Pullman Sugar, LLC v. Kenneth Valdivia, et al.

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SAM GLASSCOCK III VICE CHANCELLOR COURT OF CHANCERY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE COURT OF CHANCERY COURTHOUSE 34 THE CIRCLE GEORGETOWN, DELAWARE 19947 Date Submitted: September 7, 2018 Date Decided: September 11, 2018 Richard L. Renck, Esquire Oderah C. Nwaeze, Esquire Duane Morris LLP 222 Delaware Avenue, Ste 1600 Wilmington, DE 19801 RE: Gregory E. Stuhlman, Esquire Chipman Brown Cicero & Cole, LLP Hercules Plaza 1313 N. Market Street, Suite 5400 Wilmington, DE 19801 Pullman Sugar, LLC v. Kenneth Valdivia, et al., Civil Action No. 2018-0431-SG Dear Counsel: This Letter Order shall supplement my Bench Ruling on this matter of August 28, 2018. At the conclusion of that Bench Ruling, I asked the parties to submit letters raising any issues they believe are outstanding for decision in this matter. Counsel has made, and I have reviewed, those submissions. The Plaintiffs ask me to opine on two issues: the appropriate salary for Defendant Valdivia, if any; and the appropriate terms of access of the parties to corporate books and records. I agree with the Defendants, however, that these are matters for the board of managers, as validly composed, to address. The Plaintiffs brought this matter under 6 Del. C. § 18-110 to determine the composition of the board, and to declare certain actions of a purported three-member board (the “Purported Board”) to be valid. My bench ruling provided the identity of the four current managers (the “Current Board”), and declined to validate the acts of the Purported Board. It is up to the Current Board to address the issues of salaries and access to records. Next, the Defendants ask that I award attorney fees under the LLC Agreement; the Plaintiffs contend that they are entitled to some fees as well, and that in any event the fee question should be resolved in light of the result of the pending companion fiduciary duty action involving these parties. The parties should submit fee requests and answers in this matter; on review of those submissions I will decide whether to defer a ruling pending a decision on the substantive issues in the fiduciary action. To the extent the foregoing requires an Order to take effect, IT IS SO ORDERED. Sincerely, /s/ Sam Glasscock III Sam Glasscock III 2