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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

Buyer of business not barred from pre-closing products liability indemnification because 2-year survival provision applied only to rep & warranty breach

Buyer (based 15 miles east of South Bend, Indiana) provides restraint systems for applications, including child seats, school buses, trucks, recreational and construction vehicles, and agricultural equipment. Target (based out of Oklahoma City) manufactures and supplies seat belts and seat

Posted in indemnification, survival of reps and warranties

Court says buyer of assets of business can enforce noncompetition agreement seller had with former employee

Seller, based in Billerica, Massachusetts (20 miles NNW of Boston) manufactured computer peripheral equipment. Former Seller Employee started working at Seller in 1982. He was promoted several times over the course of his employment, eventually becoming program manager in the

Posted in Assignment, assignment of contracts, covenant not to compete

Court says buyer was barred from pursuing claim for seller breach of software representation by settling purchase price adjustment dispute

Buyer, a Jacksonville, Florida based insurance company, purchased Target, a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida based private insurance company and its subsidiaries from Seller pursuant to a stock purchase agreement. In the stock purchase agreement, Seller represented and warranted, that a software

Posted in book value adjustment, purchase price, purchase price adjustment

Court finds that a CEO of buyer had no duty to disclose speculative patent infringement litigation when CEO sold thermometer technology to buyer from CEO’s selling company

Buyer is a public company with its principal place of business in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. Buyer, through its subsidiaries, engages in sale and distribution of medical devices; and sale of branded generic pharmaceutical drugs in the United States and the

Posted in doing deal with company's officer or director, officer or director's fiduciary duty to disclose

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