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Fraud carve out saves buyer in “as-is where-is” in divestiture

Seller manufactures over-the-counter pharmaceutical products. On June 17, 2016, it sold one of its product lines to Buyer. The terms of that sale were memorialized in an asset purchase agreement. At the time of the sale, there was a class action suit

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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

Posted in asset purchase agreement, boilerplate provisions, fraud in business sale, integration clause, no oral modifications of contract, private equity

Israeli pharma buyer’s fraud claim against seller of Mexican pharma company tossed out by court

In 2015, Buyer, an Israeli pharma company purchased Target, a Mexican pharmaceutical company, from Sellers, and the intellectual property used by Target from a Sellers affiliate. The total sale price came to $2.3 Billion. After the closing, Buyer claimed that

Posted in compliance with all applicable laws, extra-contractual fraud, fraud in business sale, indemnification cap, representations and warranties

No fraud in alleged buyer’s financial misrepresentations concerning buyer’s equity received by seller of company

Seller was two related companies, one, a provider of litigation support and e-discovery services and the other, a provider of temporary legal staffing to law firms and corporations. Seller along with Seller Affiliate, a related company providing various litigation support

Posted in due diligence, fraud in business sale, material, receipt of buyer equity or security, receipt of buyer equity or security, reliance

Buyer of business loses misrepresentation claim against seller because claim was not based upon seller’s breach of contract

Madison, Wisconsin based Target, is a contract manufacturer of custom vitamin and trace mineral premixes and value-added branded feed ingredients for the animal feed market. Seller was Target’s president and Buyer its vice-president. Both shared in Targets’ day-to-day operations, and

Posted in economic loss doctrine, fraud in business sale, negligent misrepresentation, tort misrepresentation in M&A

Court said it may be reasonable for business buyer to rely on seller oral representation about competition

Target, based out of the Kansas City area, provides movie theater digital marketing/advertising and movie theater concessions. Sellers were the owners of Target. Buyer is a Texas capital investment limited liability company. In early 2015, Sellers circulated a solicitation seeking

Posted in anti-reliance clause, due diligence, extra-contractual fraud, negligent misrepresentation, reliance

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 can’t stop release of escrowed funds to seller, because buyer did not follow the escrow agreement’s notice provision

Seller held a number of consumer debt accounts in Puerto Rico. Seller first approached Buyer about a possible sale of Seller’s debt accounts sometime in 2013 and, later that year, the parties entered into discussions. The accounts consisted of auto loans,

Posted in escrow, fraud in business sale, notice provision, reliance

Buyer’s fraud claim failed because buyer did not allege facts that seller intentionally or recklessly omitted material facts from a stock purchase agreement disclosure schedule

Target, a 100% subsidiary of Seller, owned and operated an open—pit gold mining operation in Colorado. At some point prior to November 2014, Seller’s general counsel and another senior executive knew that a third party allegedly acquired the mineral interests

Posted in fraud in business sale, fraudulent intent, fraudulent omission

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