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Perlman v. Feldmann
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Plaintiffs and Defendants were shareholders in Newport Steel. Newport Steel provided steel sheets typically to regional customers because their facilities were outdated. Due to the Korean War, steel was at a premium and it turned Newport Steel into a more profitable venture. Newport began updating their facilities, but a third party, Wilport Company, bought Defendants’ shares in an effort to secure more steel output. The over-the-counter price for the shares was $12 and the book value was $17.03, but Wilport paid $20 per share to Defendants. Plaintiffs sued to receive the same premium (attributable to the sale of corporate power) for their shares, and the trial court denied their claims. The trial court ruled that the premium was an inherent benefit of having a controlling ownership, and alternatively, the burden was on Plaintiffs to prove the lesser value of the stock.
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