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BLAW 308 Ch. 38
Professor Goldberg

What are the duties of Partners to the Partnership and Each

Fiduciary Duty
No Adverse Interests/Secret Profits
Not to Compete
Duty to Serve
Duty of Care
Duty to Act within Actual Authority
Duty to Account
Duty of Confidentiality

1. Fiduciary Duty

 FIDUCIARY DUTY – highest duty of loyaltymust act with good faith and fair dealing

2. Adverse Interests/NO
 Adverse Interests/NO SECRET PROFITSconflict of interest where partner profits personally – rather than as a partner- from a partnership transaction. Partner may enter a deal with the partnership only when:
Partner deals in good faith
Makes full disclosure of all material facts affecting the transaction, and
Obtains approval from the partners

3. Not to Compete

 Not to Compete – not to take business away from the partnership
Unless permission is obtained from the partners Test: must…
Partner deals in good faith
Makes full disclosure of all material facts affecting the transaction, and
Obtains approval from the partners

4. Duty to Serve

 Duty to Serve- duty to work for the partnership Failure to pull their share will result in charges to hire someone to do their part

5. Duty of Care

 Duty of CareBusiness judgment rule, (discussed in corporations Chapter 43). As in corporation law so too in partnership law, the courts will defer to the judgment of business managers unless there is a showing of bad faith, fraud, or breach of fiduciary duty. The rationale for courts being reluctant to substitute their judgments for those of business managers is that judges are less well equipped to make business judgments than are business managers who continually make such decisions and who have business knowledge and experience not possessed by judges.

6. Duty to Act Within Actual
 Same authority principles apply – see

7. Duty to Account

 Duty to Account: partner’s duty to tell his partners how he has used partnership funds and property
Personal use of partnership resources is theft 8. Duty of Confidentiality

 Duty of Confidentiality: partners should not disclose Financial information
Trade secrets
Customer lists
Mode of operation
Secret formulae
Business plans

 Share PROFITS of business
A partner is not entitled to a salary, but only to his share of the profits, absent an agreement to the contrary or the application of some special rule.
Profits and Losses. Note that losses are shared as profits are shared, absent a contrary agreement.
But profits are shared equally, absent a contrary agreement, even if losses are shared unequally
Each partner has UNLIMITED personal liability to partnership creditors, who are not bound by percentage loss allocations unless the creditor explicitly agrees

BRIEF: Spector v. Konover

 Facts: 4 partners orally formed partnership. Two (Spector
& Rosenberg) contributed land, other two (Patron &
Konover) built and operated the shopping center.