 | PDF Download Link “Parties to a merger naturally retain individual legal counsel throughout the process. By operation of the merger statute, when the transaction closes all assets of each constituent corporation to the merger become assets of the surviving corporation....

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Delaware Court Refuses Corwin “Cleanse” Due to Inadequate Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest and Financial Projections

Jan. 15, 2020—Robert S. Reder & Kelsey McKeag | 73 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 1 | PDF Download Link “In Chester County Employees’ Retirement Fund v. KCG Holdings, Inc., C.A. No 2017-0421-KSJM (Del. Ch. June 21, 2019) (“Chester County”), Vice Chancellor Kathaleen St. J. McCormick refused to grant dismissal of a former stockholder’s challenge of a...

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Neighborhood Names: Why Should the Law Care?

Aug. 27, 2019—Nadav Shoked | 72 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 267 | Names matter. We all realize that they matter for our lives, but we do not intuitively assume that names matter for the law just as well. And yet, in many legal fields, they clearly do. In international law, the question what country gets to...

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Corporate Incapacitation: A Handmaid’s Tale?

Aug. 27, 2019—Mihailis E. Diamantis | 72 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 251 | In Incapacitating Criminal Corporations, W. Robert Thomas argues that corporate criminal law should think more creatively about incapacitation. As a general rule, I could not agree more with his motivating sentiment: inflexible dominant paradigms have stifled thought about how to sanction corporations for...

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Chancery Court Applies M&F Framework to Transactions in Which Controlling Stockholders Allegedly Received “Unique Benefits”

May. 9, 2019—Robert S. Reder & Elizabeth F. Shore | 72 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 221 | MFW Trio | Chancery Court Applies M&F Framework to Transactions in Which Controlling Stockholders Allegedly Received “Unique Benefits” | PDF Download Link | Three recent Chancery Court decisions focus on circumstances in which controlling stockholders, each alleged to have...

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Chancery Court Finds that Adverse Directors Not Entitled to Privileged Board Communications Concerning a Potential Merger

May. 9, 2019—Robert S. Reder & Katie Clemmons | 72 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 249 | CBS Litigation | Chancery Court Finds that Adverse Directors Not Entitled to Privileged Board Communications Concerning a Potential Merger | PDF Download Link | Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard’s letter ruling in CBS Litigation provides a useful analysis how a board...

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Chancery Court Finds Corwin Applicable to Third-Party Buyout of a Company Controlled by a Large Stockholder

May. 9, 2019—Robert S. Reder | 72 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 213 | English v. Narang | Chancery Court Finds Corwin Applicable to Third-Party Buyout of a Company Controlled by a Large Stockholder | PDF Download Link | The Chancery Court again considered the availability of a Corwin defense in connection with a third-party buyout of...

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Delaware Supreme Court Explores Application of MFW’s “Ab Initio” Requirement in Controlling Stockholder-Related Litigation

May. 9, 2019—Robert S. Reder | 72 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 237 | Synutra and Olenik Appeals | Refusing to draw a bright-line, the Court focuses on the point at which “substantive economic negotiations” begin in determining whether failure to include MFW’s dual procedural protections in the initial offer may not be fatal to pleading-stage dismissal...

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Delaware Chancery Court Rejects Federal Forum Selection Clause for Securities Act Claims

May. 3, 2019—Robert S. Reder & Jóna N. Mays | 72 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 183 | Sciabacucchi | Citing Boilermakers ruling, court distinguishes between internal and external claims | PDF Download Link | Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster granted summary judgment to a plaintiff who attacked three such forum selection clauses, opinion that “[t]he constitutive...

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What to do about Chevron—Nothing

Apr. 29, 2019—Nicholas R. Bednar | 72 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 151 | For thirty-five years, doctrinalists have tormented themselves trying to dissect the Supreme Court’s most infamous administrative-law doctrine: Chevron deference. We have asked when and how it applies. At the same time, we have asked whether Chevron should exist at all. In other words, does Chevron have any...

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Dell Appraisal: Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Chancery Court Valuation Giving No Weight to Deal Price in Connection with Management-Led LBO

Apr. 29, 2019—Robert S. Reder & Micah N. Bradley | 72 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 201 | Dell MBO | Reverses Chancery Court valuation that relied exclusively on a discounted cash flow analysis while giving no weight to deal price or stock market trading values | PDF Download Link | Delaware General Corporation Law §262 (“DGCL...

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Towards Optimal Enforcement

Apr. 2, 2019—Kent Barnett | 72 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 127 | Enforcing federal law seems simple enough. Federal agencies, which exist for exactly this purpose, enforce by identifying violations of a particular federal statutory scheme and accompanying regulations. But complications quickly arise. How should agencies enforce—by initiating judicial proceedings, by enacting rules or guidance to...

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Chancery Court Analyzes MFW’s “Ab Initio” Requirement in Controlling Stockholder Litigation

Feb. 15, 2019—Robert S. Reder & Ashleigh C. Bennett | 72 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 117 | Olenik v. Lodzinski | Chancery Court Analyzes MFW’s “Ab Initio” Requirement in Controlling Stockholder Litigation | PDF Download Link | Distinguishes exploratory “discussions” from “negotiations” in determining that MFW’s “ab initio” requirement was satisfied.

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Personal Jurisdiction: The Walls Blocking an Appeal to Rationality

Feb. 6, 2019—Richard D. Freer | 72 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 99 | Personal jurisdiction is a gateway to the judicial system. Without it, a plaintiff cannot vindicate her claims and the community cannot benefit from private enforcement of the law. In 2011, the Supreme Court returned to personal jurisdiction after a twenty-one year hiatus. Over...

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