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Court Of Chancery Limits Zapata Test To Properly Filed Complaint

Busch v. Richardson, C.A. 2017-0868-AGB (November 14, 2018)

A derivative complaint that meets the demand requirements of Rule 23.1 may be subject to later dismissal at the request of a properly formed and functioning special committee under the Zapata decision. Of course, such a request is subject to special scrutiny by the Court. This decision holds that Zapata does not apply in other contexts, such as when a plaintiff has been misled into making a pre-suit demand under the mistaken belief the Board was capable of making a Zapata-like decision.