This week’s New York Business Divorce presents the 11th annual edition of Summer Shorts, featuring brief commentary on six decisions of interest in business divorce cases from across the country involving LLCs, limited partnerships, and close corporations.
Continue Reading Summer Shorts: Business Divorce Cases From Across the Country

In a decision handed down last week, an upstate appellate panel upheld a partnership dissolution complaint not only seeking to enforce an oral partnership agreement for a business that operates an apple tree farm, but also claiming as partnership property the 40-acre farm acquired by the defendant years earlier. Learn more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Betting the Farm On An Oral Partnership Agreement

In this week’s New York Business Divorce, learn if it’s possible to plead the existence of a viable oral partnership whose business operated in the form of a corporation or limited liability company. The short answer: yes it can be done, but it’s not easy to do.
Continue Reading The Oral Partnership Operating as a Corporation: Is it a Partnership? A Corporation? Can it be Both?

If man’s first sin was eating the apple, a business valuator’s greatest sin is mixing apples and oranges. In Dieckman v. Regency GP, LP, Chancellor Bouchard denied the Plaintiff’s bid for $1.6 billion in damages, even after finding that the defendant general partner breached the partnership agreement’s implied duty of good faith and fair dealing.  The decision rests on Chancellor Bouchard’s complete rejection of Plaintiff’s damages calculation on the grounds that it was akin to “comparing apples to oranges.”
Continue Reading General Partner Breached Implied Covenants in Partnership Agreement, but Plaintiff’s “Apples-to-Oranges” Calculation Dooms Bid for Damages

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

It’s no match for Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, but 15 years is some sort of record for litigating the breakup of a single-asset real estate partnership during which one of the partners died, triggering the other’s option to purchase under a fixed-price formula. Read about it in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading A Partnership Dissolution in Three Acts Over Fifteen Years and Counting

In this week’s New York Business Divorce, we tackle the rules governing enforceability of oral partnership, shareholder, and operating agreements, including a first-impression appeals court decision addressing the validity of an alleged oral modification of written limited partnership agreement under New York’s Revised Limited Partnership Act.
Continue Reading Enforceability of Oral Operating, Shareholder, and Partnership Agreements