Delaware legislation that would allow corporate boards to cede some governance rights to chosen stockholders cleared the state's House by a wide margin late Thursday, heading to Gov. John Carney after debate that saw dire predictions for either outcome.
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Del. House Sends Controversial Corp. Law Changes To Gov.

By Jeff Montgomery

Delaware legislation that would allow corporate boards to cede some governance rights to chosen stockholders cleared the state's House by a wide margin late Thursday, heading to Gov. John Carney after debate that saw dire predictions for either outcome.

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Chancery Preserves Most Of Hertz Shareholder Buyback Suit

By Leslie A. Pappas

Several Hertz directors who authorized $4 billion in stock buybacks in 2022 that vaulted a private equity-based shareholder into a controlling position will have to face claims in Delaware's Court of Chancery that they breached their fiduciary duties to the company.

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Rockwell Wins Treble Damages After $4M Gray Market Verdict

By Adam Lidgett

A Delaware federal judge agreed Tuesday to award treble damages to Rockwell Automation, which is behind the Allen-Bradley brand of factory equipment, bringing its total recovery to nearly $9 million after a jury found it was owed more than $4 million in August.

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POLICY & REGULATION

19 Dem AGs Urge Law Group, Others To Ignore DEI Detractors

By Aebra Coe

A coalition of 19 Democratic state attorneys general issued a letter Thursday rebutting criticism of diversity, equity and inclusion programs within the American Bar Association, Fortune 100 corporations and law firms.

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COURT OF CHANCERY

PPG Sues Westlake In Delaware Over $707M Brazil Liability

By Leslie A. Pappas

Pittsburgh global paint supplier PPG Industries Inc. has sued chemical supplier Westlake Corp. in Delaware's Court of Chancery, accusing Westlake of breaching a 2012 agreement to accept liabilities related to a cargo ship fire that happened off the coast of Brazil in 1998.

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BANKRUPTCY COURT

Spinal Implant Maker Can Liquidate Under Ch. 11 Plan

By Clara Geoghegan

A Delaware bankruptcy judge agreed Thursday to approve the Chapter 11 liquidation and wind-down plan of biotechnology developer InVivo, which reported it landed a buyer for its spinal cord implant technology following an unsuccessful bankruptcy auction.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Yellow Corp. Lease Assumption Shows Landlord Protections

Yellow Corp.’s recent filing of a motion to assume unexpired leases is a helpful reminder to practitioners to maintain a long-term approach about what is most beneficial for an estate and to not let a debtor's short-term cash position dictate business decisions, says Kyle Arendsen at Squire Patton.

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How Associates Can Build A Professional Image

As hybrid work arrangements become the norm in the legal industry, early-career attorneys must be proactive in building and maintaining a professional presence in both physical and digital settings, ensuring that their image aligns with their long-term career goals, say Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners and Estelle Winsett at Estelle Winsett Professional Image Consulting.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Bonus Spotlight

McKool Smith Handing Out Midyear Bonuses Of Up To $30K

By Xiumei Dong

McKool Smith PC will be awarding midyear bonuses of up to $30,000 to its principals, associates and senior counsel, according to an internal email sent Thursday by Chairman David Sochia.

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Ex-CFO Ends Bias Suit Against Anderson Kill In New York

By Rose Krebs

A disability discrimination lawsuit filed in New York federal court against insurance recovery law firm Anderson Kill PC by its former chief financial officer has been voluntarily dismissed per a stipulated order submitted by the litigation parties.

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Justices Keep Domestic Abusers Disarmed, Clarify Bruen

By Marco Poggio and Katie Buehler

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Texas man's constitutional challenge to a federal law prohibiting people subject to domestic violence restraining orders from possessing firearms Friday, providing limited guidance to lower courts on how to apply the high court's Second Amendment historical analogue test.

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Justices Strengthen Jury Trial Rights For Stiffer Sentences

By Jeff Overley

The constitutional rights to due process and trial by jury extend to a pivotal prong of a prominent sentencing enhancement for recidivism, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a Friday decision that casts doubt on many incarcerations and promises to reshape future trials.

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Trump Says AG Can't Appoint Prosecutor In Mar-A-Lago Case

By Carolina Bolado

Attorney General Merrick Garland did not have the statutory authority to promote an independent special counsel to prosecute former President Donald Trump over his allegedly illegal retention of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate, Trump's attorneys told a Florida federal judge Friday.

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Manhattan DA Seeks To Retain Trump Gag Order, Amid Threats

By Stewart Bishop

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office urged a New York state judge Friday to leave in place most restrictions of the gag order preventing Donald Trump from speaking publicly about witnesses, jurors and others tied to his criminal trial, citing a barrage of threats from his supporters in recent months — including "actionable" death threats before and after the verdict.

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Attys Accused Of Judge Shopping Must Share Public Remarks

By Emily Sawicki

Attorneys accused of judge shopping two 2022 suits challenging an Alabama law criminalizing some gender-affirming care for transgender youths have been given 48 hours to turn over any public statements, releases or other information they or their organizations have shared about the disciplinary proceedings, just days ahead of a Monday hearing.

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Delaware's Corporate Law Debate Left 'Blood On The Floor'

By Jeff Montgomery

Delaware lawmakers have settled, for now, a rare, bitter, national fight over director rights to cede some powers to big stockholders, but the "Moelis" debate has also boosted friction between board and stockholder camps, with one retired law professor saying underlying litigation had left "blood on the floor."

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Ex-Trump Aide Must Face Hunter Biden's Data Hack Suit

By Gina Kim

A California federal judge has refused to toss Hunter Biden's lawsuit accusing a former Trump White House aide of obtaining and publishing emails and photos purportedly taken from his laptop, finding Biden sufficiently alleged the aide illegally accessed a "protected computer" defined under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. 

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Girardi Wants To Block Evidence Of Ex-Clients' Injuries At Trial

By Ryan Boysen

At the upcoming fraud trial of disgraced attorney Tom Girardi, his defense attorneys want to exclude any mention of the horrific injuries suffered by the clients he allegedly stole from, while prosecutors want to introduce evidence that he allegedly spent $25 million to fund the lavish lifestyle of his former celebrity girlfriend.

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'Clearly Relevant' Fraud Claims Stay In Lin Wood Slander Trial

By Chart Riggall

Ahead of a trial where controversial attorney Lin Wood will face claims that he defamed his former law partners, a Georgia federal judge on Friday refused to keep out as evidence two state court lawsuits in which Wood is accused of stiffing them on legal fees and sheltering cash behind a real estate venture.

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Ohio Atty Reinstated After Flinging Feces-Filled Pringles Can

By Rachel Rippetoe

An Ohio criminal defense attorney suspended for filling a Pringles can with his own feces and throwing it in the parking lot of a victim advocacy center was reinstated this week, according to a court filing.

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AAA, Worker End Sex Bias Suit After Missed Eclipse Day Depo

By Patrick Hoff

AAA and a former insurance agent told a Florida federal court Friday that they've settled the ex-employee's gender discrimination lawsuit amid a fight over how much his attorney owes the organization for missing a deposition because he was traveling to see April's solar eclipse.

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Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

By Kevin Penton

Attorney Jonathan Mitchell and the New Civil Liberties Alliance lead this week's edition of Law360's Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives does not have the authority to ban firearm accessories known as bump stocks.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Sue Reisinger

Workers have filed a new suit accusing Tesla of failing to stop racist behavior and sexual harassment in two California factories, despite previous lawsuits. And the former head of AIG's Legal Operations Center has lost his appeal on his claim that he was fired in retaliation for pointing out alleged fraud. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Max Austin

This past week in London has seen JD Wetherspoon sue a Welsh pub over its name in the Intellectual Property Court, ex-professional boxer Amir Khan and his wife file libel action against an influencer, the Performing Right Society hit with a competition claim over music licensing, and Manolete Partners bring action against the directors of a bust investment firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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Glassblowing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

I never expected that glassblowing would strongly influence my work as an attorney, but it has taught me the importance of building a solid foundation for your work, learning from others and committing to a lifetime of practice, says Margaret House at Kalijarvi Chuzi.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Aaron & Partners LLP

Alston & Bird

Anderson Kill

Badham & Buck

Bainbridge Mims

Baker McKenzie

Beal Sutherland

Bernstein Litowitz

Blank Rome

Brach Eichler

Brand Woodward

Bronstein Gewirtz

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Campbell & Williams

Campbell Johnston

Clark Smith Villazor

Clyde & Co

Continental PLLC

Cooley LLP

Cooper & Kirk

Copeland Franco

Cravath Swaine

DAC Beachcroft

DLA Piper

Davis Polk

Dominick Feld

Downey & Cleveland

Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae

Earth & Water Law

Farella Braun

Fieldfisher

Fisher & Phillips

Fox Williams

Freeths LLP

Gibson Dunn

Girardi & Keese

Gowling WLG

Grant & Eisenhofer

Greenberg Traurig

Heyman Enerio

Hill Dickinson

Hogan Lovells

Hueston Hennigan

Hunton Andrews

Jenner & Block

John Exum Law

Jones Day

Kalijarvi Chuzi

Kemp Jones

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Landis Rath

Latham & Watkins

Lewis Silkin

Lightfoot Franklin

Littler Mendelson

Macfarlanes LLP

McKool Smith

McLaughlin & Stern

Morgan Lewis

NechelesLaw

Norton Rose

O'Melveny & Myers

Parker McCay

Perkins Coie

Pinsent Masons

Poole Huffman

Preiskel & Co.

Quinn Emanuel

Richards Layton

Ropes & Gray

Sasso & Sasso

Schaerr Jaffe

Shaw Keller

Sheppard Mullin

Shook Hardy

Spratt Endicott

Squire Patton

Stein Sperling

Stris & Maher

Tousley Brain

Wade Grunberg

Ward Hadaway

Williams & Connolly

Wilson Sonsini

Winston & Strawn

Young & Ma

Young Conaway

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Accenture PLC

Alliance Defending Freedom

Amazon.com Inc.

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union

American International Group Inc.

Apple Inc.

Axiall Corp.

BNSF Railway Co.

Barclays PLC

British Broadcasting Corp.

Cargill Inc.

Certares Management LLC

Debenhams PLC

Delaware State Bar Association

Energizer Holdings Inc.

Evergreen Marine Corp.

Exxon Mobil Corp.

Ford Motor Co.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Georgia State University

Globus Medical Inc.

Harvard University

Hertz Global Holdings Inc.

InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp.

Instagram Inc.

Kiteworks

Knighthead Capital Management LLC

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

LinkedIn Corp.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

ManpowerGroup Inc.

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Moelis & Co.

NVIDIA Corp.

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Rifle Association of America

New Civil Liberties Alliance

New York City Bar Association

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

PG&E Corp.

PPG Industries Inc.

Paramount Global

Qatar Investment Authority

Rockwell Automation Inc.

Sales Inc.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Southern Poverty Law Center Inc.

Tesla Inc.

The Boeing Co.

The District of Columbia Bar

TikTok Inc.

United Network for Organ Sharing

Volkswagen AG

Yellow Corp.

YouTube Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alabama Attorney General's Office

California Civil Rights Department

Companies House

Delaware Court of Chancery

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Financial Conduct Authority

Illinois Attorney General's Office

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

National Archives and Records Administration

New York City Police Department

Ohio Supreme Court

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court