John Paczkowski

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Yahoo Shareholders Facing an Early Trial of This Court’s Patience

Yahoo (YHOO) caught a lucky break yesterday when a Delaware Chancery Court judge denied a request by company shareholders to expedite a trial on whether to invalidate Yahoo’s controversial employee severance plans.

The plaintiffs, who claim the severance plan makes any takeover of the company prohibitively expensive, had requested a trial before Yahoo’s annual shareholders meeting on Aug. 1. They argued that the plan, and Yahoo’s recently announced advertising deal with Google (GOOG), might unfairly bias Yahoo shareholders against efforts to replace the company’s board.

But the judge, who complained of the “media maelstrom” shareholders have created around the issue, didn’t buy it. And rather than expediting the case, he said he planned to set a “prompt” schedule for hearing Yahoo’s motion to dismiss it.

As I said, lucky break.

Photo of Judge Wapner from “The People’s Court.”


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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald