The Delaware Court of Chancery this week did something that, as far as anyone can tell, it has never done before.
It issued an arrest warrant.
The unusual action by Vice Chancellor Donald Parsons Jr. came in a lawsuit filed by W. L. Gore and Associates against a former employee and research scientist – Huey Shen Wu of Newark – who the company claims is misappropriating Gore trade secrets and property.
Parsons issued the order calling for Wu's arrest after weeks of warning him that he was in contempt of court and faced possible imprisonment if he did not comply with an order to surrender his U.S. passport, Taiwanese passport, Chinese visas and other Chinese travel documents.
Ken Lagowski, office manager for the Register in Chancery, said in his nearly 30 years with the court, it has never been done. As far as anyone can tell, it may never have been done in the 220-year history of the court, known primarily for resolving business disputes.