On June 2, 2009, Judge Kevin J. Carey, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, issued an opinion in the Spansion bankruptcy finding that the Debtors’ settlement of various patent cases was not the result of the "sound exercise of the Debtors’ business judgment." Judge Carey’s decision in Spansion is helpful as it provides analysis of what is required in order for a debtor to meet its burden when seeking bankruptcy court approval of a settlement.
Spansion filed for bankruptcy on March 1, 2009. Approximately two weeks after filing for bankruptcy, Spansion entered into a settlement agreement with Samsung Electronics Co. settling two patent infringement cases commenced by Spansion and settling one patent infringement case commenced by Samsung against Spansion. Pursuant to the parties’ settlement agreement, Samsung agreed to pay Spansion $70 million.