The New York Court of Appeals heard oral argument this month of an appeal from the Appellate Division, First Department’s split decision in Pappas v. Tzolis pitting fiduciary duty against contractual waiver in the context of an intra-member buy-out of LLC membership interests. This week’s New York Business Divorce provides highlights of the oral argument and links to the argument’s webcast, the parties’ briefs, and other background materials.
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Last week’s rulings by New York’s high court in the closely-watched Centro and Arfa cases resolves much of the uncertainty that has surrounded the ability of controlling owners of closely held companies to bargain for effective releases against fiduciary-based claims of non-disclosure when buying out minority owners. Get the full story in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

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In this second installment of a two-part series, New York Business Divorce examines recent First Department decisions clarifying the standards for overcoming general releases given in the context of transactions with fiduciaries in closely held business entities, where the plaintiffs allege that the fiduciary fraudulently induced them to enter into the transaction. This week’s focus is on a case whose name should be familiar to regular readers of this blog, Arfa v. Zamir, 2010 NY Slip Op 06070 (1st Dept July 13, 2010).

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This week and next, New York Business Divorce examines two recent First Department decisions clarifying the standards for overcoming general releases given in the context of transactions with fiduciaries in closely held business entities, where the plaintiffs allege that the fiduciary fraudulently induced them to enter into the transaction. This week’s focus is on Centro Empresarial Cempresa S.A. v. America Movil S.A.B. de C.V., 2010 NY Slip Op 04719 (1st Dept June 3, 2010).

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The Appellate Division, First Department, broke new ground with a controversial decision earlier this month holding that LLC organizers owe a fiduciary duty when soliciting members. Read about it in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

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