Equitable dissolution of LLCs may not sound familiar to business divorce mavens, but that could change after last week’s decision by Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Chancery Court in a case involving the Tom James custom apparel company. Read more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
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Tom Rutledge, one of the country’s leading lawyers and commentators on business organizations, recently published a fascinating article on minority shareholder oppression in which he challenges whether courts ought to provide remedies for terminated at-will employees who also happen to be minority shareholders. Read about it in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
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Delaware law’s contractarian approach is central to that state’s jurisprudence concerning limited liability companies. Last month, in Huatuco v. Satellite Healthcare, the Court of Chancery cited freedom-of-contract in dismissing an action for judicial dissolution based on its finding that the LLC agreement’s provision, limiting member rights to those expressly granted in the agreement, constituted a waiver of the right to seek judicial dissolution. This week’s New York Business Divorce asks the question, does Huatuco take contractarianism too far?
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This week’s New York Business Divorce features Part One of a two-part online interview with law professor Benjamin Means, who has written a number of scholarly articles on shareholder oppression, and whose most recent article, called Non-Market Values in Family Businesses, applies Ben’s critical analysis to the special considerations attendant to oppression actions and conflict resolution within family-owned businesses. You won’t want to miss it!
Continue Reading Interview with Law Professor Benjamin Means on Conflict in Family-Owned Businesses: Part One