What are the powers of the president of a close corporation to make major decisions in the ordinary course of business, such as entering leases, without obtaining board approval? Does it matter if the president knows he or she cannot obtain board approval for the proposed action? Read this week’s New York Business Divorce to see how these questions were answered by Rochester Commercial Division Justice Kenneth Fisher in a fascinating case pitting brother against brother in Hellman v. Hellman.

Continue Reading Court in Hellman Case Re-Affirms Close Corporation President’s Authority to Sign Lease Without Board Approval

A fascinating opinion by Justice Kenneth Fisher is the focus of this week’s posting about a classic corporate governance dispute between 50/50 shareholders who also happen to be brothers, when one of them signs a company lease over the other’s objection.

Continue Reading Court Upholds Authority of 50% Shareholder/President to Sign Lease Without Co-Owner’s Approval