Commercial Contracts

  • August 1, 2014

    Church Attys Say Fraud Suit Subpoenas Are 'Gamesmanship'

    Lee Hong Degerman Kang & Waimey PC attorneys on Friday fought the Evangelical Christian Credit Union's bid to depose them in a Los Angeles church's $400 million fraud suit against the financial institution, calling the move unnecessary "gamesmanship" at odds with California law.

  • August 1, 2014

    6th Circ. Backs Tribe In $74M Defunct Casino Contract Dispute

    The Sixth Circuit on Friday upheld a lower court’s decision against two former investors in a bankrupt Detroit casino who sought $74 million in payments under a guaranty agreement, saying they couldn’t unilaterally change the contract to obtain the money.

  • August 1, 2014

    UAW Sued For Treating Plant Workers Unequally

    United Auto Workers on Friday was hit with a suit in a Michigan federal court by a group of temporary employees Michigan auto plants who accused the union of forcing them into dodgy contracts and accepting union dues from the workers without proper representation.

  • August 1, 2014

    Judge In Bond Row Blasts Argentina For 'Half-Truths'

    The New York federal judge presiding over Argentina’s dispute with hedge funds over approximately $1.5 billion worth of government bonds harshly criticized recent public statements made by the country surrounding its second default in 13 years, and said such rhetoric must be stopped. 

  • August 1, 2014

    Ex-Client Wants Lynch Chappell To Arbitrate $1.2M Fee Fight

    A former client of Lynch Chappell & Alsup PC asked a Texas appeals court Thursday to enforce an arbitration agreement in a $1.2 million dispute over fees she says she was tricked into paying the firm to settle estate litigation involving her oil and gas mineral interests.

  • August 1, 2014

    2nd Circ. Asks Top NY Court To Examine Fracking Leases

    The Second Circuit asked New York's highest court Thursday to weigh whether the state's hydraulic fracturing moratorium amounts to a circumstance neither drillers nor landowners can control — a so-called force majeure — and whether oil and gas lease contracts can be extended by the industry as a result.

  • August 1, 2014

    Swartz Campbell Asks Pa. Court To DQ Chartwell In Fees Suit

    Swartz Campbell LLC has urged a Pennsylvania state court to disqualify The Chartwell Law Offices LLP as counsel for an ex-partner it accused of failing to pay fees owed to the firm for cases started before he left to join Chartwell, arguing it’s a conflict of interest.

  • July 31, 2014

    Texas Appeals Court Says Marketing Worker OK'd Arbitration

    A Texas appeals court on Wednesday said a trial judge wrongly refused to compel arbitration in a dispute between a firm that markets energy contracts and cellphone services, among other products, and a former sales representative who claimed he was cheated out of income.

  • July 31, 2014

    Texas High Court Urged To Revive $57M Marriott Verdict

    A Texas holding company on Wednesday asked the Texas Supreme Court to rethink a decision that struck a $57.3 million verdict entered against a Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. unit for allegedly interfering with the sale of land underlying the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel along San Antonio’s famed Riverwalk.

  • July 31, 2014

    BofA Can't Bill Bankrupt Firm Owners For $60M Award: Judge

    A California judge said Thursday that a $60 million award Bank of America NA and Bank of the West obtained in the federal bankruptcy of Griffin Homebuilding Group LLC does not entitle the banks to collect that debt from the company's individual owners.

  • July 31, 2014

    Argentina Blames US For Debt Talks Failure, Denies Default

    Argentina’s government on Thursday said the collapse of negotiations with hedge funds demanding payment on government bonds was due to the “malpractice” of the U.S. judiciary and denied that it had defaulted on its sovereign debt for the second time in 13 years.

  • July 31, 2014

    Highland Holds Onto $2.8M Atty Fees In Fight With Ex-Exec

    A Texas state judge upheld a jury’s $2.8 million award of attorneys’ fees to Highland Capital Management LP against its former private equity head, who himself recovered $2.6 million from a Highland fund that had been set up for employee bonuses, bringing the long-running court fight to a close.

  • July 31, 2014

    MacAndrews Pushes To Have Renco's JV Claims Tossed

    MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. tried to convince the Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday to toss several claims lodged by Renco Group Inc., its partner in a venture to produce Humvee military vehicles, that accuse the Ron Perelman-owned company’s subsidiaries of diverting roughly $250 million for themselves.

  • July 31, 2014

    Legal Copy Co. Says Continuant Ignored Bills After $20M Win

    Continuant Inc.’s win over Avaya Inc. in an anti-competition suit came at the expense of a New Jersey litigation copying company, according to a federal lawsuit the company filed Wednesday claiming the information technology support company stopped paying invoices and still owes hundreds of thousands under a contract.

  • July 31, 2014

    Disney Wins $240K In Fees From Stan Lee Media

    A Colorado federal judge on Thursday awarded the Walt Disney Co. roughly $240,000 in attorneys' fees in an infringement case brought by Stan Lee Media Inc. over the rights to several superhero characters, while saying that its initial fee request “shocks the court’s conscience.”

  • July 31, 2014

    Hedge Fund Manager Wins Appeal Over Failed Oil Co.

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday affirmed a judgment dissolving Playa Oil & Gas GP LLC and ordering its former CEO to pay damages, attorneys' fees and costs related to a failed partnership with a hedge fund manager.

  • July 31, 2014

    McLaughlin & Stern Atty Accused Of Botching Settlement

    A McLaughlin & Stern LLP attorney was sued Wednesday in Connecticut federal court by a woman who claims she was pressured on the basis of bad information to accept a “paltry settlement" from an investment manager who allegedly lost more than $1.5 million of her savings through a Ponzi scheme.

  • July 31, 2014

    Exchanges Claim Immunity From Suits Over Sneak Peeks

    The New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and other large exchanges on Thursday told a New York federal judge they are immune from class action lawsuits accusing them of breaching contracts with investors by providing high-frequency traders with advance access to market data.

  • July 31, 2014

    Frost Brown Todd Adds Dickinson Wright Licensing, Film Pro

    Frost Brown Todd LLC has added an attorney from Dickinson Wright PLLC with a strong background in corporate transactions, technology licensing, government compliance and the film industry to its Nashville office, the firm recently announced.

  • July 31, 2014

    LA Burb Hit With Class Action Over Cellphone User Tax

    A putative class of residents from Norwalk, California, sued the city in state court on Tuesday for charging utility user taxes on their cellphone calls.