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J.F. Anderson Lumber Co. v. Myers
Minnesota Supreme Court
206 N.W. 2d 365, 296 Minn. 33 (1973)
Richard T. Leekley and his wife were the sole stockholders of Richard T. Leekley, Inc. (defendant) Leekley and his wife then formed a new corporation named Leekley’s, Inc. (Leekley’s), and they were the sole stockholders and officers of the new corporation. The two businesses were similar home-construction and home-remodeling companies. Following the incorporation of Leekley’s, Richard T. Leekley, Inc., transferred two trucks and equipment to Leekley’s for $1,700, and three employees from Richard T. Leekley, Inc., were hired to work at Leekley’s. Leekley’s did not acquire any of Richard T. Leekley, Inc.’s business contracts or debts. Prior those transactions, Richard T. Leekley, Inc., was insolvent for several years, and upon the transfer of assets, the company was dissolved with debts of around $40,000. J. F. Anderson Lumber., Co (plaintiff) sued and ultimately obtained judgment against Richard T. Leekley, Inc., for $24,652 for material bought for a project that J. F. Anderson had worked on and that was headed by Richard T. Leekley, Inc. Because Richard T. Leekley, Inc., was insolvent, J. F. Anderson argued that Leekley’s should be responsible for the judgment because the assets transferred to Leekley’s were transferred without adequate consideration. The trial court agreed with J. F. Anderson, and Richard T. Leekley, Inc., appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Olson, J.)
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