The Zelouf case returns to the spotlight in this week’s New York Business Divorce, occasioned by Justice Shirley Kornreich’s decision last month denying a motion to reargue the court’s refusal to apply a marketability discount in valuing the shares of a dissenting minority shareholder of a family-owned business.
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The statute governing LLC mergers requires a member vote at a meeting to be held on at least 20 days notice. In Slayton v. Highline Stages, LLC, the majority members used written consents in lieu of a meeting to approve a freeze-out merger, which the frozen-out minority member challenged. Did she succeed? Find out in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
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Last week’s post highlighted Justice Kornreich’s rejection of a marketability discount in the Zelouf case, a dissenting shareholder appraisal proceeding. In this week’s Part Two, New York Business Divorce examines a number of additional issues of interest in the Zelouf decision, including tax-affecting, control premium, and damages for quasi-derivative claims.
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This week’s New York Business Divorce presents the first of a two-part examination of Justice Shirley Kornreich’s must-read decision in Zelouf International v. Zelouf, a dissenting shareholder appraisal proceeding in which the court rejected application of a marketability discount.
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Tenant-shareholders in co-op apartments occasionally fall into the same kinds of internal disputes over corporate governance experienced by shareholders in any other kind of closely held corporation. This week’s New York Business Divorce highlights a recently decided battle for board seats among co-owners of a small Manhattan co-op, in which the outcome turned on the court’s construction of arguably out-of-sync provisions in the by-laws and shareholders’ agreement.
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In this week’s New York Business Divorce you’ll read about two recent cases in which New York courts decided disputes between members of Delaware LLCs over the interpretation of provisions — one dealing with a distribution waterfall and the other with compulsory buyback of membership interests — found in highly sophisticated operating agreements.
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A shareholder’s derivative action alleging misappropriation and waste by the controlling shareholders, filed in 2009, was scheduled for trial earlier this month. About three weeks before trial, the controlling shareholders initiated a freeze-out merger for the specific purpose of defeating the suing shareholder’s standing to maintain the action. Did it work? Find out in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
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When a claim for judicial dissolution is denied or otherwise drops out of the case, that doesn’t necessarily mean the case is over. This week’s New York Business Divorce discusses two recent decisions by Justices Patricia Satterfield and Shirley Werner Kornreich in which the side opposing dissolution prevailed but left unresolved other claims addressing the parties’ underlying differences.

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