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Survey says? Alternative approach to the fair market value of physician compensation

For well over a decade, the use of physician compensation surveys has been the predominant paradigm for establishing the fair market value of physician compensation. In two recent BVR webinars on the fair market value of physician compensation, healthcare valuation experts Mark Dietrich and Timothy Smith refute conventional wisdom regarding the compensation hospitals pay to employ physicians and offer an alternative approach to determine fair market value. Read more >>

What are the advantages and disadvantages of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets?

Empirical evidence suggests that intellectual property (IP) drives a significant portion of the market value of companies today. In Michael Pellegrino’s “Guide to Intellectual Property Valuation,” he presents a set of evergreen due diligence procedures and considerations that practical IP valuation analysts can use today to create credible and defensible IP valuations. One of the most important topics he covers, while fairly basic, is the four types of IP and their advantages and disadvantages. Read more >>

Zyla Gives Update on Fair Value Developments

We attended the Southeast Chapter of Business Appraisers (SECBA) conference in Atlanta last month where Mark Zyla (Acuitas) talked about how the area of fair value is serving as a focal point for the profession to unify itself. Read more >>

Michigan court explains treatment of S corp’s retained earnings in divorce

The overarching issue in a recent Michigan divorce case was appreciation. Did the nonowner spouse (wife) have a right to a portion of the increase in value of her husband’s separate property, an S corporation? A related issue, and one that posed a question of first impression in Michigan, was how to treat the company’s retained earnings. Read more >>

Court shows itself flexible on apportioning for royalty calculation

It’s written in stone that experts developing a reasonable royalty for a multicomponent product must be careful to apportion damages to the product’s protected features. However, there is flexibility in how experts perform the apportionment, the Federal Circuit recently confirmed. Read more >>

SECBA gets sneak preview of the D&P Cost of Capital Navigator

The hardcover version of the Duff & Phelps Valuation Handbook – U.S. Guide to Cost of Capital will no longer be published—it is being replaced by the Duff & Phelps Cost of Capital Navigator, an interactive online application. Read more >>

Lost profits case awaiting Supreme Court decision

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to review a patent infringement case on the scope of damages. The issue is whether a patent holder may obtain lost profits for actions that occurred outside the United States, where the patentee has proven a domestic act of infringement. Read more >>

BVLaw Case Update

Every month, BVLaw analyzes and digests federal and state court decisions (including opinions from the United States Tax Court) that focus on valuation and damages issues and feature expert testimony. A BVLaw subscription is an efficient way for financial experts to keep up with developments in their areas of expertise and with the various courts’ takes on valuation methodology, Daubert and the art of presentation, and policy concerns. Read more >>

Delaware Supreme Court balks at Court of Chancery’s Dell decision

Twice, in 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court struck down statutory appraisal rulings by the Delaware Court of Chancery that dismissed the importance of the market price. Read more >>

IACVA rebrands itself as IACVS

IACVA will become IACVS, the International Association of Certified Valuation Specialists, to better represent the efforts and goals of the organization. Read more >>

Don’t assume causation, AICPA panel warns damages experts

Causation presents one of the most vexing problems for damages experts. But ignoring causation and simply working off the assumption that it exists may end up being the biggest problem for an expert. Read more >>

Trial court’s IPO valuation in fair value proceeding holds up on appeal

A recent case shows just how difficult it is to value a startup. Here, there was an extra challenge because the subject was a pharmaceutical venture that required years of funding for the development of two drugs working toward FDA approval. The trial court needed to determine the fair value of the plaintiff’s interest prior to the company’s ultimate success. Read more >>

In unusual business tort case, court exhibits flexibility in terms of calculating damages

The 8th Circuit recently upheld a sizable damages award in an unusual business tort case litigated under Nebraska law. One noteworthy aspect in terms of determining economic damages was that the court allowed expert testimony regarding the loss of value to the plaintiff even though the plaintiff did not fail completely upon the wrongdoing. Read more >>

New edition of Understanding Business Valuation now available

In addition to revisions to existing material and examples, there’s new material on valuing stock options, preferred stock, debt, and startup ventures. Read more >>

ASA BVers convene in Houston for the Advanced BV Conference

The conference sessions were an excellent mix of theory and practice—ideas that you can use in your practice right away. Read more >>

Federal Circuit drills down into Panduit, apportionment, and lost profits

The Federal Circuit recently examined a paramount damages issue that comes up in patent cases: whether, in terms of calculating lost profits, the patent holder’s ability to meet the Panduit factors makes a separate apportionment analysis unnecessary. Read more >>

Management forecasts receive close scrutiny from courts

In assessing the soundness of valuations, courts in a variety of cases have been paying close attention to the management projections appraisers have used or decided not to use in performing their value analyses. If courts are scrutinizing projections for reliability and plausibility, experts hoping to prevail in the litigation context must do so as well. Read more >>