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Delaware Chancery Law Blog
The Delaware Court of Chancery is widely considered the preeminent forum for resolving disputes involving the internal affairs of the multitude of Delaware corporations and other business entities through which a vast amount of the world's commercial affairs is conducted. Join Carl as he helps guide you through the complex landscape of legal issues and analysis arising before this Court.
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Delaware Bankruptcy Litigation Blog
Carl shares his knowledge of Delaware bankruptcy proceedings in a blog entitled, "Delaware Bankruptcy Litigation." He offers his take on corporate bankruptcy proceedings not only in Delaware but throughout the United States, as well as industry insight on topics such as preference litigation, tenant bankruptcy and defending avoidance litigation.
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Recent Blog Posts

  • ATopTech, Inc. Files for Chapter 11 Protection in Delaware ATopTech, Inc. (“ATopTech” or “Debtor”), an electronic design automation software company manufacturing software solutions for engineers to assist them in the physical design of integrated circuits, filed a voluntary petition for chapter 11 bankruptcy relief on January 13, 2017 in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. In addition, ATopTech filed a motion to sell its businesses under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code and has selected a stalking horse bidder. The Debtor expects that the sale will be completed... More
  • Charging Liens Clarified by Delaware Supreme Court The Delaware Supreme Court recently clarified the extent and scope of charging liens that can be asserted by Delaware attorneys against clients who fail to pay their legal bills.  In the decision of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP v. Sutherland, No. 151, 2015 (Del. Jan. 6, 2017), the High Court overturned the Court of Chancery and held that a charging lien may be asserted against an award, when an attorney bills on an hourly rate, regardless of whether the services rendered were necessary... More
  • Abeinsa Holding Inc. Obtains Ch. 11 Plan Confirmation In the recent decision of In re: Abeinsa Holding Inc. et al., Del. Bankr. Ct. Dec. 14, 2016), Case No. 1:16-bk-10790, the Honorable Kevin J. Carey confirmed clean energy developer Abeinsa Holding Inc.’s Chapter 11 plan, which is part of the $16.5 billion global restructuring for Spanish parent Abengoa SA.  Abengoa, with operations in about 50 nations, is a major figure in clean energy and environmental sustainability engineering. The plan was confirmed over the objections of the U.S. Trustee’s office, which... More
  • Business Judgment Rule Applied When Disinterested Majority Approved Merger In Fully-Informed and Uncoerced Vote As set forth in the Delaware Supreme Court decision of Corwin v. KKR Fin. Holdings LLC, 125 A.3d 304 (Del., 2015), a board’s decision to approve a merger transaction is subject to business judgment rule presumption when the merger was approved by a disinterested majority of the company’s stockholders in a fully-informed and uncoerced vote. This rationale was applied in the recent decision of In re Solera Holdings, Inc. S’holder Litig., Cons. C.A. No. 11524-CB (Del. Ch. Jan. 5, 2017).  There,... More
  • Chancery Dismisses Complaint Alleging Breach of Duty of Disclosure Regarding Short-Form Merger In the first Chancery opinion of 2017, Vice Chancellor Montgomery-Reeves granted dismissal of a class action complaint which alleged breach of the duty of disclosure in connection with a short-form merger, in the decision of In re United Capital Corp. S’holders Litig., Cons. Case Nos. 11619-VCMR (Del. Ch. Jan. 4, 2017). Lead Plaintiff Louis B. Geser (“Plaintiff”) owned shares of common stock in United Capital Corporation (“United Capital”).  Defendant A.F. Petrocelli owned approximately 94% of the outstanding shares of United Capital before... More
  • Modular Space Corporation Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection On December 21, 2016, Modular Space Corporation and its affiliated entities (“Modular Space” or the “Debtors”) filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. and Canada, to implement a plan to rework its $1 billion load of long-term debt.  Modular Space will continue its operations during what the restructuring. Modular Space makes, leases and sells office trailers, mobile offices, temporary classrooms, modular office complexes and portable storage units. A restructuring that will swap out about $400 million worth of debt for equity... More
  • Chancery Denies Motion for Reargument – RBC Capital Markets Opinion Not Applicable In the recent decision of In re OM Group, Inc. Stockholders Litigation, Cons. C.A. No. 11216-VCS (Del. Ch. Dec. 16, 2016), Vice Chancellor Slights considered a motion for reargument by the Plaintiffs challenging his prior decision dismissing the complaint.  Click here for prior decision by the Court granting motion to dismiss on Oct. 12, 2016. The Complaint alleged that in the face of a threat of shareholder activism, the OM Board rushed to sell OM on the cheap in order to avoid... More
  • Preference Actions Filed in the Seal123, Inc. Bankruptcy Proceeding From December 15-21, 2016, the Seal123, Inc. Liquidation Trust filed approximately 68 complaints seeking the avoidance and recovery of allegedly preferential and/or fraudulent transfers under Sections 544 and/or 547, 548 and 550 of the Bankruptcy Code (depending upon the nature of the underlying transactions).  The Liquidation Trust also seek to disallow claims of such defendants under Sections 502(d) and (j) of the Bankruptcy Code. The Seal123, Inc., and its affiliated debtors, filed voluntary petitions for bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for... More
  • Appraisal of Lender Processing Services, Inc. In the recent appraisal decision of Merion Capital L.P. v. Lender Processing Services Inc., C.A. No. 9320-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 16, 2016), the Delaware Court of Chancery determined the fair value of petitioners’ shares of stock in Lender Processing Services, Inc. (the “Company”). In January 2014, Fidelity National Financial, Inc. completed the merger by which it acquired the Company. The Court found that the fair value of the Company’s common stock at the effective time of the merger is $37.14 Each party’s expert used... More
  • Dismissal of Preference and Fraudulent Transfer Claims Granted In the recent decision of George L. Miller v. Edward Welke, et al. (In re United Tax Group, LLC), Adv. Pro. No. 16-50088 (LSS), the Delaware Bankruptcy Court considered a motion for judgment on the pleadings in connection with the Trustee’s complaint asserting preference and fraudulent transfer claims. The Court found that the Trustee failed to adequately plead all counts necessary to give rise to a preference claim.  Specifically, the Court held that the Trustee failed to: (i) identify the transferee of... More
  • Personal Jurisdiction over LLC Manager Act Analyzed by Chancery In the recent decision of In the Matter of Dissolution of Artic Ease LLC, C.A. No. 8932-VCMR (Del. Ch. Dec. 9, 2016), the Court of Chancery analyzed whether an LLC member and certain affiliated entities were subject to the jurisdiction of Delaware under 6 Del. C. § 18-109, and ultimately dismissed third-party claims for lack of personal jurisdiction. Section 18-109 of the Delaware LLC Act allows Delaware courts to exercise personal jurisdiction over parties who manage Delaware limited liability companies in actions “involving... More
  • Formation Meeting Scheduled in Limitless Mobile, LLC Bankruptcy In the Limitless Mobile, LLC bankruptcy proceeding (Delaware Bankruptcy Case No. 16-12685), a formation meeting has been scheduled for December 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. (ET) at the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building, 844 King Street, Room 3209, Wilmington, DE 19801.  Click Here for a copy of the Notice of Formation Meeting for Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors issued by the Office of the United States Trustee.  Unsecured creditors interested in being considered for committee membership must complete a questionnaire and return it to... More
  • Delaware Dissolution Proceeding Dismissed in Favor of Prior Pending Litigation A question that is often posed to Delaware corporate practitioners is whether a non-Delaware court can dissolve a Delaware entity.  Certain jurisdictions, such as Texas, will generally decline to dissolve a foreign entity, while others will do so if the entity’s principle place of business is in that state. The recent transcript decision of Zebala v. Aminopterin LLC, C.A. No. 12186-VCS (Del. Ch. Sept. 28, 2016) involved this issue.  Prior to the filing of the Chancery action, litigation in California had been pending... More
  • Limitless Mobile, LLC Files for Chapter 11 Protection On December 2, 2016, Limitless Mobile, LLC (“Limitless” or the “Debtor”) filed a chapter 11 voluntary petition in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.  The Debtor was formed in 2013 to provide broadband and wireless telecommunication services in certain rural counties in central Pennsylvania.  The Debtor is part of a worldwide corporate family referred to as the Limitless Group.  According to the First Day Declaration, Limitless intends to wind down its retail-side business and emerge from... More
  • Ninth Circuit Requires Debtors to Pay Interest at Default Rate to Cure Default In the recent decision of Pacifica L51 LLC v. New Invs., Inc. (In re New Invs., Inc.), 2016 WL 6543520 (9th Cir. Nov. 4, 2016), the Ninth Circuit held that section 1123(d) legislatively overruled Great W. Bank & Tr. v. Entz-White Lumber & Supply, Inc. (In re Entz-White Lumber & Supply, Inc.), 850 F.2d 1338 (9th Cir. 1988), and required debtors to pay interest at the default rate in order to cure a default pursuant to a plan of reorganization. The debtor defaulted on... More