Legislative updates

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Case summaries

CEO Liability
Jes Solar Co. v. Matinee Energy, Inc., No. 19-16748, decided October 1, 2020. The U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, affirmed summary judgment in favor of two CEOs of an energy company in a suit claiming they were involved in a civil conspiracy involving the company. The court held that their status as CEOs was insufficient evidence that they knew about the fraudulent scheme involving the company or that the corporation was their alter ego.
Corporate Form
JTF Aviation Holding Inc. v. CliftonLarsenAllen LLP, No. CV-19-0209, decided September 18, 2020. The Arizona Supreme Court held that an asset buyer that was not a party to an engagement agreement between the asset seller and its accountants was not bound by the engagement agreement based on the “closely related party doctrine.” The court held that the importance of the corporate form and protections afforded it weighed against Arizona adopting that doctrine under these circumstances.
Member Liability for an LLC’s Taxes
State ex rel. Arizona Department of Revenue v. Tunberg, No. 1 CA-TX 18-0008, decided April 21, 2020. The Arizona Court of Appeals held that the member/CEO of an LLC could be held personally liable for the LLC’s unpaid transaction privilege tax where he had assumed a duty to remit what the LLC had collected from customers. The court pointed out that the member knew the CFO had stopped paying the taxes and although he had the power and authority to delegate the task to someone else he failed to do so.
Alter Ego Claim
Specialty Companies Group LLC v. Meritage Homes of Arizona Inc., No. 1 CA-CV 18-0708, decided February 25, 2020. The Arizona Court of Appeals held that an alter ego claim is not a separate cause of action but a means of imposing liability on an underlying cause of action and as such is governed by the statute of limitations applicable to the underlying cause of action to which the claim the piercing of the corporate veil is tied.

Other notices

September 22, 2020 — The Arizona Corporation Commission has posted a notice on its website indicating that statutory changes to the LLC law regarding the duration of LLCs and the street and mailing address of statutory agents will not be implemented until November 1. See the notice for details.
March 9, 2020 — The Arizona Corporation Commission issued a release reminding investors to be on the lookout for scam artists looking to profit from fear and uncertainty caused by the market downturn and coronavirus scare. Read the release, which contains information on how to identify possible investment fraud.