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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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.”

Tenn. Appeals Court says DLOM in divorce appropriate under facts of case

A recent Tennessee appeals court decision found that the trial court presiding over a drawn-out divorce had discretion to apply a marketability discount when it valued the owner-spouse’s interest in two companies in 2016.

Nursing Home Valuation Must Separate Real Estate From Business Activity

In tax assessment dispute involving nursing home, high court says where facility performs business activity and real estate activity, tax appraisal must separate business value from real estate value; Board of Tax Appeals failed to ensure proper allocation of sales price among assets.

Arbors East RE, L.L.C. v. Franklin County Bd. of Revision

In tax assessment dispute involving nursing home, high court says where facility performs business activity and real estate activity, tax appraisal must separate business value from real estate value; Board of Tax Appeals failed to ensure proper allocation of sales price among assets.

Tennessee appeals court allows slight DLOM in divorce case

Valuators working on divorce cases in Tennessee know that the jurisprudence on the use of the marketability discount has been nebulous.

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 of Chancery disregards deal price where sales process is not ‘Dell compliant’

Recent rulings from the Delaware Supreme Court make it seem as if the discounted cash flow analysis has lost its top ranking among valuation methodologies in statutory appraisals involving publicly traded companies. Not exactly.

Ohio Appeals Court Approves Use of Fair Value Standard in Valuing Farm Entities

Appeals court upholds valuation of minority interest in farm entities based on fair value standard of value; court notes prevailing expert specifically referenced buy-sell agreements that did not contemplate use of discounts in valuing exiting member’s partial interest.

Tate v. Tate

Appeals court upholds valuation of minority interest in farm entities based on fair value standard of value; court notes prevailing expert specifically referenced buy-sell agreements that did not contemplate use of discounts in valuing exiting member’s partial interest.

In re Marriage of Cooksey (Cooksey v. Cooksey)

In Florida divorce involving sole proprietorship, court rejects separate valuation of various intangible assets and credits owner expert’s valuation, using “with/without” method to quantify personal goodwill; court considers tax consequences even where sale of business is not imminent.

Court Credits Goodwill Determination Based on ‘With/Without’ Method

In Florida divorce involving sole proprietorship, court rejects separate valuation of various intangible assets and credits owner expert’s valuation, using “with/without” method to quantify personal goodwill; court considers tax consequences even where sale of business is not imminent.

Congel v Malfitano

In wrongful partnership dissolution, New York high court finds, under applicable statute, exiting partner’s interest may be valued under FMV standard of value; where exiting partner’s interest is minority interest, DLOM and minority discount may apply.

In Wrongful Dissolution, New York’s High Court Approves FMV Valuation

In wrongful partnership dissolution, New York high court finds, under applicable statute, exiting partner’s interest may be valued under FMV standard of value; where exiting partner’s interest is minority interest, DLOM and minority discount may apply.

Cristofano v. Chahal

In fair value dispute, court credits defense expert analysis based on capitalized economic income method and working with company’s historical earnings and growth rates; analysis properly accounts for particular facts of the case, including expiration of lucrative client contract.

Court Favors Fair Value Analysis Based on Historical Data and Case Facts

In fair value dispute, court credits defense expert analysis based on capitalized economic income method and working with company’s historical earnings and growth rates; analysis properly accounts for particular facts of the case, including expiration of lucrative client contract.

Courts Find Minority Discount Unwarranted Under Facts of Case

In valuing owner-spouse’s minority interest in LLC, trial court “would have been well within its discretion to apply a minority discount,” appeals court says, but it was not error for trial court to reject a discount based on certain questionable actions related to the owner’s interest.

Cobane v. Cobane

In valuing owner-spouse’s minority interest in LLC, trial court “would have been well within its discretion to apply a minority discount,” appeals court says, but it was not error for trial court to reject a discount based on certain questionable actions related to the owner’s interest.

Court Credits Debtor’s Asset Valuations but Rejects Chapter 11 Plan

Court finds debtor is hopelessly insolvent; court values two types of oil and gas assets under NAV and precedent transaction analyses, respectively, finding, in terms of NAV analysis, debtor’s expert is more credible on issues of pricing, forecasting, risking, and predicting costs.

In re Breitburn Energy Partners LP

Court finds debtor is hopelessly insolvent; court values two types of oil and gas assets under NAV and precedent transaction analyses, respectively, finding, in terms of NAV analysis, debtor’s expert is more credible on issues of pricing, forecasting, risking, and predicting costs.

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