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Delaware Court of Chancery Determines Fair Value in PetSmart and SWS Group Appraisal Cases

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In recent years, the Delaware Court of Chancery has issued a number of high-profile opinions in appraisal litigations, many of which addressed the central question of whether and to what extent the underlying transaction...more

New Jersey Giveth And Taketh Away: Recent Steps to Reduce And To Increase

by Reed Smith on

Recently, the State of New Jersey has taken a small step in the direction of less regulation over home mortgage lenders and, virtually at the same time, a potentially more significant step in the opposite direction. Details...more

Resolving Disputes Regarding Value of the Loss through the Appraisal Process

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

With an increase in storm damage events throughout the Midwest, insurers are becoming increasingly frugal when adjusting storm damage losses. In the past, disputes regarding the value of the loss typically involved...more

Delaware's New Focus on Deal Process and Disclosure: Part II

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In part one of this two-part series, we discussed two of four recent developments in Delaware law that reduce the liability exposure of corporate boards and controlling stockholders in merger transactions, and also benefit...more

Delaware's New Focus on Deal Process and Disclosure: Part I

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Four recent developments in Delaware law reduce the liability exposure of corporate boards and controlling stockholders in merger transactions, and also benefit minority stockholders. Together, these developments clarify the...more

Is Appraisal Arbitrage Past Its Prime?

by Morris James LLP on

Once again, some corporate lawyers are complaining that the Delaware courts are too good to stockholders or, more often, plaintiffs’ lawyers. In the more recent past, those complaints focused on merger litigation that led to...more

Why Menchaca Changes Nothing for Appraisal Law

by Zelle LLP on

On April 7, 2017, the Supreme Court of Texas issued an opinion that some argue changed the landscape of Texas law regarding extracontractual liability in first-party insurance cases. In USAA Texas Lloyds Co. v. Menchaca, the...more

The Right to Seclusion of Personal Facts vs. Public Opinion

Unhappy with the valuation determination by Zillow’s Zestimates, a builder and related parties have initiated a class action suit against Zillow Inc. and Zillow Group, for class action complaint for (a) violation of the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 21

SEC/CORPORATE - Delaware Chancery Court Decision Demonstrates Continuing Risk to “Appraisal Arbitrage” In a stark application of the adage that one should be careful what one wishes for—because one may get it—on May 30,...more

Chancery Appraises Corporation Below Merger Price Due To Synergies

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent appraisal action before the Court of Chancery, In re Appraisal of SWS Group, Inc., C.A. No. 10554-VCG (Del. Ch. May 30, 2017), Vice Chancellor Glasscock found that the fair value of the acquired entity, SWS Group,...more

Deal Price Upheld By Chancery In Petsmart Inc. Appraisal Action

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the recent PetSmart, Inc. appraisal proceeding, styled as In re Appraisal of PetSmart Inc., C.A. No. 10782-VCS (Del. Ch. May 26, 2017), the Delaware Court of Chancery found the deal price to be the fair value of PetSmart,...more

THE LATEST: FTC Files Complaint Against Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board

by McDermott Will & Emery on

This week, the Federal Trade Commission filed an administrative complaint against the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board (LREAB). This complaint is the FTC’s first against a state licensing board since it prevailed in the...more

FTC’s First Test of Supreme Court’s North Carolina Dental Precedent in New Case against Real Estate Appraisal Board

by Mintz Levin on

Even with a reduced lineup of only two commissioners — the Republican Acting Chair and one Democratic Commissioner — the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) filed an administrative complaint this week against...more

Agencies Offer Solutions to Shortage of Residential Real Estate Appraisers

by Reed Smith on

On May 31, 2017, acting through interagency guidance, the federal bank regulatory agencies (the “Agencies”) highlighted two approaches for addressing a perceived scarcity of licensed residential real estate appraisers....more

Financial institution agencies provide guidance to help alleviate appraiser shortage

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The federal banking agencies together with the National Credit Union Administration (the “Agencies”) issued an Interagency Advisory on the Availability of Appraisers that is intended to help address the real estate appraiser...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Deal Price As Fair Value In Appraisal Case

by Morris James LLP on

The Court of Chancery continues to wrestle with the issue of when the negotiated deal price represents "fair value" in an appraisal case. Here, serious problems with the management projections led the Court to reject a...more

Court Of Chancery Appraises Company Below Deal Price

by Morris James LLP on

Recent criticism of appraisal arbitrage argues that it comes without real risk to the petitioners. This appraisal decision, which values the company below the deal price based on a discounted cash flow analysis, should be...more

Tennessee Enacts New Appraisers Statute Of Limitations Law

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Tennessee has enacted a law establishing a new statute of limitations regarding civil lawsuits and disciplinary actions against real estate appraisers. Under HB 376, any action to recover damages against a real estate...more

Florida Homestead Exemption Audits Are Big Business

by Akerman LLP on

Florida Property Appraisers, primarily in the populated coastal counties, are combing the nation for taxpayers availing themselves of any other resident related benefit in addition to their Florida Homestead Exemption. The...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Breach Of Fiduciary Duty And Quasi-Appraisal Claims Under Corwin

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 3, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the buyer of EMSI Holding Company (“EMSI”) asserting post-closing claims for indemnification against...more

Wealth Management Update - May 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

May Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The May § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and GRATs...more

23 States Considering Valuation Legislation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Appraisal Institute reported April 17 that 37 bills affecting the valuation profession are pending in 23 states. According to the Appraisal Institute, the proposed legislation includes: Arizona SB 1197 which makes...more

New York Court Upholds Suit Limitation Period, Ruling Appraisal is Not a Condition Precedent to Filing Suit

by Carlton Fields on

Courts will generally uphold reasonable suit limitation periods in property insurance policies, if the insurer does not affirmatively waive or extend them. In MZM Real Estate Corp. v. Tower Ins. Co. of New York, No....more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - Second Half 2016

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

NEWS FROM THE COURTS – Delaware Court of Chancery Once Again Rejects Transaction Price as the Best Measure of Fair Value in DFC Global Litigation - On July 8, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery released its...more

Appraisal Award Unenforceable Where Suit Limitation Period Expired Prior To Filing Suit: New York County Dismisses Storm Sandy...

Suit limitation provisions in insurance policies shorten the statutory period of time that a plaintiff may bring a suit against an insurer for certain causes of action. A New York court recently held that an appraisal award...more

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