Topic: Coverage & Claims

Delaware Supreme Court Rules That Creditors Of A Delaware Corporation Cannot Bring Direct Claims Against Directors For Breach of Fiduciary Duty – But Questions Remain

In North American Catholic Educational Programming Foundation, Inc. v. Gheewalla, 2007 WL 1453705 (Del. May 18, 2007), the Delaware Supreme Court, in a case of first impression, provided some clarity on the controversial issue of whether and to what extent creditors have the ability to assert fiduciary duty claims against directors. 

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Federal Prosecutors Hint at Appeal of KPMG Defense Costs Decision

The United States government appears to have conceded that a complete dismissal of indictments against 12 former KPMG partners is the only appropriate remedy in light of an earlier ruling that federal prosecutors violated the defendants’ constitutional rights.  The action, U.S. v. Stein, No. 05 Crim. 0888 (S.D.N.Y.), stems from allegations that KPMG employees participated in a scheme to defraud the IRS by creating fraudulent tax shelters for wealthy clients. 

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Scruggs In the News – Criminal Contempt Charges and Filing of a RICO Civil Action against State Farm

A Northern District of Alabama judge recently asked federal prosecutors to charge Mississippi plaintiff’s attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs with criminal contempt.  It is alleged that Scruggs violated a preliminary injunction issued in December 2006, which ordered him to turn over all documents secretly copied by two whistleblowers, Corgi Rigsby Moran and Kerri Rigsby. 

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Mississippi Attorney General Sues State Farm Again

On June 11, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed a civil action again State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. in the Circuit Court of Hinds County, Mississippi, alleging breach of contract, bad faith breach of contract, and breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing.  The suit arises out of State Farm’s alleged failure to honor an agreement for a mass settlement of claims arising out of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. 

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