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Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP v. Assam

In buyout dispute over law firm interest, court credits firm’s expert, noting his extensive relevant experience, his taking care to value interest under fair market value standard, as required by the partnership agreement, and his detailed risk analysis to support a deep discount.

Expert’s Detailed Risk Analysis Bolsters Use of Deep Discount in Law Firm Valuation

In buyout dispute over law firm interest, court credits firm’s expert, noting his extensive relevant experience, his taking care to value interest under fair market value standard, as required by the partnership agreement, and his detailed risk analysis to support a deep discount.

Delaware Chancery Says Reasonably Sound Sales Process Delivered Fair Value

In an appraisal proceeding, the Chancery finds the deal price minus synergies provides the best evidence of fair value; court says there was an efficient market and the sales process, though not perfect, was able to deliver the value generated in an arm’s-length transaction.

In re Appraisal Solera Holdings, Inc.

In an appraisal proceeding, the Chancery finds the deal price minus synergies provides the best evidence of fair value; court says there was an efficient market and the sales process, though not perfect, was able to deliver the value generated in an arm’s-length transaction.

Flawed Sales Process Has Chancery Revert to DCF to Determine Fair Value

Chancery rejects deal price as indicator of fair value, citing problematic sales process, and rejects use of unaffected trading price, citing company’s lack of trading history; court instead relies on its own DCF analysis, drawing on the most credible aspects of each expert’s analysis.

Blueblade Capital Opportunities LLC v. Norcraft Cos.

Chancery rejects deal price as indicator of fair value, citing problematic sales process, and rejects use of unaffected trading price, citing company’s lack of trading history; court instead relies on its own DCF analysis, drawing on the most credible aspects of each expert’s analysis.

Davidson v. United States

Court finds USPS’s unauthorized use of image of Las Vegas Lady Liberty on stamps infringed creator’s copyright and awards damages resulting from a hypothetical mixed license; USPS’s unique licensing history does not limit damages under applicable fair market value measure of damages.

‘Lady Liberty’ Stamp Costs USPS Millions in Copyright Infringement

Court finds USPS’s unauthorized use of image of Las Vegas Lady Liberty on stamps infringed creator’s copyright and awards damages resulting from a hypothetical mixed license; USPS’s unique licensing history does not limit damages under applicable fair market value measure of damages.

Wall v. Bryan

Appeals court supports trial court’s decision to value departing member’s minority interest on fair market value basis pursuant to state statute rather than method specified in some existing corporate documents; appeals court affirms lower court’s discretion to apply post-Cannon discounts.

Louisiana Appeals Court Affirms Use of Discounts in LLC Valuations

Appeals court supports trial court’s decision to value departing member’s minority interest on fair market value basis pursuant to state statute rather than method specified in some existing corporate documents; appeals court affirms lower court’s discretion to apply post-Cannon discounts.

Athlon Sports Communications, Inc. v. Duggan (Athlon II)

Court overrules precedent requiring exclusive use of Delaware block method to determine fair value in dissenting shareholder cases; trial courts may use other, more “modern” methods, including forward-looking DCF analysis, state high court says and remands for reevaluation of earlier ruling.

Delaware Block Method No Longer Mandatory in Tennessee Fair Value Proceedings

Court overrules precedent requiring exclusive use of Delaware block method to determine fair value in dissenting shareholder cases; trial courts may use other, more “modern” methods, including forward-looking DCF analysis, state high court says and remands for reevaluation of earlier ruling.

Rohling v. Rohling

Appeals court rejects claim that expert’s value determination pursuant to a calculation engagement rather than a valuation engagement was unreliable; trial court properly considered limitations inherent in a calculation engagement when crediting expert’s value estimate, appeals court says.

Appeals Court Validates Trial Court’s Reliance on Calculation of Value

Appeals court rejects claim that expert’s value determination pursuant to a calculation engagement rather than a valuation engagement was unreliable; trial court properly considered limitations inherent in a calculation engagement when crediting expert’s value estimate, appeals court says.

San Bernardino Cty. Trans. Auth. v. Byun

In eminent domain case, appeals court says trial court’s exclusion of defendants’ valuation expert was justified where expert simply adopted another expert’s valuation without testing the raw financial data and being able to substantiate the other expert’s assumptions and conclusions.

‘Wholesale’ Adoption of Another’s Valuation Makes Expert Testimony Worthless

In eminent domain case, appeals court says trial court’s exclusion of defendants’ valuation expert was justified where expert simply adopted another expert’s valuation without testing the raw financial data and being able to substantiate the other expert’s assumptions and conclusions.

Verition Partners Master Fund Ltd. v. Aruba Networks, Inc.

Court of Chancery denies petitioners’ motion for reargument, finding that, in light of high court’s Dell and DFC decisions, the decision to use the unaffected market price as the fair value indicator was not so “ridiculous” or “absurd” as to indicate the Court of Chancery misapprehended the law.

Chancery Defends Use of Market Price Citing Recent High Court Rulings

Court of Chancery denies petitioners’ motion for reargument, finding that, in light of high court’s Dell and DFC decisions, the decision to use the unaffected market price as the fair value indicator was not so “ridiculous” or “absurd” as to indicate the Court of Chancery misapprehended the law.

Zaffarkhan v. Domesek

Appeals court upholds zero damages finding in dispute involving short-lived software startup, where plaintiff’s expert had no experience valuing software companies, misapprehended basic facts, and developed multimillion-dollar valuations for a company with no product, no revenue, and no investors.

Damages Claim Fails to Provide Yardsticks Capturing Defunct Startup’s Value

Appeals court upholds zero damages finding in dispute involving short-lived software startup, where plaintiff’s expert had no experience valuing software companies, misapprehended basic facts, and developed multimillion-dollar valuations for a company with no product, no revenue, and no investors.

Wiegers v. Richards-Wiegers

Alaska high court finds trial court was not required to value husband’s shares in closely held company under the liquidation approach the company historically had used in buy-out situations; trial court’s “true asset” approach was based on credible expert testimony.

Trial Court’s ‘True Asset’ Valuation Aligns With Expert’s Testimony

Alaska high court finds trial court was not required to value husband’s shares in closely held company under the liquidation approach the company historically had used in buy-out situations; trial court’s “true asset” approach was based on credible expert testimony.

Level 3 Communications, LLC v. Dep’t of Revenue

In tax assessment case, court finds valuation expert qualified under Rule 702 despite lacking an appraiser’s license; court says rule specifically contemplates expert opinion on property valuation by nonappraisers if witness is qualified by “knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education.”

Expert Qualified to Offer Unit Valuation of Telecom Property

In tax assessment case, court finds valuation expert qualified under Rule 702 despite lacking an appraiser’s license; court says rule specifically contemplates expert opinion on property valuation by nonappraisers if witness is qualified by “knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education.”

Lynd v. Marshall County Pediatrics, P.C.

In share redemption dispute pivoting on missing shareholder agreement, high court finds corporate bylaws show trial court’s use of book value to value separating member’s stock was error but plaintiff failed to show right to fair value determination as a matter of law; court remands.

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