Commercial Contracts

  • December 9, 2011

    HSBC Asks Court To Decide Row Over MF Global Gold Bars

    HSBC Bank USA NA filed suit Thursday in MF Global Holdings Ltd.'s bankruptcy seeking a determination of who has the right to a number of silver and gold bars currently held by the bank: MF Global's trustee or another party.

  • December 9, 2011

    Director Cameron Stole Idea For 'Avatar,' Writer Claims

    Hollywood honcho James Cameron and his production company Lightstorm Entertainment Inc. were sued in California court Thursday by a writer who alleges they stole his ideas to make the blockbuster film "Avatar," then cut him out of the production process.

  • December 8, 2011

    Fox Strikes Out On Bid To Halt Dodgers' TV Rights Sale

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Thursday said he would approve the Los Angeles Dodgers LLC’s plan to sell its media rights after Fox Sports failed to make contact on claims that the sale process undermined its current broadcast deal with the team.

  • December 8, 2011

    Game Over For Sony PlayStation Update Action

    A California federal judge on Thursday nixed a putative class action accusing Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC of reneging on its promise to let users run Linux and other operating systems on their PlayStation 3s.

  • December 8, 2011

    Wiz Khalifa Marketer Sues For More Of Record Co.'s Profits

    A company that provided marketing services for rapper Wiz Khalifa's 2009 album "Deal or No Deal" sued Babygrande Records Inc. Wednesday in New York state court, claiming that the label failed to pay the full amount due under the contract.

  • December 8, 2011

    'Peter Pan' Composer Says Producers Never, Never Paid

    Peter Pan may live a carefree life in Neverland, but producers of a major musical based on the eternally youthful boy’s story were sued Thursday for more than $16.1 million by a composer who says he hasn't received the royalties or credit he is due.

  • December 8, 2011

    Samsung Can't Get IPhone 4S Sales Blocked In France

    A Paris court on Thursday refused Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s preliminary bid to ban the sale of Apple Inc.'s latest iPhone model in France, ruling the allegedly infringing chips used in the smartphone are likely covered by Samsung's license with manufacturer Qualcomm Inc.

  • December 8, 2011

    Jerry Garcia's Wife Makes Peace With Bandmate's Estate

    Trustees of the Merl Saunders estate on Monday settled claims against the wife of Grateful Dead icon Jerry Garcia, in a California suit over the unauthorized use of songs the two musicians recorded as part of the Merl & Jerry Band.

  • December 8, 2011

    Pinnacle Air Says No Ch. 11 Coming Despite Cost Cuts

    Regional flight operator Pinnacle Airlines Corp. on Thursday said it has no plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection despite announcing a series of cost-cutting moves, including renegotiating agreements with its business partners.

  • December 8, 2011

    Judge Won't Oust Non-Mich. Plaintiffs In OnStar Analog MDL

    A Michigan federal judge on Wednesday refused to reconsider his decision allowing non-Michigan residents to pursue class action claims under a state consumer protection law in multidistrict litigation over the failure of analog telecommunication equipment used in OnStar LLC's safety systems.

  • December 8, 2011

    Insurance Cos. Sue Tremont Over Madoff Losses

    Three insurers sued Tremont Partners Inc. in Delaware for breach of contract Wednesday, alleging they suffered losses on life insurance investments as a result of the adviser's "egregious and willful disregard" of, and investment of their funds in, Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

  • December 8, 2011

    Ratified Boeing Contract Extension Could End NLRB Suit

    Boeing Co.'s machinist union on Wednesday ratified a contract extension that will keep factory jobs in Washington state and likely bring to a close a National Labor Relations Board complaint against the airplane maker for moving its 787 jet production to nonunion South Carolina.

  • December 7, 2011

    Label Sues Universal For A Cut Of Fatboy Slim Royalties

    New York label Strictly Rhythm Records Inc. sued a Universal Music Group unit Wednesday demanding a cut of the royalties from a Fatboy Slim song in a contract dispute over whether the label retains interest in the hip-hop track.

  • December 7, 2011

    Fox Lambasts Dodgers' Bid To Sell Off TV Rights

    Crying foul over potential damages for breach of contract, Fox Sports Net Inc. — the Los Angeles Dodgers LLC’s current broadcast partner — fought Wednesday to scuttle the team’s plan to auction its future television rights at a pivotal hearing in Delaware bankruptcy court.

  • December 7, 2011

    Holding Co. Principals Not Upholding Bargain: Cayman Fund

    Cayman Islands corporation Aviator Master Fund Ltd. and several other investment funds sued Strategy International Insurance Group Inc. principals in New York court Monday, claiming Strategy's Sandro Sordi and John Hamilton failed to make good on a pledge to turn over $15 million in real estate.

  • December 7, 2011

    Website Offers Payoffs for 'Bachelor' Spoilers: Suit

    The producers of the ABC reality television show "The Bachelor" sued the owner of a reality TV website in California federal court Tuesday, accusing him of offering payoffs for show contestants and crew to break confidentiality agreements and provide him with updates and spoilers.

  • December 7, 2011

    Groupon Accused Of Altering Merchant Contracts

    A web-based home improvement company hit Groupon Inc. on Tuesday with a potential class action claiming the popular deals website furtively changed the terms of contracts it emailed to merchant-clients after the clients had opened and saved them.

  • December 7, 2011

    Firefighters Sue Halliburton, Others For Iraq OT Pay

    Halliburton Corp. and two other government contractors were hit with a putative class action Tuesday in Washington federal court by a group of firefighters who say the defendants denied them overtime wages for their service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • December 7, 2011

    Ind. Appeals Court Uses 19th-Century Law In Land Dispute

    An Indiana appeals court on Tuesday upheld a 19th-century land rights precedent in a property dispute between two Indianapolis landowners, ruling that the right to pass through private land can be established by regular prior use of a road through the property.

  • December 7, 2011

    Reader's Digest Called Out Over Supersized Mag Editions

    The Reader's Digest Association Inc. was hit with a proposed class action on Tuesday over its supersized editions of Every Day with Rachael Ray and The Family Handyman magazines by a New Jersey resident claiming the publisher ripped off subscribers by counting the big issues as two.