Motions to Recuse members of the bench from a pending case are rare, as are decisions to grant such motions, but in Greenspan v. News Corp., C.A. No. 9567-ML (Del. Ch., Apr.2, 2015), the Delaware Court of Chancery granted such a motion. Although the court found that recusal was not required by application of the Code of Judicial Conduct to the facts of this case, this letter ruling reasoned that (in my words) out of an abundance of caution and to avoid further distraction, the Master in Chancery would recuse herself. The allegations in the motion related to potential defendants in the case being from the same firm that the Master in Chancery worked for as an associate many years ago, and the court sought to avoid the “appearance of impartiality” alleged, even if no such impartiality existed.