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Buyer Can’t Sue Seller for Not Telling Buyer About Pending Loss of Major Customer

M&A Stories December 10, 2020 Introduction It is very important for a prospective buyer of a business to do smart due diligence to validate the purchase price. However, there is always a risk that the seller won’t tell you the

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Business Buyer’s Owner Loses Trademark to Competitor and Ends Up in Bankruptcy

M&A Stories December 08, 2020 Introduction You have to kick the tires of a business you want to buy. That includes asking whether the target’s tradename infringes upon a competitor’s tradename. The deal This deal involved the sale of the

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Business Buyer’s Suit Against Seller is Hampered by Missing Due Diligence Binder

Introduction Buying a company has many legal risks for a buyer. One of the most important tools to manage the risks of buying a business is to conduct a thorough due diligence investigation of the company. The deal This case

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Buyer May Pay $1.2 Million Twice for Seller Assets Subject to Financing Statement

Introduction One of the legal risks when purchasing a business is purchasing assets that are collateral for a loan. The deal This is a follow up to a deal where the buyer purchased the assets of a seller that made

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Owner Sells Company’s Fitness Club Assets; Fights Personal Trainer Claims

Introduction Selling your company can be very stressful for employees and contractors not picked up by the buyer. Especially those that have depended upon cash flow from you company for a long time. This creates a risk you may be

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Asset Buyer Fights Customer Claim Based Upon Unassumed Seller Contract

Introduction A buyer and seller agree to a price for the sale of the seller’s company. Then the buyer gets his or her adviser involved to iron out the details. One of those details is whether the transaction will be

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Buyer of Chemical Division Sues Seller for Understating Costs

Introduction There are unique risks for a buyer when purchasing a division of a seller (called a divestiture). It is easier to assess the quality of earnings of a stand alone business than with a division where costs must be

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Business Buyer Risks Loss of Assets to Secured Creditor

Introduction Many companies put their assets up as collateral for financing. A buyer of a company needs to know this before buying the business. This risk is minimized in part by the seller representing and warranting in the purchase agreement

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No Sexual Harassment Successor Liability for Law Firm Asset Buyer

Introduction A buyer often prefers to purchase the assets of a company instead of its equity (such as stock of a corporation). One advantage of an asset purchase is that the buyer can avoid responsibility for the selling company’s liabilities;

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Seller of company not responsible for buyer’s post-closing failure to obtain electroplating permit

Seller was the owner of Target, a business located in Palo Alto, California that specializes in the electroplating of metal components for industrial use. On June 19, 2014, Seller executed a letter of intent to sell all of Seller’s shares

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