In Steel Partners II, L.P. v. Point Blank Solutions, Inc., 2008 WL 3522431 (Aug. 12, 2008), the initial complaint was filed to force the holding of a shareholders meeting (which had not taken place since 2005), pursuant to DGCL Section 211. After a stipulation was entered into for a date to hold the meeting, the defendant moved for leave of court to postpone the date of the meeting by 90 days. The Chancery Court denied the request.
The request was based on allegations that the plaintiff and its CEO together own about 40% of the stock and would attempt to install their own directors and then seek to buy the company at the lowest possible price for its own investors. In addition, the postponement was requested due to an alleged conflict that the plaintiff’s CEO had with the majority.
The court reasoned that the best way to deal with the issues presented was to communicate them to the shareholders and let them decide, based on those facts, who they wanted as directors–instead of further delaying the exercise of the shareholder franchise, which under Delaware law is sacrosanct.
Moreover, whether the "extraordinary circumstances" of Rule 60(b) or the "good cause shown" as provided for in the parties’ stipulation, was the appropriate standard to apply for the requested change of the date, the court determined that even the lower "good cause" standard had not been met in order to further delay the shareholders’ meeting.