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Delaware gets nearly $76 million in federal clean water funding

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $75.8 million Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to Delaware for water infrastructure improvements.   EPA awarded seven grants to Delaware for infrastructure projects in local communities that protect public health and restore water quality. President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) allocates more than $50 billion to EPA toward repairing the nation’s essential water infrastructure. The...

Wilmington port operator GT ordered to pay $21.6 million for cargo handling firm

Port of Wilmington operator GT USA was ordered to pay $$21,464,605 over the disputed sale of a stevedoring firm. Vice Chancellor Lori Will ruled that the trust that owns Murphy Marine was entitled to the settlement for the failure to complete the sale of Murphy to GT. Murphy Marine provided stevedoring services at the Port of Wilmington with the state...

Vice Chancellor issues stay in ruling that struck down state’s mail-in voting law

The Vice Chancellor who overturned Delaware's vote by mail legislation has issued a stay in the case. Nathan Cook issued the stay at the request of the state. Mail-in voting for the recent primary election went forward this month, with Cook's ruling issued just after the election. In his ruling that declared mail-in voting unconstitutional, Cook indicated that the...

Democrat, Republican, Common Cause leaders weigh in on court rejection of mail-in voting

Delaware Senate leadership Thursday accused Republicans of attempting to limit voter turnout by pursuing a successful lawsuit that struck down mail-in voting. The ruling came down from Chancery Court and involved a law passed by the General Assembly, after GOP legislators rejected an attempt to amend the state Constitution. GOP legislators voted to keep vote by mail out of...

Chancery strikes down vote by mail

Delaware Chancery Court struck down the state's vote by mail law, citing a conflict with the state Constitution. Chancery did uphold same-day voring registration in Delaware. "As I describe in this opinion, were I to construe the relevant constitutional sections and statutes on a blank slate, I would likely conclude that the plain text of the constitution, coupled with the...

Settlement with vaping giant JUUL could net Delaware as much as $8.5 million

Delaware could receive between $7.8 million to $8.5 million under a preliminary agreement with vaping company JUUL Labs. The $438 settlement was reached with 34 states and territories, following an investigation into its marketing and sales practices that allegedly focused on minors. In addition to the financial terms, the settlement would lead to JUUL compiling with a series of...

Grant & Eisenhofer representing Camp LeJune water plaintiffs

You may have seen the TV advertisements from law firms about the situation at Camp LeJune, SC. Plaintiffs' law firm Grant & Eisenhofer may not be part of the TV mix. However, the firm, founded in Wilmington,  is representing service members and their families who have been exposed to contaminated water at the Marine training facility in Jackson, NC. The service...

Two federal cabinet members in town for hydrogen roundtable

Two Biden Administration cabinet secretaries were in Newark for a roundtable discussion on clean hydrogen technology. U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, along with Delaware’s congressional delegation and representatives from companies in Delaware, were on hand for the discussion. Hydrogen is viewed as a way to move away from fossil fuels, especially when...

Senate leader and cabinet member Richard Cordrey, 88

Former State Senate leader Richard Cordrey has died at age 88. Gov. John Carney ordered flags to fly at half mast in his honor. “I was sad this week to learn of the passing of Senator Richard Cordrey – a one-of-a-kind leader in the Delaware General Assembly. Senator Cordrey is the longest serving Senate President Pro Temp in Delaware history, serving...

Delaware joins other states in $450 million settlement with pain medication company Endo

Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings and other attorneys general have reached an agreement in principle with opioid maker Endo International plc. Under the agreement, Endo and its lenders would provide up to $450 million to participating states and local governments, ban the promotion of Endo’s opioids, and require Endo to turn over documents related to its role in the...

Biden returns to Delaware after signing Inflation Reduction Act

President Joe Biden and First  Lady Jill Biden returned to northern Delaware  Tuesday night after the signing of the Inflation Reduction Act at the White House. On Tuesday, Biden flew from a beach vacation in South Carolina to the White House to sign the sweeping legislation that, despite its name, puts a focus on the federal government negotiating with drug...

Guest view: DE’s legislative session: Partisan rule leaves Delaware taxpayers out

By Kathleen Rutherford, Executive Director, a Better Delaware. Editor's note: A Better Delaware is a public policy group founded by Delaware Shoprite CEO Chris Kenny. As America enters a recession and inflation reaches a 40-year high, one might think Delaware would take some of its $1 billion budget surplus to ease the burden on taxpayers and small businesses. If you ask a legislator, they...

Former Vice Chancellor Slights joins tech law giant Wilson Sonsini

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced that former Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III has joined the firm’s litigation department as a partner in the Wilmington, Delaware, office. He will be a member of Wilson Sonsini’s corporate governance practice.  Before joining the firm, Slights served as Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery for six years prior to  his...

Delaware’s two U.S. senators praise passage of Inflation Reduction Act

Delaware's U.S Sens. Chris Coons and Tom Carper  praised the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act on Sunday. All 50 Democrats in the Senate, including Carper and Coons, voted for the bill, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie, since all GOP senators voted no. The sweeping bill allows the federal government, among other things,  to negotiate drug prices for...

Delaware joins 50-state anti robocall task force

Delaware is joining a nationwide Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force of 50 attorneys general to investigate and take legal action against  telecommunications companies responsible for bringing a majority of foreign robocalls into the United States. This bipartisan nationwide Task Force has one goal- cut down on illegal robocalls. “Robocalls are a nationwide problem that Delawareans — including me — deal with every...