R. Judson Scaggs Esq.

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP
Scaggs Jr.,  R. Judson

R.J. Scaggs is a member of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP's Corporate and Business Litigation Group.  During his 25 years at Morris Nichols, Mr. Scaggs has concentrated his practice on the litigation of corporate law issues and business disputes. He defends corporate directors against breach of fiduciary duty claims and litigates challenges to mergers, acquisitions, recapitalizations and other strategic corporate transactions. Mr. Scaggs' case load is focused heavily on class and derivative cases.  His work also includes a variety of corporate and alternative entity (partnerships, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships) disputes, including actions seeking inspection of books and records, indemnification of officers and directors, challenges to the election of directors, dissolution, liquidation, appointment of trustees and many others. He also has extensive experience in litigation concerning technology and license agreements, trade secrets, interference with contractual relations and other business torts. 

He is an adjunct faculty member of the Villanova University School of Law, where he teaches advanced contract drafting, merger agreements and related topics. Mr. Scaggs is the Chairman of the Delaware State Bar Association’s Lawyer Assistance Committee, which assists Delaware lawyers affected by substance abuse, mental illness or other life issues.  He provides pro bono legal services through the Delaware Volunteer Legal Services Program.  He was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1981-85. He received his B.A. from Washington and Lee University and his J.D. from the College of William and Mary.

He is the author of Bloomberg BNA Corporate Practice Portfolio Series No. 101-2nd, Derivative Lawsuits. This portfolio volume explores all facets of derivative litigation. The portfolio begins by distinguishing between direct and derivative claims and goes on to discuss some common requirements for derivative complaints. The statute of limitations for a derivative complaint is explored next, followed by discussions of standing and demand. Next, the authors discuss special litigation committees and multi-forum and multi-case litigation. Finally, settlements and attorneys' fees and issues surrounding  ethics and privilege are explored.