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At first blush, yes, the language of 1542 would apply to the situation. However, statutory language rarely protects a person or entity from fraudulent actions. Meaning, if you could demonstrate that the acquiring company was intentionally operating at a loss "expressly to avoid paying" you, then you would have a viable lawsuit despite this statutory language.
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It's standard procedure for a release to be as all-encompassing as possible. My suspicion is that this language is just that, the author's intent to cover as many things as possible.