P. Clarkson Collins Jr.
Corporate practitioners have been closely following developments in Delaware's shareholder appraisal litigation. Much of the interest concerns the court's "fair value" determination and the risk that an acquiring company will have to pay appraisal petitioners more than the merger deal price. In a much-anticipated decision, the Delaware Supreme Court provides valuable guidance about the relative importance of the deal price in the court's adjudication of the "fair value" of a petitioner's shares.
Karen Levin, Ariel Ronneburger and Damias Wilson
Because there are so many new digital channels for possible intellectual property infringement, knowledge of the various mechanisms available to combat the issue is vital to enabling entertainment industry owners to protect their brand.
This edition of the Quarterly State Compliance Review looks at some legislation of interest to corporate lawyers that went into effect between Aug. 1 and Oct. 1, 2017, including amendments to Delaware's corporation and LLC laws.
In 2016, Frederik Colting and Melisa Medina planned to launch a series of 50 children's books, each book summarizing a great novel. They called their colorfully illustrated summaries KinderGuides. In January 2017, the owners of the copyrights to the novels filed a copyright infringement suit against Colting and Medina, resulting in a useful tale for lawyers who advise publishers on either side of such a dispute.
Overton Thompson III and David Rue
The Case for Value Billing
Alternative fee arrangements (AFAs) are about value, a benefit legal departments are increasingly pressured to bring to their companies. When hiring an outside lawyer, clients are not looking for "hours," and they certainly are not looking for tenths of hours. They seek value.
Todd R. Wulffson
The recent age and disability discrimination lawsuit filed by Randall Arney against the Geffen Playhouse, where he served as artistic director since 1999, seems to raise some serious legal and factual flaws based on just what is alleged in the Los Angeles Superior Court complaint.
Over the past several years, rent-stabilized tenants have turned to Airbnb and similar services to monetize their below-market leases and earn extra income. Landlords seeking to evict such tenants for profiteering have been largely successful. This article examines the state of "Airbnb" jurisprudence to date.
Ronald J. Levine and K. Heather Robinson
Due to our increased understanding of human genetics, there has been a shift in, and expansion of, the use of genetics in the courtroom to address the "how" and "why" — the causation of, or susceptibility to — disease in mass tort and products liability litigations. Here are some trial tips you need to know.
Amy Proctor and Molly Russell
Split Federal Circuit Declined to Reconsider Panel’s Decision that Lost Profits Based on the Panduit Factors Are Fully Apportioned
On Sept. 1, 2017, a split Federal Circuit declined to rehear a panel decision in Mentor Graphics Corp. v. EVE-USA, Inc., a case that could have significant implications for lost profit damages and apportionment.
Matthew B. Schiff and Kathryn C. Nadro
SCOTUS Review of Dodd-Frank to Change the Landscape
On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Digital Realty Trust Inc. v. Somers to review a Ninth Circuit decision regarding SEC whistleblowing protections. The Court's ruling is highly anticipated, as it will clarify the landscape for whistleblower protections.