Dissenting Shareholder Appraisal

This week’s New York Business Divorce presents the first of a two-part examination of Justice Shirley Kornreich’s must-read decision in Zelouf International v. Zelouf, a dissenting shareholder appraisal proceeding in which the court rejected application of a marketability discount.
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In Matter of Banani, decided last month by Justice Stephen Bucaria, the petitioner in a dissenting shareholder appraisal proceeding asked the court to accept as conclusive evidence of the company’s value the price received in a sale of substantially all the company’s assets. Find out if the court granted the request in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
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A shareholder’s derivative action alleging misappropriation and waste by the controlling shareholders, filed in 2009, was scheduled for trial earlier this month. About three weeks before trial, the controlling shareholders initiated a freeze-out merger for the specific purpose of defeating the suing shareholder’s standing to maintain the action. Did it work? Find out in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
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This week’s New York Business Divorce looks at two recent decisions by appellate courts in New York and Massachusetts in which dissident shareholder/directors sought access to the other directors’ communications with corporate counsel. Did they succeed? Read on to find out.
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The historic Bulova watchcase factory in picturesque Sag Harbor, NY, is the focus of a legal battle between co-developers that led to a decision earlier this month upholding a merger that left one of the developers in the cold, holding a check for $465.60 for its interest. Read more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
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Freeze-out mergers are well known in the corporate venue, but did you know they can also be used for limited liability companies, and that they can trigger appraisal rights? This week’s New York Business Divorce examines a decision by Manhattan Commercial Division Justice Charles Ramos in a rare lawsuit prompted by an LLC freeze-out merger.

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A decision earlier this month by Manhattan Commercial Division Justice Bernard Fried in Barasch v. Williams Real Estate Co. analyzes dissenting shareholder appraisal rights in a complex corporate reorganization that resulted in a new majority owner of a major real estate brokerage firm. This week’s New York Business Divorce has the story.
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Stock valuation aficionados will not want to miss the report in this week’s New York Business Divorce on the recent decision in Matter of Harlem River Yard Ventures, Inc. It’s a dissenting shareholder case triggered by a squeeze-out merger in which the court was faced with widely disparate expert valuations of a company holding a 99-year lease on the Bronx site of the former Penn Central rail yards, now serving as an industrial park.

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It’s summertime, the livin’ is easy and the fare is lighter in this week’s New York Business Divorce featuring short summaries of a few decisions on diverse issues in shareholder disputes decided by Nassau County Justice Stephen Bucaria and Manhattan Justices Jane Solomon and Debra James.

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The Appellate Division, Second Department last week affirmed the key rulings by Justice Ira Warshawsky in the Murphy v. U.S. Dredging valuation case, including his application of a marketability discount to entire enterprise value rather than limiting it to good will. Learn more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

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