Published: Jun 1, 2020

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

Corporate Armor: How WH Smith Avoided Corporate Veil Piercing in Florida

[1] WH Smith, PLC v. Benages & Associates, Inc., 51 So. 3d 577 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2010). [2] Id. at 579. [3] Id. [4] Id.  [5] Id.(a “success fee” is a fee that is generally contingent upon the completion of the paying party’s goal).      [6] WH Smith, 51 So. 3d at 579. [7] Id. [8] Id. [9] Id. [10] Id. [11] WH Smith, 51 So. 3d at 579.  (alter-ego theory is a method of piercing the corporate veil, accessing the assets of the parent corporation or shareholder(s) because the two are essentially the same entity). [12] Id. [13] Id. [14] Id. [15] See Int’l Shoe Co. v. Wash., 326 U.S. 310, 316 (1945) (In order for a court to have personal jurisdiction over someone, due process requires that, if the party is not present within the territory of the forum, he must have certain minimum contacts with the forum so that the maintenance of the suit does not offend traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice.). [16] Id. at 580.   [17] WH Smith, 51 So. 3d at 580.   [18] Id. at 580-81. [19] Id. at 581. [20] Id. (This can be done under the alter ego theory.) [21] Id. [22] WH Smith, 51 So. 3d at 581. [23] Id. [24] Id. at 582. [25] Id. at 580. [26] Id. [27] WH Smith, 51 So. 3d at 580. [28] Id. at 583. [29] Id. at 581. [30] Id. at 580. [31] Id. at 583. [32] WH Smith, 51 So. 3d at 579-81.


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