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Court Of Chancery Sets Fee For "Cox Communications" Case

Brinckerhoff v. Texas Eastern Products Pipeline Co. LLC., C.A. 2427-VCL (January 15, 2010)

In the famous Cox Communications case, the Court was critical of attorneys who settle fast after getting a modest and usually expected price increase in a merger and then ask for a big attorneys fee. This decision shows how the newest Vice Chancellor will calculate such fees. He is no pushover either.

Most importantly, the Court explains in detail how it approaches fee requests. The analysis is very fair and the award was ample. This added explanation is very useful in helping to predict future awards and thus facilitate settlements.