A recent gem of a short letter ruling from the Delaware Court of Chancery in Goldman v. LBG Real Estate Company LLC, C.A. No. 2023-0426-KSJM (Del. Ch., Feb. 26, 2024), provides important insights, with citations to authority, on three noteworthy topics of widespread relevance to corporate litigators:

  • California courts find “Delaware law on advancement particularly persuasive because of the depth of its experience with corporate governance issues.”  Slip op. at 2 and footnote 6 which cites to several cases (other citations omitted).
  • Like Delaware, California allows fees on fees proportionate to the degree of success of a claimant.  See Slip op. at 2 and footnote 7 (citing cases).
  • This letter ruling was in the context of a motion for reargument under Rule 59(f), and the fact that the court made quick work of the motion in a 3-page decision is an indication of how much of an uphill battle such motions usually are.