IN RE: John C. Wright

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.

IN RE: John C. Wright, petitioner-respondent, v. Jeffrey B. Irish, appellant, et al., respondent.

2015–07548 (Index No. 2111/14)

Decided: December 20, 2017

JOHN M. LEVENTHAL, J.P. CHERYL E. CHAMBERS JOSEPH J. MALTESE COLLEEN D. DUFFY, JJ. McCabe & Mack, LLP, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (Richard R. DuVall of counsel), for appellant. Freeman Howard, P.C., Hudson, N.Y. (Andrew B. Howard of counsel), for petitioner—respondent.

Argued—October 17, 2017


In a proceeding pursuant to Business Corporation Law § 1104–a for judicial dissolution of a closely held corporation, where there has been an election to purchase the shares owned by the petitioner pursuant to Business Corporation Law § 1118, Jeffrey B. Irish appeals from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Dutchess County (Forman, J.), dated June 11, 2015, which, upon a decision of the same court dated November 7, 2014, made after a hearing, and upon an order of the same court dated March 24, 2015, denying his motion pursuant to CPLR 4404(b) to set aside the decision, is in favor of the petitioner and against him in the principal sum of $3,833,558.

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed, with costs.

“The determination of a fact-finder as to the value of a business, if it is within the range of testimony presented, will not be disturbed on appeal where the valuation rests primarily on the credibility of the expert witnesses and their valuation techniques” (Matter of USA Nutritionals, Inc., 306 A.D.2d 490, 491;  see Matter of Adelstein v Finest Food Distrib.  Co., N.Y., Inc., 116 AD3d 850, 851).  Contrary to the contention of the appellant, the Supreme Court's determination as to the fair value of the petitioner's shares in the subject corporation is supported by the evidence (see Matter of Adelstein v Finest Food Distrib.  Co., N.Y., Inc., 116 AD3d at 851;  Matter of USA Nutritionals, 306 A.D.2d at 491).



Aprilanne Agostino

Clerk of the Court

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