A Texas appeals court on Wednesday said a trial judge wrongly refused to compel arbitration in a dispute between a firm that markets energy contracts and cellphone services, among other products, and a former sales representative who claimed he was cheated out of income.
A Texas holding company on Wednesday asked the Texas Supreme Court to rethink a decision that struck a $57.3 million verdict entered against a Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. unit for allegedly interfering with the sale of land underlying the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel along San Antonio’s famed Riverwalk.
A California judge said Thursday that a $60 million award Bank of America NA and Bank of the West obtained in the federal bankruptcy of Griffin Homebuilding Group LLC does not entitle the banks to collect that debt from the company's individual owners.
Argentina’s government on Thursday said the collapse of negotiations with hedge funds demanding payment on government bonds was due to the “malpractice” of the U.S. judiciary and denied that it had defaulted on its sovereign debt for the second time in 13 years.
A Texas state judge upheld a jury’s $2.8 million award of attorneys’ fees to Highland Capital Management LP against its former private equity head, who himself recovered $2.6 million from a Highland fund that had been set up for employee bonuses, bringing the long-running court fight to a close.
MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. tried to convince the Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday to toss several claims lodged by Renco Group Inc., its partner in a venture to produce Humvee military vehicles, that accuse the Ron Perelman-owned company’s subsidiaries of diverting roughly $250 million for themselves.
Continuant Inc.’s win over Avaya Inc. in an anti-competition suit came at the expense of a New Jersey litigation copying company, according to a federal lawsuit the company filed Wednesday claiming the information technology support company stopped paying invoices and still owes hundreds of thousands under a contract.
A Colorado federal judge on Thursday awarded the Walt Disney Co. roughly $240,000 in attorneys' fees in an infringement case brought by Stan Lee Media Inc. over the rights to several superhero characters, while saying that its initial fee request “shocks the court’s conscience.”
A Texas appeals court on Thursday affirmed a judgment dissolving Playa Oil & Gas GP LLC and ordering its former CEO to pay damages, attorneys' fees and costs related to a failed partnership with a hedge fund manager.
A McLaughlin & Stern LLP attorney was sued Wednesday in Connecticut federal court by a woman who claims she was pressured on the basis of bad information to accept a “paltry settlement" from an investment manager who allegedly lost more than $1.5 million of her savings through a Ponzi scheme.
The New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and other large exchanges on Thursday told a New York federal judge they are immune from class action lawsuits accusing them of breaching contracts with investors by providing high-frequency traders with advance access to market data.
Frost Brown Todd LLC has added an attorney from Dickinson Wright PLLC with a strong background in corporate transactions, technology licensing, government compliance and the film industry to its Nashville office, the firm recently announced.
A putative class of residents from Norwalk, California, sued the city in state court on Tuesday for charging utility user taxes on their cellphone calls.
A New Jersey accounting firm has to face Liberty Insurance Underwriters Inc.’s declaratory suit to end its defense of the firm in professional liability litigation since a New Jersey federal judge ruled Wednesday that diversity of citizenship exists even though both companies have executives in New York.
CLS Transportation Los Angeles LLC plans to petition the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of overturning the prohibition on Private Attorney General Act waivers in Iskanian, a landmark California Supreme Court ruling that generally strengthened enforceability of mandatory class waivers in employment arbitration agreements, the company’s attorney told a state judge Wednesday.
Food companies that outsource production need to ensure their deals with manufacturing partners contain all the right ingredients and account for concerns such as quality control, labor issues and intellectual property protection. Here, experts provide tips companies should heed to keep these agreements from becoming recipes for disaster.
Al Jazeera America LLC urged a Delaware Chancery Court judge to eliminate sealed documents filed in its suit against AT&T Services Inc., saying Wednesday that the order requiring the lion’s share of the contract dispute to be made public should no longer apply now that the case has been settled.
A Delaware federal judge ruled Wednesday that Domtar Corp. is not liable for workers' compensation claims filed before 2011 by retirees of Weyerhaeuser Co., a company that sold its fine paper business to Domtar for $3.3 billion in 2007, ruling that such claims are barred by statute of limitations.
McDonald's Corp. has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly refusing a West Springfield, Massachusetts, shopping center its right to lease part of the property to Starbucks Corp. because of a noncompete clause in the McDonald’s lease, according to documents filed in Massachusetts federal court on Tuesday.
Eleventh hour negotiations between the Republic of Argentina and hedge funds demanding full repayment on approximately $1.5 billion worth of government bonds collapsed late Wednesday without a deal, and a court appointed mediator said the country will “imminently" default on its sovereign debt.
The vast majority of civil cases in the United States settle before trial. Knowing how many on a particular topic were filed, how many settled, when they settled, and on what terms clearly would be useful to a lawyer advising a client. Big Data could make it possible — yet this type of research is generally ignored by lawyers, says James Wendell of Riddell Williams PS.
Incredibly, LAN/STV v. Martin K. Eby Construction Company is the first Texas Supreme Court decision to address the economic loss rule involving the recovery of economic loss in a negligence suit between contractual strangers, providing the court an opportunity to explicate the interaction of the rule and torts, says John Hawkins of Porter Hedges LLP.
For in-house counsel who are under increasing pressure to "get the deal done" and do more with less, it's important to give due consideration to termination provisions when drafting and negotiating commercial agreements — and there are four questions that shouldn’t be ignored, say Susan Hartman and Emily Lowe of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.
While Texas has a reputation for being an employer-friendly state, for health care employers it’s a mixed bag as physicians garner special treatment under state law regarding noncompete covenants, says Robert Kilgore of Fisher & Phillips LLP.
In a departure from Jewel v. Boxer, the decisions in the cases of Thelen LLP and Heller Ehrman LLP reflect a shift in the manner by which courts treat trustees’ claims for post-dissolution fees, say Angelo Savino and Julie Moeller Albright of Cozen O'Connor.
As the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to the “Heart of America” for its July 31 hearing, this column will take a bit of a detour from its regular format and present a top 10 list of arguments — some strange, yet true — made in support of a particular MDL venue, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
In Visiting Nurse Association of Florida Inc. v. Jupiter Medical Center, the Florida Supreme Court entered a unanimous decision that falls in line with a growing trend providing further certainty in using arbitration as a speedy and cost-effective vehicle for resolving commercial disputes, say attorneys with Berger Singerman LLP.
It happens all the time. When a dispute arises, two parties find themselves in arbitration, realizing that they might have had more leverage to dictate the terms of the process when they were negotiating the arbitration provision — but missed the opportunity, says Daniel McCloskey of Duane Morris LLP.
In this e-discovery era, why aren't more litigants using Federal Rule of Evidence 502(d) orders and affording themselves basic protection of their most sensitive information? Or, if they are moving for such orders, why are they doing it wrong? asks John Rosans of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.
The Fifth Circuit opinion in Goldsby v. 804 Congress suggests that even where parties agree upon foreclosure-related fees, costs and charges before a bankruptcy, Section 506(b) of the Bankruptcy Code may still trump the provisions of their contract, says Debra McElligott of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.