The Second Department determined the cooperative board’s parking restriction was a proper exercise of the business judgment rule (and did not constitute a breach of fiduciary duty):
“In the context of cooperative dwellings, the business judgment rule provides that a court should defer to a cooperative board’s determination [s]o long as the board acts for the purposes of the cooperative, within the scope of its authority and in good faith'”… . “[D]ecision making tainted by discriminatory considerations is not protected by the business judgment rule'” … .
Here, the defendants demonstrated their prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law dismissing the complaint by establishing that the decision to enforce parking rules and prohibit parking in the grass area behind one of the cooperative buildings was protected by the business judgment rule … . In particular, the defendants demonstrated that they were acting in the best interests of the cooperative after making a number of capital improvements that added to the aesthetics and value of the property. Beach Point Partners v Beachcomber, Ltd., 2016 NY Slip Op 07284, 2nd Dept 11-9-16
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