Citizens Say Delaware Needs to End Big Law Firm Skadden Arps Ties to Moscow, After Russian Oligarch Issue

OPINION

Dear Friends,

Yet another scandal for Skadden Arps, which is supported by the Delaware government. It appears they are supported by the Russians?!

Folks, I’ve been writing quite a bit about the debacle going on in Russia for the last few weeks on the Coastal Network. Now it’s time for Delaware’s “courts and government to cease doing business with Skadden immediately,” as suggested in the story below. In my view, this law firm deserves no more money or support from our elected Delaware leaders.

Let’s connect with our elected leaders and help make this happen!

What do you think, my friends? Please send your feedback, which is always welcome and appreciated.

Respectfully Yours,

Judson Bennett–Coastal Network

Following Pressure From Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware and Other Good Government Advocates, Skadden Arps Drops Alfa Bank Election Interference Lawsuit On Behalf of Russian Oligarch-Owned Company

Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Doubles Down on Demand for Delaware to Stop Doing Business with Skadden Until It Severs All Ties to Russian Oligarchs

March 11, 2022 09:57 AM Eastern Standard Time

WILMINGTON, Del.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following pressure from Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware, other good government advocates, and intense media scrutiny, Skadden Arps has dropped a lawsuit on behalf of Alfa Bank, owned by billionaire Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman, and pledged to relocate its Russia-based lawyers while maintaining its Moscow office.

In response, Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Campaign Manager Chris Coffey released the following statement:

“We’re glad that our pressure, along with that of other good government groups, has forced Skadden to reconsider its long-held ties to Russian oligarchs, especially in light of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. But these latest steps by Skadden seem cynically calculated to minimize losses to the firm’s bottom line while publicly saving face as much as possible. We don’t buy it.”

“For years, Skadden has done the bidding of Putin-aligned oligarchs without a shred of concern for his regime’s human rights abuses, helping facilitate more than $90 billion worth of Russian corporate deals just since 2012. While dropping the oligarch-backed Alfa Bank lawsuit is one small step towards justice, Skadden must do much more – including closing its Russia office, disclosing its Russian client list, and contributing to Ukraine relief efforts – to right its wrongs in Russia.
“Until Skadden does so, we are doubling down on our demand that Delaware’s courts and government cease doing business with Skadden immediately. The same firm taking Russian ‘blood money’ does not deserve to receive a cent from the state of Delaware.”

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.