A hot topic of late, the viability in New York of common-law dissolution of limited liability companies is cast into doubt by a new decision, the third in a series from Brooklyn Commercial Division Justice Leon Ruchelsman. Read about it, and where the case law may go from here, in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Common-Law and Equitable LLC Dissolution: Going, Going, . . .

In this week’s New York Business Divorce, companion appellate decisions issued last week in the long running Kassab v Kasab litigation emphasize the fundamental legal differences between corporate and LLC dissolution, with allegations of majority “oppression” sufficient to grant dissolution in one case, but so insufficient as to require pre-answer dismissal in the other.
Continue Reading To Dissolve or Not to Dissolve, that is the Question. The Answer is Both.

In this week’s New York Business Divorce, we consider a remarkably thoughtful opinion by Commercial Division Justice Jennifer G. Schecter containing some noteworthy hints about the future of LLC dissolution claims in light of the coronavirus pandemic and its catastrophic economic impact on New York closely-held businesses.
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In Goldstein v Pikus, decided last month by Justice Charles Ramos, the court dismissed a dissolution petition alleging deadlock, brought by one of two co-managing members of an LLC that owns a residential apartment building. Find out why in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Deadlock Hits Dead End in LLC Dissolution Case

The test for dissolution of an LLC includes whether its purpose as defined in the LLC agreement is no longer achievable. This week’s New York Business Divorce looks at cases, including a Delaware Chancery Court decision released days ago, in which courts have looked outside the agreement to determine the LLC’s purpose.
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Surviving a dismissal motion in LLC dissolution cases can be affected by the form of the suit, i.e., whether brought as a special proceeding or as a plenary action. Find out more, and see how a dismissal motion played out in a recent decision by Manhattan Justice Ellen Coin, in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Surviving a Motion to Dismiss in LLC Dissolution Cases

Last week’s decision by a Manhattan appellate panel in Barone v. Sowers reaffirms its holding two years ago in Doyle v. Icon, LLC that a minority member of an LLC cannot solely rely on allegations of oppression by the majority member to survive a pretrial motion for dismissal of a dissolution claim. Learn more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Oppression Claims Don’t Cut It in LLC Dissolution Cases

The Appellate Division’s landmark ruling in the 1545 Ocean Avenue case sharply demarcated the different statutes and different grounds available for judicial dissolution of LLCs and closely held corporations. So why, in a recent trial court decision, did the court grant judicial dissolution of an LLC under both the LLC Law and the Business Corporation Law? This week’s New York Business Divorce explains.
Continue Reading Did Anyone Tell the Judge the Business Corporation Law Doesn’t Apply to LLC Dissolution?