In Stream Tv set Networks v. SeeCubic, the Delaware Supreme Courtroom vacated a long lasting injunction imposed by the Delaware Courtroom of Chancery that prohibited Stream Television Networks, Inc. and the Rajan brothers, who collectively held a the greater part of the company’s inventory, from blocking a negotiated transfer of all of Stream’s assets to satisfy its secured collectors. In so carrying out, the Supreme Court held that a provision of Stream’s certification of incorporation necessitating stockholder acceptance for specified asset transfers (the Stream charter provision) unambiguously utilized to the transaction. Though not vital to its keeping in light-weight of its interpretation of the Stream constitution provision, the Supreme Court also discovered that the common legislation “failing business” exception to the stockholder approval need for a sale of significantly all belongings, if it ever existed in Delaware, did not survive the adoption of Area 271 of the Delaware General Corporation Regulation (the DGCL).
In 2020, Stream encountered money complications, and, at the urging of selected of its stockholders and secured creditors, quite a few unbiased directors had been appointed to the board of directors. The board subsequently shaped a resolution committee comprised of two of the new unbiased administrators, and the committee negotiated and authorised an omnibus arrangement pursuant to which Stream would assign all of its assets to a new entity set up by the company’s secured lenders in exchange for forgiveness of Stream’s superb debt. Stream’s stockholders other than the Rajan brothers were being supplied the opportunity to exchange their Stream shares for an identical number of shares in the new entity, and the Rajan brothers would be permitted to keep an indirect curiosity in the new entity as a result of Stream, which would be issued shares in the new entity as perfectly. The Rajan brothers brought accommodate to block the asset transfer contemplated by the omnibus arrangement, boasting that stockholder acceptance of the transaction was essential underneath the Stream charter provision and below Section 271.