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The Siren Song of the Delaware Courts

The Siren Song of the Delaware Courts

“No seaman ever sailed his black ship past this spot without listening to the honey-sweet tones that flow from our lips and no one who has listened has not been delighted and gone on his way a wiser man.”

– (The Sirens, The Odyssey, Book XII at 186-190)

The passage above comes from Homer’s description of the voyage of Odysseus as he returned from the Trojan War. Odysseus struggled with his desire to hear the sirens’ song, knowing the danger in sailing too close to them.1 The analogy to the topic of this paper (admittedly contrived) is the lure of Delaware decisions for Canadian corporate lawyers. We are irresistibly drawn to those decisions, although Canadian law is signalling a different course.

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