Choice of Law and Choice of Forum

Favourite Ltd. v Cico, 2020 NY Slip Op 01463 [1st Dept 2020]

Contrary to defendants’ contention, New York courts have subject matter jurisdiction over the amended complaint, which was supposed to contain only derivative claims (see Matter of Raharney Capital, LLC v Capital Stack LLC, 138 AD3d 83, 87 [1st Dept 2016]). The fact that the operating agreement of Upper East Side Suites, LLC (the Company) chooses Delaware law is of no moment, since “choice of law and choice of forum are altogether separate matters” (Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Ltd. v Kvaerner, 243 AD2d 1, 5 [1st Dept 1998]). Furthermore, section 18-1001 of the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act (the Act), which provides that “a member or an assignee of a limited liability company interest may bring an action in the Court of Chancery,” is permissive, not mandatory (see generally Estate of Calderwood v ACE Group Intl. LLC, 157 AD3d 190, 195 [1st Dept 2017], lv dismissed 31 NY3d 1111 [2018]).

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