A Brooklyn appellate panel last week provided more fodder for the DLOM debate that’s been in the legal news of late, upholding a 0% DLOM in a fair value appraisal of a membership interest in a real estate holding company. It’s featured in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
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On the heels of the Zelouf and AriZona Iced Tea cases, this week’s New York Business Divorce highlights yet another interesting fair value contest, decided by Justice Carolyn Demarest, involving a battle of forensic accounting and valuation experts over the alleged skimming of millions in cash receipts at a restaurant.
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Appraisal experts provide critical testimony in valuation proceedings. Court rules govern pretrial expert disclosure. In this week’s New York Business Divorce, you can bone up on the disclosure requirements and read about cases in which the parties paid a price for failing to comply with disclosure requirements.
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Pastrami, corned beef, and valuation were on the menu in Ruggiero v. Ruggiero, decided last month by Justice Emily Pines in a case pitting the widow of one brother against the surviving brother in a contested buy-out of shares in a kosher deli business. This week’s New York Business Divorce highlights the court’s discussion of the conflicting expert business appraisals.
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An important decision last week by the Appellate Division, First Department, in Giaimo v. Vitale directed the application of stock valuation discounts for lack of marketability and built-in gains taxes in a case involving closely held, subchapter C real estate holding corporations. It’s must reading for business appraisers and business divorce lawyers, in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
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A recent decision by Queens County Commercial Division Justice Orin Kitzes in Matter of Adelstein illustrates the crucial role of forensic accounting in testing and adjusting a company’s financial statements for purposes of stock valuation in an oppressed minority shareholder case. Read more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

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