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Posts Categorized: Derivative Actions

Posted: October 9, 2019

Derivative and Individual Claims Based on Same Facts Cannot be Brought in Same Action

On September 23, 2019, Justice Scarpulla of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Jobar Holding Corp. v. Halio, 2019 NY Slip Op. 32813(U), holding that derivative and direct claims based on the same facts cannot be brought in the same action, explaining: Although the complaint is rife with allegations that a... Read more »

Posted: October 6, 2019

Derivative Claims Against LLC’s Non-Managing Members Dismissed

On September 27, 2019, Justice Schecter of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Weinstein v. W.W.W. Assoc., LLC, 2019 NY Slip Op. 32868(U), dismissing derivative claims against an LLC’s non-managing members, explaining: Barbara and Candee Weinstein seek dismissal of all claims asserted against them because plaintiff does not seek to pierce... Read more »

Posted: July 29, 2019

Derivative Action Dismissed for Failure to Make Demand/Adequately Plead Demand Futility

On June 28, 2019, Justice Masley of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Gammel v. Immelt, 2019 NY Slip Op. 32005(U), dismissing a derivative action for failure make a demand or adequately to allege demand futility, explaining: Business Corporation Law § 626 sets forth specific procedures that must be followed in... Read more »

Posted: July 23, 2019

Claim Dismissed as Derivative, Not Direct

On July 5, 2019, Justice Masley of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in 600-602 10th Ave. Realty Corp. v. Estate of HY Nusimow, 2019 NY Slip Op. 31993(U), dismissing a claim as derivative, not direct, explaining: Pinchevsky asserts that the first counterclaim must be dismissed because Larissa lacks standing as she... Read more »

Posted: March 27, 2019

Claims Relating to Injury to LLC Permissible Direct Claims When They Also Relate to Separate Injury to Plaintiff

On March 12, 2019, Justice Schecter of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Beatrice Invs., LLC v. 940 Realty LLC, 2019 NY Slip Op. 30605(U), holding that claims relating to injury to an LLC were permissible direct claims when they also related to a separate injury to the plaintiff, explaining: Defendants argue... Read more »

Posted: February 6, 2019

Partnership Not Entitled to Recover Fees from Derivative Action Plaintiff When Security for Fees Not Posted

On January 31, 2019, the First Department issued a decision in NWM Capital, LLC v. Scharfman, 2019 NY Slip Op. 00674, holding that where a derivative action plaintiff had not posted security pursuant to Partnership Law § 121-1003, the plaintiff could not subsequently be required to pay the partnership’s attorneys’ fees, explaining: The court properly... Read more »

Posted: December 5, 2018

Mere Theory as to the Board’s Misconduct Insufficient to Plead Demand Futility With Particularity

On November 15, 2018, Justice Ramos of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Shields v. Murstein, 2018 NY Slip Op. 32964(U), holding that a “mere theory as to the Board’s misconduct is insufficient to meet” the demand particularity requirements for a derivative action under Delaware law, explaining: In a final attempt... Read more »

Posted: November 11, 2018

Plaintiff Asserting Derivative Claims Must be Represented by Counsel

On November 1, 2018, Justice Schecter of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Park v. Song, 2018 NY Slip Op. 28343, holding that a plaintiff asserting derivative claims must be represented by counsel, explaining: Whether a derivative plaintiff can maintain claims without being represented by counsel is a question of first impression under... Read more »

Posted: October 10, 2018

Shareholder Has Standing to Sue Corporation’s Counsel for Malpractice

On September 20, 2018, Justice Sherwood of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Reines v. Raoul Felder & Partners, P.C., 2018 NY Slip Op. 32332(U), holding that a shareholder had standing to sue the corporation’s counsel for malpractice, explaining: It is well settled that a stockholder has no individual cause of action against... Read more »

Posted: September 20, 2018

Court Declines to Dismiss Double-Derivative Action

On September 4, 2018, Justice Scarpulla of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Simon v. French-American Surgery Ctr., Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op. 32184(U), refusing to dismiss a double-derivative action, explaining: Under New York law, double derivative actions may be brought by a minority shareholder of a parent company for harm to... Read more »