Business Associations Keyed to Hamilton
DeWitt Truck Brokers v. W. Ray Flemming Fruit Co.
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Ray Flemming Fruit (D) was run by Flemming (D), it acted as a commission paid agent selling produce for growers. Corporate protocols went unobserved, the corporation was under capitalized, and no other management level personnel or stockholder received money except Flemming (D). DeWitt (P) filed sought for transportation bills owed. DeWitt (P) sought to hold Flemming (D) personally liable for withdrawing funds from the corporation that could have been used to pay the bill. Flemming (D) was held personally liable when the lower court “pierced the corporate veil”. Flemming (D) appealed.
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