Monthly Archives: November 2018

Court finds that buyer of lead paint manufacturer assumed seller’s liabilities for lead paint poisoning

This case involved a lawsuit filed by Plaintiffs, several individuals in a Wisconsin federal district court against Buyer for injuries allegedly incurred from ingesting white lead carbonate pigments contained in paint manufactured by Seller. Buyer purchased the assets of Seller

Posted in asset buyer's assumption of seller's liabilities by contract, asset seller's liabilities, asset vs stock deal, assumed liabilities, excluded liabilities, successor liability

Buyer did not terminate employment agreements with owners of selling accounting firm for cause

In November 2014, Buyer, an accounting firm in Plymouth, Indiana (about 27 miles south of South Bend, Indiana) acquired Seller, an accounting firm in South Bend, through an asset purchase agreement. At the closing Buyer entered into employment agreements with

Posted in covenant not to compete, employment agreement, for cause termination

Buyer does not acquire patent license agreement from chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee

This case involved the purchase of a patent license agreement out of bankruptcy of several related companies. For purposes of illustration the facts have been modified by describing the sale out of bankruptcy of a patent license agreement from just

Posted in bankruptcy sale, distressed business acquisitions, executory contracts

Buyer of business strikes out after protracted litigation trying to recover lost profit damages from seller

Buyer wanted to enter the annual $5 billion revenue back-to-school season market for the sale of school supplies. Since Buyer needed inventory, licenses, and retailer relationships to get the ball rolling, it decided to buy the stationery division at Seller,

Posted in breach of contract, commercially reasonable efforts, Covenants, damages

Business seller fights all the way to Texas Supreme Court to challenge validity of purchase agreement

Seller owns Target, a wholesale distributer of candy and tobacco products. Target had contracts to buy tobacco products directly from Supplier 1 and Supplier 2, which will be referred to collectively as Suppliers. In April 2012, Seller approached Buyer, the

Posted in deferred closing, post signing asset valuation

Court says asset buyer of business can sue seller for failure to disclose its union contract obligation

In this post-closing lawsuit, Unions comprised four jointly-managed multiemployer employee benefit plans. Seller was a Nebraska corporation which performed waterproofing, concrete and masonry restoration, and roofing services in Nebraska and the Midwest. Buyer was also a Nebraska corporation, performing commercial

Posted in due diligence, fraud in business sale, post asset purchase issues, representations and warranties, successor liability, union fringe benefits, union liabilities

Sellers of company receiving stock of buyer could not sue buyer’s owners for federal securities fraud omissions committed during negotiation

This dispute stems from a written purchase agreement between Sellers and Buyer. Under this agreement, Sellers sold their interest in their technology consulting company, Target, to Buyer. In the summer of 2012, Sellers began marketing their company for sale. Shortly

Posted in anti-reliance clause, fraud in business sale, full disclosure rep, reliance

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