Consider the persimmon. No wild fruits are so sweet and delectable as ripe persimmons after the first fall freeze, if you can beat the birds to them. But a green persimmon is not just less tasty; it is inedible. Not even a ‘possum will eat a green persimmon. As with fruit, so with litigation. A bench judge has several tools to ensure that litigation, while perhaps not sweet, is at least palatable: one of these is the power to stay litigation in the interest of judicial and litigants’ economy.
- Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III, Scott v. Dondero, C.A. No. 9041-VCG (Del. Ch. September 8, 2014) (emphasis added).