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Hoeller v. Tempur Sealy International, Inc.

Court of Chancery of Delaware

February 12, 2019

DAVID A. HOELLER, Plaintiff,
v.
TEMPUR SEALY INTERNATIONAL, INC., Defendant.

          Date Submitted: November 8, 2018

          Thomas A. Uebler, Esquire of McCollom D'Emilio Smith Uebler LLC, Wilmington, Delaware; Melinda A. Nicholson, Esquire of Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC, New Orleans, Louisiana; and Roger Sachar, Esquire of Newman Ferrara LLP, New York, New York, Attorneys for Plaintiff.

          Kenneth J. Nachbar, Esquire and Sabrina Hendershot, Esquire of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington, Delaware; Jordan D. Hershman, Esquire and Sarah Paige, Esquire of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Boston, Massachusetts; and Michael D. Blanchard, Esquire of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Hartfort, Connecticut, Attorneys for Defendant.

          MEMORANDUM OPINION

          SLIGHTS, VICE CHANCELLOR

         "Stockholders of Delaware corporations enjoy a qualified right to inspect the corporation's books and records."[1] "The right to inspection is qualified out of considerations that are practical, rather than equitable; if a stockholder were permitted to inspect records out of a sense of mere curiosity, or to satisfy a desire to oversee matters properly within the province of corporate management or the corporate board, a considerable expense and distraction would be foisted upon the company and its (less curious) stockholders, with likely little value in return."[2]

         To be sure, the burden a stockholder bears to justify inspection is low. And this Court does not hesitate to enforce inspection rights when the stockholder meets that burden and demonstrates that he has satisfied the statutory form and manner requirements. But the Court cannot view the stockholder's burden as a mere speed bump. When the corporation resists the stockholder's demand for books and records, the Court must put the stockholder plaintiff to his proof. This is one those rare instances in the realm of Section 220 litigation where the plaintiff's trial proof has come up short.

         For two decades, Defendant, Tempur Sealy International, Inc., supplied mattresses, bedding and furniture to Mattress Firm Holding Company ("Mattress Firm") for sale in Mattress Firm stores across the country. Mattress Firm eventually became Tempur Sealy's largest customer, accounting for more than 20% of Tempur Sealy's sales. The relationship changed, however, in August 2016 when Mattress Firm was acquired by a European company with a vertically integrated product line that included a mattress supply chain. Despite the risk that Mattress Firm's supply needs might be met by its new parent, Tempur Sealy's CEO, Scott L. Thompson, repeatedly told the market he was optimistic about the strength of Tempur Sealy's continuing relationship with Mattress Firm. His optimism was misplaced. In January 2017, Mattress Firm terminated its contracts with Tempur Sealy and breach of contract litigation between the parties soon followed.

         Plaintiff, David A. Hoeller, is a Tempur Sealy stockholder. He contends that Tempur Sealy's relationship with Mattress Firm was so significant, and the termination of the Mattress Firm contracts was so abrupt, that the Tempur Sealy board of directors and senior management must have breached their fiduciary duties by failing to retain Mattress Firm's business and by exposing Tempur Sealy to breach of contract damages. He also alleges that Thompson's words of assurance to the market were false when spoken, thus exposing him to breach of fiduciary duty liability and the company to securities fraud liability.

         Plaintiff's mismanagement theory is, in essence, a "where there's smoke there's fire" syllogism. Indeed, when pressed to articulate the theory at trial, Plaintiff's counsel responded that a customer of Mattress Firm's significance "doesn't, at the drop of a hat, just leave. Something smells. There is smoke. I suspect there's fire."[3] This, then, presents the questions of whether the "smoke and fire" circumstantial connection that Plaintiff seeks to draw holds up in the evidence and whether it alone is adequate to justify inspection. Similarly, with respect to Plaintiff's purpose of investigating the truth of Thompson's public assurances regarding the strength of the Tempur Sealy/Mattress Firm relationship, the question is whether Plaintiff's theory that "Thompson must have known his statements were false when made because the relationship was terminated three months later" is too thin a reed upon which to rest a "credible basis" finding of wrongdoing.

         After carefully considering the evidence, I decline as factfinder to find that Tempur Sealy's failure to renegotiate the Mattress Firm contracts, the termination of the Tempur Sealy/Mattress Firm relationship or the fact of contract litigation between Tempur Sealy and Mattress Firm provide any credible basis to suspect wrongdoing on the part of Tempur Sealy fiduciaries that would entitle Plaintiff to inspect books and records. Plaintiff has not alleged, much less proven, that Tempur Sealy's directors and officers acted with self-interest as they attempted to renegotiate the Mattress Firm contracts or that they acted in bad faith towards Tempur Sealy stockholders when they implemented their ill-fated negotiating strategy. The most Plaintiff has proven, even under a credible basis standard, is that Tempur Sealy's management, with board oversight, misjudged the strength of its bargaining position with a major customer. If that were enough to trigger inspection rights under Section 220, the printers and copiers of Delaware corporations would be humming day and night to satisfy the curiosities of stockholders who wondered why their fiduciaries had failed to "close the deal," or negotiate a "better deal."

         Plaintiff's stated purpose of investigating whether Thompson breached his fiduciary duty by making false disclosures fares no better. The most Plaintiff has proven is that Thompson publicly expressed optimism about the future of the Tempur Sealy/Mattress Firm relationship as late as three months before the relationship was terminated. Beyond the circumstantial temporal relationship between the statements and the termination of the contracts, Plaintiff has offered nothing to suggest even remotely that Thompson did not believe that his prediction regarding the ongoing strength of the Temur Sealy/Mattress Firm relationship was a fair assessment. As factfinder, I am satisfied that Plaintiff's proffered temporal relationship, without more, is insufficient to provide a credible basis to suspect wrongdoing. Accordingly, I decline to compel Tempur Sealy to produce the requested books and records and will enter judgment in its favor.

         I. BACKGROUND

         The Court held trial "on a paper record" on November 8, 2018. I have drawn the facts from the stipulations of the parties, exhibits presented during trial and from reasonable inferences that flow from that evidence.[4] Unless otherwise indicated, the following facts were proven by a preponderance of the evidence.

         A. The Parties

         Plaintiff, David A. Hoeller, has owned stock in Tempur Sealy (or "the Company") since 2003.[5] Defendant, Tempur Sealy, is a mattress and bedding product manufacturer incorporated in Delaware with its principal place of business in Lexington, Kentucky.[6] Scott L. Thompson is the Company's President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of its Board of Directors.[7] Barry Hytinen is its Chief Financial Officer.[8]

         B. Tempur Sealy's Business and Relationship with Mattress Firm

         Tempur Sealy supplies its products to furniture and bedding retailers, department stores and warehouse clubs through its subsidiaries Tempur-Pedic North America, LLC ("Tempur-Pedic") and Sealy Mattress Company ("Sealy").[9] In 2015, the Company's top five customers accounted for 39.4% of net sales, with Mattress Firm and Sleepy's accounting for approximately 24% of overall net sales.[10] Mattress Firm was the Company's largest retail customer by volume in 2015 and 2016.[11]

         Tempur Sealy's relationship with Mattress Firm was governed by two Master Retailing Agreements and associated merchandising programs (collectively, the "Agreements").[12] The Agreements authorized Mattress Firm to sell Tempur-Pedic and Sealy products and required Tempur Sealy to distribute bedding products to Mattress Firm's retail stores according to specified schedules.[13]

         On February 5, 2016, Mattress Firm acquired HMK Mattress Holdings, Inc., the holding company for Sleepy's.[14] While Mattress Firm integrated its new acquisition, Tempur Sealy apparently saw an opportunity to renegotiate the Agreements.[15] Viewing the evidence favorably to Plaintiff, it appears that Tempur Sealy took a hard line in negotiations and even went so far as to threaten to cancel the Agreements unless Mattress Firm agreed to incorporate terms more favorable to Tempur Sealy.[16] Mattress Firm acquiesced to Tempur Sealy's "exacting economic conditions and operation restrictions . . . because it needed to keep Tempur Sealy's products on its floors."[17]

         In a Form 10-K filed on February 12, 2016, Tempur Sealy disclosed that it had extended its long-term supply agreement with Mattress Firm.[18] In light of Mattress Firm's acquisition of Sleepy's, Tempur Sealy also disclosed that the increased concentration of customers presented risk to the Company and cautioned investors that the loss of one or more of its largest customers could negatively impact profitability and the Company's stock price.[19] The 10-K notified investors that the Company would be unable to sustain its profitability, service its indebtedness, or make business investments if it did not successfully manage relationships with its largest customers.[20]

         On August 8, 2016, Mattress Firm announced it was being acquired by Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. ("Steinhoff"), a European manufacturer that markets and sells its products directly through retail stores and subsidiaries.[21] As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Steinhoff, Mattress Firm gained access to Steinhoff's line of mattresses and bedding products, and thereby secured a supplier that would compete with the Company to stock Mattress Firm's retail stores.[22] Needless to say, with Mattress Firm's newfound leverage, Tempur Sealy found itself in a much more delicate negotiating environment as it continued its efforts to renegotiate the Agreements on more favorable terms.[23]

         C. Tempur Sealy's Public Disclosures Regarding Steinhoff's Acquisition of Mattress Firm

         Tempur Sealy's public disclosures following Steinhoff's acquisition of Mattress Firm emphasized that the Company's dependence upon a relatively small number of large customers created risk. Indeed, in a Form S-4 Registration Statement and prospectus filed on September 9, 2016, [24] management acknowledged the Company's unease with its customer concentration and even previewed the possibility that its relationships with key customers might dissolve entirely:

[A]s sales to our large customers grow, our credit exposure to these customers may also increase. Some of these retailers may decide to carry only a limited number of brands of mattress products, which could affect our ability to sell products to them on favorable terms, if at all.[25]

         On September 27, 2016, the Company filed a Form 8-K announcing its intention to lower its full-year 2016 financial guidance.[26] While attending a conference hosted by Deutsche Bank that same day, Thompson attributed the lowered financial guidance to a decrease in sales to Mattress Firm, which was in the process of rebranding retail stores after the Steinhoff acquisition. [27] He explained:

That means a lot of stuff moving around, and they're going to have to work through that. And while they are working through that, we're going to feel some of that, but I think they'll get through that very rapidly. And within a quarter or two, we'll be back on what I'll call a normal basis.[28]

         Thompson added:

[Steinhoff's] people are outstanding owners. They run a decentralized business model, so local management is the same that we've been working with for a decade. They are fully empowered and we don't see much change from that standpoint.[29]

All told, Thompson was "very optimistic long-term, but as [Mattress Firm] work[s] through rebranding some of their stores, we are going to feel that."[30]

         On October 27, 2016, the Company filed another Form 8-K to announce earnings for the third quarter of 2016.[31] Thompson held an earnings call that day and echoed the explanation provided at the Deutsche Bank conference, attributing the Company's declining sales to Mattress Firm's post-acquisition transition.[32] He advised that sales would be similarly impacted for the following quarter but noted that the Company "expect[ed] this transition of stores to be very successful."[33]Touting the Company's expectation of success, Thompson told analysts, "We are encouraged by the improved Tempur Sealy sales trends in the markets that have already undergone significant rebranding, and are thrilled to help where we can in this significant transition."[34] He also noted that the Company enjoyed working with Steinhoff prior to its acquisition of Mattress Firm and mused that he was "wildly optimistic about the future for both the Mattress Firm team and Tempur Sealy."[35]

         On November 4, 2016, the Company filed a Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ending on September 30, 2016.[36] Again, the Company explained the risks associated with Mattress Firm's acquisition of Sleepy's, reported the declining sales to Mattress Firm in the third quarter and predicted that sales would continue to decline in the fourth quarter of 2016.[37]

         D. The Parties Are Unable to Negotiate a New Contract

         In January 2017, Tempur Sealy representatives attended the Las Vegas Market, a bedding and furniture industry convention.[38] Tempur Sealy and Mattress Firm representatives planned to meet several times during the convention, including at a meeting suggested by Mattress Firm's Chief Strategy Officer to discuss "future growth drives" with Tempur Sealy's Executive Vice President and President of North America.[39] Rather than discuss future initiatives at this meeting, however, Mattress Firm advised Tempur Sealy that it would terminate the Agreements and no longer sell Tempur Sealy products unless Tempur Sealy agreed to different terms presumably more favorable to Mattress Firm.[40] In the following days, Mattress Firm allegedly "proposed terms that struck a greater economic balance between the parties but nonetheless were still more favorable for Tempur Sealy than Mattress Firm," but "Tempur Sealy was unwilling to compromise its rigid commercial position."[41]

         On January 27, 2017, ahead of the contractually required thirty days' notice, Sealy and Tempur-Pedic informed Mattress Firm that they were terminating the Agreements immediately, would send no further products and would stop delivery of products that had already been shipped.[42] Three days later, the parties executed letter agreements providing that Tempur-Pedic and Sealy would continue to perform under the Agreements through April 3, 2017.[43] On that same day, the Company disclosed to investors that it had issued formal termination notices for all brands supplied to Mattress Firm, and the Company's stock fell roughly 32%.[44]

         E. State and Federal Litigation Follow

         Even though it appeared the parties had agreed to an orderly wind-down process, Mattress Firm and Tempur Sealy soon found themselves embroiled in litigation. On March 30, 2017, Mattress Firm filed an action in Texas state court against the Company's subsidiaries as direct parties to the Agreements (the "Texas Action").[45] Its initial petition sought damages for breach of the letter agreements between the parties governing the wind-down, tortious interference and a declaratory judgment that Mattress Firm can use Tempur-Pedic and Sealy's intellectual property for the sale of remaining inventory.[46] All of Mattress Firm's allegations related to Tempur Sealy's "systematic campaign aimed at exacting retribution for their losses" during the wind-down of the relationship.[47] The case was set to begin trial in September 2018, but Mattress Firm filed an amended petition and Tempur Sealy requested a 120-day continuance, which the court granted.[48]

         On April 7, 2017, Tempur Sealy, through its subsidiaries, sued Mattress Firm in Texas federal court for breach of contract and trademark infringement (the "Federal Action").[49] Tempur Sealy simultaneously sought a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction preventing Mattress Firm from continuing to use the Company's intellectual property in advertising in violation of the Agreements.[50]The court denied the requested TRO and the parties reached an agreement that, as of May 8, 2017, Mattress Firm was no longer a Tempur-Sealy retailer.[51] Less than two weeks later, on May 16, 2017, Tempur Sealy filed a motion for preliminary injunction in which it argued that Mattress Firm was confusing customers by the use of Tempur-Sealy trademarks on the Mattress Firm website.[52] The court granted Tempur Sealy's motion in part, ordering Mattress Firm to make clear to customers that it was not an authorized reseller of Tempur-Pedic products.[53] Subsequently, the court granted partial summary judgment in favor of Mattress Firm on Tempur Sealy's claim of false internet advertising and request for damages beyond Tempur-Pedic's lost profits.[54]

         On August 7, 2017, the Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System filed a consolidated class action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging that Tempur Sealy, Thompson and Hytinen violated Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5 (the "Securities Action").[55]Informed by the Texas Action petition and comments from confidential witnesses of Mattress Firm and Tempur Sealy, the complaint in the Securities Action alleges that Tempur Sealy "failed to disclose the material risk that Company [sic] would ultimately terminate its contracts with Mattress Firm as a result of the terms Mattress Firm was capable of demanding after it was acquired, given that Mattress Firm now had a vertically integrated parent company on which to fall back."[56]

         F. Plaintiff Makes His Section 220 Demand

         On October 13, 2017, Hoeller served a books and records demand on Tempur Sealy seeking inspection of seven categories of documents dating from January 1, 2016 through the present.[57] The demand states that Plaintiff seeks to "investigate potential wrongdoing, distribution of false and misleading information, and/or breaches of fiduciary duties by the members of the Board, Tempur Sealy's current and/or former executive officers, and/or others" in connection with the termination of the Company's contracts with Mattress Firm and the ensuing litigation.[58] The demand then states that Plaintiff will use the fruits of the inspection to "support appropriate action including, but not limited to a stockholder derivative action or litigation demand" and "to evaluate and determine [the disinterestedness of the current board members] such that demand upon the board to bring a derivative action on behalf of the Company would be futile."[59]

         The Company rejected Plaintiff's demand on November 1, 2017, because the demand failed to articulate a credible basis to suspect wrongdoing by the Company's directors and officers and sought inspection of an impermissibly broad scope of documents.[60] On March 13, 2017, after several rounds of correspondence and the execution of a confidentiality agreement, the Company made a limited production of documents that it maintained demonstrated Plaintiff's suspicions were unfounded.[61] Specifically, the Company produced four documents dating from January 16 through January 27, 2016-an email chain between Mattress Firm's Chief Strategy Officer and Tempur Sealy's Executive Vice President and President of North America, a list of the Company's scheduled meetings with Mattress Firm during the Las Vegas convention, and minutes from the Company's board meetings held on January 23, 2017 and January 26, 2017.[62] The Company asserted that these documents clearly reflected that going into the Las Vegas convention, both parties appeared to be planning for an ongoing relationship and that no one at Tempur Sealy expected Mattress Firm to terminate the Agreements. The Company's transmittal letter warned of sanctions if Plaintiff moved forward with his demand.[63] Plaintiff objected to the limited production by letter dated March 27, 2018, and attempted to schedule a call to discuss a broader production.[64] The Company rejected that overture on April 4, 2018, and informed Hoeller that no further documents would be produced.[65] Plaintiff filed his Verified Complaint on May 10, 2018.[66]

         II. ANALYSIS

         Section 220 permits a stockholder of a Delaware corporation to inspect the corporation's books and records if the stockholder's demand complies with the statute's form and manner requirements and states a proper purpose.[67] The Company does not contest that Hoeller's demand meets the statute as to form and manner. [68]Instead, the Company disputes whether Hoeller has stated a proper purpose by demonstrating a credible basis from which the Court may infer that the Company's directors or officers breached their fiduciary duties. The Company also maintains that, even if Plaintiff has stated a proper purpose for inspection, his demand for documents is too broad. For reasons explained below, I agree that Plaintiff has not proven a proper purpose for inspection. Accordingly, I need not reach the Company's argument that the demand is overbroad.

         A. The Section 220 Standard

         A "proper purpose" for inspection is one that is "reasonably related to [the plaintiff's] interest as a stockholder."[69] Although "[t]he desire to investigate mismanagement or wrongdoing is a proper purpose, "[70] the stockholder "must do more than state, in a conclusory manner," that this is his purpose.[71] The stockholder must prove the purpose by a preponderance of the evidence.[72] To meet this burden, the stockholder must present a credible basis from which the court can infer that the alleged wrongdoing occurred.[73] As the lowest standard of proof known in our law, "credible basis" requires that the plaintiff demonstrate only "some evidence" of wrongdoing, not that wrongdoing "actually occur[ed]."[74]

         The stockholder must also state the reason(s) he seeks to inspect the corporation's books and records, "i.e., what [the plaintiff] will do with the information or an end to which that investigation will lead."[75] "Investigations of meritorious allegations of possible mismanagement, waste or wrongdoing, benefit the corporation, but investigations that are 'indiscriminate fishing expeditions' do not."[76] Thus, in the absence of evidence of a fiduciary duty breach, the investigation of a decision that falls squarely within the business judgment rule cannot be a proper purpose as it provides no claim against corporate fiduciaries for the stockholder to pursue (i.e., no "end" to the investigation).[77]

         B. The Evidence Reveals No Credible Basis to Infer Wrongdoing

         Plaintiff alleges three theories of wrongdoing on the part of Tempur Sealy's directors, officers and unspecified "others": (i) "allowing or causing the Company to breach its contracts with [Mattress Firm]"; (ii) "allowing or causing the Company to ruin its relationship with its most important customer"; and (iii) "allowing or causing the Company to make false and misleading statements to the investing public related to the fact that the Company's relationship with its key client, Mattress Firm, had soured, and was at significant risk of termination."[78] I address each theory in turn below.

         1. The Investigation of Mismanagement and Breach of Contract

         Plaintiff contends that mismanagement of Tempur Sealy's relationship with Mattress Firm led to the loss of its largest customer and potential liability following Mattress Firm's initiation of the Texas Action. When pressed at trial to state more specifically Plaintiff's theory of mismanagement, Plaintiff's counsel suggested that Tempur Sealy's efforts to renegotiate the Agreements and its subsequent breach of the post-termination letter agreements may implicate a breach of the board's duty of oversight.[79] When a stockholder's purpose is premised on the board's possible breach of its duty of oversight (i.e., a Caremark claim), [80] the stockholder "must provide some evidence from which the Court may infer that the board utterly failed to implement a reporting system or ignored red flags."[81]

         Plaintiff has failed to proffer even a scintilla of evidence to support a credible basis that a Caremark claim may exist in these facts. His narrative is that management and the board actively mismanaged the negotiations with Mattress Firm. Nothing in this narrative (or in Plaintiff's proffered evidence) suggests that the board failed to oversee management or ignored red flags of trouble. Indeed, in the Texas Action petition, which Plaintiff presents as evidence of wrongdoing, Mattress Firm described the parties' negotiating history as follows:

Over the years, Tempur Sealy gradually imposed more and more exacting economic conditions and operations restrictions on Mattress Firm, and Mattress Firm had little choice but to accept those requirements because it needed to keep Tempur Sealy's products on its floors. From the beginning of 2016-strategically timed to threaten crucial events in Mattress Firm's business-Tempur Sealy threatened to cancel the existing agreements unless Mattress Firm agreed to revise or renegotiate their existing deal to incorporate economic terms that were increasingly favorable to Tempur Sealy. Mattress Firm acquiesced to several of these demands, but Tempur Sealy continued to push for more. By the beginning of 2017, the parties had reached an impasse. On January 23, 2017, representatives of Mattress Firm met with representatives of Sealy and Tempur-Pedic and informed them that, due to the evolving nature of the mattress business and Defendants' unwillingness to accept reasonable economic terms, Mattress Firm had decided to end its relationship with Sealy and Tempur-pedic [.][82]

         Plaintiff takes issue with the Company's "hard-ball negotiating tactics, "[83] but the Steinhoff acquisition, which occurred six months before Mattress Firm ended its relationship with the Company, empowered Mattress Firm to flip the script and take advantage of the Company's vulnerability. The Texas Action petition suggests both parties ultimately took firm stances in their negotiations and could not reach a compromise. The fact that active negotiations failed to lead to a deal does not support a Caremark claim, particularly given the evidence that Tempur Sealy's board was apprised of and, at times, involved in the negotiations.[84]

         Plaintiff also failed to present any evidence even remotely suggesting that Tempur Sealy fiduciaries were motivated by self-interest in their negotiations with Mattress Firm or in any of the conduct that gave rise to Mattress Firm's allegations of post-termination breach of contract. Plaintiff's demand seeks information regarding board interest or conflicts and yet nothing he has presented by way of evidence (or argument) provides a credible basis to suspect that Tempur Sealy fiduciaries were conflicted with respect to the Company's dealings with Mattress Firm, Sleepy's or Steinhoff.

         Having failed to present any credible basis to suspect a breach of the duty of loyalty, by evidence of either bad faith or conflicted behavior, Plaintiff is left to articulate some credible basis to believe that Tempur Sealy fiduciaries breached their duty of care. Curiously, neither party has mentioned, much less addressed, the fact that Tempur Sealy's certificate of incorporation contains an exculpatory provision immunizing the Company's directors from monetary liability for breach of the duty of care as permitted by Section 102(b)(7) of the DGCL.[85] When a stockholder seeks to use Section 220 to investigate corporate wrongdoing by company directors, he "has stated a proper purpose only insofar as the investigation targets non-exculpated corporate wrongdoing."[86] In other words, Plaintiff cannot state as his proper purpose a desire to investigate board level breaches of the duty of care in aid of a direct or derivative claim for money damages. Although the exculpatory provision does not impede his purpose to investigate management-level breaches of the duty of care, [87]the real problem with Plaintiff's case for a due care violation (by either directors or officers) runs deeper than a statutory road block. There is simply no evidence to support it.

         "Disagreement with a business decision, in the absence of evidence from which the Court may infer a possible breach of fiduciary duty, does not create a credible basis from which the Court can infer mismanagement."[88] When a business decision or strategy forms the basis of a Section 220 demand, and the stockholder proffers as his purpose for inspection a desire to investigate a possible breach of the duty of care, he must present some credible basis to suspect that the corporation's fiduciaries acted with gross negligence.[89] And a poorly formulated or executed negotiation strategy, without more, does not a gross negligence claim make.[90]

         The dueling breach of contract suits initiated by Tempur Sealy and Mattress Firm following the termination of their relationship do not supply the "more" that Plaintiff needs to demonstrate a credible basis that a breach of fiduciary duty may have occurred.[91] In this regard, Plaintiff argues that the facts here are nearly identical to those considered in Elow v. Express Scripts, where the court entered a judgment allowing a stockholder to inspect books and records following Express ...


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