A recent ruling from the Delaware Court of Chancery provides a statement of principles that is a useful tool for the toolbox of practitioners. The decision in Alpha Holdings Inc. v. Kim, C.A. No. 2018-0283-SG (Del. Ch. Aug. 21, 2018), is a short ruling that, in essence, explains that the court expects cooperation among counsel in routine matters such as scheduling and pre-trial stipulations.

As an example, the court explained that it expects counsel for all the parties to collaborate to prepare joint submissions of pretrial stipulations, such as briefing schedules, without burdening the court with issues about what it referred to as “picayune disputes” in competing scheduling orders.