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Court of Chancery Holds When There Is No Contribution There Is No Fee

In re William Lyon Homes Shareholders Litigation, C.A. No. 2015-VCN (Del Ch. April 4, 2009)

This decision deals with when a plaintiff may receive a fee when a merger price is increased after he files suit and then his case is mooted. The general rule applied here is that while the defense has the burden of proving the plaintiff did not contribute to the increased price, when the merger consideration was increased without any help from the plaintiff, there is no fee. In short, no help, no fee.



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