Category Archives: LLC Cases 2010

December 2010 — Issue 57

November 2010 and December 2010

LLP Cases: Henry v. Masson

333 S.W.3d 825 (Tex. App. 2010)

Henry and Masson were partners in an orthopedic surgery practice. They formed their practice as an LLP in 2001, and personal disputes led to litigation in 2003. During a hearing in the case, they agreed in principle to wind up the LLP and sever all ties between them. Additional disputes and issues arose, and another suit was filed. In an attempt to resolve all their differences, they executed a settlement agreement. Litigation ensued over alleged breaches of the settlement agreement. Continue reading

October 2010 — Issue 56

Ross Holding and Management Company v. Advance Realty Group, LLC

C.A. No. 4113-VCN, 2010 WL 3448227 (Del. Ch. Sept. 2, 2010)

The plaintiffs, members of a Delaware LLC, sought the immediate appointment of a receiver for the LLC based on the LLC’s insolvency resulting from gross mismanagement and self-dealing by the defendant board. The defendants objected because neither the LLC agreement nor the Delaware LLC statute provided for the appointment of a receiver in the event of insolvency and because plaintiffs failed to plead behavior sufficiently egregious to merit the appointment of a receiver in accordance with the court’s equity powers. Both parties acknowledged that the Delaware LLC statute is silent on the issue Continue reading

September 2010 — Issue 55

LLP Cases: Roe v. Ladymon

318 S.W.3d 502 (Tex. App. 2010)

(limited liability of partner in LLP; effect of conversion from LLP to limited partnership; arbitration clause not binding on partner who signed contract as representative of partnership)


LLC Cases: Colborne Corporation v. Weinstein

__ P.3d __, 2010 WL 185416 (Colo. App. 2010, pet. granted)

The plaintiff, a creditor of a Colorado LLC, sought to hold the managers and members of an LLC liable for an unlawful distribution. The creditor argued that the managers were liable for breach of a common law fiduciary duty owed to the creditor and that the members were liable under the Colorado LLC statute, which provides for liability of the members to the LLC in the event the members knowingly receive an impermissible distribution. Continue reading

August 2010 — Issue 54

LLP Cases: Largo Realty, Inc. v. Purcell

928 N.E.2d 999 (Mass. App. 2010).

The plaintiff sued for breach of contract and other claims arising out of alleged overbilling by BDO Seidman, LLP (“BDO”) for services provided the plaintiff under a written contract between the plaintiff and BDO. The plaintiff’s complaint named an employee of the partnership who rendered services to the plaintiff and the employee’s supervising partner, Russo, individually and as a partner in BDO. The defendants filed a motion to dismiss, which the trial court granted. The plaintiff argued that it made BDO a party by suing Russo in his capacity as a partner. The court discussed “three forms of partnerships” in Massachusetts: Continue reading

July 2010 — Issue 53

Ross Holding and Management Company v. Advance Realty Group, LLC

C.A. No. 4113-VCN, 2010 WL 3448227 (Del. Ch. Sept. 2, 2010)

The plaintiffs, members of a Delaware LLC, sought the immediate appointment of a receiver for the LLC based on the LLC’s insolvency resulting from gross mismanagement and self-dealing by the defendant board. The defendants objected because neither the LLC agreement nor the Delaware LLC statute provided for the appointment of a receiver in the event of insolvency and because plaintiffs failed to plead behavior sufficiently egregious to merit the appointment of a receiver in accordance with the court’s equity powers. Both parties acknowledged that the Delaware LLC statute is silent on the issue of the appointment of a receiver except as provided in the case of the cancellation of the certificate of formation. Continue reading

June 2010 — Issue 52

LLP Cases: Edlinger v. United States

No. 3:10-cv-148, 2010 WL 1485951 (N.D.N.Y. April 14, 2010)

(limited liability of LLP partner absent partner’s own wrongful conduct, partner’s direct supervision of someone who engaged in wrongful conduct, or limitation of scope of liability protection by partnership agreement).


LLC Cases: Spurlock v. Begley

308 S.W.3d 657 (Ky. 2010)

An LLC member, Griffin, orally announced his intention to give another individual, Begley, a 25% interest in the LLC in order to pay off a $75,000 note from the LLC to Begley. Continue reading

May 2010 — Issue 51

Kuroda v. SPJS Holdings, L.L.C.

Civil Action No. 4030-CC, 2010 WL 925853 (Del. Ch. March 16, 2010)

Kuroda became involved with several individuals whose relationship was governed by a series of agreements and contracts that formed a complex web of interrelated companies and partnerships, the purpose of which was to establish an efficient structure to manage and provide investment advice to certain funds. Kuroda was a non-managing member of an LLC that was created to serve as the general partner of the funds. As such, Kuroda had no decision-making authority in connection with the funds or the LLC. Continue reading

March 2010 — Issue 49

LLC Cases: Whittington v. Dragon Group, L.L.C.

991 A.2d 1 (Del. 2009)

The Delaware Supreme Court decided, as a matter of first impression, that the typed word “seal” next to an individual signatory’s name was sufficient to create a “specialty contract,” i.e., a contract under seal, which is subject to a twenty-year statute of limitations under Delaware law rather than the three-year statute of limitations applicable to regular contracts. The dispute in this case involved the rights of family members with respect to a Delaware LLC. The plaintiff brought this action against the LLC, the plaintiff’s siblings, and other family members to enforce his rights as an alleged member of the LLC, and the chancery court concluded that the plaintiff’s rights were ultimately predicated on a global settlement agreement entitled “Agreement in Principle” (“AIP”) entered into by the plaintiff and his siblings in 2001 during prior litigation between the parties. Continue reading

February 2010 — Issue 48

LLP Cases: Evanston Ins. Co. v. Dillard Dep’t Stores, Inc.,

602 F.3d 610 (5th Cir. 2010)

Dillard Department Stores, Inc. (“Dillard’s”) sued a law firm, Chargois & Ernster, L.L.P., in 2003 for federal and state trademark infringement, cyberpiracy, and various business torts based on the law firm’s use of the Dillard’s name and logo on a website developed by the law firm to solicit clients with claims against Dillard’s. The law firm was registered as a Texas limited liability partnership. Early in 2004, while the litigation with Dillard’s was ongoing, the partners executed a separation agreement providing for dissolution of the partnership, and they did not renew the firm’s LLP registration when it expired in July, 2004. In November, 2004, the court entered a final judgment against “Chargois & Ernster, L.L.P.” Continue reading

January 2010 — Issue 47

LLC Cases: Vichi v. Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.

2578-Vcp, 2009 WL 4345724 (Del. Ch. Dec. 1, 2009)

Vichi made a loan to a Delaware LLC which was a subsidiary of a joint venture between two foreign companies. The LLC went bankrupt and defaulted on the loan to Vichi. Vichi then sued various parties. Among other claims, Vichi brought breach of fiduciary duty claims against an individual citizen of Singapore who resided in China and was an officer of the joint venture and employed by a subsidiary of the joint venture that was the sole member and manager of the LLC. The individual successfully moved for dismissal of the claims against him for lack of personal jurisdiction because neither the Delaware long-arm statute nor the implied consent provision of the LLC statute provided a basis to exercise jurisdiction over him. Continue reading