Skadden Up to Same Questionable Maneuvers in 2020 in Delaware as They Were in 2008 in New Jersey!


Dear friends,

Please look at this story below from 2008. Does it sound familiar?! Skadden Arps seems to be grotesquely over-charging, just like they did in the TransPerfect case in Delaware, charging what amounted to millions of dollars in possible unjustified and undocumented fees, due to an apparent, cronyistic relationship.

Because of this law firm, the Delaware Chancery Court under Chancellor Andre Bouchard, and former Supreme Court Justice Leo Strine, who had his back, TrasnsPerfect has gone through hell. And, as I have mentioned in the past, Bouchard and Strine both worked together at Skadden Arps.

Redacted bills, no itemization of bills, lack of transparency all occurred in this old case in 2008. A dozen years later and the same suspicious behavior is, according to my sources, still going on from Skadden Arps in Delaware, as TransPerfect continues to deal with what is known as “The Delaware Way”– a wink and a nod and everybody gets rich from the Delaware Court of “Inequity” if you know the right people.

A friend passed this story along. Please read it and let me know what you think.


Respectfully Yours,

Judson Bennett-Coastal Network


New Jersey’s Gov. Corzine Mired in Secret Skadden Arps Contract Scandal

By W.Murray
March 3, 2008



Senator Jennifer Beck and her Assembly colleagues Declan J. O’Scanlon and Caroline Casagrande, (R-12), called on Governor Corzine to explain the selection of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, one of the largest law firms in the world as lead counsel for his failed toll hike and borrowing scheme. As of four months ago, Skadden had billed the State more than $4 million, but Skadden has not yet billed the State for work over the past four months. No work product has been shared with the public and bills were redacted so it is not even clear what Skadden did for the money it was paid.

“Governor Corzine owes the people of this state a full accounting of this outrageous contract awarded in secrecy under a waiver from advertising for competition. This is yet one more sorry example of the Governor failing to disclose what he is doing with the public’s money, ” said Senator Beck.

* Under what authority was the contract offered considering the current budget providing a blank check for vendor services did not become law until five months after the contract was signed?

* Why was a $548 per hour contract agreed to which appears to be the most expensive hourly rate the State has ever agreed to pay?

* Why were there days when more than 30 lawyers at Skadden were all working on the matter and all billing $548 per hour for their work, with daily billings exceeding $75, 000.

“This Governor has promised transparency and it is time he lived up to it, ” commented O’Scanlon.

“This $548 per hour contract was awarded with special exceptions to advertising requirements, thereby limiting competition. I’m certain there were other firms capable of doing this work for less than $548 per hour, ” concluded Casagrande.

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.