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Split high court rules on classification of earnout payment in divorce dispute

The parties’ dispute over how to classify earnout payments related to the sale of a valuable marital asset recently prompted a split ruling from the Minnesota Supreme Court. The issue was whether those payments were part of the sales consideration, as the wife argued, or represented future compensation to the husband, as the district court found.

Contentious ruling from Minnesota high court on dealing with earnout payments in divorce

In an important ruling, a divided Minnesota Supreme Court recently ruled on whether earnout payments related to the sale of the husband’s interest in a lucrative company were a marital asset.

Zayo Group v. Latisys Holdings, LLC

In contract dispute, Chancery rejects plaintiff’s damages analysis, noting expert lacked valuation experience and chose a methodology (EBITDA multiple) that did not fit facts of case; court says there was no evidence that the alleged breach permanently diminished value of the acquired company.

Expert’s Use of Wrong Damages Methodology Results in ‘Grossly Inflated’ Damages

In contract dispute, Chancery rejects plaintiff’s damages analysis, noting expert lacked valuation experience and chose a methodology (EBITDA multiple) that did not fit facts of case; court says there was no evidence that the alleged breach permanently diminished value of the acquired company.

Gill v. Gill

Earn-out payments related to sale of a marital asset were marital asset and subject to equitable distribution, Supreme Court’s majority says, even though value of the payments was uncertain as of the valuation date and the sale of the husband’s company took place after the valuation date.

Divided High Court Says Earn-Out Payments From Company Sale Are a Marital Asset

Earn-out payments related to sale of a marital asset were marital asset and subject to equitable distribution, Supreme Court’s majority says, even though value of the payments was uncertain as of the valuation date and the sale of the husband’s company took place after the valuation date.

Court Nixes Murky Business Goodwill Determination

Appeals court rejects business goodwill award to the husband as a community asset, finding there was no goodwill in the business entities, as the trial court well knew; the determination is based entirely on the expectancy of husband’s future earnings.

Crews v. Crews

Appeals court rejects business goodwill award to the husband as a community asset, finding there was no goodwill in the business entities, as the trial court well knew; the determination is based entirely on the expectancy of husband’s future earnings.

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