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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.

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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.

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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.

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.