The Delaware Senate last week unanimously confirmed the nomination of Collins J. "C.J." Seitz Jr. as a justice on the state Supreme Court.
The Delaware Senate last week unanimously confirmed the nomination of Collins J. "C.J." Seitz Jr. as a justice on the state Supreme Court.
With the election of Stephen T. Morrow as a partner, the Law Offices of Joseph J. Rhoades announced a new name: Rhoades & Morrow.
Daniel Simmons, a former deputy attorney general, entered a guilty plea March 23 to one count of fourth-degree rape of a 16-year-old boy, according to the Delaware Department of Justice.
A U.S. bankruptcy court judge has ordered that a hog producer pay a $2.84 million arbitration award originally owed to Hormel Foods, even though the award is currently still in litigation.
In applying the U.S. Supreme Court's much-discussed 2014 patent decision in Alice v. CLS Bank International, a Delaware federal judge has found patents for computer technology that helps airlines upsell seat offerings to passengers were directed at an abstract idea that could not be patented.
The Delaware Supreme Court has reversed a $15.1 million award to NorthPointe Capital, ruling that the Superior Court improperly interpreted and reformed a contract between the plaintiff and its former majority owner.
The Delaware Court of Common Pleas dismissed a driving under the influence charge against a defendant after concluding the roughly two-year gap between his arrest and scheduled jury trial unfairly prejudiced the case.
The Attorney General's Office was the focus of Delaware's criminal law bar for much of 2014. A new attorney general was elected for the first time in eight years and a longtime prosecutor was arrested on charges that he raped a teenager.
Judicial evaluation of a primary assumption of risk defense must be fact-intensive and may only be adjudicated through summary judgment on rare occasions, the Delaware Supreme Court has ruled.
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell partner Patricia O. Vella is set to speak at Northwestern University School of Law's 42nd annual Securities Regulation Institute.
Evan T. Miller, an associate in Bayard P.A.'s bankruptcy group, spoke at an event organized by the Philadelphia Bar Association's banking and commercial finance committee.
Richards, Layton & Finger welcomed seven new associates to the Delaware bar.
Roughly one month after Delaware Supreme Court Justice Henry duPont Ridgely announced his intent to retire in January, two names are being discussed among the state's legal community as possible replacements.
Turnover—including the installation of new Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr.—didn't stop the Delaware Supreme Court from authoring several important decisions this year.
The Delaware Court of Chancery has ordered a cash advance lender to pay a plaintiff's attorney fees and expenses after the loan company failed to comply with a court order to produce a spreadsheet detailing its annual percentage rates.
The Saint Mark's High School mock trial team was named fourth in the world in the Empire Mock Trial World Championship held in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Robert K. Pearce joined Reger Rizzo & Darnall.
Widener University School of Law interim dean Erin Daly appointed four Delaware faculty members with the title "distinguished professor of law."
Only one member of the Delaware General Assembly's Senate Executive Committee said he intends to ask Superior Court Judge Jan R. Jurden about her controversial decision in the Richards case during her confirmation hearing to become president judge of the court she now serves.
A Florida federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor aided a treasure hunter's phony search for emeralds, but the firm's attorney, Bruce Silverstein, could still face sanctions for his alleged role in the hoax.
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice has launched a Delaware Court of Chancery litigation group in its Delaware office and tapped corporate law practitioner Jill K. Agro as the new unit's first hire.
The American Civil Liberties Union and Community Legal Aid Society Inc. filed a complaint Dec. 3 with the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education arguing that Delaware's charter school law and policies have a discriminatory impact on students of color and students with disabilities.
The Delaware State Bar Association selected Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell partner Michael Houghton as this year's recipient of the Award for Outstanding Service to the Courts and the Bar.
Timothy A. Dillon was named a partner in McCann & Wall.
Delaware's Justice of the Peace Court cannot issue a forthwith summons, a trial occurring roughly one day after a complaint is filed, in rent disputes unless a landlord produces evidence of immediate harm, the Delaware Supreme Court has ruled. The Supreme Court's decision ordered a new trial for a couple who lost an eviction hearing less than 24 hours after they received the complaint.
The Delaware Supreme Court, viewed by many as the nation's top corporate court, has been rocked by turnover with four of its five justices retiring in roughly one year's time. Corporate law analysts say the departures will not impact the state's reputation among a business community more focused on the substance of law rather than the judges deciding it.
The Delaware Supreme Court held that the trial attorney for convicted murderer Mark Purnell should have requested a jury instruction regarding the credibility of accomplice testimony, a so-called Bland instruction. However, the court declined to overturn Purnell's conviction, ruling the error did not prejudice the jury because it received general instructions regarding witness motivation and bias.
William S. Montgomery was selected as the next Delaware Supreme Court administrator.
Christopher M. Samis and L. Katherine Good joined Whiteford Taylor Preston's business reorganizations and bankruptcy practice in Wilmington.
Elliott Greenleaf attorneys Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena, Shelley Kinsella and Eric Sutty served as panelists on the "Directors', Officers' and Advisors' Liability" presentation at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 20th annual Business Lawyers' Institute.
Gov. Jack Markell has nominated Superior Court Judge Jan R. Jurden to serve as president judge of the court she now serves. Jurden, who has applied to become a state Supreme Court justice in the past, has been a Superior Court judge since 2001.
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.
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.
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.
Ashley Biden was voted executive director of the Delaware Center for Justice (DCJ), effective Nov. 13.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 received the Delaware State Bar Association's Christopher W. White Distinguished Access to Justice Leadership Award in October.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lisa R. Stark joined the Wilmington office of K&L Gates as a partner in its corporate/M&A practice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The second Delaware Law Issues Update conference is scheduled to take place at the University of Delaware campus Nov. 19-20.
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.
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin relocated its office from N. Market St. in downtown Wilmington to the Nemours Building.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has expanded its Delaware presence with the opening of a second office in downtown Wilmington.
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.
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.
A former executive of Kiss 101.7 has settled claims with the radio station, according to his attorney.