If a Schedule K-1 lists you or your client as a “general partner” and 2% owner of a partnership, is that the end of the story for proving ownership status? This week, we consider that question in the context of a long-running litigation between a well-known insurance litigation firm and its former “partner” over his standing to sue to dissolve the business.
Continue Reading The Law Firm “Partner”- A Rose by Any Other Name . . .

In prior litigation with his ex-wife, Gary Rubio swore he sold his shares in the family business to his father. When he brought a subsequent shareholder derivative action against his brother, he swore he didn’t, and proffered a company tax return to prove it. What’s a judge to do? Find out in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Court Dismisses Shareholder Derivative Action Due to Inconsistent Stock Ownership Claim in Prior Lawsuit

This week’s New York Business Divorce offers some “summer shorts” consisting of summaries of three recent decisions of interest including two by Justice Carolyn E. Demarest and a split decision by the Appellate Division, First Department.

Continue Reading Summer Shorts: Stock Sale Under Duress and Other Recent Decisions of Interest

This week’s New York Business Divorce tells a cautionary tale of a business partnership between a lawyer and his client turned sour, as revealed in a recent decision by Nassau County Acting Supreme Court Justice Thomas Adams in Matter of Gleich (Iceland, Inc.) where the court dismissed a dissolution petition for lack of standing.

Continue Reading Judicial Estoppel + Dead-Man’s Statute = No Standing to Seek Judicial Dissolution of Close Corporation

Ex-convict Chip Watkins likely thought he’d paid his debt to society when he completed his jail sentence. As it turned out, however, Watkins short-changed society by failing to disclose to the authorities his claimed $600,000 investment in a closely held real estate company. In this week’s New York Business Divorce, find out how Watkin’s omission dashed his hopes of recovery in a shareholder derivative action recently dismissed by Justice Emily Pines.

Continue Reading Judicial Estoppel Doctrine Defeats Ex-Convict’s Standing to Bring Shareholder Derivative Action Based on Failure to Disclose Alleged Stock Interest to Probation Authorities at Time of Sentencing

It’s not often that bankruptcy law intersects with corporate dissolution proceedings based on deadlock or minority shareholder oppression, but when it does, likely it’s bad news for the petitioner seeking to liquidate the company or to be bought out by another shareholder. A recent decision by Kings County Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Demarest illustrates why, in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

Continue Reading Failure to Disclose Stock Interest in Bankruptcy Petition Defeats Standing in Later Dissolution Proceeding