Category Archives: Litigation

7 Corporate Records an Iowa Corporation Must Keep

Iowa shareholders who are either seeking to learn more about their corporation or who are investigating potential corporate wrongdoing, often inquire as to what corporate records (i.e. documents) their corporation must keep.  Not surprisingly, reviewing a corporation’s records often provides shareholders … Continue reading

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Pre-Incorporation Liability for Iowa Entrepreneurs and Startups

So you’ve come up with the next “big thing,” and you’re excited, anxious, and busting at the seams to get started.  All natural feelings, but before getting too far down that exciting path, be careful not to put your cart … Continue reading

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Care, or Beware! Iowa’s Fiduciary Duty of Care

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we think it’s high time to further explore “caring” in the corporate context.  And while we’ve frequently addressed the broad concept of fiduciary duties that Iowa law and Iowa courts impose upon corporate … Continue reading

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Understand Your Burden of Proof Before Exercising the Nuclear Option

Duty of Care v. Duty of Loyalty and the Shifting Burden of Proof Intra-corporate dispute cases frequently involve litigants asserting breach of fiduciary duty claims.  More specifically, they involve plaintiffs alleging the defendant(s) breached his/her duty of care and duty … Continue reading

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Personal Liability for Failing to Hold LLC Meetings and Keep Corporate Minutes?

On January 9, 2014, the Iowa Court of Appeals published its opinion in Northeast Iowa CO-OP., n/k/a Viafield v. Joel Lindaman et al., No. 3-1058 / 13-0297 January 9, 2014 (Full Opinion Here), which is yet another Iowa Court of … Continue reading

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Howdy Partner, Show me Your Books!

Access to Books & Records in an Iowa Partnership Similar to shareholders in a corporation and members in a limited liability company, partners in a partnership are entitled to access the partnership’s books and records.  Iowa partnership law expressly states … Continue reading

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Business Owners Taking Legal Mulligans? Caution!

Successor Liability in Iowa The Legal Mulligan You May Not Want to Take While mulligans are commonplace on the golf course, they can spell trouble for business owners in the business world.  In particular, business owners who believe they can … Continue reading

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As an Owner, Am I Liable for the Debts of my Iowa Limited Liability Company?

Member Protections Under Iowa’s LLC Umbrella Just as shareholders in Iowa corporations are, by default, generally not liable for the debts and liabilities of their corporation, members (a.k.a. owners) in Iowa limited liability companies are also generally not liable for … Continue reading

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Business Divorce in Iowa – Can I Kick a Fellow Member Out of My Iowa Business?

Iowa Business Divorce Unfortunately, like some marriages, the exciting and passionate fire that burns between business owners and drives them to come together to do amazing work is replaced by a dull flame, bickering, money problems, and a deep yearning … Continue reading

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Are Shareholders in Small Family Businesses Personally Liable for Business Debts and Liabilities?

Regardless of whether your family business may be considering taking on debt for a much-needed expansion or whether it is facing liability from a lawsuit or other matter, one question frequently arises:  As a shareholder in an Iowa corporation, can … Continue reading

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