Entering its fifth year of litigation featuring two rulings by the Appellate Division in 2017 and last week, the case of Rubin v Baumann is another example of LLCs that suffer from inadequate operating agreements. Learn more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Operating Agreement Spawns Multiple Disputes Between 50/50 Members of Realty Holding LLC

Last year, in Pokoik v Norsel Realties, the trial court cited the plaintiff’s “litigious nature” and personal animus in dismissing his derivative claims based on conflict of interest. You’ll be interested to learn in this week’s New York Business Divorce that an appellate panel last week reversed the decision and reinstated the claims based on its finding that the parties’ relationship was not “especially acrimonious.”
Continue Reading Appeals Court Reinstates Derivative Claims Dismissed for Conflict of Interest Where Parties’ Relationship Not “Especially Acrimonious”

It’s better to burn out than to fade away. But what happens when death converts an LLC interest from full membership rights to mere assignee status? Read on in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Delaware Contractarian Principles Prevail in Appeal Over Deceased Ace Hotel Founder’s LLC Interest

Should courts apply a marketability discount in determining the fair value of interests in realty holding companies? In downstate New York, the answer may vary depending on whether the court lies within the First or Second Departments of the Appellate Division. This week’s New York Business Divorce has the story.
Continue Reading A River’s Divide: Time for the Manhattan and Brooklyn Appellate Courts to Agree on Marketability Discount in Fair Value Proceedings

Few recent cases in the business divorce field are as important as last week’s appellate affirmance in the Shapiro case, allowing majority LLC members to adopt an operating agreement that binds non-signatory minority members. Get the story in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Thinking About Becoming a Minority Member of a New York LLC Without an Operating Agreement? Think Again

Do unit holders in condominiums, organized as unincorporated associations, have the right to inspect books and records maintained by the condo’s board of managers? Find out in this week’s New York Business Divorce which highlights a number of recent court decisions on the subject.
Continue Reading Courts Expand Books and Records Access for Condo Owners

In a decision of apparent first impression in New York, an appellate panel last week upheld the common-law right of a shareholder to inspect the books and records of the corporation’s wholly-owned subsidiary. Get the full story in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Ruling Upholds Shareholder’s Right to Inspect Subsidiary’s Books and Records