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Delaware Judge Who Ruled on Disney, HP to Leave Bench

Delaware Chancery Court Chief Judge William B. Chandler III, who oversaw challenges to the Walt Disney Co. and Hewlett-Packard Co. boards as head of one of the most important U.S. business litigation courts, is stepping down.

Chandler, 60, a former law professor, has led the influential five-member court since 1997 and most recently ruled on Air Products & Chemicals Inc.’s hostile $5 billion bid for Airgas Inc.