Brennan v. Brennan Associates
Connecticut Supreme Court
977 A.2d 107 (2009)
Thomas Brennan (plaintiff) sued his fellow partners in Brennan Associates (partnership) (defendants) for fraud. The partners and the partnership retaliated by filing a counterclaim seeking Brennan’s expulsion from the partnership. During the ensuing trial, it became clear that Brennan deserved much of the blame for the acrimonious disputes that rocked the partnership. For example, Brennan had consistently blocked his fellow partners’ attempts to share authority in directing partnership business. It also emerged that Brennan himself had been convicted for fraud some years earlier, a fact Brennan had concealed from his fellow partners and initially lied about in court. The trial court, applying Connecticut’s version of the Revised Uniform Partnership Act (RUPA), ordered Brennan’s expulsion from the partnership on the grounds that Brennan’s conduct relating to the partnership made it not reasonably practicable for Brennan to carry on doing business with the other partners. Brennan appealed to the Connecticut Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Katz, J.)
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