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Fraud Carve-Out in APA’s Exclusive Remedy Provision Saves Buyer’s Employee Non-Solicitation Claim

Introduction Most acquisition agreements provide that the agreement’s indemnification provisions are the exclusive remedy for a contractual breach. However, it is also common to exclude fraud claims from this excusive remedy provision. The deal This deal involved the acquisition of

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9th Circuit Holds APA’s Delaware Forum Selection Clause Contravened Strong Idaho Public Policy

Introduction Many buyers and sellers in M&A transactions like Delaware courts to handle their disputes because of the reputation for competence. Thus, it is common to see a Delaware forum selection clause in M&A agreements. Some parties to a deal

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Bootstrapping Doctrine No Bar to Business Buyer’s Fraud Claim

Introduction A buyer of a closely held business often has limited recourse against a seller if the deal turns out bad.  Even if fraud is involved, the buyer must run the gauntlet of indemnification cap, survival period, exclusive remedy, non-reliance,

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Franchisee’s Fight with Franchisor Costs It a Sale of its Franchise

Introduction This is a story of a broken deal: a sale of a restaurant franchise that did not happen because of a dispute with the franchisor. The deal The case here involved a franchise for seven Tim Hortons restaurants located

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Business Seller Can’t Break Delaware Forum Selection Clause

Introduction This case demonstrates how hard it is for a party to an M&A agreement to get out of the forum selection clause. The deal The buyer was a Georgia based Delaware company providing nationwide accounts receivable and revenue cycle

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APA Integration Provision and Exclusive Remedy Clause Bars Seller Claim

Introduction A seller of a mortgage service business could not sue its asset buyer in tort for negligent misrepresentation. The deal The seller was a Denver based company that was formed after the 2008 financial crisis to assess and verify

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Court Restricts Company Seller’s Nationwide Noncompete to 3 States

Introduction The sale of a company usually comes with its goodwill. In fact, in many cases goodwill is the crown jewel of the business. The last thing a buyer wants, is to pay top dollar for the business only to

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Buyer Didn’t Waive Seller Breach by Amending Asset Purchase Agreement

Introduction An acquisition of a company is sometimes done in one step: the buyer and seller sign a purchase agreement and immediately close the transaction on the same day.  This is called a simultaneous closing. Alternatively, the buyer and seller

Posted in asset purchase agreement, boilerplate provisions, breach of representations and warranties, breach of seller's covenants, deferred closing, representations and warranties, seller's covenants, waiver provision Tagged with: , , ,

S Corp Stock Seller Can Sue Buyer for Not Closing Tax Books Mid-year

Introduction An S corporation does not pay federal corporate income tax. The S corporation passes its income, deductions and credits through to its shareholders, in proportion to their ownership interest in the S corporation. The shareholders then pay income tax

Posted in allocation of preclosing taxes refunds and credits, boilerplate provisions, further assurance provision, Internal Revenue Code Section 1377 election, purchase agreement, stock purchase agreement Tagged with: , , ,

Seller of company can sue Buyer for making oral fraudulent and negligent misrepresentations

Seller’s Owner founded Seller in 2002. Seller was based out of the greater Sacramento, California area. In 2007, Seller began doing business as BenefitsCONNECT. BenefitsCONNECT is an online benefits enrollment and administration system that connects employer groups, insurance carriers, third

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