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CorpCast Episode 11: Better Know a Judge: Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights, III of the Delaware Court of Chancery

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On this episode of CorpCast, we continue our “Better Know a Judge” series with an interview of the newest member of the Delaware Court of Chancery, Joseph R. Slights, III. Joe discusses why he took a pay cut while his children are in college, his background, some advice for young lawyers, as well as what he’s looking forward to and dreading when he gets on the bench.

Love what you hear? Go to our podcast tab for archived episodes and be sure to follow @DECorpCast for the latest updates. If you have questions or comments, you can reach us at CorpCast@morrisjames.com. Thank you for listening! More ›

CorpCast Episode 10: eDiscovery Review

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On today’s episode of CorpCast, we are joined by our colleagues Ian McCauley and Laura Readinger. Ian and Laura’s practice focuses on eDiscovery, and this episode covers Delaware developments on the subject over the past 16 months.

We cover global issues such as the role of Delaware counsel in discovery, and the Court of Chancery’s growing concern regarding the conduct of counsel throughout discovery. We also take a look at defensible document collection, preservation of text messages, and production of personal email. Finally, we discuss very narrow topics that the Court has tackled, including production of metadata and document review. More ›

CorpCast Episode 9: 2015 Year in Review

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Welcome back to CorpCast!  In this 2015 Year in Review, we discuss several important cases from the past year, starting with the tidal wave of antagonism in the Court of Chancery towards disclosure-only settlements ending with In re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation.  We then move to discuss several instances of “financial advisors behaving badly,” with a look at In re TIBCO Software Inc. Stockholders Litigation and RBC Capital Markets, LLC v. Jervis.  We’ll also take a look at opinions dealing with conflicted transactions, revisiting Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC and Delaware County Employees Retirement Fund v. Sanchez, as well as discussing In re Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc., Shareholder Litigation and In re Dole Food Co., Inc. Stockholder Litigation.  Finally, we’ll look to some contract actions, including 1 Oak Private Equity Venture Capital Limited v. Twitter, Inc. and SIGA Technologies, Inc. v. PharmAthene, Inc., and touch on the invalidation of company bylaws in In re Vaalco Energy Inc. Consolidated Stockholder LitigationMore ›

CorpCast Episode 8: The Controlling Stockholder

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In this episode of CorpCast we go back to basics on the concept of the controlling stockholder.  We address what constitutes a controlling stockholder under Delaware Law, discuss the idea of “actual control,” and consider how the presence of a controlling stockholder affects the Court’s standard of review.  We’ll also discuss recent case law developments including In re KKR Financial Holdings, LLC, In re Crimson Exploration, Inc., and In re Sanchez Energy.

Love what you hear?  Go to our podcast tab for archived episodes and be sure to follow @DECorpCast for the latest updates.  If you have questions or comments, you can reach us at CorpCast@morrisjames.com.  Thank you for listening! More ›

CorpCast Episode 5: The eDiscovery Big Picture

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Many attorneys view eDiscovery as merely something they “have to do.”  On Episode 5, we speak to Ian McCauley, Morris James’ eDiscovery coordinator about jettisoning this and other misconceptions about eDiscovery practice.  Instead, Ian suggests that effective eDiscovery practice can be a valuable litigation tool, and that attorneys should focus on how eDiscovery can help, not hinder, their case.  We’ll talk to Ian about the role of an eDiscovery coordinator in a larger litigation group, the Delaware courts’ attitudes toward eDiscovery, and certain eDiscovery issues that often arise in corporate and commercial cases.  More ›

CorpCast Episode 4: Better Know a Judge: Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery

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On this episode of CorpCast, we’re honored to welcome Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of Delaware’s Court of Chancery.  In addition to discussing the reasons he came to Delaware to practice law, the Vice Chancellor shares his views from the bench, including some very helpful practice points and advice for younger attorneys.  Many thanks to the Vice Chancellor for joining us as our inaugural guest! More ›

CorpCast Episode 3: Preview of Business Divorce CLE at 2015 ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting

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Whether you can’t attend the 2015 ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting in San Francisco or you are attending and still trying to figure out your schedule, we’re giving you a preview of the topics being covered by host Pete Ladig and others on Saturday, April 18, at 10:30 AM in their CLE panel titled 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, err .. Business Partner: The Essentials of Business Divorce in Privately Held Entities.  We’ll review the various aspects of Business Divorce, and hopefully entice you to attend to hear Kurt Heyman, Melissa Donimirski, Eric Milby, Michaela Battista Sozio and Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons, Jr. of the Delaware Court of Chancery discuss the issues in more detail.  Follow @DECorpCast for conference updates, or contact us at CorpCast@morrisjames.com with questions or comments.  We would love to hear from you! More ›

CorpCast Episode 2: Advancement 101

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We’re back with the second episode of CorpCast, Morris James LLP’s podcast discussing Delaware corporate and commercial law and practice.  In “Advancement 101,” we discuss the fundamentals of advancement actions in Delaware’s Court of Chancery, distinguish advancement rights from indemnification rights, and provide frameworks for thinking about advancement both from the perspective of a director or officer seeking advancement and from the perspective of a company facing an advancement demand.  We will also touch on some of the common practice pitfalls in this area of the law and consider several reasons why Delaware may be the best venue to bring an advancement action. More ›

CorpCast Episode 1: Sections, 204, 205 and In re Numoda

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We’re trying something new, and we hope you’ll like it.  Morris James LLP’s Corporate and Fiduciary Litigation Group introduces CorpCast, a podcast discussing Delaware corporateand commercial law and practice.  In this first episode, we discuss In re Numoda Corporation S’holders Litig., C.A. No. 9163-VCN (Del. Ch. Jan. 30, 2015), the first written opinion from the Court of Chancery to apply recently amended sections 204 and 205 of the Delaware General Corporation Law.   More ›

Lewis Lazarus and Peter Ladig Give ABA Podcast

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Partners Lewis Lazarus and Peter Ladig participated in a podcast on behalf of the Committee on Director and Officer Liability of the Business Law Section of the ABA discussing attorney-client privilege implications for directors and officers. Listen here.