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Estate of Aaron Jones v. Commissioner

In gift tax dispute, Tax Court adopts estate expert’s valuation of two related PTEs, including expert’s tax affecting; court distinguishes Gross and later cases; issue is not whether to tax affect but how; estate expert’s tax affecting was “more accurate than [IRS’] blunt zero-rate approach.”

Keeping Gross Alive, Nimble Tax Court Accepts PTE Tax Affecting

In gift tax dispute, Tax Court adopts estate expert’s valuation of two related PTEs, including expert’s tax affecting; court distinguishes Gross and later cases; issue is not whether to tax affect but how; estate expert’s tax affecting was “more accurate than [IRS’] blunt zero-rate approach.”

In re Appraisal of Columbia Pipeline Grp., Inc.

In statutory appraisal action featuring publicly traded company, court relies on deal price for fair value; although flawed, sale process, when compared to process in three key high court decisions endorsing deal price, does not undermine validity of deal price; no adjustment for synergies.

Court Endorses Unadjusted Deal Price as Fair Value Indicator Despite Flaws in Sale Process

In statutory appraisal action featuring publicly traded company, court relies on deal price for fair value; although flawed, sale process, when compared to process in three key high court decisions endorsing deal price, does not undermine validity of deal price; no adjustment for synergies.

Lee v. Argent Trust Co.

Court dismisses private plaintiff’s ESOP suit, alleging defendant trustee and other ESOP and company actors violated their fiduciary duties to the plan and overpaid for company stock; a subsequent valuation showed the plan obtained stock at a discount, court concludes.

Court Finds Plaintiff Fails to Show ESOP Transaction Caused Injury

Court dismisses private plaintiff’s ESOP suit, alleging defendant trustee and other ESOP and company actors violated their fiduciary duties to the plan and overpaid for company stock; a subsequent valuation showed the plan obtained stock at a discount, court concludes.

Pizzella v. Vinoskey

Trial court finds ESOP trustee liable for causing plan to overpay for company stock; trustee failed to adequately respond to red flags in ESOP appraisal and did not act solely in the interest of ESOP, court says; owner is liable for accepting price he knew to be above stock’s fair market value.

DOL Prevails on All Claims Against ESOP Trustee and Owner/Seller

Trial court finds ESOP trustee liable for causing plan to overpay for company stock; trustee failed to adequately respond to red flags in ESOP appraisal and did not act solely in the interest of ESOP, court says; owner is liable for accepting price he knew to be above stock’s fair market value.

In re Appraisal of Jarden Corp.

Court finds record shows unaffected market price is best evidence of fair value; court says company expert’s efficient market analysis and event study provide strong support for use of market price; court’s own DCF analysis generates value close to market price, thus corroborating market price.

Court of Chancery Rules Unaffected Market Price Is Best Evidence of Fair Value

Court finds record shows unaffected market price is best evidence of fair value; court says company expert’s efficient market analysis and event study provide strong support for use of market price; court’s own DCF analysis generates value close to market price, thus corroborating market price.

Sabre GLBL, Inc. v. Shan

In breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation case, appeals court upholds arbitration award of “head start” damages; expert for employer calculated value to the employee from owing equity in competing company whose valuation was higher because of employee’s misconduct toward former employer.

In Misappropriation Case, Expert’s ‘Head Start’ Damages Calculation Survives Appeal

In breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation case, appeals court upholds arbitration award of “head start” damages; expert for employer calculated value to the employee from owing equity in competing company whose valuation was higher because of employee’s misconduct toward former employer.

Kvinta v. Kvinta

In divorce case, appellate court affirms use of coverture fraction method to determine marital value of husband’s firm on the valuation date (1995), where company operated abroad, “normal” financial documents were not available, and interest was sold a decade before the divorce trial.

Coverture Fraction Method Best BV Approach in Face of Lack of Financial Data

In divorce case, appellate court affirms use of coverture fraction method to determine marital value of husband’s firm on the valuation date (1995), where company operated abroad, “normal” financial documents were not available, and interest was sold a decade before the divorce trial.

Puklich v. Puklich

In buyout dispute related to various family businesses, including auto dealership, high court finds trial court was authorized to adjust value finding to account for majority shareholder’s oppressive conduct; case law supported rejection of discounts in valuing minority shareholder’s interest.

High Court Approves of Trial Court’s Rejection of Discounts in Fair Value Determination

In buyout dispute related to various family businesses, including auto dealership, high court finds trial court was authorized to adjust value finding to account for majority shareholder’s oppressive conduct; case law supported rejection of discounts in valuing minority shareholder’s interest.

Court Remands for Determination of Separate Asset’s Premarital Value

Appellate court affirms that increase in value of husband’s company is subject to equitable distribution but says trial court erred when it assumed company had zero value on the date of marriage because company then was not profitable; court remands for determination of company’s premarital value.

In Allocation Dispute Related to § 363 Sale, Bankruptcy Court Bridges Experts’ Value Gaps

Bankruptcy court performs allocation analysis to divide proceeds from section 363 asset sale between two competing lenders, finding debtor’s intellectual property is most valuable asset; court notes that, at time of sale, debtor was neither healthy going concern nor subject of forced liquidation.

D.C. Circuit Upholds Remainder-Interest Valuation in Weird Charitable Contribution Case

In charitable contribution case involving remainder interest, D.C. Circuit upholds Tax Court’s value-related findings, including that petitioner did not provide qualified appraisal and did not meet substantiation requirements; valuation here is to be based on FMV, not actuarial tables.

Delaware Chancery Relies on Deal Proposal Valuation in Adjudicating Buyout Dispute

In buyout dispute, court says parties’ letter of intent states buyout conditions; court relies on amount stated in plaintiff’s debt/equity deal proposal to value subject company, finding parties’ trial experts used methods (DCF and asset accumulation) not suited to valuing subject company.

Appreciation in Liquor Company’s Value Represents Marital Property, Appeals Court Finds

Appeals court upholds ruling that appreciation in value of husband’s interest in family liquor business is marital asset; trial court carefully analyzed husband’s role in company to find he “substantially contributed” to the increase and husband stipulated to wife’s substantial contribution.

Court Says Expulsion Price Determination in Louisiana Buyout Dispute Is Triable Issue

In buyout dispute resulting from expulsion of LLC member, court finds state law does not preclude use of discounts in valuing withdrawing LLC member’s interest; company’s operating agreement is ambiguous on how to value expelled member’s interest, court says, leaving issue for jury to decide.

Complete Logistical Services, LLC v. Rulh

In buyout dispute resulting from expulsion of LLC member, court finds state law does not preclude use of discounts in valuing withdrawing LLC member’s interest; company’s operating agreement is ambiguous on how to value expelled member’s interest, court says, leaving issue for jury to decide.

Court Explains Treatment of Undistributed Earnings in Valuing Law Firm Partnership Interest

In valuing husband’s law firm partnership interest, court finds undistributed earnings, even though allocated to husband before separation, are not marital property because money was based on firm’s anticipated net profits; money was not earned during marriage but after parties’ separation.

Burchfield v. Burchfield

In valuing husband’s law firm partnership interest, court finds undistributed earnings, even though allocated to husband before separation, are not marital property because money was based on firm’s anticipated net profits; money was not earned during marriage but after parties’ separation.

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