Commercial Contracts

  • June 22, 2006

    Scientific-Atlanta Settles Claims Over Adelphia Scandal

    Scientific-Atlanta Inc. will cough up $20 million to resolve charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it assisted cable operator Adelphia Communications Corp. in overstating its earnings by about $43 million.

  • June 16, 2006

    More Countries Take Aim At Apple’s iPod

    Feeling the heat on all fronts, Apple Computer Inc. is being targeted by more European and Asian countries to break open its iTunes monopoly so songs purchased for its popular iPod digital music player can be played on any portable music player.

  • June 13, 2006

    Taser Takes Aim At Air Gun Company In Patent Battle

    In an escalating fight amongst non-lethal weapon makers, Bestex Co. and Taser International are firing back and forth over a patent for an air cartridge used in their air guns, alleging unfair competition.

  • June 12, 2006

    Qualcomm Takes Nokia Complaint To ITC

    Semiconductor company Qualcomm Inc. escalated its riff with handset maker Nokia Corp. on Monday, asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate its allegations of patent infringement against Nokia.

  • June 2, 2006

    Dorsey & Whitney Snags SEC Trial Counsel

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP has reeled in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regional trial counsel to reinforce its securities practice in the firm’s Southern California office.

  • June 2, 2006

    Defense Contractor Countersues Lockheed Martin

    An angry rival of Lockheed Martin Corp. has hit the defense contractor with a countersuit, claiming Lockheed used intimidation tactics and “sham litigation” to block the rival from bidding on a $1 billion military training contract.

  • May 16, 2006

    Russian Company Seeks Dismissal Of BFI Suit

    A Russian aluminum producer is trying to shirk off a lawsuit brought by a California-based rival in U.S. federal court, which accused the company of fraud and unfair competition related to its recently acquired stake in a Nigerian competitor.

  • May 10, 2006

    NASD Panel Issues $5M Ruling Against Morgan Stanley

    Facing yet another blow to its already unpleasant record with investors, Morgan Stanley was forced to hand over $5 million to a client after an arbitration panel ruled that it had changed the client’s stated investment objectives.

  • May 8, 2006

    Court Orders Bankrupt Company To Face Patent Suit

    A federal appeals court in Cincinnati ruled Friday that an advanced technology company will not be able to dodge a $20 million patent infringement action filed against it because of a stay in bankruptcy during the mid-1990s.

  • May 5, 2006

    Tech Cos. Take Aim At Verizon Over DSL Patents

    In a long-running patent dispute over DSL service technology, technology companies Broadband Technology Innovations LLC and Pie Squared LLC have filed a patent infringement suit against telecom Verizon Internet Services Inc.

  • May 1, 2006

    Cheap Trick: Sony Skimps On Download Royalties

    In a move that challenges how the music industry assesses royalties for musicians who signed contracts before the dawn of digital downloads, members of Cheap Trick and The Allman Brothers Band filed a lawsuit Friday claiming they were shortchanged by Sony BMG Music Entertainment Inc. to the tune of at least $25 million.

  • April 27, 2006

    Alleged Price-Fixing Cabal Sued By Korean Competitor

    Three companies conspired to keep a Korean competitor out of the U.S. rubber and plastics market, a complaint filed Thursday in a federal court in Los Angeles alleged.

  • April 26, 2006

    Tiny Biotech Wins Permanent Injunction Against Eli Lilly

    A small biotech company has won a permanent injunction against Eli Lilly & Co. in a two-year battle waged over a patent application for technology used to convert injectable-only drugs into ones that can be taken orally, marking another triumph in its long-running fight against the pharmaceutical giant.

  • April 25, 2006

    Sonnenschein Pulls In Patent Team From Weil Gotshal

    Alexander J. Hadjis’ decision to head up Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP as the national chair of its patent litigation practice has had a domino effect at his office at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, with 11 other professionals choosing to pick up and move with him.

  • April 17, 2006

    Hedge Fund Sues Top Brokers For Naked Short Selling

    A hedge fund is suing a slew of top brokerage firms, saying they used secret insider agreements to cheat their customers.

  • April 17, 2006

    Medtronic Hits Kyphon With Patent Suit

    Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. is charging Kyphon Inc., a maker of spinal fracture treatments, with infringing on four of its patents covering balloon dilation catheters and spinal disc spacing treatment.

  • April 4, 2006

    IBM And Sky Technologies Settle Patent Dispute

    Sky Technologies LLC and International Business Machines Corp. have ended their legal battle and reached an agreement in a patent lawsuit involving online business technology that “facilitates multivariate negotiations among two or more parties.”

  • April 3, 2006

    Deutsche Bank Chairman Resigns Over Lawsuit

    Following a drawn-out legal dispute with German television mogul Leo Kirch, Deutsche Bank’s Rolf Breuer has stepped down as chairman after a court ruled that he and the bank may be held liable for remarks he made in a 2002 interview, which Kirch claimed triggered the financial collapse of his empire.

  • March 10, 2006

    Investment Firm And Drink Maker Brawl Over Soured Deal

    In a bizarre investment battle, an offshore investment group and a beverage company are taking swipes at each other amid allegations of share dumping and “financial terrorism.”

  • March 3, 2006

    Federal Circuit Sends Stent Case To Germany

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that a case over stent patents should have been filed in Germany, upholding a lower court ruling that deflated the suit brought by a doctor against device makers Pfizer and Boston Scientific.