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County of Maricopa v. Office Depot Inc.

In denying defendant’s pretrial motion to exclude plaintiff’s expert testimony under Daubert and Rule 37, which specifies sanctions for failure to make disclosures or cooperate in discovery, court finds note-containing version of expert report is a draft not subject to discovery under Rule 26.

Expert Report Containing Notes Qualifies as Draft Not Subject to Discovery

In denying defendant’s pretrial motion to exclude plaintiff’s expert testimony under Daubert and Rule 37, which specifies sanctions for failure to make disclosures or cooperate in discovery, court finds note-containing version of expert report is a draft not subject to discovery under Rule 26.

Court Says Corrected DCF Still Supports Original Fair Value Determination

Responding to petitioners’ motion for reargument, court concedes and corrects errors in court’s original DCF analysis but finds corrected DCF model still corroborates the original fair value determination; court affirms its reliance on unaffected market price as fair value indicator.

In re Appraisal of Jarden Corp. (II)

Responding to petitioners’ motion for reargument, court concedes and corrects errors in court’s original DCF analysis but finds corrected DCF model still corroborates the original fair value determination; court affirms its reliance on unaffected market price as fair value indicator.

Simo Holdings, Inc. v. H.K. uCloudlink Network Tech. Ltd.

Court denies defendants’ post-trial challenge to jury award; court finds award was based on a theory of reasonable royalty, not lost profits, as defendants claim; plaintiff expert’s royalty rate properly captured value added by plaintiff’s patent and relationship between plaintiff and defendants.

Expert’s Reasonable Royalty Properly Captured Value Added by Plaintiff’s Invention

Court denies defendants’ post-trial challenge to jury award; court finds award was based on a theory of reasonable royalty, not lost profits, as defendants claim; plaintiff expert’s royalty rate properly captured value added by plaintiff’s patent and relationship between plaintiff and defendants.

In re Stillwater Mining Co. 2017 0385 JTL

In statutory appraisal of public company, court relies on deal price; presigning sale process was “suboptimal,” but post-signing market check was “effective”; there was an argument for upward adjustment to deal price based on an increase in the company’s value between merger announcement and deal closing.

Despite Less-Than-Optimal Sale Process, Court Relies on Deal Price for Fair Value

In statutory appraisal of public company, court relies on deal price; presigning sale process was “suboptimal,” but post-signing market check was “effective”; there was an argument for upward adjustment to deal price based on an increase in the company’s value between merger announcement and deal closing.

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.”

Amazon.com, Inc. v. Commissioner (Amazon II)

Appeals court affirms Tax Court ruling favoring taxpayer’s CUT method over IRS’ DCF to value various intangible assets transferred to European subsidiary; governing regulations limit definition of “intangible” to independently transferrable assets, excluding residual business assets, court says.

9th Circuit Upholds Tax Court’s Valuation of Intangibles in Big Transfer Pricing Case

Appeals court affirms Tax Court ruling favoring taxpayer’s CUT method over IRS’ DCF to value various intangible assets transferred to European subsidiary; governing regulations limit definition of “intangible” to independently transferrable assets, excluding residual business assets, court says.

Mem’l Hermann Health Sys. v. Gomez

In defamation and business disparagement case against former employer, appeals court affirms jury award to cardiovascular surgeon compensating for injury to reputation and lost profits; expert’s before/after analysis was supported by evidence, and expert ruled out other causes for lost business.

Damages Expert’s ‘Before/After’ Lost Profits Analysis Bolsters Plaintiff’s Defamation Case

In defamation and business disparagement case against former employer, appeals court affirms jury award to cardiovascular surgeon compensating for injury to reputation and lost profits; expert’s before/after analysis was supported by evidence, and expert ruled out other causes for lost business.

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.

Remy v. Lubbock Nat’l Bank

In ESOP case, court finds ERISA provides for right to contribution among co-fiduciaries but finds trustee defendant has no right to contribution from nonfiduciary ESOP appraiser if trustee were found liable to ESOP for losses; court dismisses third-party complaint against ESOP appraiser.

Trustee’s Claim for Contribution Against ESOP Appraiser Collapses

In ESOP case, court finds ERISA provides for right to contribution among co-fiduciaries but finds trustee defendant has no right to contribution from nonfiduciary ESOP appraiser if trustee were found liable to ESOP for losses; court dismisses third-party complaint against ESOP appraiser.

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. (I)

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.

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