For what it’s worth: Valuation in the courts – Cherry-picking trumps splitting the difference
Abstract: In this issue’s “For what it’s worth: Valuation in the courts,” we discuss divorcing couples and their unresolved valuation differences. To wit, disputing parties cannot expect judges to simply split the difference and average opposing expert opinions. Rather, courts will more than likely take in the science underlying each business appraisal and then “cherry pick” the most sensible portions of each expert’s analysis. A recent Florida case demonstrates just such a scenario. Citations: Augoshe v. Lehman, (2007 Fla. App., No. 2D05-2034, August 10, 2007); Solomon v. Solomon, (861 So. 2d 1218, 1221, Fla. 2d DCA 2003).