Commercial Contracts

  • October 22, 2013

    Appeals Court Revives $3.5M Award Against Oxbow Unit

    A Texas appeals court restored a $3.5 million judgment against an Oxbow Corp. unit Tuesday in a dispute over a cogeneration contract, saying a Porter Hedges LLP partner who arbitrated the case had not shown bias against Oxbow’s attorneys at Yetter Coleman LLP.

  • October 22, 2013

    Rockets Support Comcast Network Ch. 11 In Split From Astros

    The Houston Rockets urged a Texas bankruptcy judge Monday to keep a Comcast affiliated sports network under Chapter 11 protection, saying it’s the only way to keep basketball games on air, taking the opposite tack from the Houston Astros, who are fighting the bankruptcy.

  • October 22, 2013

    Axis Off The Hook In Psychic Fight, 11th Circ. Says

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a ruling backing Axis Surplus Insurance Co.'s refusal to cover costs in a lawsuit brought by Psychic Friends Network co-host Linda Georgian alleging that a psychic telephone hotline used her likeness long after their endorsement deal ended.

  • October 22, 2013

    Enzo's Contract Claims Over DNA Testing Tech Tossed

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday tossed the remainder of a lawsuit by Enzo Biochem Inc. accusing Amersham PLC of violating a distribution agreement for DNA testing technology and unfair competition, saying all the claims are time-barred or without merit. 

  • October 22, 2013

    11th Circ. Reinstates DirecTV Technicians' Arbitration Award

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday reversed a Georgia federal court's decision vacating an arbitration award in favor of a proposed class of technicians who alleged DirecTV LLC withheld their overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • October 22, 2013

    Oilfield Co. Must Pay Atty Fee Award, Appeals Court Rules

    A Texas appeals court on Tuesday largely upheld a six-figure attorneys’ fee award against oilfield service company Sentinel Integrity Solutions Inc. rendered after it failed to enforce an overly broad noncompete agreement in a former worker’s employment contract.

  • October 22, 2013

    Health Care Co. Says Merger Partner Hid Facts In $222M Deal

    Universal American Corp. launched a suit Tuesday in Delaware federal court alleging its $222.3 million merger partner for APS Healthcare Inc. fraudulently induced the transaction, a day after APS accused Universal of bullying the company with unfounded contract breach allegations connected to the merger.

  • October 22, 2013

    Detroit Retirees Say City Illegally Cut Health Benefits

    A committee of retired workers on Tuesday sued the city of Detroit in Michigan bankruptcy court, asking a federal judge to block the city's 2014 retiree health care plan, which the committee alleges violates the Michigan and United States constitutions by breaching the city's contracts with its retirees.

  • October 22, 2013

    Botched Mediation Warrants Sanctions, Alma Tells 6th Circ.

    The liquidating trustee for bankrupt Alma Energy LLC urged the Sixth Circuit on Monday to uphold sanctions against two companies that allegedly breached coal purchase agreements with Alma, accusing them of gross misconduct during mediation.

  • October 22, 2013

    Attys Pushed RE Co. Into Hotel Sale, $10M Suit Says

    A North Carolina real estate company filed a $10 million suit in New York on Monday accusing a Loeb & Loeb LLP attorney and two others of pushing it to sell its stake in a Charlotte hotel for less than it was worth.

  • October 22, 2013

    Gas Driller Wants Court-Ordered Access To Land For Testing

    EQT Corp. on Friday asked a Pennsylvania state judge for a preliminary injunction forcing landowners to allow the company to perform preliminary work associated with natural gas drilling, saying that if access is obstructed, the company’s data collection efforts will suffer, thus driving up costs.

  • October 22, 2013

    Fowler Rodriguez Hit With $4.3M Malpractice Suit

    A marine transportation company launched a malpractice suit against Fowler Rodriguez in Texas state court on Tuesday, alleging the firm botched federal litigation over a barge supply contract, resulting in a $4.3 million judgment against the company.

  • October 22, 2013

    OneBeacon Off Hook In Fla. City's Construction Dispute

    A Florida federal court ruled Friday that reinsurer OneBeacon Insurance Co. did not have to reimburse an insurer for defense costs in a Florida city's billing fight with a contractor, after finding the insurer mistakenly provided coverage to the city under an errors and omissions policy.

  • October 22, 2013

    2nd Circ. Gives Citi 2nd Shot At Arbitration In Miles Suit

    Citigroup Inc.’s nominal bank will get another crack at arbitration, thanks to a contract customers had signed, in a proposed class action alleging the bank lured customers with airline miles then later stuck them with the tax bill, the Second Circuit ruled Tuesday.

  • October 22, 2013

    New Faction Enters Philly Inquirer Ownership Fight

    The legal dispute over the firing of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning top editor expanded on Tuesday as a Pennsylvania state judge allowed a second faction of the paper’s warring ownership group to intervene in the highly publicized lawsuit.

  • October 22, 2013

    Contract Claims Stay Put In GeoResources Investor Row

    A New York appeals court refused to toss breach of contract claims in an investor suit alleging oil and gas company GeoResources Inc. unilaterally diluted warrants to buy its stock in 2009 and 2011, saying Tuesday that the plaintiffs have enough evidence to proceed with discovery.

  • October 22, 2013

    Ex-Bodum President Still In Hot Water Over Starbucks Deal

    There's too much conflicting evidence to decide now if the former president of French press manufacturer Bodum USA Inc. violated his noncompete agreement and revealed Bodum's trade secrets by helping a rival develop products for Starbucks Corp., a New York state judge ruled Tuesday.

  • October 22, 2013

    Boutique Firm Shakes Appeal In Investor Malpractice Suit

    A New York appeals court on Tuesday declined to revive a malpractice suit brought against securities law boutique Sichenzia Ross Friedman Ference LLP by investors in now-bankrupt video software company KIT Digital Inc., finding representations made by Sichenzia Ross had not caused their losses.

  • October 22, 2013

    Citigroup's Counterclaims Nixed In Investors' $1B CDO Suit

    Citigroup Inc. can't countersue the investors who first sued it over a $1 billion securities deal, a New York state judge ruled Tuesday, finding that if it prevailed, the bank's harsh but novel response would be a Pyrrhic victory and create a more skittish investment community.

  • October 22, 2013

    Speed Dating Co. Hits Match.com With $6M Trade Secrets Suit

    Speed Date USA Inc. filed a $5.65 million suit against Match.com in Pennsylvania federal court Monday, accusing the online dating service of prematurely breaking off a two-year contract and misappropriating its trade secrets.