Alter Ego

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Tenth Circuit Affirms Clawback From Unsuspecting Recipient of Funds Under Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently upheld the grant of summary judgment for the receiver of a business that was alleged to have participated in a Ponzi scheme, finding that the clawback of funds was...more

Supreme Court Holds That Parties May Consent to Adjudication by Bankruptcy Court of “Stern-Type” Claims

On May 26, 2015, the Supreme Court in Wellness Int’l Network, LTD v. Sharif answered one of the foremost questions left open after its decision in Stern v. Marshall – is it permissible for litigants in a Bankruptcy Court to...more

Supreme Court Decides Wellness International Network, Ltd. v. Sharif

On May 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Wellness International Network, Ltd. v. Sharif, (No. 13-935), holding that Article III does not prevent bankruptcy judges from entering final judgment on claims that seek only...more

Long Term Care Lenders Beware: Could You Be Liable For Patient Care?

Plaintiffs are increasingly seeking to extend to remote lenders liability for alleged negligent care of residents in long term care facilities. The current strategy is to use "alter ego and veil piercing" theories which claim...more

The Trial Court Has Authority to Amend Judgment to Add an Alter Ego

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney, Barry P. Goldberg, is always concerned that the right party is joined in the case before a final judgment. Sometimes the “right” party is discovered during the trial and in a recent...more

Alter Egos: Where Fiction Becomes Labor Law And Vice Versa

Bruce Wayne. Clark Kent. Sir Percy Blakeney. In addition to being dashing literary figures, each of these men share a common trait – each has an alter ego. Donning a cape, the stoic Bruce Wayne becomes the intrepid Batman....more

Behind the Veil and the Blurred Distinctions of Entity Liability

As corporate counsel, you are well aware that the practice of creating, expanding, or reorganizing corporate entities and their subsidiaries is fraught with legal peril, both for your client and its officers and directors....more

Personal Liability In Business Ownership/Operation

Common practice for well advised business owners is to operate the enterprise through a chartered corporation or other limited liability entity recognized in the state(s) in which the business will be operated. The main...more

Internal Affairs Doctrine May Not Control Alter Ego Liability

The internal affairs doctrine “is a conflict of laws principle which recognizes that only one State should have the authority to regulate a corporation’s internal affairs — matters peculiar to the relationships among or...more

Concurrent ‘Alter-Ego’ Claims: Oklahoma Leads the Nation in Extending Protection to Shareholders, Officers and Directors

During the past several years, practitioners have devoted significant attention to the fate of the Oklahoma Legislature’s efforts at, and the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s response to, legislative tort reform. However, few noticed...more

California Court of Appeal Makes It Easier to Add Business Owners to a Judgment

Individuals form limited partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations to limit their personal liability. These legal structures encourage entrepreneurs to take risks. The California Court of Appeal, Second...more

Allegations Regarding Third-Party Beneficiary Issues and Alter-Ego Status Belong in the First-Filed Venue - Futurewei...

Addressing an appeal of a dismissed action filed second-in-time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling on defendants’ motion to dismiss, finding that additional, related claims for...more

Simply Getting Stiffed On A Judgment May Be An Inequitable Result

What happens when you sue someone who is judgment proof? One solution may be to ask the trial court to amend the judgment to add additional judgment debtors. Now, it may seem unusual to be able to add judgment debtors who...more

Family Law: Corporate And Trust Challenges To Service Of Process And Jurisdiction

The president of a corporation, manager of a limited liability company, trustee of a family trust, or principal of another business entity receives a summons in a Florida divorce case. One spouse contends the other’s...more

Alter Ego and Joint Partner Trusts: Estate Planning Beyond a Will

For many, estate planning begins and ends with the preparation and execution of a legally valid Will. Certainly, a valid Will, together with an Enduring Power of Attorney and a Personal Directive, allows an individual to...more

New York Appeals Court Issues Important Rule B And Maritime Corporate Veil-Piercing Decision; Lenient U.S. Maritime Law...

For the past sixty years, and until January 11, 2013, U.S. federal courts routinely have applied the comparatively expansive (and potentially creditor-friendly) "maritime law of veil piercing" when examining veil-piercing...more

Alter Ego – “Easy To State But Difficult To Apply”

Yesterday, the California Court of Appeal found substantial evidence in the record to uphold a trial court’s decision to add an affiliated corporation as a judgment debtor under the “single enterprise” theory. Toho-Towa Co.,...more

Involuntary Bankruptcy Petitions Dismissed Where Alter Ego Status Was Disputed

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York granted motions to dismiss involuntary Chapter 7 petitions filed against TPG Troy LLC and T3 Troy LLC (the Troy Entities). Petitioners filed numerous...more

What Doth The Alter Ego Doctrine Require Of Thee, But To “Do Justice”?

Yesterday’s post briefly discussed the internal affairs doctrine and alter ego claims. Professor Stephen Bainbridge responded with this post which discusses the approaches of courts in New York and Delaware. Professor...more

Fourth Circuit Refuses to Pierce the Corporate Veil in Oil Spill Case

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has refused to enforce a judgment against an entity with ties to the judgment debtor, finding that the judgment creditor had not adequately pled an alter ego claim....more

Religious Institutions: September 2012 Update

A corporation is an artificial or fictional person, ordinarily distinct from both its individual members or shareholders and its subsidiaries and affiliates, even when owned by just one person. A key reason many organizations...more

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