A case decided last month by Justice Timothy Driscoll in Gilbert v Weintraub raises but doesn’t answer the tantalizing question whether a member of a multi-member, member-managed LLC with no operating agreement can shed fiduciary obligations and freely start a competing business by disavowing any management role in the prior business. This week’s New York Business Divorce has the story.
Continue Reading Can LLC Members Walk Away From Fiduciary Duties?

Pizza’s on the menu in this week’s New York Business Divorce, or at least a dispute between co-members of an LLC that owns a popular Manhattan pizzeria. Just don’t look for any extra cheese on Justice Sherwood’s recent decision in Manzella v. Caporuscio, authorizing the majority member to terminate the minority member’s employment.
Continue Reading Pizza Chef with Bigger Piece of LLC Pie Allowed to Terminate Minority Member’s Employment

A recent decision by Justice Vito DeStefano in Breidbart v Olshan offers valuable pleading tips and identifies pleading pitfalls for practitioners in crafting complaints in partnership disputes. Learn more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Decision Yields Hits and Misses for Plaintiff in Partnership Dissolution Case

Do majority shareholders of a close corporation owe a fiduciary duty to a minority shareholder to make accurate financial disclosures to enable fair valuation of the latter’s shares for purposes of a voluntary buy-out? Find out in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Blurring the Lines Between Oppression, Duty of Disclosure, and Fiduciary Breach

In a two-member, 50/50 LLC, can Member #1 as sole managing member assert a fiduciary breach claim against non-managing Member #2? Justice Vito DeStefano recently tackled the question in Kalikow v. Shalik, highlighted in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Court Dismisses Fiduciary Breach, Contribution Claims Against Non-Managing LLC Member

You won’t want to miss the discussion of Justice Charles Ramos’ recent decision in Serota v. Scimone in this week’s New York Business Divorce involving a family feud triggered by a management agreement given by the late founder of a real estate empire organized as a series of LLCs, that left his two sons with ownership and the title of managing member but with no authority to control or sell the business.
Continue Reading Father’s Dead-Hand Control of LLCs Frustrates Sons’ Takeover of Realty Empire