Starting Up Smarter
It is remarkable to note how many major lawsuits result from a failure to attend to “minor details”—precisely, of the sort of details that many busy entrepreneurs don’t have time for. The recent case of Moras v. Marco Polo Networks, Inc. is just one of many that illustrate this point.
Moras, decided on May 31, 2012, by Federal Judge Paul Engelmayer of the Southern District of New York, illustrates just what can go wrong when individuals don’t attend to corporate formalities and leave themselves open to corporate veil-piercing arguments.
Plaintiff, Moras, after he was fired, sued his employer for breach of an employment agreement, fraud and unjust enrichment. He also sued Ramgopal, the CEO and single largest shareholder of the parent company of his employer, on a veil-piercing theory. In defining the issue on Ramgopal’s motion for summary judgment, the Court asked, “can Ramgopal be held individually liable for the corporate defendants' non-payment of wages by piercing the corporate veil and imposing shareholder liability?”