Commercial Contracts

  • January 22, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Anderson Kill's Pamela Hans

    A vice president of a Fortune 50 corporation once told me that her solution to the perpetual balancing act was to be 100 percent focused on whatever she was doing at the time. I follow that advice, whether I'm writing a brief, enjoying an evening out with my husband, arguing a case in court, or building a Lego fortress with my toddler, says Pamela Hans, managing shareholder of Anderson Kill PC's Philadelphia office.

  • January 22, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Cozen O'Connor's Mayes

    I was running a deal for a senior partner and had a male junior associate working for me. The client on the deal had an annual golf outing coming up and the senior partner, incorrectly assuming I didn't golf, bypassed me and asked the male associate to attend, says Suzanne Mayes, chairwoman of Cozen O'Connor's public and project finance group.

  • January 22, 2014

    $150M Suit Over Fire-Prone Dehumidifiers Stands

    A California federal judge on Tuesday mostly rejected Gree Electric Appliances Inc. of Zhuhai's bid to dodge home comfort product maker Soleus International Inc.'s $150 million suit accusing the Chinese appliance maker of selling fire-prone dehumidifiers through Soleus.

  • January 22, 2014

    Thelen Trustee, Robinson & Cole Settle Clawback Suit

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday agreed to discontinue Thelen LLP trustee Yann Geron’s clawback suit against Robinson & Cole LLP after the two notified the court that the dispute had been settled.

  • January 21, 2014

    Reversal Over Sacked Gay Juror To Guide Jury Selection

    The Ninth Circuit’s ruling Tuesday that Abbott Laboratories had improperly excluded a potential juror based on his sexual orientation in an antitrust fight with GlaxoSmithKline PLC over an HIV drug agreement marks another big win for gay rights and will serve as precedent in other disputes across the U.S. over jury selection, experts say.

  • January 21, 2014

    9th Circ. Won't Rehear Superman Suit After DC Comics Win

    The Ninth Circuit refused Tuesday to grant Superman co-creator Joseph Shuster's heirs a rehearing in their copyright battle with DC Comics, two months after the same court decided the heirs gave up their rights to reclaim their stake in the iconic character.

  • January 21, 2014

    Ex-Highland Exec Denies Trashing Firm's Reputation

    Highland Capital Management LP’s former private equity division chief told Dallas jurors on Tuesday that he sued the company to protect millions of dollars in employment benefits he had earned, denying that he trashed Highland’s reputation or attempted to poach its clients for a new venture.

  • January 21, 2014

    'Home Improvement' Creators Sue Disney Over Unpaid Profits

    The creators of the hit 1990s sitcom "Home Improvement" sued The Walt Disney Co. in California state court Friday, accusing the company's television production arm of depriving them of their fair share of profits from the licensing and distribution of the series through improper accounting.

  • January 21, 2014

    NLRB Says Arbitration Pact Sans Class Waiver Still Unlawful

    A National Labor Relations Board judge applied the controversial D.R. Horton decision in her ruling Friday that an arbitration agreement that did not expressly bar workers from bringing class or collective actions still violated federal labor law because it had the practical effect of doing so.

  • January 21, 2014

    Trump, Condotel Buyers Fail To Reach Settlement

    Court-ordered settlement negotiations broke down Tuesday in a case in Florida federal court in which a putative class of condominium-hotel unit buyers are suing celebrity real estate developer Donald J. Trump and his company, both the purported backers of the development, after the development was never completed.

  • January 21, 2014

    Gay Juror Wrongly Booted In GSK-Abbott Row, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that a gay man was wrongly ousted as a prospective juror in an antitrust spat between GlaxoSmithKline and Abbott Laboratories over an HIV drug, ordering a new trial and noting that recent Supreme Court precedent bars juror discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

  • January 21, 2014

    HP Counterclaims Survive In Overtime Class Action

    A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss Hewlett-Packard Co.'s counterclaims in a putative overtime class action, ruling the computer giant had properly claimed it suffered damages after the lead plaintiff copied proprietary information before quitting.

  • January 21, 2014

    Atty's Suit Over NBA Merchandise Deal Rejected

    A California federal judge on Friday tossed an entertainment attorney’s suit alleging the maker of insulated cups and the National Basketball Association conspired to destroy a deal he was negotiating, finding the attorney didn’t sufficiently plead his case under the Sherman Antitrust Act.

  • January 21, 2014

    Carnival Ends Suit Against Telecom Provider, Inks New Deal

    Carnival Corp. on Monday announced a new contract with Maritime Telecommunications Network Inc. for Internet and phone service for its vessels, just days after settling its lawsuit against the satellite communications company for allegedly slowing down service on purpose.

  • January 21, 2014

    Ross Not Responsible For Janitors' Low Wages, Co. Says

    Ross Stores Inc. urged a California federal judge Tuesday to toss allegations that it should have known a contractor was underpaying janitors who clean the clothing retailer's stores, arguing that it wasn't a party to the contracts in the janitors' proposed class action.

  • January 21, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Alston & Bird's Nicki Carlsen

    One issue for women attorneys at the beginning of their careers is that they are not as comfortable handling confrontational situations or aggressive behavior. I encourage women to practice responses — act them out, say them aloud — so they're ready for stressful interactions, says Nicki Carlsen, co-leader of Alston & Bird LLP's environmental and land development group.

  • January 21, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Shackelford's Nicole LeBoeuf

    It’s the most natural thing in the world for partners to be drawn to young attorneys who remind them of their younger selves. But this impulse can create an environment in which opportunities are primarily offered to people who most closely resemble the present makeup of the firm’s leadership, says Nicole LeBoeuf, leader of Shackelford Melton & McKinley LLC's professional liability defense and collaborative dispute resolution practices.

  • January 17, 2014

    Highland Capital Accuses Ex-PE Head Of Shady Trades

    Highland Capital Management LP’s chief compliance officer on Friday testified in a Dallas state court trial that the hedge fund’s former private equity chief set up an unethical compensation scheme that violated prohibitions on self-dealing and his duties to clients.

  • January 17, 2014

    Texas Justices Rescue Builders From Limbo In Ewing Case

    The Texas Supreme Court's long-awaited decision in Ewing Construction Co.'s insurance fight over crumbling tennis courts drew strict boundaries around an exclusion for liabilities that builders assume through contracts, providing much-needed reassurance to the construction industry 19 months after the Fifth Circuit's liberal — and later withdrawn — take on the exclusion.

  • January 17, 2014

    NJ High Court Refuses Fees Row In Nissan Defects Suit

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has refused to disturb an appellate decision denying attorneys’ fees to two men who sued Nissan of North America Inc. for vehicle defects, according to an order released Friday.