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Court of Chancey Holds Only Compulsory Counterclaims Warrant Advancement

Reinhard  & Kreinberg v. The Dow Chemical Co., C.A. 3003-CC (Del. Ch. March 28, 2008)

Corporate bylaws sometimes provide advancement rights in litigation filed by a director, but that is rare. However, when a director is sued, the question remains if he has advancement rights in that circumstance, and whether he may get those rights to cover a counterclaim in the absence of a bylaw right to do so when bringing litigation. This decision holds that if the counterclaim is compulsory under the rules of procedure, advancement is possible.



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