Tekni-Plex, Inc. v. Meyner & Landis
New York Court of Appeals
89 N.Y.2d 123, 674 N.E.2d 663, 651 N.Y.S.2d 954 (1996)
The law firm of Meyner & Landis (M&L) (defendant) represented Tekni-Plex, Inc. (Old Tekni-Plex) for environmental compliance concerns. Later, Tekni-Plex merged into a purchaser company, Acquisition, and continued to do business under the name Tekni-Plex, Inc. (New Tekni-Plex). M&L represented Old Tekni-Plex in the merger. At the time, a single individual, Tang, held all the shares in Old Tekni-Plex. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Tang agreed to compensate Acquisition for any damages resulting from misrepresentations made by Tang or Old Tekni-Plex in relation to the merger transaction. After the merger, New Tekni-Plex complained of misrepresentations and breach of warranty relating to environmental compliance issues and haled Tang into arbitration. M&L agreed to represent Tang in the arbitration proceedings. New Tekni-Plex sued, seeking to disqualify M&L and prevent M&L from sharing with Tang information about the environmental compliance issues M&L obtained through its representation of Old Tekni-Plex. New Tekni-Plex sought to compel M&L to give it access to information relating to the merger transaction that M&L obtained through its representation of Old Tekni-Plex. The trial court ruled in favor of New Tekni-Plex, and Old Tekni-Plex appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Kaye, C.J.)
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