Articles Posted in Securities Law

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Donna Taylor appealed a district court’s judgment regarding her Series A Preferred Shares in AIA Services Corporation (AIA). In 1987, Donna received 200,000 Series A Preferred Shares in AIA as part of a divorce settlement. Between 1987 and 1996, Donna, AIA, and other relevant parties entered into various stock redemption agreements with differing terms and interest rates. One such agreement was challenged in Taylor v. AIA Servs. Corp., 261 P.3d 829 (2011). While the Taylor case was being litigated, AIA stopped paying Donna for the redemption of her shares, prompting her to file suit. Donna alleged several causes of action against AIA, with the primary issue being whether Donna was entitled to have her shares redeemed at the prime lending rate plus one-quarter percent. AIA contended any agreement providing that interest rate was unenforceable, and instead Donna’s redemption was governed by AIA’s amended articles of incorporation, which provided the interest rate as the prime lending rate minus one-half percent. The district court determined Donna’s share redemption was governed by AIA’s amended articles of incorporation, and as such, all but 7,110 of Donna’s shares had been redeemed. After review, the Idaho Supreme Court reversed the district court’s dismissal of Donna’s breach of contract claim as it related to a 1995 Letter Agreement, and remanded for further proceedings. The Supreme Court also reverse the district court’s dismissal of Donna’s fraud claims. The Court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Donna’s unjust enrichment claim, and the dismissal of AIA’s counterclaim against Donna. View "Taylor v. Taylor" on Justia Law

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Defendant AIA Services Corporation entered into a stock redemption agreement with Appellant Reed Taylor to purchase all of his shares in AIA Services for a $1.5 million down payment promissory note and a $6 million promissory note, plus other consideration. When AIA failed to pay the $1.5 million when it became due, Appellant and AIA agreed to modify the stock redemption agreement. AIA was a still unable to make payments under the new terms. Appellant then filed suit to recover the amounts owed on the two promissory notes. The district court granted partial summary judgment in favor of AIA and dismissed six of Appellant's causes of action after finding the revised stock redemption agreement was unenforceable. On appeal, Appellant argued the redemption agreement complied with state law and was still enforceable. Upon review, the Supreme Court affirmed the district court's holding that the agreement was illegal and unenforceable and affirmed the court's dismissal of Appellant's six causes of action. View "Reed J. Taylor v. AIA Services " on Justia Law