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Ground broken on new Kent County Family Court

Charles Megginson Headlines, Government

Just three months after the groundbreaking of Sussex County’s new Family Court building, officials gathered in Dover Thursday to kick off construction of Kent County’s Family Court. The $117.7 million, three-story, 106,711 square-foot building, located at the corner of South Governors Avenue and Water Street, will be more than three times larger than the existing courthouse — expansion officials say …

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Mail-in voting lawsuits set for court hearing Wednesday

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Two lawsuits challenging Delaware’s mail-in voting system will be the subject of a hearing in the Delaware Court of Chancery Wednesday.  The suits were brought on behalf of numerous plaintiffs by GOP chair Jane Brady and Republican candidate for attorney general Julianne Murray. Brady and Murray are representing the plaintiffs in their capacities as private attorneys — not on behalf …

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Fate of Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase up to Delaware court

Charles Megginson Business, Headlines

A Delaware judge will decide whether Elon Musk should be forced to follow through with his $44 billion acquisition of social media giant Twitter. Musk offered to purchase Twitter on April 14, 2022, after previously acquiring 9.1% of the company’s stock, becoming its largest shareholder. On July 8, he terminated the deal, claiming that Twitter breached their agreement by refusing …

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Carney’s Chancery Court nomination draws fire from activists

Betsy Price Economy, Headlines

    Gov. John Carney on Friday nominated Wilmington lawyer Nathan A. Cook to serve on the Delaware Court of Chancery. He also nominated Kelly Hicks Sheridan to serve as a commissioner for the Family Court in New Castle County. Cook, managing partner of Block & Leviton’s Delaware office, was chosen to replace Joseph R. Slights III, who retired in …

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Carney appoints Black woman to New Castle Superior Court

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

  Gov. John Carney will nominate a black lawyer to the Superior Court in New Castle County, one day after the first Black woman was confirmed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Patricia A. Winston, a partner at Morris James in Wilmington since 2017, focused on a range of corporate and commercial issues. The Delaware Senate is expected to consider her …

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Delaware courts’ diversity plan supports law school at DSU

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

The Delaware Supreme Court will begin considering the 50 suggestions in a new report on increasing diversity on state courts. The Delaware courts’ new report on improving diversity includes 50 action points that stretch from pre-college years through promoting diversity recruitment for judicial positions in a variety of ways. It never alludes to the Delaware Way or a good old …

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New court rule allows non-lawyers to represent tenants in eviction proceedings

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

The Delaware Supreme Court has adopted a new rule that will allow residential tenants to be represented by non-lawyer, qualified tenant advocates in eviction proceedings.  Supreme Court Rule 57 has long permitted the representation of landlords and landlord entities by non-lawyer agents in eviction proceedings but it does not permit the same for tenants.  With the adoption of Rule 57.1, …


Business group to keep pounding Del. courts with Thanksgiving ad

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

      Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware, which has spent millions hammering Delaware’s courts, is launching another $500,000 advertising campaign criticizing the way judges jump to senior jobs at corporate law firms. A new TV ad, “Revolving Door,” specifically criticizes former Chancery Court Chancellor Andre Bouchard, Vice Chancellor Stephen Lamb and former Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo Strine Jr. …


Chancery Court won’t force ChristianaCare to give COVID patient Ivermectin

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

The seal of the Delaware Court of Chancery.   A Delaware Chancery Court judge on Thursday said she was going to deny a request to force ChristianaCare Health System to immediately treat a COVID-19 patient with  Ivermectin. Mary Ellen DeMarco had asked the court for a preliminary injunction that would make ChristianaCare provide the drug, most commonly used in humans …

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State, courts, Firefly say masks, vaccines, tests mandatory as Delta rises

Betsy Price Headlines

Photo by Mika Baumeister/Unsplash   As new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continued to rise, Gov. John Carney, the state, Delaware courts and Firefly Music Festival made a lot of moves. Carney said schoolchildren must wear masks indoors and that state employees and workers at long-term care facilities and healthcare facilities must be vaccinated or be tested weekly for the coronvavirus. …