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Business Asset Buyer Wins Successor Liability Skirmish with Union

Introduction This is a continuing saga of a business asset buyer’s post-closing battle with a seller’s union. Chapter 1 is found in an earlier blog: http://www.mk-law.com/wpblog/court-says-asset-buyer-of-business-can-sue-seller-for-failure-to-disclose-its-union-contract-obligation/ The deal The seller and buyer both performed waterproofing, concrete and masonry restoration, and

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Buyer’s purchase price may triple post-closing because of underfunded union pension plan

Seller was a wire-forming company. A collective bargaining agreement with the union representing its workforce obligated Seller to contribute to a multiemployer pension plan on behalf of the employees. In September 2013, after Seller determined that it could not stay

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Court finds that buyer of a California union skilled nursing facility had no constructive knowledge of seller’s multi-employer pension plan withdrawal liability

This is a follow up to a discussion of an earlier June court decision involving the same business buyer. http://www.mk-law.com/wpblog/buyer-of-a-california-union-skilled-nursing-facility-faces-multi-employer-pension-plan-withdrawal-liability-if-buyer-had-constructive-knowledge-of-the-potential-liability/ Buyer purchased a 99-bed skilled nursing facility located Santa Clarita, California from Seller through an asset purchase agreement that closed

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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

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Buyer of a California union skilled nursing facility faces multi-employer pension plan withdrawal liability if buyer had constructive knowledge of the potential liability

Buyer purchased a 99-bed skilled nursing facility located Santa Clarita, California from Seller through an asset purchase agreement that closed on January 5, 2015. After the closing Buyer was sued by a multi-employer pension plan (union pension plan) for Seller’s

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Court finds that buyer of assets of a business with union employees is not alter ego of seller

This case is about a suit filed by a labor union to collect supplemental union dues from the buyer of the assets of a landscaping business which had union employees. The seller had been in business since 1988. Its sole

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