Real Estate Owners – “Baseball Arbitration” and Litigation over Valuation and Buy-out of NYC Shopping Center
Herrick delivered a major victory to real estate owners in a buy out dispute between partners over the valuation of a New York City shopping center that they co-owned. Prior to Herrick's involvement, the opposing party had won the right to buyout our clients' interest in the retail center, with the purchase price to be set based on a neutral appraiser's determination as to which party's appraisal was more accurate. The firm achieved two decisive victories on behalf of our clients in New York Supreme Court, obtaining an order that the appraisal process move forward immediately and then that the "date of valuation" was to be current rather than a 2012 date that the parties had previously discussed. Thereafter, two months of extensive appraisal proceedings ensued, and our valuation was ultimately chosen over the opposing party's assessment, which was many millions of dollars lower. The valuation date decision was affirmed, with costs, by the Appellate Division, Second Department.