Case | HBS Case Collection | September 2009 (Revised August 2011)

Urban Decay: A Great Idea

by Lena G. Goldberg

Abstract

Casual discussions of ideas for a new business can have unintended legal consequences and expectations about founder status and ownership shares may diverge widely. Using facts from a litigated case, the concept of inadvertent formation of a partnership is explored.

Keywords: Business Startups; Spoken Communication; Lawsuits and Litigation; Ownership Stake; Partners and Partnerships;

Citation:

Goldberg, Lena G. "Urban Decay: A Great Idea." Harvard Business School Case 310-032, September 2009. (Revised August 2011.)