Posts Categorized: Business Divorce

Posted: September 1, 2018

Common Law Dissolution Denied; No Evidence of Misconduct or Oppression

On August 22, 2018, the Fourth Department issued a decision in Feldmeier v. Feldmeier Equip., Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op. 05893, affirming the dismissal of an action for common law dissolution of a corporation, explaining: As plaintiff correctly recognized, he could not seek judicial dissolution under Business Corporation Law ยง 1104-a because he owned less... Read more »

Posted: July 30, 2018

Dissolution Under BCL 1104 Unavailable to Owner of 49 Percent of Voting Stock

On July 16, 2018, Justice Scarpulla of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Balkind v. Nickel, 2018 NY Slip Op. 31703(U), holding that a 49 percent shareholder in a New York corporation was not entitled to seek dissolution under BCL 1104, explaining: Business Corporation Law provides that the holders of shares... Read more »

Posted: June 24, 2018

Court Refuses to Dissolve LLC, Holding That Members’ Disputes Were Insufficient to Justify Dissolution

On June 11, 2018, Justice Dufficy of the Queens County Commercial Division issued a decision in Matter of Kassab v. Kasab, 2018 NY Slip Op. 50934(U), refusing to dissolve an LLC despite the many disputes between the members, explaining: A court may order the dissolution of a limited liability company whenever it is not reasonably... Read more »

Posted: May 22, 2018

Court Erred in Considering Extrinsic Evidence in Interpreting an Unambiguous Agreement

On May 16, 2018, the Second Department issued a decision in World Ambulette Transportation, Inc. v. Lee, 2018 NY Slip Op. 03560, holding that the trial court erred in considering extrinsic evidence in interpreting an unambiguous agreement, explaining: [W]e disagree with the Supreme Court to the extent that it determined that the parties’ written agreement... Read more »

Posted: March 28, 2018

Minority Discount Properly Applied When Valuing Minority Holder’s Share of Ongoing Partnership

On March 27, 2018, the Court of Appeals issued a decision in Congel v Malfitano, 2018 NY Slip Op. 02119, holding that a minority discount was properly applied when valuing a minority holder’s share of an ongoing partnership, explaining: The final question we must resolve is whether a minority discount may be applied in the... Read more »

Posted: February 22, 2018

Shareholder’s Failure to Help Run Company No Basis for Reducing His Shareholding

On February 13, 2018, Justice Kornreich of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Stavroulakis v. Pelakanos, 2018 NY Slip Op. 50180(U), holding that a shareholder’s failure to help run a company was not a valid basis for reducing his shareholding, explaining: To the extent defendants invoke the concept of “fairness” by... Read more »

Posted: February 3, 2018

Questions of Fact Regarding Dissension, Deadlock and Financial Viability Preclude Corporation’s Summary Dissolution

On January 22, 2018, Justice Scarpulla of the New York County Supreme Court issued a decision in Matter of Ades v. A&E Stores, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op. 30128(U), denying summary dissolution of a New York corporation, explaining: A shareholder owning at least one-half of the votes of the outstanding shares of a corporation entitled... Read more »

Posted: December 25, 2017

Questions of Fact Preclude Dissolution of Partnership on Summary Judgment

On December 12, 2017, Justice Bransten of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Magid v. Magid, 2017 NY Slip Op. 32603(U), holding that questions of fact precluded summary judgment in a dissolution action, explaining: On their first cause of action, plaintiffs seek an Order dissolving 110 East, and giving plaintiffs the... Read more »