Commercial Contracts

  • December 6, 2013

    NYC Atty Halted From Securities Work Amid Fraud Probe

    A New York state judge has temporarily barred a Brooklyn attorney and two condominium developers he represents from participating in condominium- and securities-related work in New York during a suit against them over alleged construction defects in their new development, the state attorney general said Friday.

  • December 6, 2013

    US Backs Argentina In Appeal Of Bond Row Subpoenas

    The federal government on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to a hedge fund's bid to enforce subpoenas seeking information on Argentina's non-U.S. assets in order to collect on $1.5 billion in defaulted bonds, saying such discovery tramples on foreign states' sovereign immunity.

  • December 6, 2013

    United Healthcare Blocked From Booting 2,000+ Doctors

    A Connecticut federal judge ruled that United Healthcare Group cannot terminate more than 2,000 Connecticut physicians who are participating providers in its Medicare Advantage plan, saying Thursday that doing so would cause irreparable harm to the affected doctors in violation of their contract.

  • December 6, 2013

    Convicted 'Kids For Cash' Player Says Ex-Partner Duped Him

    An attorney convicted in Pennsylvania’s “kids for cash” kickback scandal sued a business associated with his former partner in building juvenile detention facilities in state court on Thursday, alleging that the partner swindled him out of his interest in the two facilities.

  • December 6, 2013

    Expedited Appeal Rejected In Inquirer Editor Firing Row

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court said Friday it would not allow an expedited appeal of a decision reinstating Philadelphia Inquirer’s top editor after ruling that he’d been fired in violation of a governance agreement giving control over personnel moves to the owners of the paper’s parent company.

  • December 6, 2013

    Ex-NBA Player Wrongfully Dodged Goodwill Tour, Suit Says

    Former professional basketball player Damon Jones was hit with a suit in Texas federal court Thursday by a marketing and events company that said the athlete backed out of a military goodwill tour to serve as a commentator during the NBA Finals.

  • December 6, 2013

    Pa. Court Upholds Pietragallo Win In Malpractice Suit

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court agreed Thursday that the failure of a former client of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti LLP to read communications from his attorney before signing a faulty contract nullified his malpractice claims that resulted in a $525,000 jury verdict against the firm.

  • December 6, 2013

    3rd Circ. Rules Out Arbitration In $7.5B Nortel Cash Dispute

    A Third Circuit panel on Friday declined to compel arbitration between Nortel Networks Corp. units and their creditors in a battle over the defunct Canadian telecom company’s $7.5 billion in liquidation proceeds, ruling the contract at the heart of the dispute did not require arbitration.

  • December 6, 2013

    Texas Supreme Court Won't Revive $780M Suit Against AT&T

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday shot down a German private equity firm’s effort to revive litigation over a $780 million fee the firm said it was owed for work on AT&T Inc.’s failed bid to buy T-Mobile USA Inc.

  • December 6, 2013

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Debevoise's Peggy Davenport

    A woman is who is working part-time as a lawyer at a law firm and is also the primary parent is an incredibly hard-working person. She’s working two jobs — and that’s a work ethic you want for your employee base, says Margaret Andrews Davenport, co-chairwoman of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's corporate department.

  • December 6, 2013

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Reed Smith's Dusty Kirk

    I was recently the only female present as several lawyers, not at my firm, discussed future U.S. presidential candidates. “No one will vote for a woman” was the consensus they reached, oblivious to my female presence in their midst, says Dusty Elias Kirk, leader of Reed Smith LLP's real estate group.

  • December 6, 2013

    Apple Fights 'Breathtaking' Fee Bid In $53M Warranty Deal

    Apple Inc. on Wednesday blasted a request for nearly $16 million in fees by attorneys who guided a class of 4,000 consumers to a pending $53 million California court settlement over a warranty coverage dispute, saying the amount significantly outweighs the level of work performed.

  • December 5, 2013

    Samsung Defective Phone Class Action Won't Go To Arbitration

    A Texas federal court on Thursday refused to send a putative class action alleging Samsung didn’t make customers whole on faulty Galaxy S phones into arbitration, finding that clauses in the customers’ wireless carrier contracts did not include the phones’ maker.

  • December 5, 2013

    Volkswagen Dodges Suit Over Faulty Jetta Locks

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday tossed a married couples’ putative class action against Volkswagen Group of America Inc. alleging locks on their Jetta sedan were defective, ruling they were time-barred from bringing express warranty and deceptive practices claims.

  • December 5, 2013

    Humana Wants Shipping Co. Sanctioned Over RICO Claims

    Humana Inc. filed a motion for sanctions against Transatlantic LLC in Florida federal court on Tuesday in a case initially brought against the health insurer for $1 million over breach of contract claims, saying the shipping company amended its complaint with a slew of unsupported racketeering claims seeking $45 million.

  • December 5, 2013

    Equipment Co. Davis-Standard Sues Ex-VP Over Trade Secrets

    Davis-Standard LLC sued an ex-vice president and a rival liquid coating equipment maker, SAM North America LLC, in Connecticut federal court Tuesday, saying the former executive had breached a noncompete agreement and violated trade secrets by joining SAM last month.

  • December 5, 2013

    NJ Title Co. Hit With Class Action Over Closing Fees

    A New Jersey title company was hit with a putative class action suit in state Superior Court last month, alleging the firm and its owner charged real estate buyers excessive fees during the closing process.

  • December 5, 2013

    Liberty Says It Owes No Coverage Over Resort Fallout

    Liberty Insurance Underwriters Inc. filed suit in New York federal court Tuesday claiming it is not responsible to provide coverage for claims brought against Wiss & Co. LLP and some of its current and former employees who were involved in financing a failed luxury resort in Costa Rica.

  • December 5, 2013

    Medical Product Co. Liable For ACA Tax, Judge Says

    A Georgia federal judge ruled Wednesday that a medical product company cannot pass the cost of the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax on to a distributor that purchases its products under contract, saying a fair interpretation of the ACA indicates that the tax falls on manufacturers.

  • December 5, 2013

    Cheniere Lands 1st LNG Buyer From Texas Export Terminal

    Cheniere Energy Inc. said Wednesday that a subsidiary has inked a two-decade deal to sell 800,000 tons of liquefied natural gas per year to Indonesia’s state-owned PT Pertamina, its first customer for an LNG export terminal being developed in Texas.