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Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Slams Chancery Court Chancellor Bouchard for Abuse of Power in Levying $30,000 Daily Fine Against TransPerfect as Retaliation for Supporting Judicial Reform in Delaware

October 17, 2019

Dover, Delaware – “Chancellor Andre Bouchard's decision to fine TransPerfect $30,000 per day is punitive and unprecedented. It’s clearly retaliation against the growing momentum for transparency, accountability and diversity driven by Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware," said Chris Coffey, Campaign Manager.

"The Delaware State Bar Association attempted to silence our efforts, including fighting corruption, but succeeded only in propelling our movement for equity in the Delaware Judiciary even further. Once again playing by his own rules with impunity, Chancellor Bouchard is now clearly making his own attempt to punish TransPerfect employees whose support of Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware persists. TransPerfect is still receiving bills for tens of thousands of dollars each month with no description of the charges from a sale that occurred nearly two years ago.”

“This ruling of retribution could impact TransPerfect employee benefits, raises and security. And this temper tantrum by an angry judge looking for a promotion is reckless. This behavior from Delaware's court system is exactly what is fueling thousands of Delaware residents to call for more transparency and accountability by joining our organization. We will not stop. We will expand our efforts and continue our fight. As is our right, despite what Chancellor Bouchard might wish.

Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Lauds Broad Coalition of Multi-Cultural Lawyer-Member Organizations for Joining the Call for Racial Diversity in the State's Courts

October 15, 2019

DOVER, Del., Oct. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to a letter written and signed by the Multicultural Judges & Lawyers Section of the Delaware State Bar Association, the South Asian Bar Association of Delaware, the Delaware Hispanic Bar Association, and the Delaware Barristers Association, Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Campaign Manager Chris Coffey has released the following statement:

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Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Launches New $250,000 Effort to Continue to Promote Diversity in the Courts Despite the Delaware State Bar Association's Appeal to Maintain Status Quo

October 10, 2019

DOVER, Del., Oct. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite unjust disapproval from the Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA), Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware (CPBD) promises to advocate relentlessly for transparency and accountability in the Chancery Court as they press forward with a $250,000 ad buy featuring new television and radio ads. The new ads will promote diversity in the Supreme Court and respond to the DSBA's unfair and insulting press conference beginning today, and will air on cable and local for the next 2-3 weeks.

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Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Challenges Delaware State Bar Association to Debate the Transparency and Accountability Issues Plaguing the State's Judiciary

October 1, 2019

DOVER, Del., Oct. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the Delaware State Bar Association's closed-door press conference attacking Citizen's for a Pro-Business Delaware and its platform to increase transparency and accountability in the state's judiciary, Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Campaign Manager Chris Coffey released the following statement:

"As we expected, the Delaware State Bar Association completely ignored our calls for transparency and accountability and instead, hosted an invite-only, closed-door press conference where the audience was hand-picked to hear their protectionist message…”

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Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Pens Letter Responding to Delaware State Bar Association President's Calls to Stand by the TransPerfect Decision, and Resist Proposed Transparency & Accountability Measures in the Courts

September 26, 2019

DOVER, Del., Sept. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Amid recent disapproval from the Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA) on the grassroots efforts to bring transparency and accountability to the Chancery Court, Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware (CPBD) penned this letter to the Association:

"Dear Members of the Delaware Bar Association:

Several lawyers have forwarded me the letter from Delaware Bar Association President William Patrick Brady, dated September 20th, regarding the transparency and diversity efforts of Citizens for a Pro Business Delaware.

We wanted to share our thoughts with you…”

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Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Responds to Out-of-Touch Legal Survey

September 19, 2019

DOVER, Del., Sept. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the release of the 2019 Institute for Legal Reform Survey, CPBD Campaign Manager Chris Coffey released the following statement:

"In 2017, at the height of the TransPerfect case -- when the Chancery Court was forcing an owner to sell the company they had built from scratch for over two decades -- Delaware was ranked 11th in the U.S. Chamber's Lawsuit Climate Survey. While some out-of-to-touch ouch lawyers from around the country may have forgotten just how much unchecked power the Chancery Court has, Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware is here to remind them.

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Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware To Premier TV Ads On ABC During Thursday's Democratic Primary Debate To Expose Corruption In The Chancery Court

September 11, 2019

DOVER, Del., Sept. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The crusade for open government and diversity in Delaware's courts continues as Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware take their platform to television after making waves on the radio and spearheading a comprehensive door-to-door campaign.

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Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Kick-Off Statewide Canvass Calling for Transparency in Delaware Chancery Court

September 5, 2019

DOVER, Del., Sept. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Less than a month after commencing a robust radio and print media campaign across the state, Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware (CPBD) has announced the kick-off of a comprehensive door-to-door campaign aimed at educating and engaging voters on their movement to bring judicial transparency to the state's Chancery Court.

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Citizens For A Pro-Business Delaware Begin $150,000 Spend in Radio Ads to Call for Transparency in The Chancery Court.

August 5, 2019

The crusade for common sense practices in courts continues as the good government group takes their fight to broadcast news media. After countless strategic attempts to demand accountability from the Chancery Court, Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware will be making their platform heard through the radio waves.

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Advocates for TransPerfect pivot to ‘good government’ reforms

July 25, 2019

The advocacy group that found hard to stop the court-ordered sale of TransPerfect says it now seeks to reform Delaware’s entire judicial system.

When Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware formed in 2016, the group was focused on a handful of goals: advocate against the Chancery Court decision to force the sale of the global translation company and push for legislation in the General Assembly to stop the sale.

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Law Notes: Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware praises Superior Court appointment

July 24, 2019

Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware praised Gov. John Carney’s selection of a female Superior Court Judge and called for diversity to be a top priority in the appointment of a successor to retiring Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo Strine.

The group praised the appointment of Meghan A. Adams. Adams is one of seven female judges on the Delaware Superior Court. Read more here.


On Heels of Chief Justice Strine Resignation, Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Announce New Platform to Increase Transparency in the State's Judicial System

July 10, 2019

Today, following a recent report by the Center for Public Integrity that listed Delaware 48th in the Nation for transparency and accountability, and 46th for judicial accountability, Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware announced a new platform to dramatically improve ethics, transparency, and accountability in the State's Government and Chancery Court. Read more here.


Chief Justice Strine’s TransPerfect legacy

July 9, 2019

Outgoing Delaware Chief Justice Leo Strine did not preside over the TransPerfect case, but his departure will not lead to any tearful farewells from parties involved in the TransPerfect case. The high court, under Strine, upheld controversial Chancery Court decisions in the case that led to co-founder Phil Shawe [getting] the go-ahead to buy out Liz Elting.

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Citizens for Pro-Business Delaware Call for End to Chancery Court Boys Club

July 9, 2019

Today, following the news that Delaware Chancery Court Chief Justice Strine is retiring, Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Campaign Manager Chris Coffey has released the following statement:

"We wish Chief Justice Strine well, but it's time to reform the Delaware courts. We will be unveiling our platform tomorrow that calls for more transparency, electronic media recording of court proceedings, randomized selection of judges for cases and other commonsense reforms. Read more here.


Citizens for Pro-Business Delaware to Announce New Platform to Increase Transparency in the State's Government & Judicial System

July 8, 2019

Following a recent report by the Center for Public Integrity that listed Delaware 48th in the Nation for transparency and accountability, and 46th for judicial accountability, on Wednesday, July 10th, Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware will be announcing a new platform to dramatically improve ethics, transparency, and accountability in the State's Government and Chancery Court. Read more here.


Proposed bill seeks to disclose fees paid to company custodians

July 2, 2019

A bill has been introduced that would require Chancery Court to disclose fees paid in rare cases where a custodian is paid to appointed to deal with the deadlocked sale of a company. The legislation comes out of a deadlock over the sale of TransPerfect. State Rep. Michael Smith, R-Newark, sponsored the bill that was introduced late in the legislative session and will be considered next year. Read more here.


Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Volunteers Removed from Delaware State Bar Association Brunch.

June 17, 2019

On June 14, Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware volunteers were removed from the Delaware Bar Association’s Bench Brunch where Chancellor Bouchard, who has been a persistent roadblock to Chancery Court reform, served as panelist for a discussion on ‘Chancery Changes’ and ‘The Road to Equity’.

The volunteers were passing out literature demanding heightened transparency and accountability. Read more here.