The relatively short Chancery opinion in Doberstein v. G-P Industries, Inc., C.A. No. 9995-VCP (Oct. 30, 2015), is noteworthy for its examination and dismissal of a claim for piercing the corporate veil. It is notable not only because the court describes the standard that will be applied in connection with such a claim, but of equal importance is the fact that the court considered and dismissed the claim on a substantive level, but did not dismiss it for procedural irregularities such as, for example, the failure to obtain a judgment against the entity–before bringing such a claim against the underlying individual.
Notwithstanding the reprehensible behavior of the individual behind the entity involved in this case, this opinion also exemplifies how difficult it is to pierce the corporate veil under Delaware law.