Paula Howell Anderson

  • United States Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Specific Personal Jurisdiction in State Court

    22 Jun 2017

    On Monday, June 19, 2017, the Supreme Court clarified the limits of specific personal jurisdiction in state courts, holding that a connection between a defendant’s contacts with the forum and the claims at issue remains essential in establishing whether a state court has such jurisdiction. The Court reversed a decision from the California Supreme Court, rejecting that court’s “sliding scale approach” to specific jurisdiction. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of Cal., San Francisco Cty., No. 16-466 (June 19, 2017). Writing for the Court, Justice Alito analyzed whether plaintiffs’ claims sufficiently arose out of or related to defendant’s forum activities to create specific jurisdiction, and concluded that there was no adequate link between the claims and the forum. In so doing, the Supreme Court more clearly delineated the potential reach of specific personal jurisdiction in state courts. 

  • Fischer v. Forrest: An SDNY Magistrate Judge Issues a Stern Warning to Litigants Who Ignore the Specificity Requirements of Amended
    Rule 34

    6 Mar 2017

    Last week, Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a stern rebuke to counsel in Fischer v. Forrest for what he viewed as a failure to adhere to the specificity requirements of the December 2015 amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34.[1] Issuing a “discovery wake-up call” to attorneys practicing in the Southern District of New York, Magistrate Judge Peck emphasized that the 2015 revisions to Rule 34 prohibited the use of general boilerplate responses to discovery requests.[2] While Magistrate Judge Peck permitted the defendants in Fischer v. Forrest to amend their responses and objections, he warned that going forward, litigants who submitted responses that failed to adhere to Rule 34’s specificity requirements would be deemed to have waived all objections to the discovery requests, except for those objections based on privilege.[3]

  • Shearman & Sterling’s Recent Trends and Patterns in the Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)/FCPA Digest

    3 Jan 2017
    Shearman & Sterling’s bi-annual Trends & Patterns in FCPA Enforcement report provides insightful analysis of recent enforcement trends and patterns in the US, the UK and elsewhere, as well as helpful guidance on emerging best practices in FCPA and global anti-corruption compliance programs.
  • Anderson Authors IFLR Article on Transition Mentoring

    19 Jul 2016

    Contributing to IFLR’s Women in Business Law Group’s Best Practice Series on inclusiveness, partner Paula Anderson (New York-Litigation) wrote an article on transition mentoring. In this installment of the series, Anderson and other Women in Business Law Group members discuss advice they give – and have received – about returning to the office after a period of time off, such as maternity leave. “Do not be shy about asking for help before, during and after your leave – either formally or informally,” says Anderson. “Women who have come back to the workforce understand the challenges and can be great sources of insight and support.”

  • Delaware Chancery Court Grants Appraisal Petition After Finding Dell MBO Transaction Provided Stockholders Less Than Fair Value

    7 Jun 2016
    Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Chancery Court recently issued an important opinion in In Re: Appraisal of Dell Inc. C.A. No. 9322-VCL (May 31, 2016), holding that merger consideration offered to Dell, Inc’s common stockholders did not reflect the “fair value” of Dell’s shares.
  • New York Follows Delaware, Applies Business Judgment Rule to Going-Private Mergers

    9 May 2016
    On May 5, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that courts should apply the business judgment rule in shareholder lawsuits challenging going-private mergers, as long as shareholders were adequately protected—a decision that expressly follows the approach of the Delaware Supreme Court in its seminal case, Kahn et al. v. M&F Worldwide, 88 A.3d 635 (Del. 2014) (“MFW”).
  • To Self-Report or Not to Self-Report, That Remains the Question After the Justice Department’s Latest Effort to Encourage Self-Reporting

    29 Apr 2016

    On April 5, 2016, the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section launched a one-year Pilot Program that invites companies to self-report potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) to the FCPA Unit of the Justice Department in exchange for, among other things, up to a fifty percent reduction in criminal fines, declination and, where appropriate, settlements without a compliance monitor.

  • Delaware Supreme Court Decision in Rural/Metro Affirms $76 million Judgment Against Third-Party Advisor for Aiding and Abetting Breaches of Fiduciary Duty by Board, but Rejects Suggestion of ‘Gatekeeper’ Duties

    4 Dec 2015

    On November 30, 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed post-trial decisions by the Delaware Court of Chancery (i) holding RBC Capital Markets, LLC liable to Rural/Metro Corp. shareholders for nearly $76 million based upon a finding that RBC had aided and abetted the Rural/Metro board of directors’ breach of fiduciary duty by manipulating Rural/Metro’s 2011 sale process, and (ii) limiting the parties from whom RBC could claim settlement contribution to those who had been adjudicated joint tortfeasors based on the record at trial – a group that was held to exclude director defendants who would have qualified for exculpation from money liability under the corporation’s certificate of incorporation.  RBC Capital Markets, LLC v. Jervis (“Rural/Metro”), No. 140, 2015, 2015 WL 7721882 (Del. Nov. 30, 2015).

  • Second Circuit Determines That Tax Memo Shared Between Taxpayers and Banks Is Protected Under the Common Interest Doctrine and Subject to Work-Product Protection

    12 Nov 2015
    On November 10, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously held in a published opinion that (i) the attorney-client privilege was not waived by appellants-taxpayers who shared a group of documents, including a 58-page tax memorandum, with a consortium of banks having a common legal interest with the taxpayers in the tax treatment of a corporate refinancing and restructuring transaction; and (ii) the work-product doctrine protected documents analyzing the tax treatment of the transaction prepared in anticipation of litigation with the IRS.
  • Latin America Corruption: Keep Calm and Carry On?

    12 Aug 2015

    Recently, governmental authorities have pursued corruption investigations in Latin America with a vigor traditionally not seen. One potential result is a significant disruption of business. While there are inherent risks in executing business transactions with companies involved in these investigations, a number of precedents show that transactions can be done at acceptable levels of risk—if the proper steps are taken.



  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2001
    • Editor, Harvard Black Letter Law Journal
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, B.A., 1998, summa cum laude
    • Class Valedictorian
    • Alex Smith Award for Excellence in the Criminology Major
    • Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Award



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