Commercial Contracts

  • April 11, 2014

    Israeli Businessman Owes $503M In Coal Co. Deal Dispute

    A New York state judge has ruled that an Israeli businessman owes $503 million to the ex-chairman of one of the world's biggest coal companies after agreeing to buy a 26 percent stake in it, according to a decision and order filed Friday.

  • April 11, 2014

    ETP Says Enterprise Worker Disrupted Pipeline During Trial

    Energy Transfer Partners LP launched a suit in Texas court Thursday aimed at uncovering whether Enterprise Products Partners LP was complicit in an alleged scheme by an employee that disrupted contractual relationships and operations at a natural gas pipeline during a high-stakes trial.

  • April 11, 2014

    Louis Berger Wants Out Of Faulty Meadowlands Project Spat

    The Louis Berger Group Inc. on Friday fought to exit EnviroFinance Group LLC's suit claiming the engineering firm and general contractor Environmental Barrier Company LLC hid problems at a New Jersey Meadowlands wetlands project, accusing EFG of gamesmanship by excluding Berger from a related case.

  • April 11, 2014

    Provident Bank Beats Fraud Suit Over $4M Construction Loan

    Provident Bank dodged fraud and racketeering claims after a New Jersey appellate court ruled Friday that a $4 million loan contract with a developer didn't require Provident to supervise a construction project gone awry after its point person was murdered, which led to revelations of embezzlement.

  • April 11, 2014

    Miami Property Flipping Suit Features Familiar Enemies

    A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Florida court by a company that partnered in a property flipping business pits some familiar parties against one another over claims that at least $1.2 million in profits were diverted from the largest interest holder.

  • April 11, 2014

    Marriott Beats Trespassing Claim In Hotel Management Row

    A New York state appeals court on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of a trespassing claim that Miami Beach boutique hotel owner Eden Roc LLP had lobbed at Marriott International Inc. over not relinquishing control of the hotel's management and leaving the premises at the owner's request due to a contractual dispute.

  • April 11, 2014

    Banquet Managers Hit Marriott With Overtime Suit

    Marriott International Inc. on Thursday was slapped with a proposed class action in California court alleging the company failed to pay banquet managers all their earned wages by improperly classifying them as exempt from overtime compensation.

  • April 11, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Susman Godfrey's Brooke Taylor

    I once walked into a room of 20 distinguished men defending the nation’s top high-tech companies. When asked if I had arrived to transcribe the deposition, I responded that I was there to take their money, says Brooke Taylor, a member of Susman Godfrey LLP's executive committee.

  • April 11, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Jeffer's Louise Ann Fernandez

    Providing an ongoing forum for women lawyers to discuss issues that affect them has been very positive for my firm. Not only do we discuss work issues, gender issues and law practice matters, but we also develop business together and socialize outside the firm, says Louise Ann Fernandez, chairwoman of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP's labor and employment department and a member of the firm's management committee.

  • April 11, 2014

    Rising Stars: 2014's Top Attorneys Under 40

      We're pleased to announce Law360's Rising Stars for 2014, our list of the 163 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age.

  • April 10, 2014

    Ex-Exec Seeks Stay In Arbitration Over $11M Air France Deal

    The former owner of a Miami-based aviation maintenance company asked a Florida state court Tuesday to stay an arbitration over the company's disputed $11 million sale to a division of Air France KLM because he is not a proper party.

  • April 10, 2014

    Deutsche Bank Ducks $567M FHFA Suit Over RMBS Deal

    Deutsche Bank AG on Wednesday scored a victory in the cascade of litigation targeting its sale of residential mortgage-backed securities, as a New York judge tossed the Federal Housing Finance Agency's $567 million action over the bank’s alleged refusal to repurchase hundreds of millions in RMBS.

  • April 10, 2014

    Hogan Lovells Atty Hit With Fraud Suit Over 'Forged' RE Deal

    A Hogan Lovells LLP partner and her husband were hit with a fraud lawsuit in New York state court on Wednesday by a real estate broker who says the defendants forged his name on documents for operating a liquor store and accrued back taxes.

  • April 10, 2014

    11th Circ. Says Waiving Future, Not Past, FMLA Rights Banned

    The Eleventh Circuit said Tuesday that labor regulations prohibiting employees from waiving "prospective" rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act apply only to yet-to-occur violations of the statute, rejecting a former Hartford Fire Insurance Co. employee's argument in a suit to invalidate a severance agreement.

  • April 10, 2014

    Microsoft Cloud System 1st To Satisfy EU Privacy Standards

    Microsoft Corp. has become the first company to receive a declaration from Europe's privacy regulators that its enterprise cloud services contracts are compliant with the bloc's stringent privacy laws, paving the way for data to move freely through the global cloud, the company said Thursday.

  • April 10, 2014

    Facebook Content Co. Says News Firm Took IP, Didn't Pay

    Digital marketing firm GrowthWeaver LLC hit former client and newspaper management company Digital First Media Inc. with a lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court Thursday, alleging DFM breached a services agreement by refusing to pay for GrowthWeaver’s intellectual property and services during a termination period.

  • April 10, 2014

    Conair Undercutting Hair Tool Maker's Biz In Retaliation: Suit

    The maker of InStyler curling irons claims Conair Corp. is trying to undercut its business with knockoff irons after InStyler’s producers rebuffed Conair’s attempts to buy the InStyler name, according to a patent infringement and unfair practices suit filed Thursday in California federal court.

  • April 10, 2014

    Kodak, Shutterfly Agree To Drop Noncompete Lawsuit

    Shutterfly Inc. and Eastman Kodak Co. have “consensually resolved” their lawsuit claiming Kodak's recently launched online photo service violated a noncompete agreement the companies signed when Shutterfly bought Kodak's Web gallery business, according to documents filed in New York bankruptcy court.

  • April 10, 2014

    Murphy & King Wins Atty Fees In Row With Taser Maker

    A Florida federal court ordered Karbon Arms LCC on Wednesday to pay attorneys’ fees to Murphy & King PC for allegedly failing to pay for its representation in two lawsuits, one of which resulted in a $2.4 million judgment against the company for infringing three Taser International Inc. patents.

  • April 10, 2014

    Nicaragua Ducks $12M Pharma Sale Suit In 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday dashed an American couple’s hopes at keeping the $12 million originally awarded to them in damages in a breach of contract suit over a Nicaraguan pharmaceutical company they sold to a foreign government agency, finding that U.S. courts have no jurisdiction over the dispute.