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.

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In a rare intersection of matrimonial and business divorce, last week the Appellate Division, Third Department, upheld the dismissal of an LLC dissolution proceeding brought by one spouse on the ground it was superseded by the other spouse’s prior-filed divorce action. But wait a minute; how can the court simply disregard the LLC as a separate entity? Read more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

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The issue of venue rarely is contested in corporate dissolution cases thanks to special venue provisions in the Business Corporation Law and the LLC Law that require the case to be filed in the judicial district listed in the organizational documents filed with the Secretary of State. This week’s New York Business Divorce reports on a rare exception which reached the Appellate Division, Third Department, in Matter of Supplier Distribution Concepts, Inc.

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The baseball season is upon us but there’s no joy in Mudville or, at least, at the Cooperstown All Stars Village baseball camp where the co-owners of a limited liability company are playing hardball litigation. The Third Department umpire recently called a preliminary injunction in favor of the non-controlling team after the controlling member pitched a high-and-inside capital call. Read about it in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

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