DOVER, Del., July 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday, a founding member of Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware, Timothy Holland in his capacity as a private citizen, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court Southern District of New York against Andre Bouchard, the Chancellor in the Chancery Court of the State of Delaware and Robert Pincus, Custodian of TransPerfect Global. The lawsuit, filed on July 25th, seeks "declaratory judgment against [a] judicial officer for due process and First Amendment violations." The First Amendment violations include, but are not limited to, a court order, which allowed for Pincus to obtain and search all employee private communication devices without regard to whether they would be subject to Delaware Jurisdiction and the search of TransPerfect's email server for communication related to Holland and Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware.
"We launched this campaign to make sure that no successful, profitable company could ever be sold off again. We never anticipated the court would attempt to limit our members' right to free speech and to expressing themselves. We hope yesterday's federal lawsuit, brought personally by one of our co-founders will end the practice of the court attempting to silence our members," Chris Coffey, Campaign Manager said. "Our members have the right to march, to speak up, and to fight for what they believe in. We hope to have that right affirmed in Federal Court."
Holland's case against Bouchard asserts that Bouchard attempted to stifle employee efforts to advocate on behalf of their own interests, on their own time, and that Bouchard strongly implied that Holland's "employment could be at risk if Citizen's efforts… did not cooperate with attempts to stifle employee activities… and his TransPerfect employment [was] at risk as a result of his participation in speaking out against the Order compelling the involuntary sale of TransPerfect and in petition the Delaware State Legislature."
The proposed order, the lawsuit indicates "attempts to choke off any reasonable opportunity for employees to obtain judicial redress by directing that all actions by employees could only be brought before Chancellor Bouchard."
Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware, a group made up of more than 1,700 members including employees of the global translation services company TransPerfect, as well as concerned Delaware residents, business executive and others, was formed in April of 2016 to focus on raising awareness with Delaware residents, elected officials, and other stakeholders, to ensure they understand the consequences the Court's ruling would have on the state and its underlying economy. The multifaceted campaign includes mailers, newspaper ads, field, lobbying, and more.
Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware is at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington for the remainder of the week and continues to raise awareness about the lawsuit and the economic ramifications of this case. Go to DelawareForBusiness.Org for more information.
Contact: Julijana Englander (Tusk Strategies); 212-259-0586
SOURCE Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware