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RTS Landfill Inc. v. Appalachian Waste Systems LLC
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RTS Landfill Inc. (Plaintiff) sold one of its business divisions, Starr Sanitation (Starr) to Appalachian Waste Systems (Defendant). The purchase agreement gave Plaintiff a preemptive right of first refusal if Defendant tried to sell Starr. The option would allow Plaintiff to repurchase Starr at $500,000 less than any third party offer upon proper notice to Plaintiff. The contractual right was for an unlimited time and its purpose or rationale was unknown. Defendant received a $2.5 million offer for a twenty percent stake in Defendant and notified Plaintiff of the offer. Plaintiff claimed that the notice was insufficient to allow Plaintiff to evaluate the offer and whether to exercise its right. Defendant contended that the repurchase option was unenforceable. The trial court determined that the clause was unenforceable and granted Defendant injunctive relief.
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