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Posted: July 23, 2014

Commercial Division Applies Delaware Demand Futility Pleading Rules

On July 3, 2014, Justice Schweitzer of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in David Shaev Profit Sharing Account v. Riggio, 2014 NY Slip Op. 31776(U), dismissing a derivative action for failure adequately to plead demand futility. In David Shaev Profit Sharing Account, the plaintiff filed a derivative action against the individual directors of... Read more »

Posted: July 20, 2014

Double Derivative Claim Dismissed For Failure to Show Control of Subsidiary

On July 9, 2014, Justice Schweitzer of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in USHA SOHA Terrace, LLC v. Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck, P.C., 2014 NY Slip Op. 31813(U), dismissing derivative claims for lack of standing. In USHA SOHA Terrace, the plaintiff “assert[ed] both direct and derivative claims against legal counsel for... Read more »

Posted: June 4, 2014

Notwithstanding Internal Affairs Doctrine, Some Claims in Derivative Action Governed by New York Law

On June 3, 2014, the First Department issued a decision in Culligan Soft Water Co. v. Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC, 2014 NY Slip Op. 03955, holding that notwithstanding the internal affairs doctrine, New York law applied to some of the derivative plaintiff’s claims. In Culligan, the plaintiff brought a derivative action on behalf of Culligan,... Read more »

Posted: May 29, 2014

Unit Owners’ Vote Insulates Condominium Board from Derivative Action

On May 16, 2014, Justice Scarpulla of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in DSW Lenox, LLC v. Rosetree on Lenox Ave., LLC, 2014 NY Slip Op. 31311(U), dismissing a derivative action against a condominium’s board of directors. The court’s opinion in DSW Lenox addresses several distinct legal questions. This post focuses on... Read more »

Posted: May 23, 2014

Organization State Law Determines Whether Derivative Action Plaintiff is Entitled to Discovery on Demand Refusal

On May 22, 2014, the First Department issued a decision in Lerner v. Prince, 2014 NY Slip Op. 03763, holding in a derivative action, the law of the state of organization, not the forum state, determines whether the plaintiff is entitled to discovery on the basis for the refusal of its demand. In Lerner, the nominal-defendant corporation’s... Read more »

Posted: April 11, 2014

Settlement of Federal Derivative Action Bars State Court Plaintiff’s Derivative Action

On April 1, 2014, Justice Lowe (formerly of the New York County Commercial Division and now Presiding Justice of the Appellate Term, 1st Judicial District), issued a decision in Wexler v. KPMG LLP, 2014 NY Slip Op. 30825(U), granting a series of motions to dismiss in an action brought by an investor who allegedly lost... Read more »

Posted: February 1, 2014

Derivative Action Dismissed for Failure Adequately to Plead Demand Futility

On January 21, 2014, Justice Kapnick of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Kebis v. Azzurro Capital Inc., 2014 NY Slip Op. 30171(U), dismissing a derivative action for failure adequately to plead demand futility. In Kebis, the plaintiff brought a derivative action against a corporation’s board of directors alleging “breaches of fiduciary duties... Read more »

Posted: January 12, 2014

Derivative Claim Dismissed for Failure to Allege Demand Futility with Particularity

On January 6, 2014, Justice Bransten of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Zacharius v. Kensington Publishing Corp., 2014 NY Slip Op. 50011(U), addressing a number of business divorce issues, including the standard for pleading demand futility. Zacharius involved a dispute between shareholders in a closely held corporation. The court’s decision in... 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 »

Posted: November 13, 2013

New York Shareholder Derivative Plaintiffs Must Plead With Particularity Why Board’s Failure to Comply With Pre-Suit Demand Was Improper

On November 8, 2013, Justice Bransten of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Kenney v. Immelt, 2013 NY Slip Op. 51831(U), dismissing with leave to replead a shareholder derivative claim filed by shareholders of General Electric Company against GE’s officers and directors alleging that they breached their fiduciary duties by, among... Read more »