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Corporate Law Research Guide

This guide is for students conducting introductory research in the law of corporations, agency, partnerships, and other business organizations.

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Primary Law Sources

This section lists and describes the most significant primary corporate law resources. Since this area of law is largely controlled by state law, we have included links to our state law research guides, rather than listing them individually. However, since Delaware law is particularly important in this area, we have included Delaware materials along with national and more general sources.

Case Law

Cases related to corporate law are published in general case reporters and included in the West digest system. Annotated state codes are also an efficient and reliable way to find cases pertinent to specific statutory provisions. There are also several databases that focus on corporate law cases specifically, and we have listed them below.

  • Corporate Cases, Federal and State (Dates of coverage vary by court)
    Combined federal and state case law related to corporation law subject matters
    • Lexis: Legal > Area of Law - By Topic > Corporate > Find Cases > Corporate Cases, Federal and State
    • Westlaw: DEBUS-CS
  • Delaware Corporate Cases (Dates of coverage vary by court)
    Delaware case law related to corporation law subject matters
    • Lexis: Legal > States Legal - U.S. > Delaware > Find Cases > By Area of Law > DE Corporate Cases

  • Delaware Business Organizations Cases (Dates of coverage vary by court) 
    Cases from Delaware state courts and from the U.S. Supreme Court, courts of appeals, district courts, bankruptcy courts, and other federal courts that interpret Delaware statutory law relating to corporate law and practice. 
  • Multistate Business Organizations - Cases (Dates of coverage by court)
    Cases from the state courts of all 50 states and the District of Columbia that relate to public, private, and not-for-profit businesses and corporations.
  • State Case Law Databases (Dates of coverage vary by state) 
    Both Westlaw and Lexis also contains corporate and business case law databases for each state.

Statutes

Statutes pertinent to corporate law can be found in multiple titles of the United States Code, as well as individual state codes. When looking for relevant statutes in codes, it is best to begin in the table of contents or in a subject index. As the Delaware Code is particularly significant , and several states follow the Model Business Corporation Act, we have also included them below.

Regulations

Regulations governing corporate law will also be found in multiple titles of the Code of Federal Regulations. These regulations are best found by using the CFR index, which is available in print as well as on Westlaw. Because of the significance of Delaware law in this area, we have also included references to the Code of Delaware Regulations.