Dead Zone? Direct Claims By Creditors Of A California Corporation May Not Lie Against Management Based On Management's Allegedly Shifting Duties When Corporation Is In The Zone Insolvency Or Even...


The California Court of Appeal recently rejected the argument that directors and officers owe fiduciary duties to the company's creditors when the company is in the so-called "zone of insolvency," or is even clearly insolvent. In Berg & Berg Enterprises, LLC v. John Boyle, et al., 100 Cal. Rptr. 3d 875 (Cal. Ct. App. 6th Dist. Oct. 29, 2009), the California court expounded that "there is no broad, paramount fiduciary duty of due care or loyalty that directors of an insolvent corporation owe the corporation's creditors solely because of a state of insolvency." Id. at 893-94.

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