Grounds for Dissolution

In this week’s New York Business Divorce, read about a recent appeals court decision in which an elderly male business founder alleged he was ousted from the company and his reputation smeared based upon false allegations of sexual harassment allegedly solicited by a hostile male CEO. Do these allegations equate to a viable claim for breach of fiduciary duty against the CEO? Find out in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading #MeToo and Business Divorce: The Flip Side

Father against son, half-brother against half-brother, are the players in a recent courtroom drama that unfolded in Matter of Brady v. Brady, culminating with an appellate panel’s affirmance of a lower court’s order dissolving a family-owned close corporation that owns extensive farm land in upstate New York. Find out more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading This Is Not Your Father’s Brady Bunch

Iowa was one of the earliest of the 22 states that by now have adopted the Revised Uniform LLC Act (2006). Last month, Iowa’s Supreme Court handed down an important first-impression decision construing and applying RULLCA’s judicial dissolution provisions in a case involving a family-owned realty holding company. This week’s New York Business Divorce has the story.
Continue Reading Judicial Dissolution of LLCs Under RULLCA: Iowa Supreme Court Takes the Stage

This week’s New York Business Divorce examines a recently decided case granting a petition for “equitable dissolution” by means of a forced buy-out of the respondent 50% shareholders of the close corporation that owns the famous Delmonico’s steak house in downtown Manhattan.
Continue Reading On the Menu: Steak and Equitable Dissolution

This week’s New York Business Divorce offers its annual Winter Case Notes with synopses of four noteworthy decisions by courts in New York and Iowa.
Continue Reading Winter Case Notes: Dissolution of Not-For-Profit Corporation and Other Decisions of Interest

Partners of New York limited partnerships should sit up and take notice of a new, first-impression decision holding that the commencement of a dissolution proceeding against, or the appointment of a receiver for, the limited partnership can, in and of itself, result in withdrawal of the general partner and dissolution of the entity, even if the limited partnership agreement does not say so. Read about this important decision with profound implications for New York limited partnerships and their owners in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Limited Partnerships and the Self-Fulfilling Dissolution Petition

Not all misconduct by majority shareholders is worthy of dissolution or a compelled buy-out. The Court’s broad power under BCL 1104-a to craft appropriate remedies also includes the power to award money damages, and dissolution may not be appropriate where the alleged shareholder oppression was a discrete, one-time transaction.
Continue Reading Court Rejects Oppressed Shareholder’s Bid for Dissolution or Buy-Out, Finds Money Damages Sufficient