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Avoid Automatic Piercing: A Comment on Blumberg and Strasser


  • Georgakopoulos Nicholas L

    (Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis)


This comment argues against piercing by default, a regime that the arguments of the main piece do not justify. Piercing of subsidiaries veil in contract law is justified but under exceptional circumstances and presumed piercing would not cover all of them. Legislatures, courts, and agencies have moved to validate rather than undermine limited liability. Moreover, automatic piercing would erode the socially desirable incentive for business creation that limited liability provides, reduce or eliminate the markets for venture capital, buyouts and corporate control, and preclude the flexible financing that limited liability makes possible.

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  • Georgakopoulos Nicholas L, 2011. "Avoid Automatic Piercing: A Comment on Blumberg and Strasser," Accounting, Economics, and Law: A Convivium, De Gruyter, vol. 1(1), pages 1-12, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:aelcon:v:1:y:2011:i:1:n:12

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    1. Georgakopoulos,Nicholas L., 2005. "Principles and Methods of Law and Economics," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521534116.
    2. Georgakopoulos,Nicholas L., 2005. "Principles and Methods of Law and Economics," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521826815.
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