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BVU News and Trends April 2021

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

DOL and Professional Fiduciary Services settle ESOP suit

The DOL recently settled a suit against Professional Fiduciary Services (PFS) related to a 2012 transaction in which PFS served as trustee in an ESOP acquisition of outstanding company stock.

Small Business, Bankruptcy and Business Valuation

The Small Business Restructuring Act makes Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings faster, cheaper and more efficient for companies that come to Bankruptcy Court with debts below the statutory cap. That may allow certain small business to survive the current turmoil resulting from the corona virus pandemic. What is, however, not yet clear is the role of business valuators in the process. Michael Pakter explains what that role might be.

Lysengen v. Argent Trust Co.

ESOP plaintiff’s proposed class action against trustee and selling shareholders survives motion to dismiss; court says complaint gave enough facts to support claims of overpayment and breach of fiduciary duty; defendant must show disputed transaction falls into adequate consideration exemption.

ESOP Plaintiff’s Proposed Class Action Alleging Overpayment Survives Motion to Dismiss

ESOP plaintiff’s proposed class action against trustee and selling shareholders survives motion to dismiss; court says complaint gave enough facts to support claims of overpayment and breach of fiduciary duty; defendant must show disputed transaction falls into adequate consideration exemption.

RVNB class action alleging breach of fiduciary duty by ESOP trustee hurtles toward final settlement

ESOP litigation watchers can add one more case to the number of actions that recently have been resolved.

Plaintiffs in Rainbow ESOP class action ready to settle case

Last week, we reported on the resolution of two major ESOP litigations.

Court Finds ESOP Trustee’s Insurance Excludes Coverage for Defense Against DOL’s ERISA Claims

In bifurcated ESOP litigation centering on ERISA violations, court finds trustee defendants’ professional liability policy expressly excluded coverage for ERISA claims; under language of policy, insurer is not required to defend or indemnify trustee defendants fighting DOL’s ERISA allegations.

Gemini Ins. Co. v. Potts

In bifurcated ESOP litigation centering on ERISA violations, court finds trustee defendants’ professional liability policy expressly excluded coverage for ERISA claims; under language of policy, insurer is not required to defend or indemnify trustee defendants fighting DOL’s ERISA allegations.

ESOP defendants sue for indemnification to limit financial exposure

In the face of several key rulings against ESOP fiduciaries, ESOP defendants, concerned about incurring substantial financial obligations, have begun to pursue claims for indemnification and/or contribution against other defendants or third parties to limit their exposure, as a recent case illustrates.

Novel issue of law raised in ESOP case that pits trustee against appraiser

A fairly routine ESOP case that is being litigated in the 4th Circuit has raised a novel legal issue in this jurisdiction as to the financial liability of co-fiduciaries and nonfiduciaries, including the ESOP appraiser.

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Acosta v. Reliance Trust Co.

In DOL’s overpayment case against company directors and ESOP trustee, court denies directors’ pretrial motion for dismissal of case, finding DOL advanced “plausible” case theories; court also finds ESOP defendants have no right to indemnification from estate of late owner/seller of company shares.

In ‘Overpriced ESOP Insider Transaction Case,’ Defendants’ Pretrial Motion for Indemnification Fails

In DOL’s overpayment case against company directors and ESOP trustee, court denies directors’ pretrial motion for dismissal of case, finding DOL advanced “plausible” case theories; court also finds ESOP defendants have no right to indemnification from estate of late owner/seller of company shares.

Remy v. Lubbock Nat’l Bank

In ESOP case, court finds ERISA provides for right to contribution among co-fiduciaries but finds trustee defendant has no right to contribution from nonfiduciary ESOP appraiser if trustee were found liable to ESOP for losses; court dismisses third-party complaint against ESOP appraiser.

Trustee’s Claim for Contribution Against ESOP Appraiser Collapses

In ESOP case, court finds ERISA provides for right to contribution among co-fiduciaries but finds trustee defendant has no right to contribution from nonfiduciary ESOP appraiser if trustee were found liable to ESOP for losses; court dismisses third-party complaint against ESOP appraiser.

DOL sticks to its tough ESOP litigation strategy

Despite criticism from the ESOP community, the Department of Labor is not abandoning its litigation-prone approach toward ESOPs, as a recently filed lawsuit makes clear.

Experts comment on recent Brundle ESOP decision

In its recent Brundle opinion (see last week’s coverage), the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, in describing the major actors in the case, included a quote (not attributed) that the ESOP world was “a very incestuous community.”

It’s not just about FMV, Brundle ESOP appeals court ruling shows

“Fair market value” is not the only consideration when it comes evaluating the performance of the ESOP trustee, the 4th Circuit made clear in its recent ruling, on which we reported here last week and which represents another milestone in ESOP case law.

4th Circuit upholds Brundle ESOP valuation and damages findings

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals just affirmed the district court’s ruling against the trustee in the intensely contested Brundle v. Wilmington Trust ESOP case, including the district court’s valuation and damages findings.

Post-trial briefs in Vinoskey ESOP trial point to fierce valuation fight

The DOL’s aggressive oversight strategy concerning ESOPs has led to a number of controversial lawsuits, including, most recently, the Acosta v. Vinoskey case, which, in the past few months, went to trial over the DOL's overpayment claim.

In ESOP Dispute, Court Orders Disclosure of Communications Involving Independent Financial Advisor

In ESOP discovery dispute, court orders disclosure of documents involving company’s independent financial advisor; there is no attorney-client privilege where parties’ engagement agreement expressly designated advisor as an “independent contractor with no fiduciary or agency to the Company.”

Acosta v. Wilmington Trust, N.A. (HCMC)

In ESOP discovery dispute, court orders disclosure of documents involving company’s independent financial advisor; there is no attorney-client privilege where parties’ engagement agreement expressly designated advisor as an “independent contractor with no fiduciary or agency to the Company.”

DOL urges court to uphold judgment against trustee in Brundle ESOP litigation

In the ongoing Brundle v. Wilmington Trust ESOP saga, which is now in the appeals stage, the Department of Labor recently filed an amicus brief in support of the district court’s $29.8 million judgment against the ESOP trustee. The case arose out of a plan participant’s claim that the ESOP trustee breached its fiduciary duties to the plan by causing the ESOP to pay more than fair market value for the employer’s stock.

ASA squarely aligns itself with trustee and appraiser in Brundle ESOP litigation

One of the most controversial ESOP cases, Brundle v. Wilmington Trust, has now entered the appeals court phase. In 2017, the district court found that the trustee had caused the plan to overpay by $29.8 million by failing to scrutinize the financial advisor’s obviously flawed valuation analysis and value conclusions. The trustee and valuator had strong ESOP credentials.

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