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When a corporation disposes of “all or substantially all” assets, shareholders opposed to the transaction are entitled to dissent and demand fair value for their shares in an appraisal proceeding. Does a corporation’s transfer of its assets to another entity with retention of “beneficial” ownership trigger the statutory right to dissent and seek fair value? Learn the answer in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Direct to Beneficial: Change of Corporate Ownership Structure Yields No Right to Dissent and Seek Appraisal

In this week’s New York Business Divorce, we consider the problem of concurrent, overlapping business and marital dissolution proceedings, including a small but growing body of case law addressing how to prioritize one over the other. For judges and lawyers accustomed to commercial courts exercising their jurisdictional powers broadly, the result may be surprising.
Continue Reading Parallel Business and Matrimonial Divorce Proceedings

In this week’s New York Business Divorce, read about a rare punitive damages award in a business divorce case after a majority owner misappropriated a 25% interest in a sushi restaurant, secretly transferred the entity’s assets to another he owned, then dissolved the original, all unbeknownst to the minority owner.
Continue Reading Bad Things Can Happen When You Steal a Business from a Minority Co-Owner

In this week’s New York Business Divorce, read about the principle of election of remedies for claims of fraud and the painful lesson a defrauded LLC investor learned when she elected to proceed to trial on the remedy of equitable rescission, only to learn that money damages might have available against the defendant she sued, but rescission was not.
Continue Reading Damages or Rescission? When Electing Fraud Remedies Choose Wisely

These days general partnership decisions are rare. This general partnership rule is unprecedented: continuing to run an at-will partnership post-dissolution results in the partnership’s reconstitution even if the majority is actively suing for judicially supervised wind up. Does that sound right? Get our take in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading A General Partnership in Perpetual Enmity

New York law regards a shareholder derivative plaintiff’s standing as fundamentally distinct from the plaintiff’s individual capacity. That leads to problems where a shareholder derivative defendant hopes to counterclaim against the plaintiff for personal liabilities. Read about this problem, and whether it forecloses direct counterclaims against shareholder derivative plaintiffs, in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Can a Shareholder Suing Derivatively Face Countersuit Individually?