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Mergers and Acquisitions Disputes

Massachusetts Mergers and Acquisitions Dispute Attorneys

A particular area of expertise for Sweder & Ross is disputes arising out of mergers and acquisitions. We have dealt with the most sophisticated of contract issues as well as those involving fraud, breaches of fiduciary duties and a host of other issues. Our attorneys have prosecuted and defended such claims in a number of different courts and forums.

Some Cases in Point*

  • Sweder & Ross represented a number of clients who received shares of a publicly traded telecom company when their own company was acquired by it. The acquisition took place after the clients had received assurances by a major accounting firm concerning the telecom company's financial statements. After a major legal battle in an out-of-state federal court, Sweder & Ross obtained a settlement for its clients, which would rank as one of the top settlements of the year in a civil case in Massachusetts.
  • When one of the country's largest coal companies acquired another coal company various issues later arose in a $100 million lawsuit under the Coal Act of 1992 as well as the contracts signed by the parties decades earlier. After portions of the case were litigated in the United States District Court, First Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court, Sweder & Ross attorneys achieved a favorable settlement for their client.
  • Sweder & Ross represented a major Canadian insurance company in an arbitration in Boston relating to obligations for indemnification for severance payments when a line of business was acquired from another insurance company. The arbitration panel decided for the Sweder & Ross client.
  • Our lawyers successfully negotiated and documented an exceptionally complex purchase by one of its publicly traded clients, of a division of the bankrupt Arthur D. Little, for approximately $7 million. We played prominent roles in all aspects of the purchase, from formulation of bidding strategies to consummation of the purchase.
  • Our business litigators represented one of the nation’s best-known consulting firms, a public company, in connection with its acquisition of a division of a major competitor. The litigation involved the non-competition and confidentiality contractual obligations of each of the consultants in the division that was acquired. After initiating a declaratory judgment action on behalf of the clients, the action was favorably settled with a complex settlement agreement involving all of the consultants.

*The results obtained in these cases were dependent on the specific facts of each case. These results are presented for informational purposes only and should not be considered a guarantee that we can obtain similar results for you.