URI) and Sallie Mae ( SLM) are in legal battles to force their acquirers to complete buyouts, while Harman ( HAR) and Acxiom ( ACXM) have seen their deals completely pulled. Meanwhile, Myers' customers in the industrial and automotive industries are being squeezed by the housing-market downturn. For its part, Myers said "both sides continue to work closely to complete this transaction." The company said, though, that it is now free to evaluate other takeover proposals during the extended buyout period, and it won't have to pay a termination fee if it finds another buyer. The Goldman deal called for Myers to be acquired for $22.50 a share. The stock recently was trading at $16.45, down $5.11. Myers also said it plans to pay a special dividend of 28 cents a share, and it will lift its regular quarterly payout to 6 cents from 5.25 cents.