BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The public can now get a look at the petition that could lead to the break up of the well-known Cellino and Barnes law firm.
Ross Cellino was in State Supreme Court Monday as Judge Deborah Chimes unsealed the court filing.
The petition is eight pages long, and it shows many of the ways Ross Cellino and Stephen Barnes have disagreed.
Compensation for the firm's employees, new hires, policies on screening potential cases, the election of the corporation's officers, and marketing and expansion strategies are among the disagreements mentioned in the lawsuit.
According to the petition, Cellino and Barnes are equal, 50 percent shareholders in the company. This means their opposing positions have made their board of directors effectively useless.
The petition states: "Given that the shares of capital stock are equally divided between petitioner Cellino and respondent Barnes, the shareholders are so divided that the votes required for the election of directors cannot be obtained, and it is impossible to select a new board of directors."
You can read the full court document below.