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Day v. Sidley & Austin– Day was a Sidley partner who resigned when Sidley merged with Liebman b/c hedidn’t want to share his chairman position with a co-chair, sued Sidley arguing misrepresentations about mergerproposal and breach of fiduciary duty by partners negotiating merger without telling other partners first-Holding– no action for fraud b/c Day wasnot deprived of any legal rightby relying on the statementthat no Sidley partner would be worse off from the mergerNothing in partnership agreement about his position as chairmanAgreementgave authority to executive committee to decide policy questions-No breach of fiduciary duty– courts concerned with partners who make secret profits at the expense ofthe partnership (duty of loyalty), no recognized fiduciary duty to disclose this type of informationPartners owe each other exactly what they promised and no more(contrast toMeinhard)DISSOLUTION-Partners can dissolve their partnership whenever they wantDissolves when a partner leaves, regardless of what the partners agreedMust do so ingood faith(not to obtain a personal benefit that the other partners don’t get)-1914 UPA §29– The dissolution of a partnership is the change in the relation of the partners caused byany partner ceasing to be associated in the carrying on of the business-Dissolution occurs automatically upon a partner’s death or resignation butdoes notterminate thepartnership as a business – just marks the beginning of a new partnershipFirm itself shuts down only when the other partnerswind upthe business – cash out the firm,usually results in a group of current partners buying out the firm1914 UPA §30– On dissolution the partnership is not terminated, but continues until thewinding up of partnership affairs is completedExiting partner forfeits right to the firm’s accounts receivable but collects his capital account anddraw, then gives up rights to future assets/benefits of the partnershipPartnership agreement can include contractual rules about expulsion (Lawlis)-Dissolution or expulsion can also occur byjudicial order-Heirsdo not become partners, but have two options:(1) collect the cash value of partner’s stake(2) retain ongoing interest in partnership’s profits, but no control-Asset distribution upon winding up and liquidating the firm(1914 UPA §40(b)):(1) Amounts owed to non-partner creditors(2) Amounts owed as debt to partners(3) Capital amounts owed to partners (amounts they’ve paid in)(4) Profits owed to partnersWrongful Dissolution-If partner dissolves the partnership wrongfully, the other partners may have aclaim for damagesWrongful partnercannot wind uppartnership affairs and does not have a right to assetsWrongful dissolution often depends on what the partnership agreement specifies (not death)Includes where a partner dissolves the partnership to gain benefits for himself-1914 Act §38(1)– When dissolution is caused in any way,except in contravention of the partnershipagreement, each partner, unless otherwise agreed, may have the partnership property applied todischarge its liabilities, and the surplus applied to pay in cash the net amount owing to the respectivepartners.

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Term
Spring
Professor
INEZM.MELLO
Tags
Business Law, Ramseyer

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