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Court Of Chancery Interprets Release

Posted In Business Torts

Travelers Casualty And Surety Company v. Sequa Corporation,  C.A. 7055-VCG (May 29, 2012)

This decision involved an interesting argument over the scope of a release.  As is common, the release was signed on behalf of a parent company and all its subsidiaries. To escape the scope of the release, a subsidiary argued that it was only bound to release the same claims that its parent had, but not any claims that were unique to the subsidiary.  The Court sidestepped that argument because in any case the release did not cover the claims asserted by the subsidiary.  However, this stands as a warning to better draft releases that cover all entities in a control group.

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