Sequoia Presidential Yacht Group LLC v. FE Partners, LLCAnnotate this Case
This matter involved a former presidential yacht whose owner (the LLC) and its sole member (together, Plaintiffs) co-induced Defendant by means of fraud to extend the owner a loan with the yacht as collateral. Under the operative loan documents, Defendant had the option to purchase up to a 100 percent interest in either the LLC or the yacht itself. Plaintiffs brought this case to enjoin Defendant from pursuing its rights in connection with the loan. Once the fraud came to light, Plaintiffs entered a stipulated order in default judgment (the judgment order). The judgment order provided that Defendant was entitled to exercise its rights under the loan documents, specifically including the option, and provided for the appointment of an independent counsel to determine outstanding current and potential liabilities of the LLC and the yacht. The judgment order retained the Court of Chancery’s jurisdiction to hear disputes arising out of the interpretation and enforcement of the order. The parties disagreed about the conclusions of the independent counsel concerning liabilities that may constitute liens against the LLC or the yacht. The Court of Chancery held (1) Defendant must exercise its option within sixty days of this letter opinion at the default option price as defined by the judgment order; and (2) the deduction for the liabilities used in reaching the default option price are as stated in the report of the independent counsel.