Advancement and Indemnification

This week’s New York Business Divorce offers its annual Winter Case Notes with synopses of half a dozen recent decisions in business divorce cases involving minority shareholder oppression, books and records proceedings, and more.
Continue Reading Winter Case Notes: Oppression of the “Gifted” Minority Shareholder and Other Recent Decisions of Interest

Merit-based bonuses protected by the business judgment rule, or de facto dividends? That was the central question on which depended the outcome of a common-law dissolution claim in a case decided last month by a New York appellate panel involving a family-owned business. Learn more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Past is Prologue: Refusal to Adopt Dividend Policy After Petitioner Resigns Not Ground for Dissolution

This week’s New York Business Divorce revisits a family feud involving a Brooklyn-based food distributor and affiliated realty company, in which an ousted minority owner was on the short end of a series of recent decisions by Justice Sylvia Ash.
Continue Reading “Food Fight” Sequel Ends Badly for Ousted Sibling

This week’s New York Business Divorce goes to the movies, sort of, as it looks at a recent Delaware Chancery Court decision granting a former LLC manager’s claim for advancement of legal expenses, in which the court drew comparison between the defendant’s losing argument and a scene from the Mel Brooks film Spaceballs.
Continue Reading When Will Then Be Now? Court Construes LLC Agreement’s Advancement Provision With An Assist From Spaceballs

A recent federal court decision in a high-stakes case resolved a dispute over the interpretation and application of what’s commonly called a “jerk insurance” provision in a shareholder buyout agreement. Learn more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading “Jerk Insurance” Takes on New Meaning in Buyout Dispute

This week’s New York Business Divorce features an important decision last month by Justice Vito DeStefano in which he upheld a claim for advancement of legal fees incurred by a close corporation minority shareholder, director and former officer, who initiated suit against the controlling shareholder, in defending counterclaims asserted in the name and right of the company.
Continue Reading Court Upholds Former Officer’s Right to Seek Indemnity and Advancement in Intra-Company Dispute

Tenant-shareholders in co-op apartments occasionally fall into the same kinds of internal disputes over corporate governance experienced by shareholders in any other kind of closely held corporation. This week’s New York Business Divorce highlights a recently decided battle for board seats among co-owners of a small Manhattan co-op, in which the outcome turned on the court’s construction of arguably out-of-sync provisions in the by-laws and shareholders’ agreement.
Continue Reading Legal Battle Over Board Seats Splits Neighbors in Manhattan Co-op

Justice Stephen Bucaria’s recent decision in PFT Technology LLC v. Wieser is one of only a handful of rulings by New York courts addressing the right to advancement of legal fees in litigation among members of a limited liability company. Learn more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Novel Ruling on Advancement in LLC Dissolution Case “Levels the Playing Field”

A noteworthy decision last week by Justice Carolyn Demarest is featured in this week’s New York Business Divorce. The case, involving a fight between sibling co-owners of a food distributor and a separate realty company, addresses important issues concerning the scope of a general release and LLC members’ right to advancement of legal defense costs.
Continue Reading Court Limits Scope of Release, Denies Advancement of Defense Costs in Sibling “Food Fight”

The Appellate Division, First Department, has ruled consistent with Delaware law that an LLC manager’s right to indemnification of legal expenses in winning dismissal of one action need not await resolution of a second action raising the same claims. This week’s New York Business Divorce explains.

Continue Reading Following Delaware Precedent, New York Appeals Court Rules that Indemnification of LLC Managers for Successful Defense in First Action Need Not Await Resolution of Second, Related Litigation