Advancement and Indemnification

The business partnership breakup and hydra-headed litigation known as Ficus Investments, Inc. v. Private Capital Management, LLC, is the subject of this week’s New York Business Divorce, as it looks at a recent, important ruling by Manhattan Commercial Division Justice Bernard Fried addressing rights of advancement and indemnification for litigation misconduct.

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The LLC Law authorizes a court to decree dissolution of a limited liability company “on application by or for a member.” Must the application be made by way of a complaint in an action or a petition in a special proceeding? How about by way of a motion or cross motion without a pleading? Find out how New York County Commercial Division Justice Bernard J. Fried answered these questions in a recent ruling featured in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

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This week’s New York Business Divorce highlights an important decision by the Appellate Division, First Department, construing rights of advancement and indemnification for litigation expenses in a battle royal between majority and minority members of a limited liability company.

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This week’s New York Business Divorce looks at a recent case in which the managing member of an LLC, relying on the operating agreement’s indemnity provision, sought to sell company assets for various purposes including payment of her own legal fees to defend against an action brought by the other members to remove her as manager.

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