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Shareholder Disputes in New Jersey

A blog covering shareholder dispute law and litigation issues in New Jersey.

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Jun 03, 2020

Majority Shareholder Threats May Backfire

If you are having an ongoing issue with your business partner and you attempted to discuss it, how did he react when you started raising concerns about the manner in which he was running the company? If he is like many entrenched majority owners who have let their power and authority go to their heads, his initial reaction was a threat. » Read More

Apr 30, 2020

Don’t Let Your Business Partner Use the COVID-19 Pandemic to Hide Misconduct

Many business owners reading this article are facing a severe COVID-19-related economic downturn and simply struggling for survival. However, this does not describe all businesses. Some have been, and remain, closed completely. Some are better able to adapt to a remote environment than others, and some may even thrive in this environment. » Read More

Mar 27, 2020

While Filing a Shareholder Oppression Claim Might Be the Last Thing on Your Mind Right Now Due to the COVID-19 Virus, Waiting to File Could Potentially Prejudice Your Valuation

The world has changed. The COVID-19 virus is impacting everything and everyone, and certainly only the most fortunate of businesses will not be adversely impacted. If you as a business owner have reason to believe that you are an oppressed minority shareholder with the right to file suit against your fellow shareholder(s), it is easy to conclude that you perhaps should hold off on filing that shareholder oppression claim, at least until some semblance of normalcy has been restored. » Read More

Feb 25, 2020

Hidden Competition: A Common Form of Oppression

If you are a passive investor in a closely-held business, there are many things from which you need to protect yourself. In New Jersey, these can include excessive salaries and bonuses, personal expenses being run through the company, cash transactions never making their way onto the books, and relatives on the payroll in no-show jobs. » Read More

Feb 18, 2020

Mediation Can Be an Especially Effective Tool in Business Divorce Litigation

Mediation can be a very effective way to avoid substantial legal fees and costs in any litigation, but this settlement tool can be especially effective in business divorce litigation.

Mediation in Civil Litigation

When parties battle it out in typical civil litigation, there are often two things being decided by a court (or, sometimes, a jury) – liability and damages. » Read More

Jan 21, 2020

Have Your Business Divorce Attorney Retain a Valuation Expert on Your Behalf – Don’t Do It on Your Own

A year-and-a-half ago, on June 5, 2018, I wrote “A Valuation Expert in Business Divorce Litigation Can Help Early On” about the value of retaining a valuation expert early on. Knowing what your shares may be worth can be an invaluable tool when approaching negotiations relating to being paid for those shares, or in determining whether or not shareholder dispute litigation may be cost-effective. » Read More

Jan 13, 2020

Potential Alternatives to Shareholder Dispute Litigation in Your Business Divorce

Shareholder dispute litigation may often be an effective way to achieve a remedy for wrongdoing committed by the majority, such as getting paid for your shares. However, filing litigation against your business partners may not be the most cost-effective way of obtaining such relief. » Read More