As the economy improves, many businesses are finding that conflicts between shareholders and business partners that had been simmering beneath the surface for years are finally coming to a head. The previously laggard economy helped to mask those problems, since there was less of a reason to act on them while no one was making money. As a result, shareholder disputes are becoming more common and are hugely distracting to the business.
Consider that these shareholder disputes almost always arise amongst business partners who once trusted one another. Whether they are family members, or simply people who once worked together to build a company, it highlights the fact that no one is immune from becoming involved in such disputes.