In re: The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Shareholder LitigationAnnotate this Case
This matter was before the court on a motion to dismiss, pursuant to Court of Chancery Rule 23.1, for failure to make a pre-suit demand upon the board, and Court of Chancery Rule 12(b)(6) for failure to state a claim. At issue was whether actions taken by certain director defendants fell outside of the fiduciary boundaries existing under Delaware case law - and were therefore subject to judicial oversight - or whether the acts complained of were within those broad boundaries, where a law-trained judge should refrain from acting. The court held that the facts pled in support of allegations that the director defendants violated fiduciary duties in setting compensation levels and failing to oversee the risks created thereby, if true, only supported a conclusion that the directors made poor business decisions. Thus, plaintiffs have failed to allege facts sufficient to state a claim. Consequently, the court need not reach the Rule 12(b)(6) issue.