Chancery Court Hearing is Not to Be Postponed by Bouchard Due to Jewish Holiday!


Dear friends,

We’ll keep this one short folks, the TransPerfect “Contempt” hearing will go on tomorrow — as the Chancellor sided with Skadden in denying a request by TransPerfect CEO Philip Shawe to back the hearing up a few days, due to the Yom Kippur Jewish holiday.

Alan Dershowitz, Shawe’s attorney who will be arguing in the Chancery Court tomorrow is Jewish — the Delaware “Good Old Boy’s Club” is not. See the story below for news on Dershowitz representing Transperfect.

I’m admittedly, a crusty old white guy, and I have my associated faults, but in this day and age, this is a bad look for Delaware that the Chancery Court hearing was not postponed after a request was made of the court.

And I do believe it is odd that in these times, our highest court has never had an African American person, never had a Latino, never had an Asian, and just never had any minority whatsoever.

Those are my thoughts, please share yours.

Sincerely yours,

JUDSON Bennett, Coastal Network

Alan Dershowitz rejoins legal team in TransPerfect billing battle

By Delaware Business Now
October 9, 2019

High profile attorney Alan Dershowitz is back in the long-running TransPerfect legal battle.

Dershowitz is now part of a team that is dealing with actions in Nevada and Delaware Chancery Court.

Shawe’s Jewish attorneys, Dershowitz, David Finger and Jeremy Eicher, requested that the Chancery adjourn the October 10th date due to Yom Kippur. They claim, the date led to a lack of time to prepare and asked for the hearing to be held next week.

Chancellor Andre Bouchard denied the request unless Shawe met corporate law firm Skadden Arps’ demands to adjourn the Nevada lawsuit. That move that would put the action beyond Bouchard’s hearing and would have cleared the way for the adjournment.

Dershowitz, best known for his work in the O.J Simpson trial, was an attorney in the original battle over the sale of TransPerfect in representing co-owner Phil Shawe.

The Nevada venue is involved because Shawe shifted TransPerfect’s state of incorporation from Delaware to the Silver State.

In the latest case, TransPerfect claims that the law firm Skadden Arps and custodian Robert Pincus did not adhere to a 2015 agreement that calls for itemized invoices. The suit in Nevada demands that Pincus identify the reasons for billing TransPerfect since the sale of the company became final last year.

Pincus served as custodian during the sale process and clashed with Shawe.
The fees arose from a Chancery Case that led to the sale of Elizabeth Elting’s 50 percent share of the company to Shawe after the 50-50 owners could no longer jointly run the New York City translation services company.
Shawe made the following comment on Bouchard’s decision on not postponing the hearing. “This is why Delaware needs a diverse court.”
Shawe and a group known as Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware, are seeking reforms to Chancery Court, the nation’s leading business court, while continuing to attack Bouchard through an advertising and public relations effort.

The marketing and PR work has come under attack from Delaware’s corporate legal community. Last week, the Delaware State Bar Association held a press conference, with its executive director, flanked, by retired judges and other lawyers, attacking Shawe’s actions.

Bar President William Brady defended Bouchard, who cannot publicly comment on the case under judicial rules.

Brady went on to claim that Shawe is waging a campaign to smear Bouchard and Chancery under the guise of legal reform.

About Judson Bennett

Captain A. Judson Bennett was a life- long resident of Lewes, DE. He served the maritime industry for 33 years, primarily as a Delaware River Pilot, guiding large ships to the Port of Philadelphia. Captain Bennett has been an active and consistent entrepreneur over the years.

He was elected as a Lewes City Councilman for 6 years. Afterwards he ran for the Sussex County Council as a Republican, and with 20 thousand people voting, lost Delaware’s closest election by 3 votes to an 8 year incumbent. Abandoning his personal political ambitions, he became the Republican District leader, advocating conservative values. Captain Bennett became a lobbyist in the state legislature advocating among many ideas, financial literacy concepts in education. He managed several political campaigns, including one for Governor of Delaware and one for the US Senate against VP Joe Biden. He is now the owner, operator, and writer for the Coastal Network which communicates regularly with over 6000 people throughout the State of Delaware.

Captain Bennett is a graduate of St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE (where the movie “The Dead Poet’s Society was filmed) and also graduated “Magna Cum Laude” from the University of Delaware with a BA in Criminal Justice and an MA in Liberal Studies.

He is now a Widower, living in West Palm Beach, Florida. Captain Bennett has one son, three grandchildren, and one great grand-daughter, all who live in Richmond, Virginia.