Smith v. Van Gorkom

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Smith v. Van Gorkom
by the Delaware Supreme Court
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Smith v. Van Gorkom or the Trans Union case, 488 A.2d 858 (Supreme Court of Delaware, 1985) is a landmark United States decision on a corporate directors' duty to stay informed and the application of the business judgment rule. The Court found that the directors of Trans Union, who approved a merger in minimal time and without seeking any expert advice violated their duty of care, breached their duty of care it owed to the corporation and could not seek protection of the business judgment rule.Excerpted from Smith v. Van Gorkom on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
    
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Supreme Court of Delaware

488 A.2d 858

ALDEN SMITH AND JOHN W. GOSSELIN, PLAINTIFFS BELOW, APPELLANTS,  v.  JEROME W. VAN GORKOM, BRUCE S. CHELBERG, WILLIAM B. JOHNSON, JOSEPH B. LANTERMAN, GRAHAM J. MORGAN, THOMAS P. O'BOYLE, W. ALLEN WALLIS, SIDNEY H. BONSER, WILLIAM D. BROWDER, TRANS UNION CORPORATION, A DELAWARE CORPORATION, MARMON GROUP, INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION, GL CORPORATION, A DELAWARE CORPORATION, AND NEW T. CO., A DELAWARE CORPORATION, DEFENDANTS BELOW, APPELLEES.

 Argued: June 11, 1984 --- Decided: Decided January 29, 1985 --- Opinion on Denial of Reargument: March 14, 1985.

William Prickett (argued) and James P. Dalle Pazze, of Prickett, Jones, Elliott, Kristol & Schnee, Wilmington, and Ivan Irwin, Jr. and Brett A. Ringle, of Shank, Irwin, Conant & Williamson, Dallas, Tex., of counsel, for plaintiffs below, appellants.

Robert K. Payson (argued) and Peter M. Sieglaff of Potter, Anderson & Corroon, Wilmington, for individual defendants below, appellees.

Lewis S. Black, Jr., A. Gilchrist Sparks, III (argued) and Richard D. Allen, of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, Wilmington, for Trans Union Corp., Marmon Group, Inc., GL Corp. and New T. Co., defendants below, appellees.

Before HERRMANN, C.J., and McNEILLY, HORSEY, MOORE and CHRISTIE, JJ., constituting the Court en banc.

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