This 7th annual edition of Summer Shorts presents brief commentary on three must-read decisions in business divorce cases involving the use of special litigation committees in derivative actions by LLC members; dissolution of a family-owned real estate holding corporation and LLC; and a Delaware case in which Chancery Court ordered dissolution of a deadlocked LLC co-owned by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
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This week’s New York Business Divorce highlights a trio of recent decisions involving LLC disputes concerning the membership rights of the estate of a deceased member, the intended purpose of the LLC as the basis for a dissolution claim, and the power to expel a member.
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For the second week in a row, New York Business Divorce examines the always controversial discount for lack of marketability in fair value contests, this time focusing on a recent New Jersey appellate decision applying a 25% DLOM despite strong evidence of liquidity.
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In states that have enacted the Revised Uniform LLC Act, courts can expel or “dissociate” a member on specified grounds including the member’s conduct that makes it no longer reasonably practicable to carry on the LLC’s activities with that person as a member. In this week’s New York Business Divorce, read about a recent New Jersey appellate decision applying that state’s version of the dissociation statute.
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Agreements providing for compulsory buyouts upon termination of a minority shareholder’s employment can be a good thing. Complications or sometimes litigation sets in, however, when termination for cause is linked to a devalued buyout formula, as illustrated in the case highlighted in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
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