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Brundle v. Wilmington Trust N.A. (III)

In key ESOP case, 4th Circuit affirms liability and damages findings against ESOP trustee; court says trustee’s reliance on ESOP appraiser’s contemporaneous valuation was not “reasonably justified”; district court used correct measure of damages and justifiable methodology, 4th Circuit finds.

4th Circuit Says Record Supports Liability and Damages Findings Against ESOP Trustee

In key ESOP case, 4th Circuit affirms liability and damages findings against ESOP trustee; court says trustee’s reliance on ESOP appraiser’s contemporaneous valuation was not “reasonably justified”; district court used correct measure of damages and justifiable methodology, 4th Circuit finds.

DOL urges court to uphold judgment against trustee in Brundle ESOP litigation

In the ongoing Brundle v. Wilmington Trust ESOP saga, which is now in the appeals stage, the Department of Labor recently filed an amicus brief in support of the district court’s $29.8 million judgment against the ESOP trustee. The case arose out of a plan participant’s claim that the ESOP trustee breached its fiduciary duties to the plan by causing the ESOP to pay more than fair market value for the employer’s stock.

ASA squarely aligns itself with trustee and appraiser in Brundle ESOP litigation

One of the most controversial ESOP cases, Brundle v. Wilmington Trust, has now entered the appeals court phase. In 2017, the district court found that the trustee had caused the plan to overpay by $29.8 million by failing to scrutinize the financial advisor’s obviously flawed valuation analysis and value conclusions. The trustee and valuator had strong ESOP credentials.

ESOP case alive (for now), but court limits damages testimony under Daubert

In a developing ESOP case, the government recently suffered a setback when the court agreed with the trustee that portions of the damages testimony the government’s expert proposed failed to hold up under the Daubert reliability prong.

DOL sues over ESOP; trustee launches Daubert attack

In a developing ESOP case, the court recently excluded a chunk of the government expert’s damages testimony and dismissed one of the counts for lack of damages evidence.

Trustee Succeeds in Curtailing DOL Expert Testimony Under Daubert

In ESOP dispute, court partially excludes DOL expert’s damages analysis under Daubert; court finds expert’s market comparable approach to support overpayment claim is unreliable as is expert’s methodology for calculating alleged loss in stock value to existing shareholders.

Acosta v. Vinoskey

In ESOP dispute, court partially excludes DOL expert’s damages analysis under Daubert; court finds expert’s market comparable approach to support overpayment claim is unreliable as is expert’s methodology for calculating alleged loss in stock value to existing shareholders.

Court Stands Behind Earlier ESOP Liability and Damages Rulings

Notwithstanding errors related to the court’s liability and damages determinations, the court rejects trustee’s motion for reconsideration as an inappropriate effort to introduce new legal theories and a late attempt to present a competing damages methodo ...

Trustee Liable for Inadequate ESOP Valuation Vetting

Court finds ESOP trustee liable for allowing overpayment for company shares; trustee rushed transaction and failed to scrutinize financial advisor’s valuation ignoring red flags related to projections, use of control premium, beta, rounding up of values.

ESOP Trustee Evaded Fiduciary Duties by Delegating Valuation

Court finds ESOP trustee liable for causing plan to overpay; trustee “delegated” valuation to ESOP valuator without inquiring into valuation components, including projections, and without exploring “glaring” gaps (industry analysis) in valuation report.

Brundle v. Wilmington Trust N.A. (II)

Notwithstanding errors related to the court’s liability and damages determinations, the court rejects trustee’s motion for reconsideration as an inappropriate effort to introduce new legal theories and a late attempt to present a competing damages methodo ...

Court Defends Earlier ESOP Liability and Damages Rulings

Notwithstanding errors related to the court’s liability and damages determinations, the court rejects trustee’s motion for reconsideration as an inappropriate effort to introduce new legal theories and a late attempt to present a competing damages methodo ...

ESOP Trustee Evaded Fiduciary Duties by Delegating Valuation

Court finds ESOP trustee liable for causing plan to overpay; trustee “delegated” valuation to ESOP valuator without inquiring into valuation components, including projections, and without exploring “glaring” gaps (industry analysis) in valuation report.

Perez v. First Bankers Trust Services, Inc.

Court finds ESOP trustee liable for causing plan to overpay; trustee “delegated” valuation to ESOP valuator without inquiring into valuation components, including projections, and without exploring “glaring” gaps (industry analysis) in valuation report.

Brundle v. Wilmington Trust N.A. (I)

Court finds ESOP trustee liable for allowing overpayment for company shares; trustee rushed transaction and failed to scrutinize financial advisor’s valuation ignoring red flags related to projections, use of control premium, beta, rounding up of values.

Trustee Liable for Inadequate ESOP Valuation Vetting

Court finds ESOP trustee liable for allowing overpayment for company shares; trustee rushed transaction and failed to scrutinize financial advisor’s valuation ignoring red flags related to projections, use of control premium, beta, rounding up of values.

Analysts Not Required to Predict the Future—Only to Probe Present Facts

In assessing fair value and adequate consideration of ESOP transaction, court considers whether appraiser should have reasonable foreseen future events affecting stock and company value.

5th Circuit Affirms Tax Court’s Application of § 2036 to FLP Assets

In this last installment of the Strangi case, the 5th Circuit affirmed the Tax Court’s decision on remand that Strangi had retained enjoyment of the assets he had transferred to Strangi Family Limited Partnership (SFLP) and Stranco, Inc. through an implied agreement, and, thus, that the transferred assets were properly included in his estate under IRC Section 2036(a) for estate tax purposes.

Keach v. U.S. Trust Co.

In assessing fair value and adequate consideration of ESOP transaction, Court considers whether appraiser should have reasonable foreseen future events effecting stock and company value.

Estate of Strangi v. Commissioner (IV)

In this last installment of the Strangi case, the Fifth Circuit affirmed the Tax Court's decision on remand that Strangi had retained enjoyment of the assets he had transferred to Strangi Family Limited Partnership (SFLP) and Stranco, Inc.

No Evidence That Board's Financial Advisor Was Fiduciary to ESOP

This was a motion for summary judgment in connection with an action for breach of fiduciary duty to the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) of F&G company.

Appraisal Firm Not Liable for Professional Malpractice; ESOP Trustee Must Prove Justified Reliance

This trial court matter arose as a result of prior litigation in which the trustee of the Kroy ESOP was found liable for breach of its fiduciary duty.

Bank One Arizona v. Benchmark Valuation Consultants

At issue is the claim of professional malpractice.

Appraisal Firm Not Liable for Professional Malpractice ESOP Trustee Must Prove Justified Reliance

This trial court matter arose as a result of prior litigation in which the trustee of the Kroy ESOP was found liable for breach of its fiduciary duty.

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