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Stockholder Derivative Litigation Update

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently addressed a nearly unprecedented issue: the discovery and privilege implications of a special litigation committee’s (SLC) decision to hand over control of a company claim to a stockholder derivative plaintiff who initiated the claim and survived a motion to dismiss.

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The Delaware Court of Chancery recently addressed a nearly unprecedented issue: the discovery and privilege implications of a special litigation committee’s (SLC) decision to hand over control of a company claim to a stockholder derivative plaintiff who initiated the claim and survived a motion to dismiss. In In re Oracle Derivative Litig., 2019 WL 6522297 (Del. Ch. Dec. 4, 2019), Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III determined that it would promote Oracle’s best interests to have the derivative plaintiff “proceed with the litigation asset” with the benefit of the enhanced asset value created by the SLC’s investigative work. The framework established by the court to provide the plaintiff with the benefit of the SLC’s work has expansive disclosure aspects and important boundaries to be understood by practitioners.

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