North Carolina Business Litigation Report

Piedmont Venture Partners, L.P. v. Deloitte & Touche, L.L.P., March 5, 2007 (Diaz)(unpublished)

The person elected as liquidator to oversee the liquidation of the assets of two general partnerships was not entitled to limit his responsibility to the pursuit of a derivative action lawsuit against the auditor for the partnerships, as opposed to the general winding up of the affairs of the partnerships.  The Court held:

the substantive problem with Ray’s election as liquidator is that he is unwilling to accept the full mantle of responsibilities that attend to the post. Liquidation is a process for the winding up of a dissolved partnership’s affairs by collecting and providing for an orderly distribution of all of the partnership’s assets, first to creditors, if any, and then to the partners. See generally N.C.G.S. §§ 59-803 to -804 (2006); Del. Code Ann. tit. 6, §§ 17-803 to -804 (2006).

In the Court’s view, one who seeks to serve as a liquidator may not pick and choose among the assets of the partnership that he will supervise, but instead must be willing to accept responsibility for the full and complete winding up of the partnership’s affairs within this State.

The Court's remedy was to exercise its "inherent equitable power" to appoint a receiver for the partnerships.  That person would determine, as a part of the receivership, whether the derivative action should be pursued.

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