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January 6, 2016

New York Law Journal

For over 25 years, the Court of Appeals’ decision in Levandusky v. One Fifth Avenue Apartment Corp. has stood for the proposition that the actions of condominium and co-op boards are entitled to judicial deference when made in the proper exercise of their business judgment.  Levandusky held that discretionary board actions are subject to such deference unless the apartment owner who is challenging the board’s action can show that the board acted in bad faith, outside of its authority or not in furtherance of the condominium or co-op’s legitimate interests. This deference has been a powerful tool for boards, one that benefits the entities they serve and the overwhelming majority of apartment owners, and avoids the expense and disruption of litigation by encouraging summary dismissal of unwarranted claims.

This column updates our prior columns dealing with Levandusky and its progeny and reviews 13 recent cases, dating from 2011 through 2015, invoking the business judgment rule.

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