Andrew Ralli of the Delaware office of Lewis Brisbois prepared this post.

The Court of Chancery recently granted a motion to strike portions of a complaint derived from privileged or confidential board-level communications in Icahn Partners LP, et al. v. Francis deSouza, et al., C.A. No. 2023-1045-PAF (Del. Ch. Jan. 16, 2024).



Delaware Court of Chancery Rule 5.1 provides the standard and an intricate series of procedures for the parties to seek “confidential treatment” to prevent pleadings filed with the court from being publicly available. The prior version of the rule referred to this procedures as “filing under seal.”  Notably, analogous procedures in federal court employ a

Delaware Court of Chancery Rule 5.1 defines the requirements for court filings to receive confidential treatment, contrary to the presumption that all court filings should be made available to the public. (The former terminology “under seal” is no longer used in the current version of the rule.) A recent Chancery decision addressed the filing of