A federal lawsuit ostensibly about trademark infringement morphs into a contest over control of a Delaware LLC in which the two sides offer materially different copies of the same operating agreement, with each side accusing the other of forgery. Learn more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Battle for Company Control Turns on Conflicting Copies of Operating Agreement Amid Accusations of “Old-Fashioned Forgery”

On the menu for this week’s New York Business Divorce: five noteworthy business divorce cases from five different states.
Continue Reading Crossing the Hudson: Recent Business Divorce Decisions from Yonder States

In a split 3-2 decision last week, the Appellate Division, First Department, affirmed an order dismissing a claim to enforce an oral buy-out agreement involving a Delaware LLC as barred by the merger clause in a subsequently amended operating agreement that the plaintiff never signed. Read about it in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading New York Appellate Court’s Split Decision Involving Delaware LLC Pits “Harsh” Contractarianism Against “Fundamental Fairness”

This week’s New York Business Divorce presents a retrospective assessment of the state of New York law concerning LLC business divorce, including summaries of the most significant court decisions, adapted from a recent presentation at the Eileen Bransten Institute on Complex Commercial Litigation.
Continue Reading New York LLC Caselaw’s Greatest Hits

This week’s New York Business Divorce looks at the courts’ powers to order equitable remedies short of dissolution in judicial dissolution cases involving LLCs, featuring a highly unusual case from Mississippi.
Continue Reading The Magnolia State Wins the Prize for Novel Alternative Remedies in LLC Dissolution Cases

In this week’s New York Business Divorce, read about the principle of election of remedies for claims of fraud and the painful lesson a defrauded LLC investor learned when she elected to proceed to trial on the remedy of equitable rescission, only to learn that money damages might have available against the defendant she sued, but rescission was not.
Continue Reading Damages or Rescission? When Electing Fraud Remedies Choose Wisely