Commercial Contracts

  • August 25, 2006

    Halliburton Pension Victory Fizzles On Appeal

    In a legal setback for oil-well contracting giant Halliburton Corp., a federal appeals court Thursday overturned a decision that had freed the company from a former executive’s pension benefit plan, reached through a 22-year-old oral agreement.

  • August 24, 2006

    Scandinavia Mulls iTunes Antitrust Crackdown

    At a meeting in Iceland on Thursday, Scandinavian consumer regulators discussed the direction of their challenge with Apple Computer Inc. over antitrust issues because the iPod and its online music store is not compatible with competitors’ products.

  • August 24, 2006

    Lawsuit Filed Over Hemophilia Drug

    Wyeth subsidiary Genetics Institute has sued Baxter Healthcare Corp. for breach of contract regarding the hemophilia drug Recombinate.

  • August 23, 2006

    Papst Defeats Minebea In Long-Running Patent Dispute

    A federal judge has dismissed $500 million in claims against Papst Licensing GmbH & Co. KG, which was sued by one-time partner Minebea Co. Ltd. on charges of conversion, breach of contract, patent exhaustion and patent misuse.

  • August 22, 2006

    Bush Lauds Tougher Access To “Morning After” Pill

    As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration mulls broadened accessibility to Barr Pharmaceutical Inc.’s Plan B contraceptive, U.S. President George W. Bush said Monday he supports tightening restrictions on the “morning after” pill for minors, marking his first public statement regarding the controversial issue.

  • August 18, 2006

    Barr Back In The Ring Over Plan B

    Amid controversy surrounding Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s move to make its morning after contraceptive pill available without a prescription, the drug maker has refiled its application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sell Plan B over the counter to women over 18.

  • August 16, 2006

    Watchdogs To Mull Over Legal Action Against Apple

    As Nordic consumer regulators gear up for a meeting in Iceland this month to consider potential litigation against Apple Computer Inc. over its controversial iTunes monopoly, some European antitrust attorneys have cautioned the regulators to tread these waters very carefully.

  • August 15, 2006

    Penthouse Founder’s Suit Remanded To State Court

    A case brought by the founder of Penthouse magazine against his former company alleging that it stripped him of millions and conspired to defraud him after it went bankrupt has been remanded to state court.

  • August 14, 2006

    $75M Life Insurance Deal Zapped After Bankruptcy

    Conseco Inc., a once-highflying financial services company, prevailed Friday in its fight to avoid paying millions of dollars to cash out an unusual life insurance agreement for the former executive accused of driving the firm into the ground.

  • August 8, 2006

    Barr Moves To Get Plan B To The Market

    After meeting with officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Tuesday, Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. plans to amend its request to sell its morning-after contraceptive pill without prescription within the next two weeks.

  • August 9, 2006

    Auto Parts Company Slapped With ERISA Suits

    Employees of Lear Corp. have class action lawsuits against the automotive interior company and its board of directors, claiming they should have protected employees’ retirement savings plan from predictable losses in the shaky auto market.

  • July 31, 2006

    In Reversal, FDA Opens Door To Morning-After Pill

    A year after controversy erupted over the agency's refusal to make the morning-after pill available over-the-counter, the Food and Drug Administration unexpectedly announced Monday that it is considering allowing the drug to be sold without prescription to women over the age of 18.

  • July 24, 2006

    RxUSA Files New Suit Against Wholeseller

    RxUSA Wholesale Inc. has filed a new lawsuit against drug wholesaler McKesson for violating agreements to fill orders for various drugs.

  • July 24, 2006

    Sony BMG Hit With Broadened Complaint

    Music industry giant Sony BMG has been hit with an amended complaint in a suit that challenges how the music industry assesses royalties for musicians who signed contracts before the dawn of digital downloads.

  • July 18, 2006

    Settlement Gets To Heart Of Stent Lawsuit

    Abbott Laboratories and Medinol Ltd. have reached a preliminary settlement in a patent dispute over a medical device, bringing an end to one of numerous fights in the $5 billion coronary stent industry.

  • July 10, 2006

    ITC Launches Probe Into Nokia's Phone Technology

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has opened up an investigation into whether Finland’s Nokia Corp. and its U.S. unit took part in unfair trade practices by importing and selling phones that allegedly infringed six of Qualcomm Inc.’s mobile communications patents.

  • July 6, 2006

    Hollinger V. Hollinger Heats Up In Chicago

    The blame game over alleged corporate looting at Hollinger International Inc. heated up Thursday with a countersuit by the publisher’s top shareholder, Hollinger Inc. The publisher, owner of the Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers, stands accused of stripping Hollinger Inc. of its assets to enrich top executives.

  • June 29, 2006

    Univision Accused Of Undercutting Shareholders

    Univision Communications Inc. has become the defendant in two lawsuits after selling the company Monday for less than its shareholders believed it was worth.

  • June 29, 2006

    Court OKs Suit Alleging KPMG Failed To Detect Fraud

    In the latest blow to KPMG LLP, a court has greenlighted a lawsuit against the Big Four accounting firm brought by shareholders of a fraud-ridden company that lapsed into bankruptcy after KPMG, the company’s auditor, failed to perform proper audits.

  • June 23, 2006

    Cos. Accused of Blowing Up Balloon Catheter Market

    A Texas-based medical device maker has filed a federal lawsuit against three companies it says are illegally muscling in on the market for dilation balloon catheters often used in sinus surgery. The allegations by Quest Medical, Inc. include patent infringement, tortious interference, breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets.