A recent decision by the Complex Commercial Litigation Division of the Delaware Superior Court in Winshall, et al. v. Viacom International, Inc., C.A. No. N15C-06-137 EMD CCLD (Del. Super., Feb. 25, 2019), ruled that a claim for indemnification was not ripe until a final adjudication, after appeal, was decided. In a matter involving a claim for indemnification for attorneys’ fees based on a finding of a breach of a merger agreement by the Court of Chancery, which was affirmed by the Delaware Supreme Court, the Superior Court held that a subsequently filed indemnification claim was not barred by the statute of limitations because the claim did not become ripe until the affirmance by the Delaware Supreme Court. See Slip op. at 17-19.
The indemnification claim for “losses” which was defined in the agreement to include attorneys’ fees, was based on the Court of Chancery’s prior finding of a breach of agreement. The court also discussed several rebuttals to a statute of limitations argument and how they applied to the facts of this case. Id. at 22.
Compare a recent decision highlighted on these pages which held that the statute of limitations of three-years for a breach of contract claim for indemnification did not begin to accrue until the claim for indemnification was rejected.