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In a long-awaited decision handed down last week by the Appellate Division, Second Department, the court construed two sections of New York’s LLC Law in a significant boost to the ability of members with voting control to remove minority members by means of a cash-out merger. Learn more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Groundbreaking Appellate Ruling Boosts LLC Cash-Out Mergers

This week’s New York Business Divorce examines a recent decision in a lawsuit stemming from a buyout between the two members of a single-asset realty-holding LLC based on a $1.9 million valuation of the LLC’s realty followed one month later by a sale of the realty to a third-party buyer for $2.9 million.
Continue Reading The Duty to Disclose Third-Party Offers Amidst Buy-Out Negotiations, Revisited

Serving as the tiebreaker on a equally divided board of directors can be a thankless task, which puts it mildly when one faction sues to remove the tiebreaker. This week’s New York Business Divorce highlights a noteworthy case in which a 50% member of a Delaware LLC claimed the right to unilaterally remove the designated tiebreaker.
Continue Reading It Takes Two to Remove a Tiebreaker

Former timeshare owners of the iconic Gurney’s Inn in Montauk, New York, who dissented from a cash-out merger suffered a reversal of fortune when, earlier this month, the Appellate Division, First Department, reversed the trial court’s determination of the fair value of their shares, finding that their appraiser’s evaluation of the resort property was “highly inflated.” Get the full story in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Dissenting Shareholders’ Challenge to Appraisal of Famed East End Resort Hits Dead End

Can a shotgun turn into a minefield? The answer is “yes” judging from a recent decision by Manhattan Commercial Division Justice Andrew Borrok finding a defective exercise of provisions in an LLC agreement for a deadlock-triggered shotgun buy-out. Read about it in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading LLC Member Pays the Price For Not Sticking to Deadlock-Breaking Script

The phrase “naked expulsion clause” is not a biblical reference to Adam and Eve’s eviction from the Garden of Eden. It’s about a provision in an LLC agreement at the center of a recent ruling by the Appellate Division, Second Department, in a 10-year litigation saga involving a fractured family-owned business. This week’s New York Business Divorce has the story.
Continue Reading Court Enforces LLC Agreement’s “Naked” Expulsion Clause

A bidding war 20 years ago over the purchase of maid’s quarters in a ritzy Park Avenue co-op. A series of co-op board rejections of a shareholder’s proposed sale of his apartment. A recent court decision denying a books-and-records petition. What’s the connection? Find out in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Court Bounces Books-and-Records Petition in Feud Over Park Avenue Co-op Board’s Rejection of Prospective Purchasers