In re Activision Blizzard, Inc. Stockholder Litig.Annotate this Case
Anthony Pacchia brought an action challenging a transaction through which Activision Blizzard, Inc. and an entity controlled by Activision’s two senior officers acquired more than fifty percent of Activision’s outstanding shares from Vivendi S.A., its controlling stockholder. Several of the individual defendants who served on the Activision board of directors and approved the transaction were senior officers of Vivendi (“Vivendi Directors”). Vivendi objected to the document requests that Plaintiff served on the grounds that French law generally barred the production of discovery, noting that all of its electronic documents were housed on servers in Paris, France, and could not be produced. Plaintiff filed a motion to compel seeking an order requiring Vivendi and the Vivendi Directors to produce documents in their custody and control, wherever located, in accordance with the Court of Chancery Rules and without regard to any contrary provisions of French law. The Court of Chancery largely granted the motion and directed that discovery proceed in the manner described in this decision.