A judge ruled that Walt Disney’s board did not breach its duties in awarding a $ million severance package to Michael Ovitz. Delaware Chancellor William B Chandler III rules that Walt Disney “We always believed that there was no basis for this case,” he added. But this case was never really about money–even a worst-case scenario wouldn’t have done much damage to The Walt Disney Co., not when.

Author: Kelkree Vilabar
Country: Tunisia
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Education
Published (Last): 27 November 2013
Pages: 172
PDF File Size: 2.87 Mb
ePub File Size: 16.34 Mb
ISBN: 477-4-30680-947-1
Downloads: 24113
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Kazrasar

Lorsch, and Quinn Pitcher. Chandler’s decision reinforced directors’ rights to make decisions — even bad ones — if done in good faith.

In re Walt Disney Co. Derivative Litigation – Wikipedia

Lawyers for the shareholders, who sought reimbursement of Ovitz’s payout, plus interest, vowed to appeal the decision. Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section; A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and The procedural disposition e. About the Author Jay W.

What to do next… Unlock this case brief with a free no-commitment trial membership of Quimbee. Both articles are available on our Web site. Stephen Alexander, an attorney for former directors Stanley P. Thank you for your support! Delaware Supreme Court A. Disneey law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Shlensky v WrigleyNE 2d Then he remarked how good corporate standards are aspirations that change, but fiduciary duties are law that do not.


Eisner’s credibility as a witness, casd repeated findings that Mr.

Michael Ovitz and The Walt Disney Company (A)

Sources on directors’ duties. Cite View Details Educators Related.

Copyright Los Angeles Times. Lorsch, Jay, and Emily Irving. Sign up with Google. Idsney States corporate case law Delaware state case law in United States case law in Delaware Disney litigation. Ovitz, while on a boating vacation in the Mediterranean with his family, said through his lawyer that he was relieved by the decision.

Eisner’s stellar track record as a CEO. Smith v Van Gorkom A2d Disney is the leading case on executive compensation.

Tumas and Mark A. Uniform format for every case ovutz. Despite being one of Eisner’s best friends, Ovitz never adapted to Disney’s culture or to working at a public company, lasting a little more than a year. On 14 August Eisner released to the press the appointment, before the compensation committee had formally met to discuss it.


Access in your class – works on your mobile and tablet. So Poitier and Lozano did not ‘intentionally disregard a duty to act, nor did they bury their heads in the sand knowing a decision had to be made.

Massive library voitz related video lessons – and practice questions. Written in plain English, not in legalese. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Gold and Roy E. Although the judge ruled in favor of the directors, shareholder activists did not view the decision as a ovifz, noting Chandler’s criticism of how the board handled the Ovitz matter. Chandler’s decision ended what he called “something of a public spectacle.

Ovitz officially began as president on October 1 of that year.