Commercial Contracts

  • January 5, 2012

    Metabyte Says Ex-Workers Stole Trade Secrets For Nvidia

    Technology services company Metabyte Inc. sued rival Nvidia Corp. and several former employees Wednesday in a California federal court, alleging its former workers stole computer source code and leaked it to their new employer, Nvidia.

  • January 5, 2012

    9th Circ. Won't Alter $20M Google AdWords Settlement

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld a lower court's 2009 approval of a $20 million settlement of a breach of contract and false advertising class action over Google Inc.'s billing practices for its AdWords advertising service, denying an objector's request to reopen the settlement process.

  • January 5, 2012

    Curtis Steps Out Of Digital Photo Frame IP Battle

    Electronics manufacturer Curtis International Ltd. on Wednesday resolved Technology Properties Ltd. LLC's patent claims against it in the U.S. International Trade Commission after reaching a licensing agreement for the digital photo frame flash memory technology at issue.

  • January 5, 2012

    Steven Seagal Wraps Up Billing Dispute With Ex-Manager

    Actor Steven Seagal has settled a lawsuit accusing his former business manager of mismanaging his finances, overbilling him and siphoning money from his business ventures, California court officials said Thursday.

  • January 5, 2012

    NY Building Owner Claims Groups Torpedoed $39M Sale

    The owner of a building along New York City's Fifth Avenue accused a trio of Jewish organizations in a lawsuit Wednesday of conspiring to torpedo a planned $39 million sale of the property to avoid forfeiting a $2 million down payment.

  • January 5, 2012

    Getty Accuses Landlords Of Slacking On Cleanup Efforts

    Battling an effort by landlords to collect back rent, bankrupt gas station manager Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc. fought back Tuesday, claiming the property owners violated environmental protection clauses in a lease and aren't entitled to the money.

  • January 4, 2012

    State Street Mismanaged $80M Trust: Suit

    A North Carolina family on Wednesday sued State Street Bank & Trust Co. in Massachusetts for allegedly violating a custodial contract and allowing an investment company to mismanage the family’s $80 million investment portfolio.

  • January 4, 2012

    GSN Strikes Deal With Singer In Reality Show Contract Fight

    The Game Show Network LLC has settled a lawsuit brought by singer Carnie Wilson, who claimed she was owed $277,500 in additional pay for work she performed on her reality television show “Carnie Wilson: Unstapled," California court officials said Wednesday.

  • January 4, 2012

    Pfizer Unit's Skelaxin Pay-For-Delay Deal Illegal: Suit

    Two pharmacies hit Pfizer Inc. unit King Pharmaceuticals Inc. with a proposed competition class action Wednesday in Tennessee, alleging that they paid inflated prices for the muscle relaxant Skelaxin because King reached an illegal agreement to keep generic versions off the market.

  • January 4, 2012

    11th Circ. Nixes Order Giving News-Journal Assets To Cox

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday vacated a lower court's ruling that called for the distribution of News-Journal Corp.'s assets to a shareholder, citing a Florida statute prohibiting distributions to shareholders if doing so renders the corporation insolvent.

  • January 4, 2012

    Grant Thornton Can't Force Tax Atty Arbitration: Court

    An Illinois appeals court on Friday overturned an order forcing an ex-Grant Thornton LLP tax attorney to arbitrate his indemnification claims against the accounting firm instead of pursuing them in court, finding the parties had no written arbitration agreement.

  • January 4, 2012

    Disney Inks 10-Year Distribution Deal With Comcast

    Comcast Corp. has reached a 10-year deal with The Walt Disney Co. to offer programming from ABC, ESPN Inc. and other Disney units to Comcast's cable subscribers both live on television and streaming on other devices, the companies said Wednesday.

  • January 4, 2012

    MFC, Alberici Take Over Distressed Iron Ore Mine

    Commodities delivery company MFC Industrial Ltd. and construction firm Alberici Group Inc. have taken over a distressed iron ore mine in Missouri that had been bogged down by contractual disputes over ownership rights, MFC said Wednesday.

  • January 4, 2012

    CFTC Rejects Wall Street's Bid To Delay Position Limit Rule

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Tuesday rejected a request by two Wall Street lobbying groups to delay implementation of rules aimed at curbing speculation in commodities markets as the groups mount a legal challenge to the rules.

  • January 4, 2012

    Reed Smith Filed Shoddy Patent Applications: Suit

    Altapure LLC hit Reed Smith LLP with a breach of contract and malpractice suit in Illinois on Tuesday, claiming the law firm botched U.S. and European patent applications covering disinfection technology.

  • January 3, 2012

    AT&T Wins Bid To Arbitrate In Service Quality Class Action

    A California federal judge on Tuesday granted AT&T Inc.’s motion to compel individual arbitration in a suit by a proposed class of AT&T phone service users claiming they received poor service on its aggressively marketed mobile phone network.

  • January 3, 2012

    Panasonic Gets Samsung Antitrust Suit Tossed, Again

    For the second time, a California federal judge on Tuesday tossed Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s antitrust suit accusing Panasonic Corp. of using a patent licensing deal to control the market for digital memory cards used in cameras and cellphones.

  • January 3, 2012

    Rap Label Sugar Hill Targets UMG Over Royalties

    Two months after a New York judge tossed their royalties suit over a foreign rights contract against Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., hip-hop label Sugar Hill Records performers on Thursday launched another against Universal Music Group Inc., which acquired Sanctuary Records in 2007.

  • January 3, 2012

    Calif. Court Quashes AccentCare's Arbitration Mandate

    A California appeals court on Tuesday said a provision in an employment application for home health care company AccentCare Inc. requiring employment disputes to be resolved through binding arbitration is unenforceable because the requirement itself is unconscionable.

  • January 3, 2012

    Marvel Whips ‘Ghost Rider’ Creator's Copyright Suit

    A New York federal judge ruled last week that a comic book writer cannot bring copyright claims against Marvel Enterprises Inc. over “Ghost Rider,” because he signed over all rights to the character and his origin story in two separate contracts.