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Post-Confirmation Comm. for Small Loans, Inc. v. Martin

Court finds Daubert centers on reliability, not persuasiveness, and can accommodate experts’ different approaches to determining solvency in case with multiple debtor entities; court rejects exclusion of expert opinion relying on GAAP-based financials.

Court Rebuffs Attempt to Allocate Excess Value to Intangible Assets

Bankruptcy Court rejects proposition that sales price increase has to be attributed to one debtor’s business, as goodwill, because other debtor’s real property allegedly remains constant in value; court denies request to change allocation of proceeds.

High Court Finds Trial Court’s Damages Assessment Unsound

State high court strikes down trial court’s damages assessment because it included values from a business valuation when the applicable law required an analysis of the entire loss suffered by a corporation owing to a partner’s breach of fiduciary duty.

In re Case No. 800 Bourbon St.

Bankruptcy Court rejects proposition that sales price increase has to be attributed to one debtor’s business, as goodwill, because other debtor’s real property allegedly remains constant in value; court denies request to change allocation of proceeds.

Lane v. Lampkin (II)

State high court strikes down trial court’s damages assessment because it included values from a business valuation when the applicable law required an analysis of the entire loss suffered by a corporation owing to a partner’s breach of fiduciary duty.

Chancery Decries Accounting Firm’s Compromised Valuation

Chancery says major accounting firm’s merger-related appraisal represents “new low”; to achieve client’s goal of zero corporate tax liability, firm abandoned sound prior approaches and simply copied another accounting firm’s report and called it its own.

Fox v. CDx Holdings

Chancery says major accounting firm’s merger-related appraisal represents “new low”; to achieve client’s goal of zero corporate tax liability, firm abandoned sound prior approaches and simply copied another accounting firm’s report and called it its own.

Expert Fee Dispute Devolves Into Malpractice Claim

In fee dispute, appeals court affirms trial court’s rejection of disgruntled client’s attempt to defend against accounting firm’s suit with allegations of malpractice; client failed to offer expert testimony to support attack on appraiser’s valuation.

What Rationale for Net Book Value in Damages Analysis?

Appeals court finds trial court did not err when it incorporated net book value calculation in its lost profits analysis in a case claiming breach of fiduciary duty and usurpation of business opportunity; dissent says damages calculation is “illogical.”

Cortes v. 3A N. Park Ave. Rest Corp.

In buyout case, calculation of fair value of minority shareholder’s interest in restaurant turns on forensic accountant’s credit/cash ratio analysis; New York trial court says law recognizes lack of marketability as a factor in valuing closely held corpor ...

Lane v. Lampkin (I)

Appeals court finds trial court did not err when it incorporated net book value calculation in its lost profits analysis in a case claiming breach of fiduciary duty and usurpation of business opportunity; dissent says damages calculation is “illogical.”

Purchase price allocations shift away from goodwill

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