Recent News

Should Ex-JNC Members Pursue Judgeships?

By Jeff Mordock |

In a year that has seen a record number of judicial vacancies in Delaware, two members of the commission charged with filling those positions have resigned to pursue judicial vacancies.

Undocumented Status Not a Shield to Prevent Disability Payments

By Jeff Mordock |

A disabled employee's status as an undocumented worker does not relieve companies of the burden of proving that jobs are actually available to the employee in order to halt disability payments, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Attorney Suspended for Fostering Unauthorized Practice of Law

By Jeff Mordock |

The Delaware Supreme Court has imposed a one-year suspension on longtime employment attorney Jeffrey K. Martin for allegedly permitting a suspended attorney to practice law in violation of a court order.

Delaware Center for Justice Elects Executive Director

Ashley Biden was voted executive director of the Delaware Center for Justice (DCJ), effective Nov. 13.

Benesch Adds Attorney in Litigation Practice Group

Kevin M. Capuzzi joined Benesch as an associate. Capuzzi is an associate in the litigation practice group who works out of the firm's Wilmington office.


Lawyer Joins Reger Rizzo In Wilmington Office

Andrea L. Johnson joined Reger Rizzo & Darnall. She practices out of the firm's Wilmington office and joins the members of Reger Rizzo's litigation, insurance practices and professional liability groups.

Judiciary Partners With University of Delaware to Improve Efficiency

By Jeff Mordock |

The Delaware judiciary and the University of Delaware last week entered into a 10-year partnership to institute private-sector management techniques in administering the courts' increasing caseload.

Delaware Supreme Court Justice Karen Valihura, U.S. District Judge for the District of Delaware Christopher J. Burke, U.S. District Judge for the District of Delaware Sri Srinivasan and Delaware Court of Chancery Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster

Srinivasan Tells Del. Audience of U.S. Supreme Court Experiences

By Jeff Mordock |

A federal appeals court judge who is often spoken of as a potential future U.S. Supreme Court nominee told an audience of lawyers, judges and politicians about his experiences arguing cases before the nation's highest court last week in Wilmington.

Delaware, Pennsylvania Firms Strong on Inventory, Lagging on Rates

By Gina Passarella |

Pennsylvania and Delaware law firms could have a banner year if the 2014 collections cycle goes well, according to another survey that shows area law firms have strong inventory along with revenue projections that are outpacing expense growth.

JNC Sends Three Candidates to Gov. for Superior Court Opening

By Jeff Mordock |

The Judicial Nominating Commission has submitted the names of three current Superior Court judges to Gov. Jack Markell for consideration as the court's next president judge, according to sources familiar with the process. The three candidates are said to be Judges William C. Carpenter Jr., Eric M. Davis and Jan R. Jurden.


Common Cause Delaware To Host Awards Dinner

The governing board of Common Cause Delaware's 2014 Good Government Tribute Awards Dinner is scheduled from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. Thursday at the Christiana Hilton in Newark, Del.

Rahaim & Saints Receives DSBA Pro Bono Award

Rahaim & Saints received the Delaware State Bar Association's Christopher W. White Distinguished Access to Justice Leadership Award in October.

Del. Supreme Court Justice Ridgely to Retire

By Jeff Mordock |

Delaware Supreme Court Justice Henry duPont Ridgely is set to retire in January, according to a statement from Gov. Jack Markell. Ridgely is stepping down after 30 years as a Delaware judge.

AG-Elect Denn to Immediately Push Crime-Reduction Plan

By Jeff Mordock |

Attorney General-elect Matt Denn said he plans to hit the ground running to implement his seven-point crime-reduction plan as quickly as possible. The ambitious plan, along with his experience drafting legislation, could make him one of the more active attorneys general in terms of policy creation in Delaware history, political observers said.

Six Apply to Be Delaware Superior Court President Judge

By Jeff Mordock |

Five active judges and one private practice attorney have applied to lead the Delaware Superior Court, according to sources familiar with the process. The six candidates are vying to replace former Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr., who was appointed to the state Supreme Court last month.


Best Practices Committee Formed by AG's Office

State Attorney General Beau Biden announced Oct. 29 that his office created a Best Practices Committee to establish uniform policies and procedures for law enforcement agencies in Delaware.


M&A Attorney Joins K&L Gates As Partner in Wilmington Office

Lisa R. Stark joined the Wilmington office of K&L Gates as a partner in its corporate/M&A practice.


Widener Law to Present Tax Institute Program

The Delaware campus of Widener University School of Law is set to present the Delaware Tax Institute program "Holding the Line on Taxes: Developments in Income Tax and Estate Planning, State Income Taxes, Circular 230 and Income Tax Strategies," on Friday in the school's Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom.

In Trade-Secrets Case, HP Ordered To Pay $6.5M to Security Company

By Jeff Mordock |

A Delaware jury has ordered Hewlett-Packard Co. to pay $6.5 million in damages to a corporate security company for misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and defamation. The jury returned the verdict last week after a Delaware Superior Court trial before Judge Mary M. Johnston.

Del. Supreme Court Rules Excluded Police Testimony Relevant

By Jeff Mordock |

The testimony of a retired police officer who planned to tell a Delaware Superior Court jury that a defendant was merely a drug addict, not a dealer, should have been admitted during a criminal trial, the state Supreme Court has ruled. In the reversing opinion, the Supreme Court said the officer's testimony was necessary to support the defendant's argument that she did not possess nor deliver the heroin.

Del. Prison Officials Appeal Third Circuit Ruling in Suicide Case

By Jeff Mordock |

State attorneys representing two former Delaware prison officials plan to file a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to overturn a federal appellate court decision allowing the family of an inmate who committed suicide to pursue claims against the administrators, according to court documents.


University of Delaware to Host Law Issues Update Conference

The second Delaware Law Issues Update conference is scheduled to take place at the University of Delaware campus Nov. 19-20.

Elliott Greenleaf Attorney Appointed GC of HNBA

Rafael Zahralddin-Aravena, chair of the national commercial bankruptcy and restructuring practice at Elliott Greenleaf, was appointed as general counsel of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

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Marshall Dennehey Relocates Office to Nemours Building

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin relocated its office from N. Market St. in downtown Wilmington to the Nemours Building.

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.