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Court Of Chancery Applies Corporate Law To Statutory Trust Case

Protas v. Cavanagh, C.A. 6555-VCG (May 4, 2012)

This decision answers the question of what law will apply to decide if a beneficiary of a Delaware statutory trust may bring a derivative suit.  The court held that the established law under the DGCL and Rule 23.1 applies.  Hence, the beneficiary must show that either the director defendants are conflicted or that there is a substantial basis to believe that they will be liable because their actions are so outlandish that they are not protected by the business judgment rule.

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