Veblen Dist. v. Multi-Cmty. Coop. DairyAnnotate this Case
Minority shareholders (Plaintiffs) brought this action against minority shareholders (Defendants), individually and as officers or directors of Multi-Community Cooperative Dairy (MCC Dairy). Plaintiffs' amended complaint alleged six causes of action, including oppression and/or unfairly prejudicial conduct toward minority shareholders, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, and restraint of trade or commerce. The circuit court granted Defendants' motion for summary judgment on the amended complaint. The court also granted Defendants' motion for sanctions on the ground that Plaintiffs and their counsel had abused the discovery process. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the circuit court id not err as a matter of law in granting summary judgment, as there was no support that Defendants engaged in any wrongdoing; and (2) the circuit court did not abuse its discretion in ordering sanctions against Plaintiffs for abuse of discovery in refusing to attend depositions scheduled by Defendants.