Category Archives: Litigation

Shareholder Oppression and “Mistreatment” in Iowa Corporations – The Reasonable (And Variable) Expectations Test

Are the actions that constitute shareholder oppression (i.e. mistreatment) the same across all Iowa businesses? Put differently, are shareholders in ABC, Corp. entitled to the same rights and “reasonable expectations” of treatment as shareholders in XYZ, Corp.?  In short, according to … Continue reading

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Open Records Requests – Fees & Policies

Utilizing Iowa’s Open Records laws is often one avenue businesses, news media, and individuals use to obtain information.  On July 19, 2017, the Iowa Court of Appeals reiterated that Iowa law permits public entities to recover their costs for complying … Continue reading

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When Owners in an LLC Are Personally Liable

Entrepreneurs and business owners often elect to create a formal business entity, such as a limited liability company (“LLC”), to shield themselves from personal liability.  In other words, they create such an entity to ensure that if an adverse court … Continue reading

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Do Fiduciary Duties Apply Between Equal, 50/50 Shareholders?

Fiduciary duties are often described as the highest duties recognized under the law.  Their application, however, is often challenged by litigants in court.  In a recent case before Iowa’s Business Court, the Honorable Judge John Telleen was tasked with determining whether equal, 50/50 … Continue reading

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Protecting Your Trade Secret in the Court of Law

Savvy business owners understand the value of protecting proprietary information; especially when the information provides a competitive advantage in the marketplace (commonly referred to as a trade secret).  What happens, however, when your business is unexpectedly defending claims in our … Continue reading

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Protecting Your Business’ Trade Secret in a Court of Law

Savvy business owners understand the value of protecting proprietary information, especially when the information provides a competitive advantage in the marketplace (commonly referred to as a trade secret).  What happens, however, when your business is unexpectedly defending claims in a public … Continue reading

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Follow State Law or Risk Negligence Per Se Claim

Negligence is a term commonly used by lawyers and non-lawyers alike.  But what does the term mean?  In short, this one word generally describes one party’s failure to exercise reasonable care, causing damage to another.  Recently, the Iowa Court of Appeals … Continue reading

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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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