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Buyer Can Sue Seller of Business in Delaware for Fraud in “As Is” Deal

M&A Stories December 15, 2020 Introduction A buyer of a business usually manages unknown M&A risks by requiring the seller to provide a comprehensive set of representatives and warranties about the business. But occasionally, the buyer agrees to an “as

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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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No Fraud for Positive Projections Proved Inaccurate in Hindsight

May 31, 2020 Introduction It is all too common for an acquired business to not perform as well as expected after the closing. But the fact that the target’s projections were inaccurate do not amount to a fraud claim. The

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Owner Loses $14.5 Million Fraud Claim Against Majority Shareholder in Stock Deal

May 22, 2020 Introduction This deal is a reminder that a seller of a business needs to read the transactional documents (with the help of a competent lawyer) before signing. In this case it cost the seller $14.5 million. The

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Court Says Asset Business Buyer Can Sue the seller’s owner for Fraud

January 20, 2020 Introduction “Things gained through unjust fraud are never secure.” Sophocles The deal The seller’s owner operated a business that helped clients obtain wholesale automobile dealership licenses for auto dealerships in Missouri through seller a limited liability company.

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Court Greenlights Business Seller’s Fraud Lawsuit Over Earnout Dispute

Introduction Disappointing earnout deals are common. The deal This deal involved the stock acquisition of the target, a legal analytics company by a competitor. The price was $9 million cash plus a $3 million earnout potential.  The earnout was based

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Trust but Verify-Business Seller Failed to Verify Accuracy of Earnout Statement

Introduction A buyer and seller of a business often use an earnout when they can’t agree upon a purchase price. In that case, the purchase agreement provides for a buyer calculation of the earnout amount, along with an earnout dispute

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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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Franchise Buyer’s Fraud Claim Bars Seller’s Summary Collection of Note

Introduction It can be easy for a creditor to obtain a judgment against a debtor that has defaulted on payment of a promissory note. Essentially all the creditor must do is produce the signed note and prove nonpayment. But not

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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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