In an example that not all transaction-related litigation
is created equally, Reuters is reporting Del Monte and Barclays have agreed to a
settlement in the pending challenge to the Del Monte transaction. You'll
remember that Vice Chancellor Laster's earlier opinion in this case raised
eyebrows when he pointed out the deficiencies in the Del Monte board's sale
process. The proposed settlement includes a payment of $84.3 million,
including a whopping $23.7 million payment in attorney fees. Vice
Chancellor Laster still has to approve the settlement and the fees, but he previously
approved an interim $2.75 million fee in this case and he has hinted
that he is not opposed to large fee awards in cases where it is deserved.
This may be one of those cases.
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