Arbitration and Mediation

Did the parties get it wrong, or the judge, or both in Verkhoglyad v Benimovich, in which the court let proceed a claim to dissolve a foreign business entity and refused to enforce forum selection and pre-suit mediation clauses in the operating agreement of a New Jersey LLC. Learn more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Read This Case. Slap Your Head. Not Too Hard.

This week’s New York Business Divorce previews and links to the latest podcast episode of the Business Divorce Roundtable featuring an interview with retired Commercial Division Justice Carolyn Demarest in which we discuss the litigation and mediation of business divorce cases.
Continue Reading Interview With Justice Carolyn Demarest (Ret.) on Litigating and Mediating Business Divorce Cases

This week’s New York Business Divorce closes out the year with an interesting decision by Justice Timothy Driscoll dismissing a dissolution petition that followed the sale of an LLC’s sole real estate asset based on the broad purpose clause in the parties’ LLC agreement..
Continue Reading LLC Agreement’s All-Purpose Purpose Clause Defeats Dissolution Petition

This week’s New York Business Divorce offers short summaries of three recent decisions of interest by Commercial Division Justices Melvin Schweitzer, Carolyn Demarest, and Marcy Friedman in which the courts addressed interesting issues concerning shareholder standing to seek removal of a director and dissolution of a wholly-owned subsidiary; venue in dissolution proceedings; and application of CPLR 205’s savings provision to the statute of limitations in a dissolution case.
Continue Reading Summer Shorts: Director Removal and Other Recent Decisions of Interest

Appraisal experts provide critical testimony in valuation proceedings. Court rules govern pretrial expert disclosure. In this week’s New York Business Divorce, you can bone up on the disclosure requirements and read about cases in which the parties paid a price for failing to comply with disclosure requirements.
Continue Reading The High Price of Bungled Expert Disclosure in Valuation Cases

Rules of procedure can be a minefield for any litigation, including judicial dissolution proceedings. This week’s New York Business Divorce features a compilation of 10 of the most common procedural mistakes in business divorce cases.
Continue Reading 10 Ways to Screw Up Your Business Divorce Case

This week’s New York Business Divorce examines a recent decision by Justice Carolyn E. Demarest in Pisane v. Feig, where the court confirmed an arbitration award stemming from a petition for judicial dissolution of several affiliated companies, in which the arbitrator decided which of the two parties was entitled to buy out the other, and at what price.

Continue Reading Arbitration Award in Stock Buy-Out Dispute Withstands Challenge

Buy-sell agreements in shareholder agreements are supposed to avoid — not foment — litigation over the value of the interest being redeemed or sold. Matter of Grande’ Vie, LLC, decided last month by the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, tells a cautionary tale of a buy-sell provision gone wrong. Learn more about this important topic in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

Continue Reading Clash of the Clauses: Divided Appellate Panel Rules that “Binding” Appraisal Per Buy-Sell Agreement Must be Arbitrated