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Court Of Chancery Invalidates Stock Issuance

Boris v Schaheen, C.A. 8160-VCN (December 2, 2013)

This is an example of a corporate nightmare for failing to follow the requirements to validly issue stock.  Delaware law  requires that the stock issuance be reflected by a "written instrument," not just some oral agreement.  Moreover, the Court of Chancery will not use its equitable powers to cure a void stock issuance.  Hence, the stock will be held to not exist and all the corporate acts taken in reliance of that stock being issued will be called into question.