Category Archives: Litigation

Cybersecurity and Your Business’ Board of Directors

A recent court opinion underscores the importance for a company’s board of directors to assess cybersecurity. As we’ve explored in several prior posts, directors are charged with exercising fiduciary duties, including the duties of care, loyalty, and oversight. It is … Continue reading

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Deleting Emails May Muddy Legals Waters

Purging emails has been the topic of conversation amongst political pundits over the past few weeks, but how, if at all, can cleansing emails create legal problems for your business? One example… the Court system. In short, Iowa law generally prohibits … Continue reading

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Can I Force My Iowa Corporation to Buy My Stock?

Minority shareholders seeking to exit an Iowa corporation frequently ask, “can I force my closely-held Iowa corporation to purchase my stock.”  A great question, but one that is frequently met with a variety of answers.  On January 21, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court … Continue reading

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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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