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AFM Mattress Co. v. Motorists Commercial Mutual Insurance Company

In this business interruption case resulting from mandatory shutdowns to control COVID-19, the court grants a motion to dismiss claims of plaintiff. While plaintiff claims losses due to COVID-19, it does not sufficiently move the court to consider the virus exclusion of the policy inapplicable. A motion for a sur-response to espouse an alternative theory was also denied but without prejudice.

In COVID-19 Business Interruption Case, Court Finds Plaintiffs Did Not Argue Physical Loss and Virus Exemption Applies

In this business interruption case resulting from mandatory shutdowns to control COVID-19, the court grants a motion to dismiss claims of plaintiff. While plaintiff claims losses due to COVID-19, it does not sufficiently move the court to consider the virus exclusion of the policy inapplicable. A motion for a sur-response to espouse an alternative theory was also denied but without prejudice.

Back to Basics for Lost Profit Damages Calculations Amid COVID-19

Does the pandemic have an impact on the measurement of future lost profits, particularly where the underlying breach occurred before the pandemic arose? This is an area of law that could change as courts begin to face disputes in the context of a COVID-19 world. In the meantime, this article gives a primer on calculating lost profits damages.

Global BVU News and Trends October 2020

Business valuation news from a global perspective.

Alleged reveal of secret KFC recipe points up valuation question

Ever wonder what those secret 11 herbs and spices are in KFC’s original recipe fried chicken?

Precision Kidd Acquisition, LLC v. Pass

In merger-related damages case, court upholds damages based on profits lost from key client’s termination of supply agreement with seller company; trial court properly rejected buyer expert’s DCF-based loss analysis which, among other flaws, overstated value of lost contract to seller company.

Proper Damages Measure Is Lost Profits Calculation, Not DCF-Based Loss Analysis

In merger-related damages case, court upholds damages based on profits lost from key client’s termination of supply agreement with seller company; trial court properly rejected buyer expert’s DCF-based loss analysis which, among other flaws, overstated value of lost contract to seller company.

Excelling in Litigation and Dispute-Related Valuations: How to Not Get Caught Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight

Preparing a valuation analysis can be difficult enough, let alone defending it against an opposing party questioning your every move. It is important for valuation experts to know how their valuations may be challenged by other experts and work to effectively address these issues pre-emptively. Presenters Sean Saari and Bob Ranallo discuss how to prepare yourself, and your valuation report, when you know your work will be subject to review and critique in a litigation ...

Judicial panel resistant to consolidating COVID-19 business interruption litigation

Responding to requests by plaintiffs who are pursuing lawsuits against insurers for COVID-19-related business losses, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML Panel) recently rejected two proposals for centralization.

D&P’s de Gray releases new financial damages guide for lost value calculations

Neil de Gray, a director in the Toronto office of Duff & Phelps, makes a strong argument for the use of business valuation professionals in any calculation of damages in his new guide The Financial Damages Model for Loss of Value, published late last month by Lexology.

Courts are weighing in on COVID-19 business interruption claims

COVID-19-related business interruption cases are winding their way through the court system, and one state court, in a matter of first impression, recently issued a decision against the business owner.

Deviations From Historical Cash Flow and Their Implications to Effective Discount Rates for Lost Profits Analyses

The authors address the direct relationship between projected cash flows (that is, those being measured for risk) and discount rates in a lost profits analysis.

BVU News and Trends July 2020

A monthly roundup of key developments of interest to business valuation experts.

Michigan court decides COVID-19 business interruption claim; many more cases in the pipeline

COVID-19-related business interruption cases are winding their way through the court system, and one state court, in a matter of first impression, recently issued a decision.

Damage Valuation in a Financial Advisor Termination Case

In a wrongful termination of a financial advisor, the damage calculation involves a determination of the value of the advisor’s book of business at the time of termination as well as consequential and any special damages.

BVU News and Trends June 2020

A monthly roundup of key developments of interest to business valuation experts.

Expert’s Damages Calculation Based on Extensive Experience in Field Is Reliable, Court Finds

Court admits survey evidence, finding expert’s methodology conformed to accepted principles in the field and noting that technical objections go toward weight; court also admits both parties’ damages experts, finding they had extensive experience in the field and were both qualified; questions as to reliability of method “can be explored at trial.”

Geiger v. Creative Impact Inc.

Court admits survey evidence, finding expert’s methodology conformed to accepted principles in the field and noting that technical objections go toward weight; court also admits both parties’ damages experts, finding they had extensive experience in the field and were both qualified; questions as to reliability of method “can be explored at trial.”

Business interruption trends and cases triggered by COVID-19

The gleaming billboards of Times Square went dark on May 27 for one minute to alert the nation that pandemic-related business interruption insurance claims are being denied by insurers.

BVU News and Trends May 2020

A monthly roundup of key developments of interest to business valuation experts.

Does business interruption insurance decrease company-specific risk?

Business valuers often ‘tic the box’ on property and casualty insurance policies as part of their management interviews.

No act of God excuse for Victoria’s Secret buyer—February agreement excepted pandemic

In the wake of COVID-19, a number of buyers have resorted to force majeure (aka act of God) clauses to withdraw from deals.

Business interruption cases and the role financial experts can play

Filing a business interruption claim has become one of the go-to moves for businesses as they try to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. A discussion of two cases that were adjudicated just before the COVID-19 crisis came into relief explains the trajectory many claims, including claims arising out of the COVID-19 crisis, may take and points to opportunities for damages experts.

Business interruption cases and the role financial experts can play

To mitigate the impact of COVID-19, business owners have increasingly turned to business interruption insurance.

Binghamton Precast & Supply Corp. v Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co.

In dispute over business interruption insurance coverage, appellate court says plaintiff showed actual loss of business income within meaning of controlling policy; court rejects defendant’s argument that plaintiff had to show lost sales, saying this is not a reasonable interpretation of policy.

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