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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 11, 2019

Bad Faith Is Not Necessary for a Business Divorce

Shareholder oppression – at least in New Jersey – does not necessarily mean you must prove that your business partner is acting maliciously.  In fact, he could be a wonderful human being who honestly believes that he is doing the right thing for the business at all times and would never intentionally hurt you or the business.  » Read More

Apr 18, 2019

Competing Companies as Oppression

When majority owners of a closely-held business engage in conduct that constitutes shareholder oppression, it comes in all shapes and sizes. One wrongful act that seems to be occurring more frequently is the creation of a competing company that excludes one or more minority shareholders. » Read More

Mar 18, 2019

Minority Shareholders Don’t Always Have a Right to Information

There appears to be an uptick in the filing of meritless corporate shareholder and LLC member oppression claims in New Jersey.  Not everything that majority shareholders do that upsets a minority owner is worth spending legal fees to pursue.

When the only allegations one can make are a failure to keep an absentee shareholder fully informed of all business transactions, and a failure to obtain that minority shareholder’s consent to such transactions, that alone is rarely a recipe for successful litigation.  » Read More

Feb 15, 2019

Kicking a Member Out of an LLC – Dissociation Under the New Jersey LLC Statute

Years ago, oppressed minority shareholders in New Jersey corporations had more protection than oppressed members of a New Jersey LLC. When the statute was revised in 2014, that changed, and LLC members now have similar remedies available to them. But there is one little-known section of the New Jersey LLC statute that makes it a more powerful tool for the majority owners than the corporate statute – the ability to “dissociate” a member. » Read More

Dec 07, 2018

Why Should the Majority Owners Have More Valuation Documents Than I Do?

Since litigation is so expensive, when a shareholder dispute arises, talks about the minority shareholder being bought out often happen before attorneys even become involved.  Often a client will come in with an offer in hand, or even a fully negotiated deal, asking for me to “write it up.”  But what happens if you only have a handful of the documents necessary to value the company?  » Read More

Nov 29, 2018

New Case Addresses Termination of Employment as Shareholder Oppression

I have previously posted on this blog in the past about how the termination of a minority shareholder’s employment can constitute minority shareholder oppression in New Jersey, possibly entitling the minority shareholder to a buy-out. This is based on the theory that an owner of a small, closely-held business reasonably expects employment as long as he is a shareholder. » Read More

Oct 25, 2018

Is Secretly Recording Your Business Partner Ever a Good Idea in New Jersey?

Many clients who come in to discuss a possible business divorce action are already anticipating obstacles to their own case.  Having a foresighted, prepared client is wonderful.  But when those clients take matters into their own hands before even coming into my office, sometimes they have harmed more than helped their own case. » Read More

Oct 04, 2018

Prosecutors Are Rarely Interested in Business “Theft” Cases

Many business divorce cases start because one partner is improperly taking money from the business.  Such behavior can come in many different forms, including a majority shareholder wildly overcompensating himself, running personal expenses through the business, or having family members on the payroll with a no-show job.  » Read More

Jul 19, 2018

Can Communication Be the Key to Avoiding Business Divorce Litigation?

No matter how many times I write about disputes between business partners, and how many times clients tell me their horror stories, I remain amazed by the ease with which some major business divorces could have been avoided.  Most of the time, when a shareholder dispute could have been averted, it is because one of the parties just needed to listen to the other.  » Read More

Jun 05, 2018

A Valuation Expert in Business Divorce Litigation Can Help Early On

Not surprisingly, business divorce litigation can be quite costly.  Whether this cost is “worth it” is not always so easy to figure out.  If a minority shareholder or LLC member in New Jersey has an interest valued at $600,000, spending $50,000 – $100,000 in legal fees may be warranted to achieve a buy-out.  » Read More

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