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Review of State's Problem-Solving Courts Depends on Many Factors

By Jeff Mordock |

As a committee of Delaware judges works to create consistent outcome measures for the state's problem-solving courts, analysts say gauging recidivism, efficiency and defendant eligibility is vital to understanding their effectiveness.


Del. Supreme Ct. Reprimands Attorney With 'Difficult' Client

By Jeff Mordock |

The Delaware Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded Alex J. Brown, the attorney for embattled insurance executive Jeffrey Cohen, after he filed litigation in Maryland in violation of a seizure and injunction order barring additional lawsuits in the case.

Adult's Vehicle Violation Doesn't Bar Expungement of Youth Record

By Jeff Mordock |

A motor vehicle violation committed as an adult does not cancel out a person's right to have his or her juvenile record expunged, a majority of Delaware Supreme Court justices have ruled.


Del. Barristers Association to Host Benefit and Awards Gala

The Delaware Barristers Association is set to host its third annual Louis L. Redding Benefit and Awards Gala, honoring several members of the bench, bar and Delaware professional community.

Former Chief Justice Steele Named to NACD Hall of Fame

Myron T. Steele, Potter Anderson & Corroon partner and former chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, was named to the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Hall of Fame.

Strine Forms Committee to Overhaul Problem-Solving Courts

By Jeff Mordock |

In a sweeping measure that could overhaul the state's so-called "problem-solving courts," Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr. formed a committee composed of active state judges to review those courts for effectiveness and determine which courts "warrant continuation," Strine announced last week.

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Wilson Sonsini Opens Office in Downtown Wilmington

By Jeff Mordock |

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has expanded its Delaware presence with the opening of a second office in downtown Wilmington.

RBC Capital Penalized $76M for Breach of Fiduciary Duty

By Jeff Mordock |

In a case of first impression, the Delaware Court of Chancery has ruled that the Delaware Uniform Contribution Among Tortfeasors Act does not bar RBC Capital Markets LLC from collecting a settlement credit because other defendants in the Rural/Metro Corp. shareholder litigation settled with the plaintiffs.


At AG Debate, Hopefuls Stress Response to Crime

Disagreement over the role of the state attorney general in responding to crime was a main point of the debate last week among four of the five candidates seeking Delaware's top law enforcement post.

Former Radio Station Executive Settles Claims With Kiss 101.7

A former executive of Kiss 101.7 has settled claims with the radio station, according to his attorney.

Vaughn Confirmed as Del. Supreme Court's Newest Justice

By Jeff Mordock |

The Delaware General Assembly unanimously confirmed Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr. on Oct. 8 as the next justice on the Delaware Supreme Court. Vaughn will replace retired Justice Carolyn Berger, who stepped down from the court last month.

Young Conaway, Attorney Hit With Fraud Suit in Florida

By Jeff Mordock |

A New York investor group that unknowingly financed a phony treasure hunt for emeralds dating back to the 1600s filed a lawsuit last week in a Florida federal court alleging Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor and firm attorney Bruce L. Silverstein attempted to profit from the scheme.

Delaware's Drug Court Celebrates 20 Years of Success

By Jeff Mordock |

In the early 1990s, a Delaware judge sought to address the significant number of defendants with substance abuse issues appearing before him and proposed the novel idea of a separate court for drug offenders.

Morris Nichols Partner to Speak at ABA LLC Institute

Louis G. Hering, a partner with Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, is scheduled to speak at the 2014 LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Institute on Thursday in Arlington, Va.

Richards Layton Director Receives DVFA Award

Richards, Layton & Finger director C. Malcolm "Mike" Cochran was presented with the 2014 President's Award by the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter's Association (DVFA).


Cambridge Professor to Give Widener Law's Pileggi Lecture

Brian R. Cheffins, the S.J. Berwin Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Cambridge, is scheduled to deliver Widener University School of Law's 2014 annual Francis G. Pileggi Distinguished Lecture in Law.

Was Kent County Support Vital in Vaughn's Nomination to Supreme Court?

By Jeff Mordock |

Gov. Jack Markell's nomination last week of Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr. to replace retired Justice Caroyln Berger on the Delaware Supreme Court surprised some in the legal community.


Speculation Begins on Candidate To Fill President Judge Position

By Jeff Mordock |

As current Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr. awaits a confirmation hearing to become the state's next Supreme Court justice, Delaware legal sources are already discussing his potential replacement.

Superior Ct. Didn't Limit Its Own Authority to Set Probation

By Jeff Mordock |

In the first major challenge to the changes made to the probation processes in the wake of the Justice Reinvestment Task Force's recommendations, the Delaware Supreme Court held that the Superior Court still holds the authority to modify a defendant's probation.


Richards Layton Director Elected HNBA Deputy President

Marcos A. Ramos, a director of Richards, Layton & Finger, was appointed by the Hispanic National Bar Association to serve as a deputy president for Region IV (Delaware and Pennsylvania).


Inheritance, Not Just Income, Included in Alimony Calculations

By Jeff Mordock |

Family Court judges must factor in the principal of an individual's inheritance, not just the interest income he or she receives from the inheritance, when determining if someone is dependent for the purposes of calculating how much alimony he or she should receive, the Delaware Supreme Court has ruled.

Bayard Attorney Elected DSBA Young Lawyers Section Chair

Evan T. Miller, an attorney with Bayard P.A.'s bankruptcy group, was elected chairman of the executive board of the Delaware State Bar Association's young lawyers section (DSBA-YLS) for the 2014-15 term.

Political, Legal Leaders Hail Drug Court's 20th Anniversary

By Jeff Mordock |

Delaware's politicians and judicial leaders gathered Monday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Superior Court's Drug Court, the first program in the nation focused on treating offenders' drug addiction.

Speculation Begins on Next Superior Court President Judge

By Jeff Mordock |

As current Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr. awaits a confirmation hearing to become the state's next Supreme Court justice, Delaware legal sources are already discussing his potential replacement. Sources have stressed it is still very early in the process, but have already labeled Superior Court Judges Jan R. Jurden and William C. Carpenter Jr. as the frontrunners to succeed Vaughn as president judge.

Widener Law Asks Marketing Firm to Assess Possible Name Change

By Jeff Mordock |

Widener University School of Law has asked a marketing and public relations firm to seek insight from students, faculty and staff about a potential name change in anticipation of the American Bar Association approving the proposed split of its Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington campuses.

Baird Mandalas Adds Equity Partner to Firm

Baird Mandalas Brockstedt added Arlene M. Benton as an equity partner of the firm.


Widener Law Receives Community Service Award

Widener University School of Law and its Veterans Law Clinic are set to be honored with a 2014 Delaware Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Award for community service.


Morris Nichols Attorneys to Present at Trust Conference

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell is a silver sponsor of the 2014 Delaware Trust Conference, which is running from Tuesday to today in Wilmington.


Family Court Unveils Mural Painted by Foster Care Youth

By Jeff Mordock |

A mural painted by foster care youths detailing their challenges and paths to success as they age out of the system was unveiled last month at the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington.

Markell Nominates Vaughn for Delaware Supreme Court

By Jeff Mordock |

Gov. Jack Markell has nominated Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr. to replace retired Justice Carolyn Berger on the Delaware Supreme Court.

Chancery Affirms Power of Attorney Begins at Inception, Not Incapacity

By Jeff Mordock |

A Delaware Court of Chancery vice chancellor has affirmed a master's report concluding power of attorney for an incapacitated individual starts upon the execution of such an agreement, not when the individual becomes incapacitated.

Supreme Court Weighs Prior Arrest Testimony in Drug Case

By Jeff Mordock |

An attorney for a convicted drug dealer told the Delaware Supreme Court last week that his client was merely a drug addict and the Superior Court violated his client's constitutional rights by barring the testimony of a police officer who could verify the defendant's addiction.

Letter: AG Must Focus on Root Causes of Crime, Not Judicial 'Leniency'

The article, "Candidates for Delaware AG Debate Judicial 'Leniency' in Criminal Cases," published Sept. 10 in Delaware Law Weekly, contained comments by the Democratic and Republican candidates for attorney general which cast the Delaware judiciary in an unfair and inaccurate light. As the Green Party candidate for attorney general with over 14 years of experience at the Attorney General's Office, I write to correct these inaccuracies.

Court Misapplied Sentencing Guidelines in Drug Dealer's Conviction

By Jeff Mordock |

In a precedential opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated a convicted drug dealer's 220-month prison term and remanded the defendant back to federal court for a likely harsher sentence.

Del. Presbyterian Church, National Governing Body Reach Settlement

By Jeff Mordock |

The White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church and the ministry overseeing the Presbyterian faith throughout the United States have reached a settlement in their dispute over the congregation's planned departure from the national body, according to an attorney involved in the case.

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Supreme Court Sees No Need to Apportion Damages in Med Mal Case

By Jeff Mordock |

The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled that a $4.4 million jury verdict in a medical malpractice lawsuit should not have been apportioned to distinguish the defendant hospital's liability in different roles.

Widener Law Hires New Business Bankruptcy Professor

Widener University School of Law added Bruce Grohsgal to its Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law faculty. He will focus on issues in business bankruptcy law.


Two Richards Layton Lawyers To Present on LGBT Rights

Two Richards, Layton & Finger attorneys are set to speak at the National LGBT Bar Association's Lavender Law conference.

IP Firm Novak Druce Opens Phila. Office, Supporting Wilm. Presence

By Jeff Mordock and Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Intellectual property boutique Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg has expanded into Philadelphia, opening the Houston-based firm's ninth office.

Chancery Removes Trustees From Sexual-Abuse Victim's Fund

By Jeff Mordock |

A Catholic priest sexual-abuse victim's relatives must be removed from overseeing a trust created to manage his settlement money after they spent most of the $345,676 to purchase themselves cars, jewelry and home renovations, the Delaware Court of Chancery has ruled.


Compound Manufacturer to Resolve Asbestos-Related Bankruptcy

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

RPM International Inc. has announced that two of its subsidiaries have reached an agreement to resolve their liability for asbestos exposure by setting up a bankruptcy trust seeded with $797.5 million in cash or stock.

IP Firm Caesar Rivise Opens New Office in Wilmington

Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow opened a new Wilmington office.

Griffin Joins Board of National Center for State Courts

Delaware State Court Administrator Patricia W. Griffin joined the board of directors of the National Center for State Courts, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve administration of justice through leadership and service to the nation's state courts.

Novak Druce Opens Philadelphia Office

By Jeff Mordock and Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Intellectual property boutique Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg has expanded into Philadelphia, opening the Houston-based firm's ninth office.

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.