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Posted: August 26, 2014

Court Grants Summary Judgment Even Though Defendants Sought More Discovery

On August 15, 2014, Justice Whelan of the Suffolk County Commercial Division issued a decision in Flax v. Shirian, 2014 NY Slip Op. 51229(U), rejecting a request to defer decision on a motion for summary judgment pending further discovery. In Flax, the plaintiffs sought partial summary judgment on their claims in a business divorce action.... Read more »

Posted: August 17, 2014

No Need for a Corporate Officer to Make Demand on Board Before Bringing BCL 706, 716 or 720 Actions

On August 6, 2014, Justice Demarest of the Kings County Commercial Division issued a decision in Kotlyar v. Khlebopros, 2014 NY Slip Op. 51185(U), holding that there is no need for a corporate officer to make a demand on the board of directors before bringing an action pursuant to BCL 706, 716 or 720. In Kotlyar, the... Read more »

Posted: July 24, 2014

BCL § 1112 is Controlling for Determining Venue In an Action Seeking Judicial Dissolution

On July 21, 2014, Justice Demarest of the Kings County Commercial Division issued a decision in Sicignano v. Hymowitz, 2014 NY Slip Op. 51100(U), refusing to change venue in an action seeking judicial dissolution. In Sicignano, the defendants in an action seeking “judicial dissolution . . . pursuant to Business Corporation Law § 1104-a” and asserting... Read more »

Posted: March 27, 2014

LLC Member Not Permitted to Withdraw From LLC

On March 12, 2014, Justice Kitzes of the Queens County Commercial Division issued a decision in In the Matter of Kassab, Index No. 14428/2013, ruling on two pending motions in a special proceeding involving claims for judicial dissolution of two closely-held entities and related relief. This post focuses on the resolution of the respondent’s motion to... Read more »

Posted: March 23, 2014

Denying Petitioner is Shareholder Can Constitute Oppressive Conduct Justifying Corporate Dissolution

On March 11, 2014, Justice Friedman of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Quazzo v. 9 Charlton St. Corp., 2014 NY Slip Op. 30625(U), discussing the standard for corporate dissolution based on oppression. In Quazzo, the petitioner sought, among other things, to dissolve a New York corporation of which she claimed... Read more »

Posted: January 23, 2014

Director Breaches Fiducary Duty in Selling Corporate Shares to Himself

On December 24, 2013, Justice Whelan of the Suffolk County Commercial Division issued a decision in KNET, Inc. v. Ruocco, 2013 NY Slip Op. 33543(U), addressing the propriety of a director’s sale of additional shares to himself. In KNET, Inc., the court addressed a number of issues, including whether a corporate director breached his fiduciary... Read more »

Posted: January 4, 2014

Appropriate Vehicle to Address Grievances In Two-Shareholder Corporations is Derivative Action

On December 20, 2013, Justice Demarest of the Kings County Commercial Division issued a decision in Machaneinu, Inc. v. Luria, 2013 NY Slip Op. 52197(U), concluding that a 50 percent shareholder of a not-for-profit corporation lacked authority to initiate a direct action on behalf of the corporation against the other 50 percent shareholder for breach... Read more »