Company owner can be liable for his personal torts in the operation of corporation
The Michigan Supreme Court recently held that Steven Kropf could be sued individually for his alleged conversion of funds in the operation of Appletree Marketing, LLC. Appletree was Kropf's corporation, and it collected money in the nature of a tax under the state's Agricultural Commodities Marketing Act. It was alleged that Kropf illegally converted these funds to pay corporate bills of the now-defunct entity. In an opinion by Justice Young, the Supreme Court held that Kropf could be sued personally for his "personal torts" in the operation of Appletree.