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Manson v. Curtis

Court of Appeals of New York
119 N.E. 559 (1918)


Facts

Manson (plaintiff) and Curtis (defendant) were shareholders in the Bermuda-Atlantic Steamship Company. Both parties tried to create a board of “passive directors” so that Manson would have full control of the corporation. Manson sued Curtis for breaching an agreement regarding Manson’s government of the company. The special term concluded that Manson had failed to allege the facts necessary to sustain a cause of action and dismissed the case. The Appellate Division affirmed. Manson appealed to the Court of Appeals of New York.

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  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

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