Mennen. v. Fiduciary Trust International of Delaware

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Justia Opinion Summary

At issue in this appeal was whether five beneficiaries of a Delaware trust could recover on their $88 million judgment against the individual trust established by a brother to one beneficiary and uncle to the rest. The judgment arose from the trustee's alleged bad faith and willful misconduct in handling the estate. A Master held that a spendthrift clause in the trustee's Trust precluded the beneficiaries from obtaining relief against the Trustee's interest. The Court of Chancery found that the beneficiaries' notice of exceptions to the Master's final report on the spendthrift issue was late, and that they forfeited their right to challenge the ruling. The beneficiaries appealed, arguing the Court of Chancery erred by not considering the merits to the beneficiaries' exceptions to the Master's ruling on the spendthrift issue.