With heightened regulatory scrutiny and a more attentive and demanding shareholder base, corporate transactions today often involve significant litigation. In times like these, clients turn to our M&A Litigation Group. Our team is made up of business savvy litigators with the solid experience necessary for managing the complexities of today's disputes surrounding mergers and acquisitions. 

Alere and Abbott Amend Terms of Merger Agreement

As widely reported in the financial press, Paul, Weiss client Alere, Inc. settled its hard-fought merger battle with Abbott Labs.

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Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies That Plaintiffs Must Plead a Non-Exculpated Claim of Breach of Fiduciary Duty to Survive Motion to Dismiss, Even Where Entire Fairness Applies

Last week, the Delaware Supreme Court cleared up a confused area of the law and held that in a stockholder suit challenging an acquisition by a controlling stockholder, a plaintiff seeking monetary damages from independent directors who negotiated and approved the merger must allege with specificity that each director protected by an exculpatory charter provision breached their duty of loyalty or good faith, even where Delaware's stringent entire fairness standard of review applies to the court's evaluation of the transaction.

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Paul, Weiss Successfully Settles Dispute Between EDF and Exelon Corporation in Regulatory Proceedings Before Maryland Public Service Commission

Paul, Weiss client Electricite de France S.A., (EDF), the largest nuclear energy company in the world, announced today that it reached a settlement with Exelon Corporation and Constellation Energy Group in a regulatory proceeding before the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) involving the proposed $8 billion merger of Exelon and Constellation. Paul, Weiss represented EDF in the hearings before the Public Service Commission, as well as in the settlement negotiations.

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Paul, Weiss Knocks Out Delaware Suit Over Harmonix Deal

Paul, Weiss client Viacom prevailed in a dispute over earn-out payments to selling stockholders of Harmonix Music Systems, developer of the "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band" video games. The selling stockholders' representative sued Viacom and Harmonix, alleging that after Viacom and Harmonix merged, they purposefully renegotiated a third-party distribution contract so as to reduce the earn-out payments. Chancellor Strine granted defendants' motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim, finding the plaintiffs' argument "absurd."

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