C. ALLISON DEFOE REESE, APPELLANT,
NICOLE A. NEWMAN, et al., APPELLEES
January 11, 2016
from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
(CAB-4760-12). (Hon. Judith Bartnoff, Trial Judge).
Brown Gaines for appellant.
C. Robinson for appellee.
FISHER, Associate Judge, MCLEESE, Associate Judge, and KING,
case came to be heard on the transcript of record, the briefs
filed, and was argued by counsel. On consideration whereof,
and as set forth in the opinion filed this date, it is now
and ADJUDGED that the judgment on appeal is affirmed.
R. King, Senior Judge
C. Allison Defoe Reese, and appellee, Nicole Newman, were
co-owners of ANR Construction Management, LLC ("
ANR" ). Following disputes over management of the
company, Newman notified Reese in writing that she intended
to withdraw from, dissolve, and wind-up the LLC. Reese did
not want to dissolve the LLC but preferred that Newman simply
be dissociated so that Reese could continue the business
herself. Newman filed an action for judicial dissolution in
the Superior Court along with a number of other claims. Reese
filed a counterclaim for Newman's dissociation in
addition to other claims. Following a jury trial, the jury
awarded Newman $19,000 on her conversion claim, and found
grounds for both judicial dissolution and forced dissociation
of Newman; the court, thereafter, ordered judicial
dissolution of the LLC. All other claims by the parties were
rejected. Reese appeals from a judgment entered on the jury
verdicts, and the trial court's order of
dissolution. We affirm.
4, 2012, Newman filed a complaint in Superior Court alleging
breach of contract against her business partner, Reese, with
whom she founded ANR Construction Management in 2006. Newman
claimed that she and Reese had begun experiencing substantial
differences in regards to the business which prompted her to
issue to Reese a " NOTICE OF INTENT TO WITHDRAW FROM
PARTNERSHIP, DISSOLVE, AND WIND-UP BUSINESS" on May 9,
2012. Newman alleged that very shortly after
she delivered her notice, Reese locked Newman out of the
LLC's bank accounts, blocked her remote access to the
LLC's files and email, and ended her salary and health
benefits. Newman asked the court to enjoin Reese from any
further action intended to dissociate Newman from the LLC,
and for $500,000 in damages.
September 9, 2012, Newman filed a First Amended ...