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Operating Agreements

Will Your Family-Owned LLC Be Required to Pay the Fair Value of a Withdrawing Member’s Interest?

by Murtha Cullina on

Family-owned businesses that are organized as limited liability companies typically reflect the terms of the company’s governance, along with the members’ financial rights and obligations, in a written operating agreement....more

Holding the Bag: Update Your Operating Agreement or Face the Tax Consequences

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

New Law – Direct Assessment of LLC Tax Liability - The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (“TEFRA”) has governed the procedures for auditing partnerships since 1982. Under TEFRA, if the IRS audited an LLC taxed as a...more

Important Changes To The Illinois LLC Act

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Changes to the Illinois Limited Liability Company Act that took effect on July 1, 2017 may impact either your current Illinois LLCs or your future ventures. The changes generally conformed Illinois law more closely to a model...more

Exculpatory Provisions Under Delaware Law: Say What You Mean And Mean What You Say

Exculpation provisions in operating agreements must be carefully crafted in order to protect members, managers, directors and officers for breaches of fiduciary duties...more

Delaware Law Updates - TransPerfect’s Controversial Business Divorce Continues, Illustrating The Need For LLC Operating Agreements

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Many have heard of the highly publicized litigation involving TransPerfect Global, Inc. ("TransPerfect" or the "Company"), a Delaware corporation and one of the world’s leading providers of translation and litigation support...more

Marijuana Accounting and Legal Compliance

by Moskowitz LLP on

Since marijuana is still illegal at the federal level and subject to continually evolving regulations at the state level, cannabis producers, distributors, and retailers need to develop compliance programs and procedures as...more

Commercial Division Flags Novel Issue of Reasonable Reliance In LLC Member Battle

In PMC Aviation 2012-1 LLC et al. v. Jet Midwest Group, LLC et al., No. 654047/2015, BL221447 (Sup. Ct. Jun. 21, 2017), Commercial Division Justice Shirley Kornreich denied a motion to dismiss a fraudulent inducement claim by...more

Important Changes To Illinois LLC Act Take Effect July 1

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Changes to the Illinois Limited Liability Company Act set to take effect on July 1, 2017 may impact either your current Illinois LLCs or your future ventures. The changes generally serve to conform Illinois law more closely...more

“Food Fight” Sequel Ends Badly for Ousted Sibling

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A little over three years ago I reported on the first round of a fascinating “food fight” among four siblings, each of whom is a 25% shareholder of a Brooklyn-based, second-generation food distributor known as Jersey Lynne...more

Delaware Ruling Highlights Difference With New York Over Amending LLC Agreements

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The common perception among practitioners familiar with the business entity laws of New York and Delaware is that Delaware law generally is friendlier to, and more protective of, majority ownership and management interests....more

Fiduciary Duties After Pennsylvania’s Act 170

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As was alluded to in a prior blog post, one of the major changes that has been enacted through Pennsylvania’s Act 170 is the ability, through the operating agreement, to contractually vary fiduciary duties of members and...more

Assignment of LLC Interest Defeats Standing Despite Alleged Lack of Consideration

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The rules of “standing” in business divorce litigation generally require that the plaintiff have an ownership interest in the business entity at the time of the alleged wrongful conduct and, for derivative claims brought on...more

Business Law Update - May 2017

by Barley Snyder on

Through June 19, the Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty Program will waive all penalties and slash the interest rate on outstanding tax delinquencies that existed as of the end of 2015. Both the state and the Pennsylvania Department of...more

The Limited Liability Company Agreement That Has No Name

by Allen Matkins on

Practitioners under California’s Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act will be familiar with the concept of an “operating agreement” (Cal. Corp. Code § 17701.02(s)). Indeed, I expect that nearly every LLC formed...more

Navigating the Lifecycle of an Eponymous Brand (Part 2)

In this three-part series, we identified at least three distinct seasons in the lifecycle of an eponymous brand: (1) Choosing the Brand, (2) Commercialization, and (3) Legacy of the Brand. In Part 1, we discussed "Choosing...more

New District of New Jersey Case Shows Importance of Requiring Drivers to Form Corporate Entities in Misclassification Cases

by Genova Burns LLC on

Late last month, District of New Jersey Judge Robert B. Kugler partially granted FedEx Ground Package Systems Inc. (“FedEx”)’s Motion to Dismiss in a trucking misclassification case. The court dismissed several claims but...more

Business Divorce Nation: Five States, Five Cases

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

It’s true that the statutory and common-law rules at play in business divorce cases can vary widely from state to state. But it’s also true that court decisions in one state can influence courts in other states, and can...more

Episode 4: John Cunningham Interview on Avoiding LLC Deadlock

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A huge percentage of limited liability companies consist of two co-equal, 50% members, which poses the danger of management deadlock and dysfunction leading to dissolution or other litigation. In this episode, you'll hear my...more

Beware Diversity Trap in Federal Court Business Divorce Cases Involving LLCs

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

I can count on one hand the number of federal court cases I’ve featured on this blog since I started it almost 10 years ago — and that’s no coincidence....more

Episode 6: Tom Rutledge Takes on LLC Member Expulsion

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Expulsion a/k/a dissociation of an LLC member is a hot-button topic whether it’s pursuant to the terms of an operating agreement or by court order. This episode of the Business Divorce Roundtable features an interview with...more

Just How Much Power Does Your LLC’s Manager Have?

In a recently published decision — Western Surety Co. v. La Cumbre Office Partners LLC — a California Court of Appeal tackled the issue of LLC managerial authority from a different angle. The central issue in the case was...more

Unpacking Your LLC: Tax Considerations in Limited Liability Company Liquidations

by Smith Anderson on

Has your LLC lost its luster? Has it outlived its usefulness as an asset management, asset protection, or, dare we say it, wealth transfer vehicle? Are you tired of discussing the company’s operations with the other owners?...more

Business Group News: The Connecticut Uniform Limited Liability Act

by Murtha Cullina on

The Connecticut Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, Public Act 16-97 (the "New Act") will become effective for all existing and new Connecticut LLCs on July 1, 2017. The New Act is more comprehensive, modern and well...more

Court Of Chancery Sanctions Litigant For Fabricating Evidence And Violating Orders In LLC Dispute

by Morris James LLP on

This case involves the unfortunate deterioration of a marriage, as well as the couple’s winery venture, carried on through various LLCs. The decision illustrates the seriousness with which the Court of Chancery views the...more

The New Partnership Audit Rules Are Coming, Have You Checked Your Operating Agreement?

by Dickinson Wright on

At the end of 2015, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, as amended (the “BBA”), was enacted into law, and will be effective for tax years beginning after 2017. Under the BBA, the rules relating to the audit of partnership tax...more

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