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Del. court nixes ruling delaying Activision deal

By Randall Chase, Associated Press | Posted - Oct 10th, 2013 @ 11:30am

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court has overturned a judge's ruling that delayed the $8.2 billion sale of Vivendi's majority stake in Activision Blizzard Inc. back to the video game maker and an investor group led by CEO Bobby Kotick and co-chairman Brian Kelly.

Following arguments Thursday, Delaware's chief justice declared in a rare same-day decision that the deal does not require the approval of Activision's minority shareholders.

Attorneys for Activision and Vivendi challenged a Delaware Chancery Court judge's decision that the deal is a business combination or similar transaction requiring a vote by non-Vivendi stockholders. They argued that it's little more than a stock repurchase.

The proposed deal would leave Vivendi with a 12 percent stake in Activision, while the investor group would control about 25 percent of the company.
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