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Court of Chancery Limits Advancement Rights Upon Bylaw Amendment

Schoon v. Troy, C.A. 2362-VCL (Del. Ch. March 28, 2008)

Directors who rely on advancement rights under a corporate bylaw need to be aware that those rights may be lost if the bylaw is amended. Delaware law, as this decision notes, permits elimination of advancement rights in a bylaw at least up to the moment those rights "vest" by the filling of a suit that entitled the director to advancement.

This decision is also interesting for its discussion of the Levy case that held when a director has his fees paid for by a third party, he may lose his right to seek advancement from the corporation. This decision limits Levy to cases where the third party is obligated to pay the fees.

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