Judge Sleet Denies Defendants’ Motion to Transfer Venue in Patent Infringement Action

By Memorandum Opinion entered by The Honorable Gregory M. Sleet in Koniklijke Philips N.V. v. HTC Corp., Civil Action No. 15-1125-GMS (D.Del. July 18, 2017), the Court denied Defendants’ Joint Motion to Transfer Venue which sought to transfer venue of the patent infringement action to either the Northern District of California, the Western District of Washington, or the Eastern District of New York pursuant to 28 U.S.C. View Full Post
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Relief Granted for Fraudulent Conveyance

The Court of Chancery recently addressed claims for fraudulent conveyance, and relief available for such claims, in Duffield Associates, Inc. v. Lockwood Brothers, LLC, C.A. No. 9067-VCMR (Del. Ch. July 11, 2017). Court of Chancery Rule 9(b) requires that averments of fraud or mistake shall be stated with particularity, as compared to other claims which may be averred generally. View Full Post
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Equitable Jurisdiction Found Lacking in Debt Action

The Delaware Court of Chancery is a court of equity with limited jurisdiction. Contrary to what some may assume, not all corporate and commercial litigation can be heard in this famous court. (Delaware’s trial court of general jurisdiction is the Superior Court.) A recent opinion has practical application for litigators to the extent that it applies the well-traveled, but not often well understood, nuances of the limited scope of the equitable jurisdiction of the Delaware Court of Chancery. View Full Post
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Derivative Complaints by Creditors Against Chapter 7 Trustees – They Don’t Tend to Go Very Far

In a decision signed July 17, 2017 in the Our Alchemy, LLC bankruptcy (case 16-11596), Judge Gross of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court granted a trustee’s partial motion to dismiss a complaint, holding that a creditor cannot assert general claims against a Chapter 7 Trustee in his official capacity (essentially a derivative action meant to enrich the creditor body) .  View Full Post
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Judge Sleet Grants Counterclaim Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction in Antitrust Action

By Memorandum Opinion entered by The Honorable Gregory M. Sleet in Nespresso USA, Inc. v. Ethical Coffee Company SA, Civil Action Np. 16-194-GMS (D.Del. July 13, 2017), the Court granted the motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(2) of Counterclaim Defendants Nestle Nespresso SA, Nestle SA (“Nestle”) and Nestec SA (“Nestec). View Full Post
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Superior Court Amends Civil Rule 107 Regarding Briefs

The Superior Court recently announced amendments to Superior Court Civil Rule 107 regarding briefs.  The amendments include changes to Rule 107(b) and (h), as well as the adoption of Rule 107(j) and Form 48. Of note, the amendment to Rule 107 (h) redefines how the Court measures the length of briefs. View Full Post
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