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Court of Chancery Holds Board Meeting Is Void

Posted In Directors

Fogel v. U.S. Energy Systems, Inc., C.A. No. 3271-CC (December 13, 2007).

Directors often think that if they get together that is a real board of directors'  meeting. Not so. As this decision holds, a board meeting is a formal event that must be preceded by the appropriate notice, be conducted by voting on the issues and otherwise be properly called and conducted. Gatherings of even all the directors that do not meet these tests are void.

Moreover, the consequence of holding a meeting void is that actions taken cannot be ratified later. Thus, even when all but one of the company's directors wanted to fire the CEO, their attempt to do so at a haste gathering of all the directors was ineffective.