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Boston College Law School

Friday, June 20, 2014

Delaware drops fee-shifting bar

A couple of weeks ago, it looked the stars were aligning in a once in a generation way that would have the plaintiffs and defendants bar stand behind an unusual amendment to the Delaware code.  That amendment would effectively prohibit firms from adopting fee-shifting bylaws.  Following ATP, it became possible for Delaware corporations to adopt bylaws that would put the costs of shareholder litigation on the plaintiff in the event the plaintiff is unable to get its claims successfully adjudicated on the merits.  A proposal was quickly made to the Delaware legislature and it seemed like it would move through quickly.  And then, the US Chamber of Commerce  - not one to usually care about amendments to the Delaware code - got involved. The proposal has now been tabled.



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