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Nov 07, 2019

Shareholder Dispute Litigation: When You Can Choose to Sell or Buy Your Company Shares in a Business Divorce

Attorneys often use the phrase “business divorce” to describe when business partners can no longer get along and want to be legally separated from each other, or at least one of them does.

But what happens when, like divorcing parents arguing over child custody, no one can agree who should wind up with the company?  » Read More

Sep 23, 2019

When To Involve a Customer or Vendor in Business Divorce Litigation (If Ever)

In a previous blog post, “Don’t Let Ego – Yours or Your Attorney’s – Get in the Way of a Settlement,” I made a passing reference to the strategy of taking discovery (including depositions) from company customers and vendors in business divorce litigation. » 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 22, 2018

Business Owner Rights: What Every Shareholder Should Know

David C. Roberts, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present a seminar for all business owners that will answer many of the questions, both known and unknown, a shareholder would have, such as:
  • What, exactly, is “shareholder oppression?”
  • How do I remedy oppression?
» Read More

Sep 29, 2017

Shareholder Oppression: What Every Business Owner Should Know

David C. Roberts, a Member with Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present a seminar for all business owners that will answer many of the questions, both known and unknown, a shareholder would have, such as:

  • What, exactly, is “shareholder oppression?”
  • How do I remedy oppression?
» Read More

Jun 29, 2017

It’s Never Too Late to Gain Allies in Business Divorce Litigation

In closely-held businesses in New Jersey with multiple owners, it seems fairly obvious that the more co-owners you can recruit to your side in a business divorce litigation, the better.  You don’t need a lawyer to tell you that.  However, what is not so obvious is the possibility of recruiting co-owners to your side once the litigation has commenced. » Read More

Dec 13, 2016

Some Pitfalls of Negotiating Your Own Buyout in a Business Divorce

More and more shareholder dispute litigations are settling earlier than ever before, which is obviously a good thing for anyone who does not want to pay a fortune in legal fees (i.e., everyone).  The reason is simple – in all but a handful of business divorce cases, it is obvious to everyone involved that the oppressed minority shareholder will wind up on the receiving end of a buyout.  » Read More

Oct 10, 2016

Court-Appointed “Tiebreakers” In a 50/50 Ownership Setting

When two people start a company, neither wants to give control to the other, so ownership is usually split 50/50.   This sounds like a great idea at the outset, when everyone is on the same page, and there is usually no other practical way to proceed.  » Read More

Sep 13, 2016

New Case Addresses LLC Member Expulsion in New Jersey

The New Jersey Supreme Court has decided a new case addressing what it takes to expel a member from an LLC in New Jersey.

The applicable statute in New Jersey (42:2C-46(e)) has three subsections dealing with expelling a member, two of which are fairly clear.  » Read More

Aug 31, 2016

What To Do If Filing Shareholder Dispute Litigation Might Potentially Harm The Company

To negotiate – or to sue?  That is the question when the decision to sue might potentially hurt the company.

A minority shareholder (or LLC member) in New Jersey is often faced with a difficult choice.  Confronted with mounting evidence of shareholder oppression and improper conduct by the majority, minority shareholders may have the right to sue and attempt to force a buyout of their shares.  » Read More

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