The prior owner of a woman-owned business will be required to pay upwards of $500,000 to an oppressed shareholder after a trial court found — and the Appellate Division confirmed — that she had entered into a valid agreement to transfer her shares in return for an agreement that allowed her to continue collecting her husband’s salary while he was in prison.
Opressed Shareholder Sues to Enforce Transfer Agreement
The unreported decision in Dilworth v. DiSalvatore, Docket No. A-4492-14T2 (N.J. App. Div. March 16, 2017) is interesting in a number of respects. First, it presents a case in which we see the results of failing to commit agreements among the owners of a closely held business to writing. It’s great for the litigators but no so fortunate for the owners that failed to get it in writing.