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Retired Judge Farnan Sued Over Sale Of Motel by Founder of Grotto Pizza

By Jeff Mordock |

The feud between the founder of the popular Grotto Pizza chain and retired federal Judge Joseph J. Farnan Jr. has expanded from the Delaware Superior Court to the Court of Chancery.

Family Court Records Ruled Inadmissible in Criminal Trials

By Jeff Mordock |

Delaware Family Court records may not be introduced in their entirety as evidence in a Superior Court criminal trial because they include hearsay, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Wiretap Recordings Don't Violate Right to Confront Witnesses

By Jeff Mordock |

Wiretap recordings presented during the trial of two convicted drug dealers did not violate their Sixth Amendment right to confront the individuals testifying against them, the Delaware Supreme Court has ruled.

Justice Holland to Receive American Inns of Court Award

Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland was selected to receive the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Award for Professionalism and Ethics by the American Inns of Court.

Blank Rome Attorney Elected Secretary of DSBA Section

Adam V. Orlacchio of Blank Rome was elected secretary of the litigation section of the Delaware State Bar Association.

Morris James Adds Lawyer In Firm's Wilmington Office

Meghan A. Adams joined Morris James' Wilmington office as an associate in its business litigation group.

Silent Threats Most Concerning, Court Security Experts Say

By Jeff Mordock |

The most serious threats to judges come from disappointed litigants who don't openly air their unhappiness, as was illustrated recently when federal agents alleged insurance executive Jeffrey B. Cohen silently amassed a cache of weapons with Delaware Court of Chancery Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster as his target.

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Chancery Dismisses 13-Year-Old Suit Against New Castle County

By Jeff Mordock |

The Delaware Court of Chancery has dismissed a lawsuit begun 13 years ago by a real estate developer against New Castle County over sewer construction in a residential neighborhood after the parties filed competing motions to abandon or rescind a settlement reached seven years ago but never entered into the court record.

High Court Reverses Sex-Abuse Conviction Over Vague Indictment

By Jeff Mordock |

The Delaware Supreme Court has reversed an accused child molester's attempted rape, unlawful sexual encounter and indecent exposure convictions after it concluded the trial court violated his rights to due process by denying his request for a bill of particulars.

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Morris Nichols Attorney to Speak at Bankruptcy Workshop

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell partner Gregory W. Werkheiser is set to speak at the 10th annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop, running from July 31 to Aug. 2 in Cambridge, Md.

Federal Courts Can Invalidate Prior Judgment Execution Orders

By Jeff Mordock |

Federal courts may amend execution orders based on new facts or evidence, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled. The appellate court's decision affirmed a U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware opinion invalidating an execution order after a defendant eventually paid off the judgment awarded during a trial.

Chancery Rules Power of Attorney Begins at Inception, Not Incapacity

By Jeff Mordock |

Individuals assume power of attorney once they execute such an agreement and not when the person they are acting as an agent for becomes incapacitated, the Delaware Court of Chancery has ruled.

Counts Tossed in Securities Suit Against Kuwaiti Software Maker

By Jeff Mordock |

A majority of the claims in a federal securities lawsuit filed against a Kuwaiti software company were dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, ruling that the court did not have jurisdiction over the key defendant under Delaware's long-arm statute.

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Widener Law Names New Associate Dean for Delaware

Widener University School of Law elected professor Stephen Friedman as associate dean for academic affairs in Delaware.

Richards Layton Elects Attorney as Counsel

Richards, Layton & Finger elected Beth Gansen Knight as counsel of the firm, effective July 1.

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Morris James Partners to Speak on Financial Planning

Two Morris James partners are scheduled to present a tax, estate and financial seminar Thursday.

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Corporate Lawyer Kittila Declares Run for AG on Republican Ticket

By Jeff Mordock |

Corporate attorney Ted A. Kittila last week filed paperwork to run as the Republican candidate for attorney general, he told Delaware Law Weekly.

Superior Court Judge's Behavior Leads to Voided Conviction

By Jeff Mordock |

Delaware Superior Court Judge Diane Clarke Streett's behavior in a felony assault trial was so unusual, the Delaware Supreme Court, in a rare split decision, voided the defendant's convictions and ruled that a retrial would be barred under the double-jeopardy doctrine.

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Jacobs Discusses Fee-Shifting, Tension Between Courts

By Jeff Mordock |

Delaware Supreme Court Justice Jack B. Jacobs has finished nearly three decades on the bench, including 18 years as a vice chancellor on the Delaware Court of Chancery. In an interview with Delaware Law Weekly sibling publication Delaware Business Court Insider, he reflected upon the challenges facing the Supreme Court in the corporate law arena.