Articles Posted in Deadlock

Shareholder Deadlock AttorneyIs an intractable deadlock among the shareholders good grounds to force the sale of a large, successful corporation? That was the issue before the Delaware Supreme Court in a case in which the trial court’s decision to sell the business as a going concern – over the objection of one shareholder –was affirmed by the Supreme Court.

In this case, a trial court’s ability to fashion and equitable remedy based on the circumstances of the case ran into direct conflict with the limited remedies that are available to minority shareholders under Delaware law.

Court Orders Sale of Corporation in Shareholder Deadlock

Court Appoints Receiver to Protect Partnership AssetsCourts loathe the appointment of receivers. First, it is often the death knell to any viable business. The appointment of a receiver is commonly good cause to default on virtually any well-drawn contract, and it send anyone otherwise interested in doing business running for cover.

However, when the dysfunction of the partnership puts the assets of the partnership at risk, a Court can and should appoint a receiver, holds the Appellate Court of Illinois in Schultz v. Halpin, 2016 IL App (3d) 160210-U (Ill. App., 2016).

Partnership Assets Must Be Protected in Dispute Says Court

Conflict and Negotiation Case Study: The Importance of Sincerity
One of the hardest things about being an effective negotiator is the ability to leave your ego at the door.  We need to listen, not impress.

Seasoned Negotiators, Effective Apologies

As negotiation trainer Jim Camp warns, an effective negotiator learns how to let the other side be “ok,” even when you’re not.  The fact is that no matter how well we listen, no matter how well we employ our negotiator’s tool kit to learn the real interests of the other side, we’re going to make mistakes.


The romance of the new business venture has waned. There are disputes between the principals. Emotions are clearly running high. In short, this business marriage, consummated as a limited liability company, no longer works the way at least one of the parties intended. Is that enough under New York for the members of the LLC to get divorced? The answer from the New York Appellate Division, Second Department, is a resounding “No.”

The decision In re 1545 Ocean Avenue (opinion here), which involved a limited liability company formed for purpose of redeveloping property in Bohemia, NY. The LLC’s two members were business entities, Crown Royal and Ocean Suffolk Properties, both in the construction business, and the managers were the principals of those two business entities. Various disputes arose between the managers, including the price charged by one of the members for work on the project and the selection of an architect, and ultimately one of the members asked for a divorce and walked out on the project. The other member continued on, however, and with only a few weeks Crown Royal sought to dissolve the LLC.

Crown Royal claimed deadlock and the trial court granted the petition for dissolution. The Appellate Division reversed, holding that Crown Royal had failed to establish that the LLC had been prevented from continuing in accordance with the terms of its operating agreements. (New York law, you may recall, does not provide for the expulsion of individual members.)

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