Pro Business Delaware criticizes Chancery decision in TransPerfect case

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Following a Chancery Court ruling that granted a motion to the old firm of former Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice C.J. Seitz against TransPerfect and Shirley Shawe, Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware campaign manager Chris Coffey released the following statement that took the court to task.

“Once again, Chancellor Bouchard has opted to rule in favor of an old colleague and friend rather than following the merits of the argument. Even worse, he has done so without a hearing, meaning TransPerfect has no recourse or opportunity to make its case.”

“This is a classic example of how the ‘old boys’ club’ of Delaware’s court system protects its own without transparency or accountability. While Seitz disqualified himself from participating in the TransPerfect case twice, he somehow thought it was appropriate to sit on the TransPerfect appeal even after that disqualification.”

“Now, Bouchard is ruling in favor of Seitz’s former firm, Ross Aronstam & Moritz, in order to protect them. This is obviously returning the favor for when Seitz, despite having a clear conflict of interest, sitting on the TransPerfect case and affirming Bouchard’s ruling. The people of Delaware deserve to have a transparent and accountable court system.”

Under judicial rules, Bouchard is not allowed to comment on the criticism from the group that was formed during the battle over ownership of business services company TransPerfect.

TransPerfect Partner Philip Shawe prevailed in the case. However, litigation has continued over issues such as billing for services by the custodian who was appointed as part of the sales process.

Citizens has continued to criticize the state’s judicial and prison system system It also formed a political action committee that went after Gov. John Carney who makes judicial appointments that are confirmed by the State Senate.

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