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Rissman v. Rissman

United States Court of Appeal, Seventh Circuit
213 F.3d 381 (2000)


Facts

Arnold Rissman (plaintiff) and Randall Rissman (defendant) were brothers and the co-owners of a toy business. After a falling out, Arnold agreed to sell his shares in the business to Randall. During the sale negotiations, Arnold asked Randall to put in writing that Randall would never sell the business, but Randall refused. Eventually, Arnold agreed to sell his shares to Randall for $17 million, to be paid in installments. If the business were sold before all the installments had been paid, then the remaining payments to Arnold would be accelerated. The brothers’ sale contract contained an anti-reliance clause stating that: (1) both parties agreed that any promises or inducements that had been made to cause that party to enter the agreement had been put in the contract, (2) Arnold had read and fully understood the contract terms, and (3) Arnold was not relying on any statement that was not listed in the contract. A little later, Randall sold the business for $335 million. Arnold sued, claiming that he sold his shares to Randall only because Randall had deceived Arnold into believing that Randall would never sell the business. Arnold sought the $95 million that he would have made if he had kept his shares until the $335 million sale. The district judge granted summary judgment to Randall, and Arnold appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Easterbrook, J.)

Concurrence (Rovner, J.)

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