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Grimes v. Donald
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Plaintiff filed an action against the Board and Donald in order to invalidate Donald’s employment agreement. Donald and the Board agreed upon an agreement that would run until Donald’s 75th birthday. The agreement provided a salary, incentive plans and health insurance. The agreement vested to Donald the “the general management of the affairs of the Company.” The agreement further provided that if Donald was “constructively terminated without cause,” (which would be when there is “unreasonable interference, in the good-faith judgment of [Mr. Donald], by the Board or a substantial stockholder of the Company, in [Mr. Donald’s] carrying out his duties and responsibilities under the Agreement”), he would be eligible for a generous retirement package. Plaintiff understood this provision as the Board abdicating their management responsibilities to Donald. Plaintiff wrote the Board, demanding that they invalidate the agreement. The Board responded, explaining that a third par t helped to develop the agreement, and that the Board was still capable of managing the company with this agreement in place. Plaintiff then brought suit, and added additional claims against the conduct of the Board.
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