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Airgas' Lawsuit Against Cravath

Airgas' Lawsuit Against Cravath

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Airgas' lawsuit against Cravath, Swaine & Moore in Pennsylvania state court, alleging that the law firm violated its duties to a client by advising a rival on an unsolicited takeover bid.
Airgas' lawsuit against Cravath, Swaine & Moore in Pennsylvania state court, alleging that the law firm violated its duties to a client by advising a rival on an unsolicited takeover bid.

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07/12/2013

 
AIRGAS, INC.
259 N. Radnor-Chester Road
Suite 100
Radnor, PA 19087
Plaintiff,
V.
CRAVATH, SWAINE & MOORE, LLP
Worldwide Plaza
8258 th Avenue
New York, NY 10019-7475
Defendant.COURT OF COMMON PLEASPHILADELPHIA COUNTY,PENNSYLVANIACOMMERCE COURTCIVIL ACTION NO.:
NOTICE TO DEFEND
NOTICE
You have been sued in court
.
If you wish to defend against the
claims set forth in the following pages
,
you must take action within
twenty (20) days after this complaint and notice are served, by
entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing
in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims
set forth against you
.
You are warned that if you fail to do so the
case may proceed without you and a judgment may be enteredagainst you by the court without further notice for any money
claimed in the complaint of for any other claim or relief requested
by the plaintiff
.
You may lose money or property or other rights
important to you.
AVISO
Le han demandado a usted en la corte
.
Si usted quiere
defenderse de estas demandas expuestas en las paginas
siguientes
,
usted tiene veinte
(
20) dias de plazo al partir de
la fecha de la demanda y la notifiicacion
.
Hace faltaascentar una comparencia escrita o en persona o con un
abogado y entregar a la corte en forma escrita sus
defensas o sus objeciones a las demandas en contra de su
persona
.
Sea avisado que si usted no se defiende
,
la cortetomara medidas y puede continuar la demanda en contra
suya sin previo aviso o notificacion
.
Ademas, la corte
puede decider a favor del demandante y requiere que
usted cumpla con todas las provisioner de esta demanda.
Usted puede perder dinero o sus propiedades u otros
derechos importantes para usted.
You should
take
this paper to your lawyer
at once
.
If you do not have
a lawyer or cannot afford
one, go to or
telephone the office set forth
below to find
out where
you can get legal help.
Philadelphia Bar Association
Lawyer
Referraland Information ServiceOne Reading CenterPhiladelphia
,
Pennsylvania 19107
(215) 238-6333
TTY (215) 451-6197
Lleve esta demands a un abogado immediatamente.. Si notiene abogado o si no tiene el dinero suficiente de pagar tal
servicio
.
Vaya en persona o flame por telefono a la oficina
cuya direccion se encuentra escrita abajo para averiguar
donde se puede conseguir asistencia legal.
Asociacion De LicenciadosDe FiladelfiaServicio De Referencia EInformacion LegalOne Reading CenterFiladelfia
,
Pennsylvania 19107
(215) 238-6333
TTY (215) 451-6197
Case ID: 100200857
Filed and Attested by PROTHONOTARY 05 FEB 2010 03:07 pm J. MURPHY 
 
COZEN O'CONNOR
STEPHEN A. COZEN, ESQUIRE (Pa. ID 03492)JEFFREY G. WE IL, ESQUIRE (Pa. ID 23902)
THOMAS G. WILKINSON, JR., ESQUIRE (Pa. ID 35082)
1900 MARKET STREETPHILADELPHIA, PA 19103215-665-2000Attorneys for Plaintiff Airgas, Inc.AIRGAS, INC.
)
259 N.
Radnor-Chester Road
)
Suite 100
)
COURT OF COMMON PLEAS
Radnor
,
PA 19087
)
PHILADELPHIA COUNTY,
PENNSYLVANIA -
Plaintiff
)
COMMERCE COURT
V.
)
CIVIL ACTION NO.:
CRAVATH, SWAINE & MOORE, LLP
)
Worldwide Plaza
)
825 8'' Avenue
)
New York, NY 10019-7475
)
Defendant.
)
VERIFIED COMPLAINT
Plaintiff
Airgas
,
Inc. ("Airgas
"),
by its undersigned attorneys
,
files this VerifiedComplaint against Cravath, Swaine & Moore
LLP ("Cravath
").
Plaintiff seeks equitable relief,including a Special Injunction
,
to be followed by a Preliminary Injunction and Permanent
Injunction
,
as well as damages
,
including punitive damages
,
upon the following cause of action:
PARTIES
1.
Plaintiff
Airgas,
is the United States' largest distributor of industrial, medical,and specialty gases and related equipment
,
safety supplies and MRO products and services toindustrial and commercial markets. Through approximately 400 acquisitions
,
Airgas has built
Case ID: 100200857
 
the largest national distribution network in the packaged gas industry. Airgas is a Delaware
corporation, and maintains its headquarters in Radnor, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
2.
Defendant, Cravath, is a limited liability partnership law firm headquartered inNew York, New York.
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
3.
This Court has personal jurisdiction over Cravath in that Cravath has actedto cause harm in this Commonwealth and committed acts in Pennsylvania which give rise to
Airgas's cause of action.
4.
This Court has subject matter jurisdiction over this dispute pursuant to 42Pa. C.S.A. § 931(a).
5.
Venue is proper in this judicial district pursuant to Pa. R. Civ. P. 2130(a),because Cravath regularly conducts business in Philadelphia County, appearing for clients inboth the state and federal courts located here.
FACTS GIVING RISE TO A CAUSE OF ACTION
6.
This dispute as between Airgas and its counsel relates to an ongoing commercialbusiness dispute as between two public corporations which Cravath represents.
7.
In or around May of 2001, Airgas retained defendant Cravath to provide legaladvice relative to financing matters; Airgas has relied upon Cravath to provide that guidancethrough at least October 2009.
`8.
Cravath has served as strategic and legal counsel to Airgas on no less than 25
distinct substantial financing transactions through October 2009. Cravath has also assistedAirgas as it'addressed sensitive personnel issues, including the departure of Airgas's Presidentand COO in 2005, and with the financing for Airgas's European acquisitions in 2008. In the
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Case ID: 100200857

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