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Idaho Real Estate & Development Law Update: Lack of Corporate Formalities Will Not Destroy the Limited Liability Protection...

In the case of Wandering Trails v. Big Bite Excavation released June 18, 2014, the Idaho Supreme Court clarified the requirements for piercing the veil of a limited liability company or LLC and thereby imposing liability on...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

Commingling and Personal Piggy Bank Leads to Summary Judgment on Veil Piercing Claims

In Webmediabrands, Inc. v. Latinvision, Inc., No. 601048/2010, the Supreme Court (J. Friedman) pierced the corporate veil at the summary judgment stage. Under New York law, the factors used to determine whether a court...more

The Complexities of the USPTO Proposed Attributable Ownership Rules

The USPTO proposed attributable ownership rules would require the public disclosure of the “attributable owner” of patent applications and patents. As discussed in this article, the proposed definition of “attributable owner”...more

NC Business Court Stays Arbitration Pending Ruling On Piercing The Veil Claim

The Order in Cold Springs Ventures, LLC v. Gilead Sciences, Inc., 2014 NCBC 10 is a procedural conundrum wrapped up in arbitration issues. The Plaintiffs in the Business Court are the respondents in a separate arbitration...more

Use Proper Terminology to Protect Your Personal Assets

Do you have a corporation or an LLC? How often do you use the proper name of your company (as it appears in the records of the Secretary of State)? Do you often shorten your name and omit the “Inc” or “LLC” on your...more

Despite Ruling Against Business Owner, Ky. Supreme Court Upholds Important Protection for Single-Owner Entities

Most Kentucky business owners know that owning their business through a formal entity, such as a corporation or limited liability company (LLC) has certain advantages. Many also know that to realize those advantages, they...more

Fashion Designers Beware: The Corporate Veil Can Easily Slip, Even After a Judgment

As proud as you are of your company, remember that it is a separate person, and treating its achievements as purely your own and its income as your personal bank account may get you into trouble. That was the import of a...more

Is LLC Veil Piercing Really “Not Required By Statute”?

Professor Stephen Bainbridge begins his abstract Abolishing LLC Veil Piercing with the following assertion: Courts are now routinely applying the corporate law doctrine of veil piercing to limited liability companies. ...more

The Corporate Veil Can Easily Slip, Even After a Judgment

On December 31, 2013, the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, issued an opinion making it easier to find business owners personally liable for a judgment entered against their limited liability entity –...more

Piercing the Corporate Veil – the Supreme Court Rules Again

In Prest v. Petrodel Resources Ltd the Supreme Court confirmed that the separate legal personality of a company cannot be disregarded unless the company is being abused for a purpose that is in some relevant respect improper....more

The NC Supreme Court Speaks On Fiduciary Duty And Piercing The Corporate Veil

The best lines in Green v. Freeman, decided last week by the NC Supreme Court, are that "[t]he doctrine of piercing the corporate veil is not a theory of liability. Rather, it provides an avenue to pursue legal claims against...more

Michigan Court Holds Business Owner Individually Liable For TCPA Violation But Denies Request For Treble Damages

Jackson Five Star Catering, Inc. v. John R. Beason and Tax Connection Worldwide, LLC, No. 10-10010, 2013 WL 5966340 (E.D. Mich. Nov. 8, 2013) - Pending before the Court were several motions, including Defendant...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News

In this issue: - News from the Courts - Delaware Legislative Update - Notable Deals - News from the SEC - London Update - Asia Update - Deal Stat Snapshot -...more

What Does It Take To Pierce The Corporate Veil?

New York has set a high bar for individuals seeking to “pierce the corporate veil,” which is by definition attempting to sue corporate officers or limited liability company owners directly for damages. Usually a corporation...more

Appellate Notes: Week of July 15th

Welcome to our Supreme and Appellate Court summaries webpage. On this page, I provide abbreviated summaries of decisions from the Connecticut appellate courts which highlight important issues and developments in Connecticut...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

Legislative Update: Business Law

I. GENERAL. A. Introduction. In selecting a form of business entity in Texas the organizer or initial owners can consider the following five business entity forms: • Corporation • General...more

Forming A Corporation? What Do “Corporate Formalities” Mean and How Difficult Are They To Implement?

When deciding on which business entity to select, a corporation is almost always one of the options considered. The primary reason is a Corporation solves the problem of potentially losing your personal assets by separating...more

Company Owners Personally Liable for $3.1 Million Withdrawal Liability Assessment — Owners’ Lease of Commercial Property to...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that owners can be personally liable for multiemployer withdrawal liability where the owner leases property to its own closely held corporation. The decision highlights...more

Client Insight: SCC Resolution on offshore entities' disclosure of beneficial owners

This alert examines a recent resolution of the Presidium of the Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation (“SCC”) dated 26 March 2013 No. 14828/12 on case No. ?40-82045/11 (the “Resolution”). The Resolution addresses...more

Liability of Directors in Canada – An Excerpt

This article is an excerpt of the Canada Chapter of International Liability of Corporate Directors, 2nd edition, published by Juris Publishing in February 2013. This excerpt excludes numerous aspects of the full chapter,...more

April 2013: London Litigation Update

Piercing the Corporate Veil: VTB Capital plc v. Nutritek International Corp and Others [2013] UKSC 5 - In a recent case, the United Kingdom Supreme Court unanimously refused to pierce the corporate veil in order to treat an...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

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