October 8, 2010
Winner: Air Products, or X does not equal Y
Quick follow to my previous post on this.
The only surprise is that Chandler was able to churn out a 40 page (!) opinion in just a couple of hours. Believe me, I type pretty quickly, but I couldn't type 40 pages that quickly if my life depended on it. In the end, it wasn't a close call. The Deal Professor has the low-down straight from the court house steps.
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I think one can reasonably infer that much of the opinion was written in advance but subject to the trial.
Posted by: AnonCorpLawyer | Oct 10, 2010 7:35:38 AM
Sometimes I should be more direct. In a previous life I'd occasionally observe trials in a certain socialist country. They would often have a trial and then the panel would retreat into a back room for ten minutes. When they re-emerged they would then proceed to read their fifty page opinion from the bench. It often left me thinking why they bothered with the trial at all. Here it's not like that, but it's pretty clear that Chancellor Chandler had read the pre-trial briefs closely and that the issue wasn't really close. He had likely been writing for some time before trial subject to something really big happening to change his mind.
Posted by: bjmq | Oct 11, 2010 5:40:34 AM
Agreed. Wasn't trying to imply there's anything wrong with that.
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Posted by: AnonCorpLawyer | Oct 11, 2010 6:28:00 AM