Commercial Contracts

  • June 4, 2012

    Navy Power Plant Subcontractor Seeks $1.4M From Insurer

    Piedmont Mechanical Inc. sued Federal Insurance Co. in Georgia federal court on Sunday, claiming the Chubb Corp. insurance unit has refused to pay nearly $1.4 million for work performed by the contracting firm on a Navy cogeneration power plant project that FIC bonded.

  • June 4, 2012

    Investors Must Pay Goldman $1M After FINRA Loss

    A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration panel on Thursday ordered a Tennessee couple to pay $1 million to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. for attorneys' fees after it dismissed the couple's “clearly erroneous” claims related to a massive 2008 stock loss.

  • June 4, 2012

    AMR Says Airline Must Drop Union Contracts To Survive

    As talks between American Airlines' bankrupt parent corporation and its unions continue, the company on Monday urged a New York bankruptcy judge to let it drop its collective bargaining agreements and implement a new business plan, moves it says are essential to the company's survival.

  • June 4, 2012

    Employment Class Actions Face Uncertain Fate In 2nd Circ.

    Three cases currently before the Second Circuit present the appeals court with chances to decide whether employers can use waivers in arbitration pacts to block workers from filing costly class and collective actions, and issue rulings that could potentially limit or even eliminate such suits.

  • June 4, 2012

    Judge Nixes Microsoft Contract Suit Over Eolas Patent Blitz

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday rejected an argument by Microsoft Corp. that Eolas Technologies Inc.'s patent infringement litigation in Texas targeting 23 companies violated provisions in a 2007 settlement agreement, ruling the software giant's interpretation was too broad. 

  • June 4, 2012

    DOL, EEOC Tell 2nd Circ. Not To Enforce E&Y Class Waiver

    The U.S. Department of Labor and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Friday told the Second Circuit that forcing individual arbitration in a proposed overtime collective action against Ernst & Young LLP would prevent the named plaintiff from vindicating her statutory rights.

  • June 4, 2012

    Columbia University Sued Over NYC Demolition Contract

    Brooklyn construction company Breeze National Inc. filed suit against the Columbia University Board of Trustees in New York state court Friday, alleging that the university wrongfully terminated a Harlem-area demolition contract after a fatal construction accident.

  • June 1, 2012

    Halliburton Fights VP's Noncompete With Baker Hughes

    Halliburton Energy Services Inc. on Thursday asked a Texas state judge to nix a noncompete agreement signed by one of its vice presidents while he worked for Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations Inc., saying the deal is unenforceable and the executive hasn't revealed any trade secrets.

  • June 1, 2012

    Express Scripts, Walgreens End Contract, False Ad Fight

    Walgreen Co. and Express Scripts Inc. on Friday ended their legal battle over Walgreens' alleged false advertising during their stalled negotiations for the renewal of a multibillion-dollar pharmacy provider contract, saying they may still be able to reach an agreement.

  • June 1, 2012

    Dental Co. Bites Law Firm With $148M Malpractice Suit

    A New Mexico dental products company hit Olshan Grundman Frome Rosenzweig & Wolosky LLP with a $148 million malpractice suit Tuesday, alleging the law firm's negligence prevented it from securing significant additional damages from rival Dentsply in an antitrust suit.

  • June 1, 2012

    Graceway Trustee Slams Distributor's Bid To Cut Debt

    Graceway Pharmaceuticals LLC's liquidating trustee told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Thursday that its health care products distributor Cardinal Health Inc. was violating a contract by trying to offset part of its $6.7 million debt to the skin care company.

  • June 1, 2012

    NewPage Wants Suit Over $1.7B LBO Kept Under Wraps

    Fearful of violating a confidentiality agreement, NewPage Corp. asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Friday to maintain the seal on a creditor lawsuit challenging the company’s $1.7 billion leveraged buyout of a rival in 2007.

  • June 1, 2012

    Ruby Foo's Owner Cooks Up Deal In Times Square Lease Feud

    The operator of New York dining spot Ruby Foo's settled its state court suit Thursday accusing the new landlord of the Times Square building that houses the restaurant of refusing to honor its right to renew its lease.

  • June 1, 2012

    Judge Upholds PharmAthene-SIGA Smallpox Drug Profit Share

    A Delaware judge on Thursday upheld his September ruling granting PharmAthene Inc. a share in profits from SIGA Technologies Inc.'s smallpox drug after finding that SIGA breached an agreement to negotiate a merger and licensing deal for the drug, which the U.S. purchased to defend against potential bioterror attacks.

  • June 1, 2012

    Sirius XM Gets Robocall Claims Moved To Arbitration

    Sirius XM Radio Inc. on Thursday beat a putative class action accusing it of violating federal consumer protection law by making unsolicited calls to customers’ cellphones, with a California federal judge ruling the company’s service agreement requires arbitration.

  • June 1, 2012

    Palm, Sprint Settlement Over Phone Data Loss OK'd At Last

    Sprint Spectrum LP and Hewlett-Packard Co.-owned Palm Inc. finally received approval Thursday in California for a $640,000 settlement resolving claims in a proposed class action alleging the cellphone companies violated contracts and caused customers to suffer "catastrophic data loss.”

  • May 31, 2012

    Activision Ends 'Call Of Duty' Contract Row With Ex-Employees

    Activision Blizzard Inc. reached a settlement Thursday to resolve its dispute with the creators of blockbuster videogame "Call of Duty,” who had accused Activision of firing them to avoid paying millions of dollars in royalties from the game.

  • May 31, 2012

    AGR Says Ex-VP Ran Off With Trade Secrets, Customers

    AGR FJ Brown filed suit Thursday in Texas state court, accusing a former senior vice president of orchestrating a plan to strip the oil field services giant of its best contractors, trade secrets and customers in order to develop a competing business.

  • May 31, 2012

    Texas Court Throws Out $21M Award In Oil Royalty Battle

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday overturned a $21 million judgment against Samson Lone Star LLC, ruling that a landowner’s claim that he was defrauded out of royalty payments was late and based on an incorrect reading of his oil and gas leases.

  • May 31, 2012

    Judge Halts Fox's Calif. IP Suit In Favor Of Dish's NY Case

    Fox Entertainment Group Inc. on Wednesday was blocked from pursuing a copyright suit accusing Dish Network Corp. of allowing users to record programming without commercials that was filed in California federal court the same day Dish filed its own suit in New York.