In this week’s New York Business Divorce, we consider a recent appellate decision addressing the effectiveness of LLC operating agreement “exculpatory” clauses to shield the company’s managers or members from personal liability for misconduct. With the latest decision, the roster of New York appeals court cases to consider this important legal issue grows from a trio to a quartet.
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Delaware decisional law holds that members of a Delaware LLC may eliminate the LLC manager’s default fiduciary duties by explicit disclaimer in the LLC agreement. In its decision last month in Kagan v. HMC-New York, Inc., a divided panel of the Appellate Division, First Department, disagreed whether the wording of a fiduciary disclaimer in an LLC agreement was sufficiently precise to warrant summary dismissal of fiduciary breach claims. Learn more about this important topic in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

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