Delaware’s Chancellor Bouchard Fails to Enforce His Own Orders, Shows Extreme Bias, Enhancing his Former Law Firm ?


Dear Friends,

It has been over a month since Andre Bouchard ordered Skadden Arps to produce the bills in the TransPerfect case and at this juncture, I have learned that nothing has happened. No bills, no resolution, no information. Bouchard made this declaration, and nothing has been done by Skadden Arps as far as I know, and apparently more bills continue to be sent.

The fact that there have been no itemized bills to begin with, means that Chancellor Bouchard wasn’t doing his job, right?! You think at least the man who court-ordered that the bills be sent and itemized, the man who approves (rubber-stamps) them each month, would at least know what’s on these bills?!

Yet, NO ONE is doing anything about this. I’m the only one even talking or writing about this, as far as I know. Bouchard hands out judgments and decisions and orders, and of course he enforces them — the man is a judge, after all, he has the power — but in this ONE instance, nothing is happening?!

His former law firm is supposed to show the bills — again, by the Chancellor’s clear-cut order — and nothing happens, and yet he is OK with this?! How is this possible? Why isn’t Bouchard holding Skadden Arps and his former partner and appointed Custodian Robert Pincus in contempt of court as he did CEO Philip Shawe?

As I’m seeing this — and I don’t know how anyone can see it otherwise — Bouchard continues, in my opinion, to oversee some sort of money-train for his former law firm. It is apparent that these outrageous and absurd, $1,475 per hour bills, in my view, clearly indicate that former Skadden Arps employee Andre Bouchard is seemingly looking out for his Good Old Boys at his old law firm! Leo Strine, Bouchard and Pincus all worked at Skadden. Aren’t there more places to find lawyers in this state?

Folks, we are talking about $15 million in unitemized, unaccounted fees over the past few years. This is serious money and any reasonable person would expect these charges to be explained? It is the appearance of an impropriety !

How else can you explain it? Just to be sure I’m correct about this, I called a couple of employees in the accounting department to confirm that indeed the bills have not stopped coming in. So new bills are coming in, while the old bills have not been itemized or seen by the people paying the bills?! What gives, folks?! What gives!

It’s outrageous, Chancellor Andre Bouchard is providing no oversight on this. At least not to the public or the media from what I understand.

It is apparent to this investigative reporter, that since TransPerfect and its CEO Phil Shawe have had to fight to receive actual itemized bills, this must mean the court doesn’t have them?! Am I correct in my assumption? Bouchard is ordering one party to pay another — blindly, with no line-by-line explanation as to what work was done and why? Can you imagine?! What a crazy gravy-train of funds established here by Bouchard and his former firm!

It would be great to see the Delaware News Journal or Delaware Business Now or any other reporter or editor at a Delaware publication get to the bottom of this.

If any of you, my many readers, have any idea what’s going on here, please let me know if I’m missing something.

Either way, I’d love to hear your feedback on this.

Respectfully yours,

Judson Bennett, Coastal Network

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.