Archive: March 2017

  • Fundamental Representations and Warranties

    March 27, 2017

    Continuing with the theme of representations and warranties, this week’s M&A Monday update is about fundamental representations and warranties, survival periods, and caps. In many deals, some representations and warranties are deemed to be more important than others. Those representations and warranties that are most important are termed “fundamental representations and warranties.” The determination of […]

  • Vapor Intrusion: Afraid to Inhale?

    March 26, 2017

    That’s understandable, given the recent publicity regarding vapor intrusion (“VI”).  Local evacuations of residences and businesses, the installation of vapor mitigation systems by governmental agencies, a joint VI initiative announced by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the State Department of Health and Human Services, and the MDEQ budget request to fund a […]

  • What are the differences between qualified and unqualified representations and warranties?

    March 20, 2017

    As discussed last week, representations and warranties are truths or assertions made by a party to a purchase agreement. Representations and warranties can either be qualified or unqualified and are often used to shift risk between the seller and the buyer. The following seller representation and warranty is unqualified: “The company’s financial statements are GAAP-compliant.” […]

  • What Are Representations and Warranties and Why Do We Have Them?

    March 13, 2017

    Representations and warranties are assertions or assurances given by the parties to the agreement. While most purchase agreements contain representations and warranties from seller and buyer, the seller representations and warranties typically are the most extensive and more important. The seller representations and warranties are assurances by the seller about the company and, in the […]

  • Michigan’s DAPT Law Helps Protect Assets from Creditors

    March 8, 2017

    Governor Snyder recently signed Michigan’s Qualified Dispositions in Trusts Act, which takes effect on March 8, 2017.  In so doing, Michigan joins 16 other states that permit a particular form of trust commonly known as “domestic asset protection trust” (or DAPT).  A DAPT is an irrevocable trust whose assets the grantor’s creditors cannot reach if […]

  • You Ask, We Answer

    March 7, 2017

    Q: Do I need to pay a salaried-exempt employee for time off if they already exhausted all of their PTO? A: It is important for employers to be cautious when considering whether or not to take deductions from a salaried-exempt employee’s pay. One wrong move could result in a misclassification claim for not only the employee subject […]

  • New normal shapes Rhoades’ family law practice

    March 6, 2017

    “Trends from the past few years involving family matters are making their mark on a local law firm.”