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Damages Expert’s ‘Before/After’ Lost Profits Analysis Bolsters Plaintiff’s Defamation Case

In defamation and business disparagement case against former employer, appeals court affirms jury award to cardiovascular surgeon compensating for injury to reputation and lost profits; expert’s before/after analysis was supported by evidence, and expert ruled out other causes for lost business.

Expert comments on Vinoskey ESOP ruling

ESOP appraisers are questioning the technical aspects of the Vinoskey and Brundle rulings and asking what the recent rulings may mean for the future of employee ownership plans.

Strong win for DOL in Vinoskey ESOP trial

Difficult times for the ESOP community.

In re Appraisal of Columbia Pipeline Grp., Inc.

In statutory appraisal action featuring publicly traded company, court relies on deal price for fair value; although flawed, sale process, when compared to process in three key high court decisions endorsing deal price, does not undermine validity of deal price; no adjustment for synergies.

Court Endorses Unadjusted Deal Price as Fair Value Indicator Despite Flaws in Sale Process

In statutory appraisal action featuring publicly traded company, court relies on deal price for fair value; although flawed, sale process, when compared to process in three key high court decisions endorsing deal price, does not undermine validity of deal price; no adjustment for synergies.

Global BVU News and Trends September 2019

Business valuation news from a global perspective.

Court of Chancery favors unaffected market price over other fair value indicators (Part 2)

When the Delaware Court of Chancery recently decided to rely on the unaffected market price for fair value, in a major statutory appraisal case, it provided an in-depth critique of the experts’ traditional valuation analyses, which valuators want to be familiar with.

Pizzella v. Vinoskey

Trial court finds ESOP trustee liable for causing plan to overpay for company stock; trustee failed to adequately respond to red flags in ESOP appraisal and did not act solely in the interest of ESOP, court says; owner is liable for accepting price he knew to be above stock’s fair market value.

DOL Prevails on All Claims Against ESOP Trustee and Owner/Seller

Trial court finds ESOP trustee liable for causing plan to overpay for company stock; trustee failed to adequately respond to red flags in ESOP appraisal and did not act solely in the interest of ESOP, court says; owner is liable for accepting price he knew to be above stock’s fair market value.

Avoiding Ethics Violations When Working on Divorce (or Other) Cases

A session at the AAML/BVR National Divorce Conference did a good job explaining how attorneys and financial experts must think about ethical issues that may arise while working on a divorce (or any other) engagement so as to ensure they abide by their profession’s rules of ethics and work together in an effective and efficient way.

Attorneys and Valuers Strengthen Ties at AAML/BVR Divorce Confab

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, expert witnessing, rigged valuations, and other interesting topics were presented at the National Divorce Conference (in Las Vegas May 8-10) co-sponsored by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and Business Valuation Resources (BVR). Here’s a recap of some important takeaways.

Court of Chancery favors unaffected market price over other fair value indicators (Part 1)

In a freshly minted ruling, the Delaware Court of Chancery said the unaffected market price was the most reliable indicator of fair value in a big statutory fair value case.

In Florida divorce, expert’s ‘with-and-without’ valuation withstands appeal

In a nasty Florida divorce case, an appellate court recently upheld the trial court’s valuation findings concerning the husband’s 50% interest in a successful company that operates in the waste disposal industry.

In re Appraisal of Jarden Corp. (I)

Court finds record shows unaffected market price is best evidence of fair value; court says company expert’s efficient market analysis and event study provide strong support for use of market price; court’s own DCF analysis generates value close to market price, thus corroborating market price.

Court of Chancery Rules Unaffected Market Price Is Best Evidence of Fair Value

Court finds record shows unaffected market price is best evidence of fair value; court says company expert’s efficient market analysis and event study provide strong support for use of market price; court’s own DCF analysis generates value close to market price, thus corroborating market price.

Expert witnesses hold unique power, and responsibility, in the UK court system

‘There is an inevitable tension between an adversarial legal system, with experts being appointed by each side, and the duties of judicious objectivity,’ writes Andrew Strickland (Scrutton Bland) in a new white paper available to BVWire—UK readers as a free download.

More than one valuation issue in Kress

Tax affecting is only one issue that makes the federal district court’s opinion in Kress a must-know for valuators, notwithstanding a recent reader comment that it’s doubtful the case would have received much attention had it not been for the tax-affecting angle.

Sabre GLBL, Inc. v. Shan

In breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation case, appeals court upholds arbitration award of “head start” damages; expert for employer calculated value to the employee from owing equity in competing company whose valuation was higher because of employee’s misconduct toward former employer.

In Misappropriation Case, Expert’s ‘Head Start’ Damages Calculation Survives Appeal

In breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation case, appeals court upholds arbitration award of “head start” damages; expert for employer calculated value to the employee from owing equity in competing company whose valuation was higher because of employee’s misconduct toward former employer.

Coverture Fraction Method Best BV Approach in Face of Lack of Financial Data

In divorce case, appellate court affirms use of coverture fraction method to determine marital value of husband’s firm on the valuation date (1995), where company operated abroad, “normal” financial documents were not available, and interest was sold a decade before the divorce trial.

Kvinta v. Kvinta

In divorce case, appellate court affirms use of coverture fraction method to determine marital value of husband’s firm on the valuation date (1995), where company operated abroad, “normal” financial documents were not available, and interest was sold a decade before the divorce trial.

Puklich v. Puklich

In buyout dispute related to various family businesses, including auto dealership, high court finds trial court was authorized to adjust value finding to account for majority shareholder’s oppressive conduct; case law supported rejection of discounts in valuing minority shareholder’s interest.

High Court Approves of Trial Court’s Rejection of Discounts in Fair Value Determination

In buyout dispute related to various family businesses, including auto dealership, high court finds trial court was authorized to adjust value finding to account for majority shareholder’s oppressive conduct; case law supported rejection of discounts in valuing minority shareholder’s interest.

Reader comment on Kress case coverage

Responding to the attention the Kress case has received (at BVR and elsewhere), Harry Fuhrman, financial analyst with the Internal Revenue Service, gave us the following comments.

In about face, Florida Supreme Court abandons Frye for Daubert

Florida has a history of wavering when it comes to the standard for admissibility of expert testimony. Not too long ago, the state Supreme Court frustrated legislative efforts to move the state from the Frye standard to the Daubert standard only to reverse itself recently by announcing the adoption of Daubert.

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