Court Of Chancery Agrees To Consider Post Merger Evidence

In re Rural Metro Corporation Shareholders Litigation, C.A. No. 6350-VCL (April 16, 2013)

The Delaware appraisal statute is generally interpreted to preclude consideration of post-merger events in determining the fair value of the company.  However, in this transcript ruling, the Court indicated that it would consider such evidence when: (1) it sheds light on what the parties were thinking at the time of the merger (such as on revenue projections) and (2) it helps prevent a true outlier (such as wildly wrong revenue projections).  The Court cautioned that it might not give much weight to this evidence and it remains to be seen how far this transcript will go to permit other post-merger evidence.

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