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Delaware court weighs in on goodwill in sole proprietorships

A recent divorce case out of Delaware is significant for addressing the treatment of goodwill where the business is a sole proprietorship.

A.A. v. B.A.

In valuing owner’s financial advisory business organized as sole proprietorship, court rejects idea that prior case law on goodwill in solely owned business precludes assigning goodwill to business; court says commissions earned during marriage but received post-separation or post-divorce are marital.

Delaware Court Revisits Issue of Goodwill in Sole Proprietorship

In valuing owner’s financial advisory business organized as sole proprietorship, court rejects idea that prior case law on goodwill in solely owned business precludes assigning goodwill to business; court says commissions earned during marriage but received post-separation or post-divorce are marital.

Goodwill: A Discussion and a Debate

Two of the most knowledgeable experts in the area of goodwill and personal goodwill, Alan Zipp and Jim Alerding, will cover the key issues and controversies that you want to know about. They will discuss and debate frequently asked questions on the topic, and while sometimes they will agree and sometimes they will disagree, in all cases they will attempt to inform and educate the attendees on the topic.

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.

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.

Simplified MUM approach weathers attacks in Illinois divorce case

One of the key questions in an Illinois divorce case was how to allocate goodwill between enterprise and personal goodwill.

Stephanos v. Stephanos (In re Marriage of Stephanos)

Trial court adopts goodwill value determination of wife’s expert (residual method) as well as expert’s finding that none of goodwill in family business is personal to owner spouse; business’s success was not dependent on owner’s continued presence or his execution of a noncompete, court says.

Divorce Court Finds No Personal Goodwill Value in Single-Owner Business

Trial court adopts goodwill value determination of wife’s expert (residual method) as well as expert’s finding that none of goodwill in family business is personal to owner spouse; business’s success was not dependent on owner’s continued presence or his execution of a noncompete, court says.

Court Favors MUM Method for Goodwill Allocation in Illinois Divorce Case

In divorce case, appellate court upholds valuation based on opinion of husband’s expert using MUM method to separate total goodwill value into personal and enterprise components; court also upholds use of small marketability discount where owner spouse is the sole owner of the company.

In re Marriage of Preston

In divorce case, appellate court upholds valuation based on opinion of husband’s expert using MUM method to separate total goodwill value into personal and enterprise components; court also upholds use of small marketability discount where owner spouse is the sole owner of the company.

Deal Price Represents Unreliable Starting Point for Fair Value Calculation

Appeals court agrees with trial court that deal price does not reflect target’s fair value because price resulting from merger of medical entities compensated shareholders for agreeing to substantial future pay reduction and for making other concessions.

Crocker v. Greater Colo. Anesthesia

Appeals court agrees with trial court that deal price does not reflect target’s fair value because price resulting from merger of medical entities compensated shareholders for agreeing to substantial future pay reduction and for making other concessions.

In unusual business tort case, court exhibits flexibility in terms of calculating damages

The 8th Circuit recently upheld a sizable damages award in an unusual business tort case litigated under Nebraska law. One noteworthy aspect in terms of determining economic damages was that the court allowed expert testimony regarding the loss of value to the plaintiff even though the plaintiff did not fail completely upon the wrongdoing.

Absence of Noncompete Drives Goodwill Valuation in Liquidation Sale

In case of voluntary corporate dissolution under judicial supervision, appeals court finds receiver’s minimum bid value was based on correct standard of value (liquidation value) and calculated auction sales price reflected all elements of a going concern ...

Absence of Noncompete Drives Goodwill Valuation in Liquidation Sale

In case of voluntary corporate dissolution under judicial supervision, appeals court finds receiver’s minimum bid value was based on correct standard of value (liquidation value) and calculated auction sales price reflected all elements of a going concern ...

Perry v. Sackett

In case of voluntary corporate dissolution under judicial supervision, appeals court finds receiver’s minimum bid value was based on correct standard of value (liquidation value) and calculated auction sales price reflected all elements of a going concern ...

Breach of Noncompete Means Damages for ‘Loss Sustained’ and Lost Profits

In breach of noncompete case, appeals court finds measure of damages is not limited to net loss; statute allows damages “for the loss sustained” in addition to lost profits, and trial court properly credited and adjusted expert’s typical damages models.

Mann v. Mann

In appreciation of value case, court agrees with wife’s expert that calculation of marital portion of wife’s interest in family business requires quantification of personal goodwill attributable to wife based on value of noncompete to potential buyer in arm’s-length transaction.

Court Adopts Appreciation Analysis That Places ‘Specific Dollar Value’ on Goodwill

In appreciation of value case, court agrees with wife’s expert that calculation of marital portion of wife’s interest in family business requires quantification of personal goodwill attributable to wife based on value of noncompete to potential buyer in arm’s-length transaction.

Buyer’s Failure to Assign Value to Practice Goodwill Nullifies Noncompete

Appeals court says noncompete/nonsolicitation clauses accompanying sale of solo practitioner’s medical practice to large healthcare provider are unenforceable where buyer allocated zero dollar value to practice’s goodwill; court strikes down injunction.

Ohio Appeals Court Clarifies Provision on Tax Affecting at Divorce

Appeals court says consideration of tax consequences related to owner-spouse’s business is “too speculative” because owner has no plan to sell in near future; trial court improperly assumed current tax rates and business interests would remain constant.

Pattridge v. Starks

In breach of noncompete case, appeals court finds measure of damages is not limited to net loss; statute allows damages “for the loss sustained” in addition to lost profits, and trial court properly credited and adjusted expert’s typical damages models.

Healthcare v. Orr

Appeals court says noncompete/nonsolicitation clauses accompanying sale of solo practitioner’s medical practice to large healthcare provider are unenforceable where buyer allocated zero dollar value to practice’s goodwill; court strikes down injunction.

Nieman v. Nieman

Appeals court says consideration of tax consequences related to owner-spouse’s business is “too speculative” because owner has no plan to sell in near future; trial court improperly assumed current tax rates and business interests would remain constant.

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