No. 93, 2006.

911 A.2d 362 (2006)

William STONE and Sandra Stone, derivatively on Behalf of Nominal Defendant AmSOUTH BANCORPORATION, Plaintiffs Below, Appellants, v. C. Dowd RITTER, Ronald L. Kuehn, Jr., Claude B. Nielsen, James R. Malone, Earnest W. Davenport, Jr., Martha R. Ingram, Charles D. McCrary, Cleophus Thomas, Jr., Rodney C. Gilbert, Victoria B. Jackson, J. Harold Chandler, James E. Dalton, Elmer B. Harris, Benjamin F. Payton, and John N. Palmer, Defendants Below, Appellees, and AmSouth Bancorporation, Nominal Defendant Below, Appellee.

Supreme Court of Delaware.

Decided: November 6, 2006.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Brian D. Long (argued) and Seth D. Rigrodsky, of Rigrodsky & Long, P.A., Wilmington, DE, for appellants.

Jesse A. Finkelstein, Raymond J. DiCamillo, and Lisa Zwally Brown, of Richards, Layton & Finger, Wilmington, DE, David B. Tulchin (argued), L. Wiesel, and Jacob F.M. Oslick, of Sullivan & Cromwell, L.L.P., New York City, for appellees.

Before STEELE, Chief Justice, HOLLAND, BERGER, JACOBS, and RIDGELY, Justices (constituting the Court en Banc).

HOLLAND, Justice:

This is an appeal from a final judgment of the Court of Chancery dismissing a derivative complaint against fifteen present and former directors of AmSouth Bancorporation ("AmSouth"), a Delaware corporation. The plaintiffs-appellants, William and Sandra Stone, are AmSouth shareholders and filed their derivative complaint without making a pre-suit demand on AmSouth's board of directors (the "Board"). The Court of Chancery held that the plaintiffs had...


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