Commercial Contracts

  • February 27, 2008

    Ex-McAfee Exec To Lodge Arbitration Claims

    A former McAfee Inc. executive plans to square off with the computer security company before an arbitrator over his claims that McAfee didn't honor his employment contract and committed “additional wrongful acts” connected to the expiration of his stock options.

  • February 28, 2008

    Foley & Lardner May Add Defenses Over Patent Filing

    A California federal court has allowed Foley & Lardner LLP to add new defenses against a pharmaceutical development company that claims it lost international rights to drug delivery technology because the law firm filed a patent application late.

  • February 26, 2008

    Infringement Suit V. Automakers Hits A Roadblock

    A patent holding company's lawsuit against DaimlerChrysler Corp. and Mercedes-Benz USA Inc. has stalled, with a federal judge, ruling on a bevy of different motions in complicated litigation, throwing out the plaintiff's infringement claims.

  • February 26, 2008

    UBS Hit With $275M Suit Over Subprime Deals

    German bank HSH Nordbank AG is seeking to recover more than $275 million from UBS AG for alleged fraud involving investments linked to the mortgage market.

  • February 26, 2008

    New Trial Order Upheld In BNY Ponzi Scheme Case

    The Bank of New York Trust Co. NA will get a new trial in a case involving the collapse of an alleged Ponzi scheme, now that a California appeals court has upheld a ruling that the jury's $15 million verdict in favor of investors was excessive.

  • February 26, 2008

    7th Circuit Reverses Course In Market Timing Case

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has overturned an award handed down against Allmerica Financial Insurance and Annuity, adopting a tough stance on whether companies can recoup lost profits from market timing practices.

  • February 25, 2008

    U.K.'s National Grid Fined £41.6M Over Gas Meters

    After nearly a year of investigations, the United Kingdom's energy regulator on Monday blasted power company National Grid Plc with a record £41.6 million ($81.7 million) fine for restricting competition in the domestic gas meters market.

  • February 22, 2008

    Court Nixes Motion To Throw Out "Hot Fuel" MDL

    A federal judge has allowed the “hot fuel” multidistrict litigation, pitting consumers in more than two dozen states against defendants including several major oil companies, to proceed. The decision keeps open the prospect of a potential class action alleging that gas prices at the pump are unlawfully elevated when the fuel's temperature goes above the standard of 60 degrees.

  • February 22, 2008

    Creditors Pushing Ky. Coal Miner Toward Ch. 11

    Creditors of Kentucky coal miner Black Diamond Mining LLC are trying to push the faltering company into Chapter 11, claiming they are owed more than $150 million.

  • February 22, 2008

    Court Exempts Bargaining Strategy From Discovery

    A Tennessee federal court has held that federal civil procedure rules prohibit employers from subpoenaing internal collective bargaining information from a union.

  • February 22, 2008

    Microsoft Gets Veritas' Infringement Claim Tossed

    A federal judge has granted Microsoft's motion for summary judgment in a patent case involving a Symantec Corp. subsidiary, declaring the patent at issue invalid and ruling the Microsoft did not infringe on it.

  • February 22, 2008

    McDermott Boston Office Adds Employment Litigator

    McDermott Will & Emery has expanded its labor and employment and class action practices with the addition of longtime Los Angeles employment litigator Jeffrey Webb to its Boston office.

  • February 21, 2008

    Panel Validates Firing Of Securities Firm Counsel

    An arbitration panel has dismissed the wrongful termination case of a former GFI Securities Inc. general counsel who allegedly forged documents in order to increase his pay and authority with the firm.

  • February 13, 2008

    Union Accused Of Siding Against 400 Transit Workers

    A transit workers union has succeeded in shifting from state to federal court a lawsuit in which more than 400 of its members allege that it refused to help them through a dispute with their employer.

  • February 13, 2008

    Ubisoft Wins $13.2M Arbitration Against Bratz Maker

    MGA Entertainment, makers of the popular Bratz dolls, will hand over $13.2 million to video game company Ubisoft Entertainment, after an arbitrator ruled that Ubisoft had not violated the Bratz trademark but MGA had violated a contract between the two companies.

  • February 13, 2008

    Solutia Targets Citigroup CEO For Deposition

    Solutia Inc. wants to question Citigroup Inc. CEO Vikram Pandit under oath about his bank's decision to renege on a $2 billion loan in the bankrupt chemical company's adversary suit accusing Citi and two other prominent banks of fraudulently violating an exit financing agreement.

  • February 13, 2008

    Chevron, Energen Spar Over Legal Fees

    A dispute between two energy companies over legal fees has erupted into litigation, after Chevron USA Inc. filed a lawsuit against Energen Resources Corp. asking a court to force Energen to comply with the terms of a 1990 agreement.

  • February 15, 2008

    Jackson Lewis Countines Expansion In Southwest

    As its client base in the Southwest continues to expand, employment law firm Jackson Lewis LLP has responded by adding a partner and an associate to the firm's San Diego office.

  • February 12, 2008

    Tolkien Trustees Sue New Line For Share Of "Rings"

    Trustees of JRR Tolkien's estate are suing film studio New Line Cinema for compensatory damages of more than $150 million and punitive damages, alleging a breach of contract for the Oscar-winning “Lord of the Rings” films.

  • February 12, 2008

    U.S. Must Pay For WWII Plane-Gas Cleanup: Judge

    After a fight lasting more than a decade, a U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge has determined the U.S. government must reimburse Shell Oil Co., Union Oil Company of California, Atlantic Richfield Company and Texaco Inc. for the costs of cleaning up World War II aviation gas waste byproducts.