Dissension between members of a family-owned business can present especially difficult issues when litigation erupts. This week’s New York Business Divorce highlights recent decisions by Justices Timothy Driscoll (Nassau County), Emily Pines (Suffolk County) and Deborah Kaplan (Manhattan) involving dissolution and related claims among warring family members.

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The Appellate Division, Second Department’s breakthrough decision in the 1545 Ocean Avenue case, in which the court redefined the standard for judicial dissolution of LLCs, recently marked its one-year anniversary. This week’s New York Business Divorce looks at several recent trial court decisions by Justices Warshawsky, Strauss and Pines in LLC dissolution cases to see how the new standard has fared.

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Suffolk County Commercial Division Justice Emily Pines recently denied a judicial dissolution petition brought by a minority shareholder after he voluntarily left the company to take employment elsewhere, and where the shareholders’ agreement provided for buyout only in the event of a shareholder’s death. Get the full story in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

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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.

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This week’s New York Business Divorce presents the first in a three-part series discussing one of the thorniest problems in corporate dissolution contests involving challenges to standing based on the petitioner’s lack of a stock certificate, shareholders’ agreement or other direct evidence of shareholder status. This week’s post highlights a recent decision on the subject by Suffolk County Commercial Division Justice Emily Pines.

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The necessity of an evidentiary hearing is a threshold issue in corporate dissolution proceedings. A recent decision by Suffolk County Commercial Division Justice Emily Pines serves up a good illustration of how courts approach the issue. Read more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

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