Often a minority owner becomes suspicious that their partner is stealing from the company. But what if your business partner is stealing from or defrauding third parties to benefit your company? Should you report it? Must you report it?
Such wrongdoing could take many forms. » Read More
Many times, minority shareholders have a suspicion, but no direct knowledge, of the majority shareholder(s) improper behavior. For example, what if you believe the majority shareholders are improperly running all their expenses through the company but don’t have any proof?
First, let’s examine how and why this could be considered shareholder (or member, in the case of an LLC) oppression under New Jersey law. » Read More
The key to winning a shareholder oppression case can sometimes be as simple as getting the information you need; and the key to that can sometimes be a reluctant accountant. Often, the company’s accountant will have the key to the case because he or she knows “where the bodies are buried.” » Read More
No one wants a trial, especially in business divorce litigation. Trials can be messy, expensive, and have a debilitating impact on the company. For example, a valuable CFO caught between warring factions of owners is a prime candidate to start circulating her resume. » Read More
David C. Roberts, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present a seminar for all business owners that will answer many of the questions, both known and unknown, a shareholder would have, such as:
Previously on this website, I wrote about how a recession can help an unscrupulous business partner hide his fraud (Nov. 2008). For example, I explained that “tough economic times” can be used as an excuse to stop paying dividends or providing other financial benefits to minority shareholders. » Read More