Delaware Supreme Court News

Delaware Court Says Insurance Doesn’t Cover Attacker in School Fight

Delaware’s Supreme Court has overturned a judge’s ruling that an insurance company must extend liability coverage to a teenager who was convicted of criminally negligent homicide after a school bathroom attack that left a 16-year-old girl dead. Wednesday’s ruling reverses …

Delaware Loses Bid for High Court Review of Opioid Suit Ruling

A judge who dismissed Walgreens as a defendant in Delaware’s lawsuit against the drug industry over the opioid crisis has denied the government’s request to certify an appeal to Delaware’s Supreme Court. Wednesday’s ruling follows the judge’s denial in September …

Retiring Delaware Justice Strine Was Influential in Shareholder Cases

Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court Leo Strine will retire in the next few months, Governor John Carney announced on Monday, a leadership change in the court system that decides disputes for more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies. …

Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Untimely Appeal in Air Crash Lawsuit

Delaware’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal in a lawsuit stemming from a 2012 airplane crash in the Congo that claimed the life of the chief adviser to that country’s president and left his finance minister seriously injured. The companies …

Delaware Lawmaker, Wife Press Legal Fight Over Home Improvement

A Delaware lawmaker and his wife, who serves as Wilmington’s city treasurer, are continuing their fight in a long-running legal battle stemming from a home-improvement contract. A judge was to hear arguments Monday on the city’s motion to dismiss a …

Conviction Stands for Delaware Murder-for-Hire Mastermind

Delaware’s top court has denied the appeal of the man convicted of masterminding the murder-for-hire killings of his business partner and the partner’s wife. The News Journal reports the Delaware Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Christopher Rivers’ first-degree murder conviction …

Businesses Lobby Delaware to Keep ‘Loser Pays’ Option in Shareholder Suits

Big business is lobbying Delaware lawmakers for corporate bylaws to shift legal fees to shareholders who sue and lose, which legal experts say could curtail a booming type of investor class actions. An affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce …

Delaware Court Backs Fee-Shifting in Shareholder Class Actions

Delaware’s Supreme Court has ruled that corporations can adopt bylaws requiring an investor who sues and loses to pay the company’s legal costs, potentially upending the economics of a booming type of shareholder litigation. Thursday’s ruling in the little-noticed case …

Del. Gov. Nominates Corporate Attorney Bouchard to Lead Chancery Court

Delaware lawyer Andre Bouchard was nominated on Thursday to replace Leo Strine as the chief judge of the state’s Court of Chancery, one of the premier venues for business disputes, according to a statement by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell. Strine …

Delaware Chancery Court’s Strine Nominated to Lead State’s Supreme Court

Leo Strine, the outspoken chief judge of Delaware’s nationally important business court, has been nominated to lead the state’s Supreme Court, Delaware Governor Jack Markell said on Wednesday. The move, if confirmed, would take Strine’s outsize persona away from the …