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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

A Case Study on the Accuracy of Real Market Values on Tax Statements

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

In my previous Ear to the Ground post, I discussed real market values and how they can become inaccurate on your tax statement. For this week's post, I wanted to offer a real-life example of how this discrepancy played out...more

South Carolina FILOT Taxpayers Now Required to File a New Property Tax Return with the County Auditor

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The April 30th deadline for the calendar year South Carolina taxpayers to file their annual Form PT-300, Property Return, is fast approaching. Taxpayers subject to a fee-in-lieu of tax (FILOT) must file a new schedule with...more

Episode 1: Chris Mercer Interview on Marketability Discount: Part 1 [Audio]

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The premiere episode of Business Divorce Roundtable starts out with a bang or, more accurately, Part One of a two-part interview with one of the nation’s leading business appraisers, Chris Mercer, discussing the controversy...more

Episode 2: Chris Mercer Interview on Marketability Discount: Part 2 [Audio]

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

If you haven't already listened to Episode 1/Part 1 of my interview with Chris Mercer, in which Chris discusses the fundamentals of the controversy surrounding application of the marketability discount in statutory fair value...more

HUD Inspector General Issues Alert on Appraiser Identity Theft

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued an alert on appraiser identity theft. The alert details cases in three states where identity thieves illegally used...more

The Graber Opinion is Confirmed as an Outlier in Matters Involving Texas Appraisals

by Zelle LLP on

With the continued onslaught of hail and other weather related litigation in Texas, insurance carriers often elect to resolve claims through the appraisal process outlined in the policy. Insurance carriers historically...more

2017 Florida State Legislature to Consider Bills Aimed at Assignments of Benefits, Water Losses, Appraisers, and Umpires

The 2017 Florida Legislative Session convened on March 7. Of particular interest to property insurers are the following bills, which we are closely watching: SB 944, proposing licensing requirements upon appraisers and...more

Episode 11: Mediating Business Valuation Disputes: Conversation with Arthur Rosenbloom  [Audio]

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Mediation has grown in popularity as a means of resolving legal disputes in lockstep with the rising costs and delays attendant to litigation and arbitration, including business divorce cases. This episode features an...more

Valero Refining-Texas, L.P. v. Galveston Central Appraisal District: A Strategic Opportunity?

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Texas Supreme Court recently handed an owner of a Texas oil refinery a significant victory in Valero Refining-Texas, L.P. v. Galveston Central Appraisal District, No. 15-0492, 2017 WL 727276 (Tex. Feb. 24, 2017). In a...more

[Event] Right of Way & Legal Strategies for Successful Project Delivery - March 8th, San Francisco, CA

by Nossaman LLP on

Nossaman LLP and Bender Rosenthal, Inc. invite you to this complimentary afternoon seminar that will provide insight on current right of way issues affecting public agencies and utilities. Our panels of leading industry...more

Pleading Failures Doom Disclosure Claims in Short-Form Merger Case

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Vice Chancellor Tamika R. Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery (the “Court”) issued a Memorandum Opinion on January 4, 2017, dismissing a lawsuit arising from a short-form merger involving United Capital...more

New Ohio Decision Clarifies Role of Judge and Jury in Eminent Domain Cases

by Roetzel & Andress on

As a general rule, injuries that are shared in common with the general public are not compensable under Ohio eminent domain law. Ohio’s 4th District Court of Appeals recently ruled that the question of whether an injury is...more

Delaware Law Updates - 2016 Year in Review

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Our Delaware Corporate and Alternative Entity Law attorneys closely followed the opinions coming from Delaware’s Supreme Court and Court of Chancery. Our 2016 Year in Review is a collection of brief summaries of selected...more

Property Tax & Valuation Topics - Winter 2017

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

On September 30, 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court heard oral argument in Nutmeg Housing Development Corp. v. Colchester. On the face of it, the ad valorem valuation of a garden variety property in the suburbanizing Town...more

Delaware Law Updates—The Court of Chancery Deviates from Some Recent Appraisal Decisions and Gives “100 Percent Weight” to the...

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In a recent decision out of the Delaware Court of Chancery—Merion Capital L.P. v. Lender Processing Services, Inc., C.A. No. 9320-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 16, 2016) ("LPS")—Vice Chancellor Laster strayed from several of the Court...more

2016 Year In Review: Corporate Governance Litigation And Regulation

2016 saw many notable developments in corporate governance litigation and related regulatory developments. In this article, we discuss significant judicial and regulatory developments in the following areas: Mergers...more

Blog: Data Points from Recent Appraisal Decisions

by Cooley LLP on

As concerns over the potential exercise of appraisal rights are increasingly being factored into deal price, data points from recent Delaware appraisal decisions may help inform a party of its appraisal risks and, if an...more

Announcing Must-Have Treatise on Business Divorce Litigation

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

There’s little doubt in my mind that “business divorce” has achieved name recognition as a distinct subgenre of commercial litigation whose regular practitioners, by dint of experience dealing in and out of court with the...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Limits On Stockholder Challenges To Short-Form Mergers

by Morris James LLP on

It is well understood that minority stockholders have limited rights to object to a short-form merger under Delaware law. This decision affirms that minority stockholders cannot challenge the merger on fairness grounds...more

Appraisal is an Appraisal is an Appraisal, Except in Mass.

by Zelle LLP on

Like Gertrude Stein’s “rose”, an appraisal is an appraisal is an appraisal except in Massachusetts. Massachusetts’ version of appraisal is a statutory process named “reference.” Although a reference proceeding is very similar...more

Top 10 Business Divorce Cases of 2016

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

I’m pleased to present my 9th annual list of this past year’s ten most significant business divorce cases. The list includes important appellate rulings by the First and Second Departments on dissolution of foreign business...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Merger Price As Fair Value In Appraisal Action

by Morris James LLP on

This is another decision in the continuing development of Delaware law on how to determine the acquired company’s fair value in an appraisal action. The decision carefully reviews the more recent opinions on whether the...more

Process Is Paramount: The Delaware Court of Chancery Gives “100% Weight” to Merger Price in Determining Company’s Fair Value in...

On December 16, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a post-trial opinion in an appraisal proceeding arising from the acquisition of Lender Processing Services, Inc. (“LPS” or the “Company”) by Fidelity National...more

Court Of Chancery Appoints Lead Counsel In Appraisal Case

by Morris James LLP on

Appraisal petitioners normally agree to consolidate their actions, on which law firm(s) will represent them, and on how their common objectives will be carried out. That did not happen in this case: the petitioners disputed...more

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