A Brooklyn appellate panel last week provided more fodder for the DLOM debate that’s been in the legal news of late, upholding a 0% DLOM in a fair value appraisal of a membership interest in a real estate holding company. It’s featured in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Appellate Court Upholds 0% Marketability Discount in LLC Fair Value Case

A decision last month by Justice Carolyn Demarest, in Novikov v. Oceana Holdings Corp., granted a minority shareholder’s books-and-records petition predicated on the need to investigate possible management misconduct. On the heels of a recent First Department case to similar effect, might this be the start of a trend? Find out more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Minority Shareholder’s Investigation of Management Misconduct is Proper Purpose for Books & Records Demand

Justice Carolyn Demarest issued a noteworthy decision this month in Camuso v. Brooklyn Portfolio LLC, in which she resolved a three-way dispute over the transfer of a general and limited partnership interest as part of a divorce settlement. Get the full story in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Divorce Settlement, Tax Returns Trump Partnership Agreement’s Transfer Restrictions

“Is she or isn’t she a shareholder? Only her tax preparer knows for sure.” It may not be quite as catchy as the famous Clairol commercial, but it’s a good entreaty to read this week’s New York Business Divorce highlighting a recent appellate ruling in a dissolution case in which the petitioner unsuccessfully relied on tax returns to prove his shareholder status.
Continue Reading Form K-1s Do Not Always a Shareholder Make

A recent Delaware Chancery Court decision teaches an important lesson for drafters of buy-out agreements involving pass-through entities and taxes on “phantom” income allocated to a former owner. Learn more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Delaware Case Provides Drafting Lesson for “Phantom” Income Provision in Buy-Out Agreement

When it comes to documenting ownership of closely held corporations, as Art Linkletter would have said, shareholders do the darndest things. There’s no better illustration of this than Matter of Sunburst Associates, Inc. decided last week by the Appellate Division, Third Department, in a judicial dissolution proceeding brought by a putative 50% shareholder. This week’s New York Business Divorce has the story.

Continue Reading Inconsistent Documents and Conflicting Testimony Cloud Stock Ownership Issue in Corporate Dissolution Case

It’s one thing to claim that someone never became a member of an LLC, it’s another to claim that an admitted LLC member later withdrew. Justice Stephen Bucaria addresses the latter claim in his recent decision in Gitlin v. Chirinkin, featured in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

Continue Reading Member of Real Estate LLC Never Withdrew, Held Entitled to Share of Sale Proceeds