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Massachusetts Superior Court Invalidates Forum Selection Clause and Dismisses Employer’s Action To Enforce a Noncompetition Agreement

Posted in California Courts, Commercial Litigation, Employment Litigation, Litigation Trends, Massachusetts Courts

  Oxford Global Resources, LLC v. Hernandez Superior Court of Massachusetts (Suffolk, Business Litigation Session) Docket No. 1684-CV-03911-BLS-2   The Business Litigation Session of the Suffolk Superior Court in Massachusetts invalidated a contractual forum selection clause and dismissed an employer’s action to enforce a noncompetition agreement signed by a former employee, because the employer forced a… Continue Reading

Delaware Court of Chancery Ends Massey Stockholder Litigation Saga and Dismisses Claims

Posted in Corporate Litigation, Delaware Courts, Litigation Trends

Under Delaware law, when a derivative plaintiff loses its stockholder status as the result of a merger, the plaintiff usually also loses its standing to pursue a derivative suit on behalf of the corporation.  This rule is subject to only two limited exceptions: (1) when “the merger itself is the subject of a claim of… Continue Reading

Veera v. Banana Republic, LLC: How the California Court of Appeals Has Reduced Proposition 64 (2004) to 40% Off its Intended Value

Posted in California Courts, Corporate Litigation, Professional Liability, Uncategorized

California’s Unfair Competition Law The Legislature enacted California’s Unfair Competition Law (the “UCL”) to deter unfair business practices and protect consumers from exploitations in the marketplace. Allen v. Hyland’s Inc. (C.D. Cal. 2014) 300 F.R.D. 643, 667. Under the UCL “unfair competition” means “any unlawful, unfair or fraudulent business act or practice and unfair, deceptive,… Continue Reading

Missouri Supreme Court Extends Daimler and Says No to Forum Shopping

Posted in Commercial Litigation, Corporate Litigation, Delaware Courts, Employment Litigation, Missouri Courts

 On February 28, 2017, the Missouri Supreme Court joined a growing list of tribunals to apply a strict reading of the United States Supreme Court’s seminal ruling in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014). In State ex rel. Norfolk So. Ry. Co. v. Hon. Colleen Dolan, No. SC95514, the Missouri Supreme Court held… Continue Reading

The Delaware LLC is Not a Corporation and Should Be Subject to a Different Veil Piercing Analysis

Posted in Corporate Litigation, Delaware Courts, Litigation Trends

“Veil piercing” is an equitable remedy that allows a plaintiff with a claim against an entity to obtain relief from the entity’s owners, in spite of laws providing for limited liability.  When the owners provide personal guarantees or otherwise contract around liability protections, or when the owners are sued in their own right based on… Continue Reading

Delaware Supreme Court Provides New Guidance on Derivative Suits: Private Planes and Venture Capital Investments May Raise Doubts at Pleading Stage

Posted in Corporate Litigation

The Delaware Supreme Court reversed the dismissal of a derivative suit for failure to make demand, finding that the complaint alleged particularized facts sufficient to create a reasonable doubt as to the disinterestedness and independence of a majority of directors, in Sandys v. Pincus, No. 157, 2016 (Del. Dec. 5, 2016).  In Sandys, the plaintiff… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split On Insider Trading, Partially Overruling Newman

Posted in Corporate Litigation

For the first time since 1997, the United States Supreme Court explored the requirements for proving a federal securities fraud claim based on insider trading, in Salman v. United States (Dec. 6, 2016).  The Salman opinion confirms that a factfinder may infer a personal benefit to a tipper from a gift of confidential information to… Continue Reading