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Time to Update Delaware Business Entities Statute

If you haven’t updated your copy of the Delaware business entities statute, you should consider doing so as it is officially out of date as of August 1.

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Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Law on Friendly Directors’ Independence

In a recent decision of the Delaware Supreme Court, the court reversed a Chancery Court determination that a Director was sufficiently independent such that a demand on the Board of Directors was not excused.  The court clarified that directors whose deep friendship also involved financial ties may not be deemed independent in order to excuse a demand on a Board of Directors. 

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New Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Credit Will Benefit Biotech Companies

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act adds a new provision to the Internal Revenue Code that could provide a significant benefit to small and mid-size companies in the biotechnology industry.  The Act, which was signed by President Obama on March 23, authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to award up to $1 billion in qualifying therapeutic discovery project credits in 2009 and 2010.  The credit is equal to 50% of an eligible taxpayer’s qualified investment in a qualifying therapeutic discovery project.

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