A virtual reality startup that has received backing from Google, Qualcomm and Warner Bros. has sued two of its former top executives in California federal court, saying the pair stole trade secrets and plotted to start a rival company.
A Canadian biotech firm recently hit with a $70 million verdict in a patent and trade secrets lawsuit won a reprieve on one of the suit’s two pending claims Friday, when a federal judge ruled it wasn’t liable for unfair business practices under Massachusetts law because most of the harm occurred in Canada.
A Florida federal court has issued a ruling that BlackJet Technology Inc., which books private jet charters, must pay attorneys' fees its corporate predecessor owed, and in the process also filled a gap in Florida case law on liability when a company's assets have changed hands.
The Washington Nationals on Friday again urged a New York state judge to force the Baltimore Orioles and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network to re-arbitrate before a Major League Baseball committee a long-running dispute over broadcast fees owed by the network, which televises both teams’ games.
The Fifth Circuit vacated part of a Texas district court ruling in a contract dispute between investors in a hotel venture and the venture’s founder Friday, agreeing with the lower court that the individual investors had been released from making payments on a note but saying the company they created had not been.
Global Indemnity and a subsidiary launched a lawsuit in Pennsylvania state court Thursday accusing their former attorney of inking a $200,000 settlement on their behalf without first getting their authorization.
A telecommunications company controlled by the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, which Sprint claims demanded payment for patching through an artificially inflated number of calls, urged a South Dakota federal judge Thursday to make Sprint pay $463,000 In connection fees.
The Seventh Circuit ruled Thursday that arbitration agreements containing class waivers are illegal, adopting the position of the National Labor Relations Board and creating a split with the Fifth Circuit that leaves the issue on the U.S. Supreme Court's doorstep. Here, Law360 takes a look at the winding legal road the hot-button issue has taken to land it a stone's throw away from the high court.
A sports management company and a law firm that represented NFL wide receiver Mike Williams in a $40 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers told a New York federal court Friday they plan to file a motion to dismiss a suit alleging they stiffed a businessman on recruiting fees.
Verizon Communications Inc. union members who have been on strike the last 45 days over a nine-month-long contract dispute have reached a deal in principle with the company for a four-year contract, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announced on Friday.
A California federal judge refused Thursday to find that Ericsson Inc. charged a Chinese mobile phone developer an excessive rate for standard-essential patents for wireless technology, saying it would be unfair to apply an arbitration decision issued in a licensing dispute between Ericsson and another company.
While landmark reforms opening up Mexico's energy sector have largely been implemented, energy companies looking to dive into the country's market must be mindful of still uncharted territory, from continually developing regulations to more complicated land use policies. Here, attorneys offer five pieces of advice for energy firms looking to make their mark in Mexico.
Dickinson Wright PLLC urged the Seventh Circuit on Thursday to nix four developers' bid to overturn a district court dismissal of their malpractice suit over the firm’s advice regarding federal regulatory approvals to build a Native American casino, arguing the lower court correctly ruled the developers had failed to state a claim.
The legal saga over Energy Transfer Equity LP’s and The Williams Cos. Inc.’s troubled $37.7 billion merger reached the boiling point Friday, with ETE revealing a counterclaim in Delaware state court that contends Williams is actually the one delaying the deal and argues it should be allowed to abandon merger. Here, a Law360 interactive graphic recaps the many twists since Williams spurned ETE’s advances last summer.
Texas’ high court held for the first time Friday that a doctrine requiring oil and gas lessees to accommodate surface owners’ rights also applies to groundwater disputes, favoring a ranch in litigation over whether a Texas city can drill wells to reach a severed groundwater estate.
A Kentucky coal mine investor has urged the Sixth Circuit to uphold a lower court’s ruling confirming a nearly $6 million arbitral award in a dispute over misleading revenue figures between the mine and a group of Canadian investors.
Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP argued Wednesday that an ex-associate was attempting to skirt arbitration by massively overstating the value of his claim in Pennsylvania state court that firm partners robbed subordinates of potential bonuses by improperly taking credit for their work.
Comcast told small cable installers to "ramp up" their installation services while knowing it would later fire them in favor of two national installation companies, two contractors alleged in a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania federal court Thursday.
A federal judge in New York on Thursday said that a Jordan-based credit card servicer's $75 million breach of contract claims against MasterCard International could move forward in a battle over the cancellation of the relationship between the two companies.
An attorney whose corporate client was hit with a default judgment after a Wisconsin federal judge kicked him off the case said he tried to find new counsel to take over, but everyone was too scared of the judge, he told the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Friday.
During complex litigation, litigants often retain consulting experts to help them understand any intricate aspects of social and natural sciences present in a case, but the federal rules provide no such mechanism for the presiding judge. That is where technical advisers come in, say attorneys at K&L Gates LLP.
Owners of foreclosed properties who are seeking to avoid tax lien sales in bankruptcy now face starkly different fates in Pennsylvania as compared to New Jersey, according to a recent Pennsylvania bankruptcy court ruling in the case of Crespo, says Michael Viscount of Fox Rothschild LLP.
Courts often require parties to develop a joint e-discovery plan. But even when they are not court-imposed, parties should consider using joint e-discovery plans to promote transparency and streamline the discovery process, say Anthony Rospert and Jake Evans of Thompson Hine LLP.
The Defend Trade Secrets Act offers many benefits to businesses, including federal question jurisdiction for trade secrets and the ability to recover compensatory damages, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees. However, to obtain the full array of remedies available under the statute, employers must comply with a specific notice requirement, says Jeff Barnes, a partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP.
It's important to review the basic means and manner through which liabilities otherwise created by portfolio companies and acquisition vehicles can be asserted against a private equity firm or its deal professionals. Knowing why the provisions mitigating these risks were originally developed will hopefully encourage continued vigilance, says Glenn West of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
While the California Court of Appeal's holding in Davis v. Honeywell can and should be limited to the specific facts and expert testimony in that case, the decision serves as a warning that courts may not always vigorously enforce their responsibility to screen expert opinions, which could open the door for plaintiffs in asbestos cases to depend on testimony that may not be entirely reliable, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
Nowhere is the attractiveness of law firms as cybercrime targets more evident than the recent Mossack Fonseca hack, believed to be the most significant data theft event in history. Firms represent a treasure trove of information and historically have had dreadful cybersecurity practices. There has been some progress, but firms can also commit to better defending their information by taking a simple, three-step approach, says Sean D... (continued)
In calling for mandatory pro bono service, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is effectively using her bully pulpit to advance the cause of access to justice for the poor. Her courageous leadership is a clarion call to action that must be heeded. But bold as it may be, the pronouncement is incomplete, says David Lash, managing counsel for pro bono at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and a member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.
Joining two firms with long histories meant not only combining cultures, philosophies and deeply rooted ways of doing business, but also combining two IT systems, two accounting systems, and two ways of handling many other administrative functions. It didn't help that the firms had different fiscal year ends, says John Langan, managing partner of Barclay Damon LLP.
The standard responses for why mediations fail are “wrong people, wrong time, no joint session,” but in interviews with colleagues and fellow mediators, Cecilia Morgan at JAMS ADR takes a look at other common reasons why mediation are unsuccessful, and the best ways to guide a mediation to a satisfactory conclusion.