Vote To Dissolve LLC Defeats Buy-Out Option

The California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act provides procedures for both voluntary and judicial dissolution.  When a member or members of a California limited liability company files an action for its judicial dissolution, the other members may avoid the dissolution by buying the moving members out for cash.  Cal. Corp. Code § 17707.03(c).   What happens to this buy-out right if the members subsequently elect to dissolve voluntarily?

In Friend of Camden, Inc. v. Brandt, 2022 WL 3037454, the plaintiff, a holder of a 1% interest in an LLC, filed an action seeking judicial dissolution pursuant to Section 17707.03.  other members of the LLC responded to this action by filing a motion to avoid dissolution by purchasing the plaintiff's 1% interest in the LLC.  Not wanting to be bought out, the plaintiff, joined with the holders of 49% of the LLC's interests, voted to dissolve the LLC voluntarily.  The Court of Appeal concluded:

Section 17707.01 expressly permits a vote to dissolve, and such a vote effectively moots a judicial dissolution proceeding and any ensuing buyout proceeding.

Accordingly, the trial court was required to dismiss the buy-out proceeding and direct the parties to proceed with the winding up of the LLC.  

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