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New York Business Entity Case Law Provides Insight for Entity Management, Transactional Work

October 27, 2022

 By Eric Geringswald | CSC

New York Business Entity Case Law

A New York court found that a shareholder could bring a direct suit and not just a derivative suit to address his complaint that a shareholders agreement had been violated.

The shareholder brought suit against a company in New York District Court, contending the company had engaged in conflicted transactions that rendered his options rights worthless, which, he alleged, “breached both the express terms of the contract and the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.”

The District Court judge dismissed the complaint, ruling that the shareholder’s claims could only be brought in a derivative suit. Upon appeal, however, a Second Circuit judge held in August 2022 that while the complaint regarding the breach of the conflicted-transactions provision of the agreement could only be brought as a derivative suit, the shareholder could bring a direct suit for breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing because that covenant is based on his individual options rights.

New York Laws Governing Business Entities Annotated

The full text of this derivative suits case is included in the Fall 2022 of New York Laws Governing Business Entities Annotated, along with the full text of three other cases covering recent legal developments regarding shareholder standing, LLC membership interests, and not-for-profit corporations. More than 40 new case notes from New York state and federal courts interpreting the law have been also added since the Spring edition, to ensure that legal and business professionals have access to the case decisions that could impact transactional work and entity management.

Published by CSC, in cooperation with legal publisher LexisNexis, this two-volume resource contains up-to-date New York business entity legislation, as well as other valuable features that make legal research faster and more efficient.

The Fall edition contains the latest legislative changes through Chapter 553 of the 2022 Session. The Table of Sections Affected provides an overview of legislative changes, and Blackline Amendment notes indicate exactly how the law has changed.

More than 100 New York forms for incorporation/formation, qualification, mergers, dissolution, and name reservation for all entity types are available on the LexisNexis® Store online download center. A listing of the forms is included in the book’s appendix. Up-to-date Publication and Fee Tables list filing fees and publication requirements for New York entities.

The Fall 2022 Edition of New York Laws Governing Business Entities Annotated is available as a two-volume softbound book or as an ebook, compatible with dedicated e-reader devices, computers, tablets and smartphones that use e-reader software or applications. It is also available on the LexisNexis® Digital Library.

To learn more about the Fall 2022 Edition of New York Laws Governing Business Entities Annotated, call 1.800.533.1637 or visit us online at www.lexisnexis.com/csc.