Court of Chancey Explains Class Release Rules
In re Countrywide Corporation Shareholders Litigation, C.A. No. 3464-VCN (Del. Ch. March 31, 2009)
This decision provides an excellent outline of what claims may be released in a class action settlement. Here the objectors to the settlement had a damage claim unique to them but that the proposed settlement would have released. The Court held that the objectors needed to be given the right to opt out of the settlement or the release that was part of the settlement must be more limited so as to not affect their rights in their individual claim.