Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware claims a lawyer for Skadden Arps attempted to silence its criticism of the Delaware court system.
The group claims that Jennifer Voss, a partner in Skadden Arps’ Wilmington office, attempted to silence the advocacy group. The group claims it has been subject to threats and hate mail from some of Delaware’s elite law firms.
The group cited an exchange of attorney correspondence, Voss is alleged to have publicly posted privileged settlement communications between attorneys representing TransPerfect and Skadden Arps. The group alleges that Voss sought to silence the group by disallowing any public discourse that casts a negative light on Custodian Robert Pincus, Skadden Arps, the Chancery Court system, and the State of Delaware.
“If Voss and Skadden would like to engage in a meaningful conversation about how to end corporate corruption and cronyism, and the overwhelming lack of diversity in the Delaware Chancery Court, we’ll meet them anytime and anywhere – we’re in this fight for the long haul,” said Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Campaign Manager Chris Coffey.
Voss did not respond to a request for comment.
The group announced it will spent half a million dollars on efforts to reform the Delaware court system, including Chancery Court
The group arose out a dispute over the sale of TransPerfect and the role of Pincus, who was appointed by Chancery Court to serve as a custodian for the sale.
The corporate law community claims the group is bankrolled by TransPerfect owner Philip Shawe, who prevailed in the ownership dispute.
Shawe continues to claim that Pincus and Skadden are still charging fees related to the sale and custodial arrangement without providing evidence of services being provided.
Voss stated that legal costs largely arise out of Shawe’s actions regarding Pincus and Skadden.
Shawe earlier moved TransPerfect’s state of incorporation from Delaware to Nevada and launched legal actions in that state.