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Delaware Supreme Court Leaves Open The Question Of Whether Breach Of Contract Is A Business Judgment

Friedman v. Khosrowshahi, No. 442,2014 (March 6, 2015) In this interesting order affirming a Chancery decision, the Supreme Court went out of its way to make a point.  A stockholder suit alleging that the board breached a stock option plan may state a claim for breach of contract that does not necessarily involve a business judgment rule analysis but instead may involve a breach of the duty of loyalty. If so, then it may not be easily dismissed under a Rule 23.1 motion.

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