Attorney Disqualification

This 6th annual edition of Summer Shorts presents brief commentary on three decisions of interest in business divorce cases, including a dispute among LLP partners over the reduction of one partner’s interest; disqualification of counsel in an LLC dissolution case; and a Delaware books-and-records case involving phantom stock.
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What happens when feuding business partners bring competing lawsuits against each other, including a dissolution proceeding, in different courts in different states? That’s the question addressed in a recent decision by Suffolk County Commercial Division Justice Elizabeth Emerson in Picarella v. HMA Properties, LLC, highlighted in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
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A recent decision by Kings County Justice Carolyn Demarest ordered disqualification of plaintiffs’ lawyer in litigation among co-owners of a limited liability company, finding a non-waivable conflict of interest between two groups of complaining members. Learn more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

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Is the statutory remedy of judicial dissolution available when shareholders fail to implement a prior agreement for a voluntary winding up and dissolution? Nassau County Justice Stephen A. Bucaria answers the question in Matter of Toledano (Home Tower Group, Inc.), featured in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

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Getting sued by your client’s adversary is an occasional occupational hazard for attorneys in any field, but perhaps more so for attorneys who represent closely held companies that fall into the business divorce maelstrom, as evidenced by Nassau County Justice Denise Sher’s recent decision in Aranki v. Goldman & Associates. It’s in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

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There’s been a spate of recent court decisions concerning the authority of one 50% business owner to hire counsel to represent the company adverse to the other 50% owner. This week’s New York Business Divorce looks at two new decisions, one from New York and one from Delaware.

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