Technology Litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery

By Cathy L. Reese, William J. Marsden, Jr., Jeremy D. Anderson

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Technology Litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery, written by two experts in trying such cases in the Delaware courts, is destined to become required reading for attorneys involved in technology litigation anywhere in the United States.

Beginning with a discussion of the Chancery Court’s jurisdiction over technology disputes, it devotes detailed chapters to the technology-related claims the court regularly hears.  It examines the elements of each claim, the necessary parties, plaintiff’s burden of proof, defenses, preemption, statutes of limitations, damages, equitable relief, attorneys’ fees, and more.  Types of claims include: deceptive trade practices, misappropriation of trade secrets, common law conversion, tortious interference, defamation, unfair competition, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, technology issues in M&A, civil conspiracy, and aiding and abetting,
From breach of contract through shareholder objection to a merger, this is the one source litigators will turn to for scholarly and practical advice on proving and defending technology cases alleging contract and tort violations.
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  • Cathy L. Reese
Cathy L. Reese is a Principal in the Delaware office of Fish & Richardson and heads the firms Corporate and Chancery Litigation practice. She is an established trial attorney with extensive experience in corporate and complex commercial litigation, as well as corporate counseling and corporate opinions. She is ranked as one of the leading litigators in Delaware by Chambers USA: Americas Leading Business Lawyers and has also been selected by Delawares legal community and a Blue Ribbon Committee of retired Delaware judges as one of the top 10 corporate litigators in Delaware. She often is called upon by law firms based in other states or countries to provide opinions on Delaware law issues. She received her B.S. from Columbia University in 1982 magna cum laude and her J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 1989 with honors.
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  • William J. Marsden, Jr.
William J. Marsden, Jr. is the founder and managing principal in Fish & Richardson's Delaware office. His practice includes high profile corporate and commercial disputes in federal and state courts, including Delaware's highly regarded Court of Chancery.

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  • Jeremy D. Anderson
Jeremy D. Anderson is a principal in Fish & Richardson's Delaware office and the head of the firm's Corporate Governance and Chancery Litigation Practice. He leads and tries complex commercial cases brought by corporations in the Delaware Court of Chancery to protect and defend their valuable technology and intellectual property. Mr. Anderson also represents corporations in high-profile cases involving mergers and acquisitions, stock appraisal, indemnification of officers and directors, demands for corporate records, and misappropriation of trade secrets. He has been recognized by "Super Lawyers" for several years as a Delaware "Rising Star."



Overview—Technology Litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery

§ 1.01          History of Technology Litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery

§ 1.02          Subject Matter Jurisdiction of the Delaware Court of Chancery to Resolve Corporate and Technology Disputes

                [1]    Traditional Equity Jurisdiction (Corporate) and Technology Disputes

                [2]    Jurisdiction over Technology Disputes by Statute

                [3]    Mediation and Litigation of Technology Disputes

                [4]    Arbitration of Technology Disputes

Chapter 2

Personal Jurisdiction Issues in Technology Disputes

§ 2.01          Introduction

§ 2.02          Due Process Analysis

                [1]    Minimum Contacts

                [2]    Fairness

§ 2.03          Residency-Based Personal Jurisdiction

                [1]    Delaware Residents

                [2]    Delaware Incorporated

                [3]    Delaware Registered Foreign Corporations

§ 2.04          Statutory Bases for Personal Jurisdiction on Out-of-State Defendants

                [1]    Delaware Long-arm Statute

                [2]    Implied Consent Statutes

                        [a]    Consent Statutes with Respect to Corporate Directors and Officers

                        [b]    Consent Statutes for Other Business Forms

§ 2.05          Indirect Bases for Personal Jurisdiction

                [1]    Agency

                [2]    Alter-Ego

                [3]    Conspiracy

§ 2.06          Other Methods of Establishing Personal Jurisdiction

                [1]    Forum Selection Clauses

                [2]    Judicial Estoppel


Deceptive Trade Practices

§ 3.01          Overview of the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act as Enacted in Delaware

                [1]    Interpretation and Prohibited Practices

                [2]    Remedies Obtainable by Private Parties Seeking Relief Under the DDTPA

§ 3.02          Standing to Seek Relief

                [1]    Standing for Competitors,Not Consumers

                [2]    Standing to Seek Injunctive Relief

§ 3.03          Deceptive Trade Practices Under the Statute

                [1]    Passing Off Goods or Services as Those of Another

                [2]    Likelihood of Confusion or Misunderstanding

                [3]    Deceptive Representations or Designations of Geographic Origin

                [4]    False Advertising

                [5]    Misrepresenting the Nature of Goods or Services

                [6]    Falsely Disparaging a Competitor’s Product

                [7]    False Statements Concerning Price Reductions

§ 3.04          Defenses

                [1]    Statute of Limitations and Laches

                [2]    Federal Preemption


Trade Secret Litigation

§ 4.01          Introduction

§ 4.02          Protecting Trade Secrets in Litigation

                [1]    The Requirement of Disclosure

                [2]    Protective Orders

                        [a]    General Principles

                        [b]    Factors the Court Considers in Issuing a Protective Order

                                [i]       Scope

                                [ii]      Mechanism for Designating

                                [iii]     Mechanism for Filing Documents Under Seal

                                [iv]     Mechanism for Challenging Designations

                                [v]      Burden of Going Forward/Burden of Proof

                                [vi]     Different Levels of Protection

                                [vii]    Individuals Entitled to Access

                                [viii]   Return or Disposal of Confidential Material

                        [c]    Modification of an Existing Protective Order

§ 4.03          Judicial Remedies for the Protection of Trade Secrets

                [1]    Introduction

                [2]    Interlocutory Injunctions (Temporary Restraining Orders and Preliminary Injunctions)

                        [a]    Standards for Granting Interlocutory Relief

                        [b]    Preliminary Injunctions

                        [c]    Temporary Restraining Orders

                [3]    Permanent Injunctions

                [4]    Actual Damages and Unjust Enrichment

                [5]    Exemplary Damages and Attorney’s Fees

                        [a]    Exemplary Damages

                        [b]    Attorneys’ Fees

                        [c]    Determining the Reasonableness of Attorney’s Fees

                        [d]    Post-Trial Discovery on Amount of Reasonable Attorney’s Fees

                        [e]    Expert Witness Fees

                        [f]    Other Fees

§ 4.04          Procedural Considerations and Defenses

                [1]    Subject Matter Jurisdiction

                [2]    Preemption

                [3]    Necessary or Indispensable Parties

                [4]    Statute of Limitations

                [5]    Doctrine of Unclean Hands

                [6]    Motions to Stay or Dismiss

                [7]    Discovery Motions

                [8]    Motions for Summary Judgment

                [9]    Motions for Reargument

                [10]  Motions for Stay Pending Appeal

§ 4.05          Common Law Duty of Confidentiality


Common Law Conversion

§ 5.01          Elements of Common Law Conversion Claim

                [1]    Conversion Defined

                [2]    Property Subject to a Conversion Claim

                [3]    Necessity of ‘Demand and Refusal’

                [4]    Damages

§ 5.02          Statutory Preemption of Common Law Conversion Claims in Trade Secrets Cases


Tortious Interference

§ 6.01          Tortious Interference with Contract

                [1]    Elements

                        [a]    Valid Contract

                        [b]    Defendant’s Knowledge of the Contract

                        [c]    Proximate Cause

                                [i]       Intent

                                [ii]      Causation

                                [iii]     Breach

                        [d]    Lack of Justification

                                [i]       Nature of the Actor’s Conduct

                                 [ii]     Actor’s Motive

                                [iii]     Interests of the Other with Which the Actor’s Conduct Interferes

                                [iv]     Interests Sought to Be Advanced by the Actor

                                [v]      Social Interests in Protecting the Freedom of Action of the Actor and the Contractual Interests of the Other

                                [vi]     Proximity or Remoteness of the Actor’s Conduct to the Interference

                                [vii]    Relations Between the Parties

                         [e]   Damages

                [2]    “Strangers”Requirement

                [3]    Additional Defenses

§ 6.02 Tortious Interference with Prospective Contractual Relations

                [1]    Elements

                        [a]    Reasonable Probability of a Valid Business Relationship, Expectancy or Opportunity

                        [b]    Knowledge of the opportunity

                        [c]    Intentional Interference with the Opportunity

                        [d]    Proximate cause

                        [e]    Damages

                        [f]    Wrongful Conduct/Privilege to Compete

                [2]    Defenses

Chapter 7


§ 7.01          Elements of Common Law Defamation Claim

                [1]    Defamatory Communication

                        [a]    Interpreting Language

                        [b]    Statements of Opinion

                [2]    Publication

                [3]    Communication Referring to Plaintiff

                [4]    Third Party Understanding of Defamatory Character

                [5]    Injury

§ 7.02          Defamation and the Internet

                [1]    Anonymous Defamation

                        [a]    Cybersmears

                        [b]    Compelled Identification Disclosure

                        [c]    Anti-SLAPP Laws

                [2]    ISP Liability and the Communications Decency Act (“CDA”)

§ 7.03          Defenses

                [1]    Truth

                [2]    Public Figure

                        [a]    Who Is a Public Figure

                        [b]    Increased Burden on Public Figures

                [3]    Privilege

                        [a]    Absolute Privilege

                        [b]    Qualified Privilege

                [4]    Consent


Unfair Competition

§ 8.01          Common Law Unfair Competition

                [1]    Preclusion of an Unfair Competition Action

                        [a]    Statutory Preclusion of Common Law Unfair Competition Actions for the Use of Confidential Information

                        [b]    Preclusion Based on Contracts Law

                        [c]    Interaction Between Common Law Unfair Competition and the Delaware Deceptive Trade Practices Act

                [2]    Individual Liability

§ 8.02          Deceptive Trade Practice Standard

                [1]    Deceptive Trade Practices Standard

                [2]    Interference with Prospective Business Relationship Standard

                        [a]    Reasonable Expectation of Valid Business Relationship

                        [b]    Wrongful Interference

                        [c]    Defeat of Legitimate Expectancy

                        [d]    Harm

chapter 9

Breach of Contract

§ 9.01          Breach of Contract Introduction

                [1]    Contracts Involving Technology

                        [a]    Patent Assignments

                        [b]    Patent Licenses

                        [c]    Settlement Agreements

                        [d]    Nondisclosure Agreements

                        [e]    Noncompete Agreements

                        [f]    Mergers and Acquisitions

                        [g]    Technology Purchase and Distribution Agreements

                        [h]    Collaborative Research and Development Partnerships and Agreements

                [2]    Sources of Law

                [3]    Statute of Limitations

§ 9.02          Elements

                [1]    Existence of a Valid Contract

                        [a]    Formation

                                [i]       Mutual Assent

                                [ii]     Consideration

                        [b]    Terms

                                [i]       Contract Interpretation in General

                                [ii]      Ambiguous Terms

                                [iii]     Parol Evidence

                                [iv]     Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

                                [v]      Arbitration Clauses

                        [c]    Enforceability

                                [i]       Vague or Indefinite Terms

                                [ii]      Illegality

                                [iii]     Misrepresentation

                                [iv]     Duress or Undue Influence

                                [v]      Unconscionability

                                [vi]     Mistake

                                [vii]    Statute of Frauds

                                [viii]   Enforceability of Noncompete Agreements in Employment Contracts

                                [ix]     Enforceability of Patent Assignment Agreements

                [2]    Breach of Obligation in Contract

                        [a]    Occurrence of Express Condition

                        [b]    Promissory Estoppel

                        [c]    Anticipatory Repudiation

                        [d]    Other Party’s Material Breach

                [3]    Resulting Damages and Remedies

                        [a]    Monetary Relief

                                [i]       Compensatory Damages—Lost Profits

                                [ii]      Unjust Enrichment

                                [iii]     Liquidated Damages

                                [iv]     Nominal Damages

                                [v]      Equitable Rescission—Reimbursement of Costs

                        [b]    Injunctive Relief

                                [i]       Injunctions Generally

                                [ii]      Equitable Relief for Noncompete Agreements

                                [iii]     Equitable Relief for Breaches of Nondisclosure Agreements

                                [iv]     Equitable Relief for Pending and Future Patent Applications

                        [c]    Other Forms of Relief

                                [i]       Attorneys’ Fees and Costs

chapter 10

Breach of Fiduciary Duty

§ 10.01        Fiduciary Duty and Technology Litigation

§ 10.02        General Considerations

                [1]    Statute of Limitations

                [2]    Interaction with Contract Actions

§ 10.03        The Elements of Fiduciary Duty

                [1]    How Fiduciary Duties Arise

                [2]    Duties Subject to Being Breached

                        [a]    Duty of Care

                        [b]    Duty of Loyalty

                        [c]    Duty of Disclosure

§ 10.04        Fiduciary Duties in Particular Relationships

                [1]    Fiduciary Duties of Directors, Officers, and Controlling Shareholders of Corporations

                        [a]    Business Judgment Rule

                        [b]    Enhanced Scrutiny

                        [c]    Entire Fairness

                [1]    Key Managerial Personnel

                [2]    Regular Employees

§ 10.05        Illustrations of Typical Technology-Based Breach of Fiduciary Duty Actions

                [1]    Misappropriating Company’s Intellectual Property and Other Confidential Information

                [2]    Aiding and Abetting Misappropriation of Technology

                [3]    Preemption by the Delaware Uniform Trade Secrets Act

                [4]    Corporate Opportunity Doctrine

Chapter 11

Technology Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions

§ 11.01        The Growing Prominence of Technology Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions

§ 11.02        Technology Issues and the Appraisal Analysis

                [1]    General Principles for Valuing Stock

                [2]    Technology in Valuation Methodologies

                [a]    Discounted Cash Flow Methodology

                [b]    Comparative Company and Comparative Transaction Analysis

§ 11.03        Technology Issues in the Fair Price Analysis

§ 11.04        Technology Issues in Asset Sales

                [1]    Technology and the“All or Substantially All” Analysis

Chapter 12

Civil Conspiracy and Aiding and Abetting

§ 12.01        Civil Conspiracy

                [1]    Elements

                        [a]    Confederation or Combination of Two or More Persons

                        [b]    Unlawful Act

                        [c]    Actual Damages

                [2]    Procedural Matters

                        [a]    Pleading with Particularity

                        [b]    Intersection with Personal Jurisdiction

§ 12.02        Aiding and Abetting

                [1]    Existence and Breach of a Fiduciary Relationship

                [2]    Knowing Participation