novation;"res judicata";"conduct of parties";"contract interpretation";"Rule to Show Cause";contempt;"inherent power";"attorneys' fees"

Aveta, Inc. v. Bengoa, No. 3598-VCL (Del. Ch., Dec. 24, 2009), read opinion here. This Court of Chancery opinion issued on Christmas Eve was no present to the defendant. In essence, the Court imposed severe penalties on a party for failing to comply with a prior Order of the Court to commence arbitration proceedings pursuant to the parties’ agreement. The Court’s