Commercial Contracts

  • August 16, 2011

    Merchandiser Can't Compel Dodgers In Contract Decision

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday refused a demand from the Los Angeles Dodgers' official merchandiser to compel the team to either assume or reject its contract, ruling it cannot renege on a bargain by which the team is abiding.

  • August 16, 2011

    Covington, Katz Get OK To Settle Heller Suits For $8.5M

    Covington & Burling LLP and Ronald A. Katz Technology Licensing LP won a bankruptcy judge's approval Thursday to end two suits brought by Heller Ehrman LLP over allegedly unpaid legal costs, agreeing to provide $8.5 million to creditors of the liquidating firm.

  • August 16, 2011

    Archie Comic CEO Barred From Office, For Now

    A New York state judge agreed Tuesday to temporarily bar the co-CEO of Archie Comic Publications Inc. — who is accused of harassing and intimidating employees — from the publisher’s offices, but said the executive’s employment contracts would limit future options for court intervention.

  • August 16, 2011

    Shopping Channel Can't Shake Topshop IP Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday refused to toss Arcadia Group Brands Ltd.'s trademark claims in a contract and unfair competition suit challenging a Slovenian shopping network's efforts to trademark a Topshop-like brand name in the U.S.

  • August 15, 2011

    Resort Club Members Win Class Cert. Over Timeshare Fees

    A California federal judge granted class certification Monday to a group of resort club members who claim timeshare company New Raintree Resorts International LLC breached its contracts with them by charging a fee for improvement and maintenance work on the resorts.

  • August 15, 2011

    AllianceBernstein Claims Ex-Adviser Poached Clients

    Investment manager AllianceBernstein LP accused a former employee of breach of contract Monday in New York court, claiming he resigned without notice and stole company trade secrets in order to solicit clients for his new employer, Robert W. Baird & Co.

  • August 15, 2011

    Food Network Hits Back In Producer's Contract Suit

    The Food Network hit former “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” producer Page Television & Video Productions Inc. with a $1.5 million countersuit in a breach of contract case Thursday in Minnesota, alleging Page's president made working conditions intolerable with profane, abusive emails.

  • August 15, 2011

    A&P, OfficeMax Strike Deal In Exec Poaching Suit

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Inc. on Friday told a New York bankruptcy court it had reached a settlement with OfficeMax Inc. in a suit alleging A&P improperly poached OfficeMax executives and interfered with their nonsolicitation agreements.

  • August 15, 2011

    Volkswagen Finance Co. Sued Over False Credit Info

    California car owners hit VW Credit Inc. with a proposed class action Friday, alleging the auto finance company violated consumer protection laws and breached customer contracts by sending false information to credit reporting agencies.

  • August 15, 2011

    US Firm Accuses Afghan Subcontractor Of Violence

    Kabul, Afghanistan-based subcontractor Shams Group International was sued in Michigan on Monday by a U.S.-based contractor that accused it of quitting its work on an Afghan base, squatting on the base, and assaulting and threatening to kidnap the contractor's employees.

  • August 15, 2011

    Bloomberg Hit With Suit Over Unlicensed Use Of Photo

    A photographer sued Bloomberg LP on Friday in New York for allegedly using his portrait of the co-founder of Internet pioneer Netscape Communications Corp. as part of a TV news segment without purchasing a contractually required license.

  • August 15, 2011

    GMAC Required Excess Flood Insurance For Condos: Suit

    GMAC Mortgage LLC was hit with a proposed class action Friday in Pennsylvania claiming it forced condominium owners to purchase excess flood insurance beyond what was required by federal law, breaching mortgage contracts and violating New Jersey consumer protection laws.

  • August 15, 2011

    Ex-NY Life VP Sues Over Bonus, Severance

    A former executive at New York Life International Inc. sued the insurance giant Friday in New York state court, claiming the company had violated its contractual obligation to pay him a proper bonus as well as severance after eliminating his position.

  • August 15, 2011

    McGowan Can’t Shake Pollution Indemnity Ruling

    A Texas federal court on Friday denied McGowan Working Partners Inc.'s bid to reconsider a ruling that the company was contractually obligated to indemnify Eland Energy Inc. against cross-claims brought in property owners' litigation over environmental contamination at a Louisiana oil field.

  • August 12, 2011

    NLRB Drawn Into Verizon, Union Labor Fight

    Verizon Communications Inc. and a union representing 35,000 of its employees on strike over a failed contract negotiation fired off unfair labor practice charges against each other Friday with the National Labor Relations Board in New York, New Jersey and Maryland.

  • August 12, 2011

    HP Sales Commissions Class Action Gets The Boot

    Hewlett-Packard Co. on Friday won a bid to dismiss a proposed class action in California federal court when the judge determined that the class of sales representatives did not have sufficient evidence that the computer maker failed to pay them commissions and bonuses.

  • August 12, 2011

    Citigroup Says Former VP Stole Confidential Data

    Citigroup Global Markets Inc. urged a New York court on Friday to force a former senior vice president to return confidential financial and strategic information they claim she took just before resigning last month, violating her contract with the company.

  • August 12, 2011

    Dish Sued Over Fees Deducted From Social Security Funds

    Dish Network LLC on Friday was hit with a class action in Illinois court alleging that automatically deducting cancellation fees from bank accounts containing Social Security funds invalidates that provision of the company's service agreement.

  • August 12, 2011

    Waste Hauler To Pay $1M Over Antitrust Deal Violation

    Casella Waste Systems Inc. agreed Thursday to pay $1 million for violating a 2002 settlement agreement with the Vermont Attorney General's Office over claims the solid waste service company made it difficult for customers to switch to competitors.

  • August 12, 2011

    Kaiser-Francis Owes Fiduciary Duty In Gas Royalty Suit

    An Oklahoma federal judge ruled Friday that Kaiser-Francis Oil Co. owed a fiduciary duty under certain circumstances to owners of mineral rights, who won class certification last year in a breach of contract lawsuit accusing the company of failing to pay adequate royalties.