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No Buyer De Facto Merger Successor Liability for Seller Debt

Introduction One risk in buying the assets of a business is being sued by a seller creditor for a seller liability that the buyer did not assume in the asset purchase agreement. This risk is much higher when buying all

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Cash Buyer of Paper Mill Assets Not Liable for Seller’s CERCLA Liability

Introduction A company is responsible under the federal CERCLA or superfund law, and often state law for cleaning up property it contaminates by hazardous waste disposal. However, the buyer of the assets of the responsible company is generally not liable

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New Mexico Court rejects application of de facto merger doctrine to buyer of assets of the maker of hot tar holding tanks

In this case, Seller was a maker of a tar lugger, a holding tank for hot tar that is used in the roofing business. In the fall of 2013, Buyer purchased the assets of Seller’s tar lugger business. About a

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