IMPORTANT LAW JOURNAL ARTICLE ABOUT LLC LAW AND EQUITY

By , July 30, 2018 10:31 am

In 44 Florida State University Law Review 93 (Fall, 2016) Mohsen Manesh, a leading LLC scholar, published an important article about LLC law entitled “Equity in LLC Law.”  For some reason, the article has only just now become available in WestLaw.  The following is an abstract of the article:

To what extent does equity play a role in LLC law? To what extent do courts retain the judicial discretion “to do right and justice” in circumstances in which the LLC statute and the applicable LLC agreement do not otherwise offer an adequate remedy to an aggrieved LLC member or manager? Until recently, the answer to these questions was quite clear: Equity is subordinate to the freedom of contract and the express terms of the agreement governing an LLC. But the Delaware Chancery Court’s decision inIn re Carlisle Etcetera has upended this basic percept of LLC law and practice. Carlisle suggests that courts need not sheepishly defer to the express terms of an LLC agreement. Instead, where justice dictates a different result,Carlisle suggests that courts retain the equitable power to apply fiduciary standards or recognize other equitable rights or duties, despite the statutorily mandated freedom of contract under LLC law. Thus, this Article argues thatCarlisle represents a true paradigm shift. It inverts the long-assumed supremacy of contract over equity in LLC law. Instead, the freedom of contract must be exercised always in the shadow of equity.

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