Shareholder and LLC agreements, like other contracts, frequently contain terms accompanied by the proviso, “notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement,” signaling that the term trumps all others. Read this week’s New York Business Divorce to learn about a recent First Department appellate ruling in Schepisi v. Roberts highlighting the mischief that can result from multiple, ” dueling” notwithstanding clauses.
Continue Reading LLC Agreement Falters from Dueling “Notwithstanding” Clauses

In Shao v. Li, decided last week by Manhattan Commercial Division Justice Charles Ramos, the court analyzed a claim by one LLC member that his co-members entered into a sham collateral assignment of a membership interest designed to circumvent a right of first refusal. You won’t want to miss it in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading When is Permitted Collateral Assignment of LLC Membership Interest a Prohibited Sale?

A recent New Jersey appellate ruling upheld the expulsion of an LLC member whose conduct, even if not wrongful, almost caused the collapse of the business involving an overseas medical school. Read more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading “But I Did Nothing Wrong!” No Defense to Involuntary Dissociation of LLC Member

Compared to its Business Corporation Law, New York’s LLC Law provides greater latitude to LLC members when it comes to making management decisions without necessity of holding a formal meeting. A recent Delaware Chancery Court decision construing that state’s similar LLC statute sheds light on the interplay between the statutory default rule and operating agreement provisions that set forth voting procedures without mention of the members’ right to take action without a meeting. It’s in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

Continue Reading When Can LLC Members Act Without Holding a Meeting?

A Manhattan panel of appellate judges last month enforced an LLC operating agreement’s provision giving the manager sole discretion — even at his “whimsy” or “impetuously” said the court — to determine a member’s sharing ratio of the firm’s profits. It’s worth reading in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

Continue Reading Court Upholds LLC Manager’s Broad Discretion Under Operating Agreement to Determine Member’s Profit Share

Equitable remedy trumps pick-your-partner, is one way to describe the outcome in Garber v. Stevens, decided last month by Justice Eileen Bransten, who granted a motion by limited partners to remove the wrongdoing general partners of a real estate limited partnership and replace them with an LLC wholly owned by the limited partners. Read more about this unusual case in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

Continue Reading The Court’s Equitable Power to Remove and Replace a Limited Partnership’s General Partner

This week’s New York Business Divorce examines a fascinating post-trial decision last month by Justice Emily Pines in which the court resolved competing claims by a medical practice and one of its members who was expelled in the aftermath of a contentious acquisition of an ambulatory surgery center. You won’t want to miss it.

Continue Reading Anesthesiology Practice Undergoes “Legal Equivalent of a Proctology Exam” in Shareholder Dispute

A decision last week by the Appellate Division, First Department, in Lehey v. Goldburt brings to light a bitter dispute between the managing member of a vodka distributor with a gimmicky bottle featuring an LED ticker display, and an investor claiming that his millions in funding have been squandered. Get the story in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

Continue Reading Appellate Court Reinstates LLC Manager in Dispute with Investor in Vodka Venture

This week’s New York Business Divorce features an interesting decision by Commercial Division Justice Emily Pines in Nastasi v. Carlino, where she sent both sides home empty handed in a bitter shareholder dispute with misconduct on both sides.

Continue Reading Court Sends Everyone Home Empty Handed in Bitter Business Breakup