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Significant Fee-Shifting and Forum Selection Amendments Proposed to the DGCL

The Corporation Law Council, a committee of the Delaware State Bar Association that drafts recommendations for amendments to the DGCL on an annual basis, has proposed text of a bill to amend the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) in considerable ways.  The proposal—which is, in large part, a reaction to recent decisions of the Delaware Supreme Court and Delaware Court of Chancery—seeks to limit the impact of fee-shifting provisions that arise in the event of unsuccessful stockholder derivative suits, as well as permit Delaware corporations to include forum selection provisions in their organizational documents with certain limitations.

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A Simple Example: Withdrawal Of The Reference Denied By Delaware District Court Despite Federal RICO Claim

Barry v. Santander Bank, N.A. (In re Liberty State Benefits of Delaware Inc.), Civ. No. 14-677-LPS (D. Del. Mar. 12, 2015)

On March 12, 2015, Chief Judge Stark of Delaware’s District Court denied the request of defendant Santander Bank, N.A. (the “Defendant”) to withdraw the reference, rejecting Defendant’s arguments for mandatory and permissive withdrawal.  Richard Barry, the chapter 11 trustee of the debtor (the “Plaintiff”), alleged in the complaint almost entirely non-bankruptcy causes of action, including violations of the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (“RICO”)—the sole basis for the Defendant’s mandatory withdrawal request.  Ultimately, the Court found,… Read More

EFH Debtors’ First Lien Settlement and Related Tender Offer Upheld by District Court

Delaware Trust Co. v. Energy Future Immediate Holdings, LLC (In re Energy Future Holding Corp.), No. 14-723 (RGA) (D. Del. Feb. 19, 2015)

Energy Future Holding Corporation and its subsidiaries (the “Debtors”) commenced their chapter 11 proceedings with a series of settlements (together, the “Global Settlement”) reached with certain key creditor constituencies.  Although the Global Settlement was later withdrawn in large part, the Debtors sought and obtained Bankruptcy Court approval of their settlement (“First Lien Settlement”) reached with the $4 billion first lien noteholders of debtor Energy Future Intermediate Holdings, LLC.  Pursuant to the First Lien Settlement,… Read More