Author Archives: Matthew McKinney

About Matthew McKinney

Attorney focused on civil and commercial litigation.

It’s Not My Signature, I Can’t Be Bound To That Contract! Not So Fast…

On October 18, 2013, the Iowa Supreme Court published its opinion in Life Investors Insurance Company of America vs. Estate of John M. Carrado and Federal City Region, Inc., No. 13-0102 (October 18, 2013) and found that you may be bound … Continue reading

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The Relief You May Seek if You Are Suffering From Shareholder Oppression

So you’re suffering from shareholder oppression and you’re hoping relief is available; what relief may you seek in Iowa?   Shareholder oppression may be difficult to “diagnose” (read more here), but once diagnosed and similar to any other ailment, the … Continue reading

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What you Need to Consider When Selling a Majority Ownership in a Corporation

As discussed in several previous posts (here and here), Iowa law recognizes the existence of fiduciary duties between majority and minority shareholders in Iowa corporations.  See Linge v. Ralston Purina Co., 293 N.W.2d 191, 194 (Iowa 1980); see also Cookies Food Prods., Inc. v. … Continue reading

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Discounts at Wal-Mart, But What About Your Minority Ownership Interest in an Iowa Business?

Will your minority ownership interest in an Iowa business be discounted when determining fair value? As described in detail here, on June 14, 2013, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an opinion that clarifies the definition of minority shareholder oppression in Iowa. … Continue reading

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Shareholder Frustration – Iowa’s Standard for Minority Shareholder Oppression PART II

On June 14, 2013, the Iowa Supreme Court published its opinion in John R. Baur vs. Baur Farms, Inc. and Robert F. Baur, (No. 11-0601) (June 14, 2013).  A very short recap of the facts are as follows:  Baur Inc. was a family farm … Continue reading

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Iowa Law Protects LLC’s Owners From Personal Liability

A February 27, 2013 Iowa Court of Appeals opinion serves as yet another real-world example of how and why taking the time to set up a formal entity – in this case an Iowa LLC – can benefit and provide protection … Continue reading

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PART II – 2013 Law Eliminates Statutory Authority to Recover Attorneys’ Fees in Derivative Litigation

PART II – 2013 Changes to the Iowa Business Corporation Act. This post addresses yet another substantive change to Iowa law – as adopted by the 2013 legislature – and which relates to the ability to recover reasonable attorneys fees … Continue reading

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PART I – A Director’s Fiduciary Duty to Question and Disclose Information?

PART I – 2013 Changes to the Iowa Business Corporation Act. This post is the first in a series of posts that will address several changes to the Iowa Business Corporation Act (Iowa Code Chapter 490) as approved by the … Continue reading

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Governor Branstad Approves Changes to Iowa’s Business Corporation Act

As originally noted here, on March 6, 2013 a bill was introduced in the Iowa legislature to enact several changes to Iowa’s Business Corporation Act (Iowa Code Chapter 490).  After receiving unanimous approval from both the Iowa House of Representatives … Continue reading

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Changes to the Iowa Model Business Corporation Act?

In the 2013 Legislative Session (the 85th General Assembly), which began January 14, 2013, Iowa Legislators introduced new legislation that proposes several changes to Iowa’s Model Business Corporation Act.  As of March 6, 2013, the bill, HSB143, has been introduced, … Continue reading

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