Commercial Contracts

  • November 30, 2007

    Fifth Circuit Revives Suit By Kimberly-Clark Workers

    An appeals court has revived a lawsuit for unpaid severance pay filed by dozens of workers against retail goods manufacturer Kimberly-Clark Corp., but has refused the employees' request to return the case to state court.

  • November 30, 2007

    Pilgrim's Pride Monopolizes Farms, Wages: Farmers

    Forty one families who operate chicken farms for Pilgrim's Pride Corp. have sued the chicken producer and its owner for allegedly using its control of the farms to offer substandard wages.

  • November 30, 2007

    Jury Awards $21M Against Sears In Trade Secrets Suit

    A family-owned company has won a $21 million verdict against national retailer Sears, Roebuck and Co. after a jury found the appliance store chain guilty of stealing the invention for a popular power tool.

  • November 29, 2007

    WaMu Hit With Suit In People's Choice Bankruptcy

    People's Choice Home Loan Inc. sought to recover several monetary transfers it made to Washington Mutual Bank at the beginning of the year, which it said should rightfully be avoided under the Bankruptcy Code.

  • November 29, 2007

    Judge Nixes Antitrust Claims Against Dow

    A federal judge has upheld a claim that Dow Chemical Co. abused its knowledge of Foam Supplies Inc.'s trade secrets but tossed the remainder of FSI's antitrust claims, saying Dow does not have a monopoly in the relevant market.

  • November 29, 2007

    Monitor Oil's Bondholders Object To DIP Financing

    An ad hoc committee representing Monitor Oil Plc’s bondholders has filed the first objection in the bankrupt company’s Chapter 11 case, asking the bankruptcy court to reject Monitor’s request for approval of post-petition financing.

  • November 29, 2007

    Patent Co. Fights Nintendo's Harassment Claims

    A Texas-based licensing company that warned the inventors of its video game controller patent not to aid Nintendo Co. Ltd. in invalidating the patent is now fending off harassment allegations.

  • November 30, 2007

    Judge Pushes Pause On iPhone Antitrust Case

    A federal judge has granted a bid to stay an antitrust case alleging Apple Computer Inc. and AT&T Mobility LLC violated California consumer protection statutes by failing to inform iPhone purchasers that fees of over $100 would be required to replace the phone's battery and maintain service while the battery was being replaced.

  • November 29, 2007

    Court Guts Inventor's Suit Against Patent Lawyer, P&G

    A court has tossed most of the suit in which an inventor accused his onetime friend and patent attorney, the attorney's wife and Procter & Gamble of stealing his ideas for a body protection pad by leaving them out of patent drafts.

  • November 28, 2007

    Wendy's Targeted In Battle Over Trans Fat

    As health officials continue to declare war against artery-clogging trans fat, Wendy's International Inc. has been hit with a proposed class action accusing the company of misleading customers about levels of the hazardous fatty acid in its food.

  • November 27, 2007

    Monitor Says Ex-Chairman's Suit Led To Ch. 11

    Bankrupt oil and gas production support services company Monitor Oil Plc has revealed that delays on two major projects and a lawsuit filed against Monitor by its former executive chairman drove the company into Chapter 11 last week.

  • November 26, 2007

    High Court Won't Weigh In On "Excessive" Damages

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal over an allegedly excessive damage award in a contract case between two oil and gas measurement companies, despite amicus curiae briefs from several legal groups that argued the due process clause requires meaningful judicial review of all jury verdicts.

  • November 21, 2007

    Circuit Revives Class Action Against LaSalle Bank

    An appellate court has given new life to a purported class action that accuses LaSalle Bank of breaching its fiduciary duty by investing in underperforming funds managed by a subsidiary.

  • November 26, 2007

    Court Upholds AT&T's Sale Of Partnership Assets

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday axed the last issues from a suit that limited partners in nine AT&T Wireless Inc.-controlled cell phone businesses had filed against the wireless giant over its sale of the partnerships' assets.

  • November 20, 2007

    Energytec CEO Hit With Wells Notice From SEC

    Energytec Inc. said Monday that it had received a notice of warning indicating that legal action may be on the way against its chief executive and president, Don Lambert.

  • November 20, 2007

    SAP Unit Execs Resign As Trade Secrets Spat Rages

    Top executives at a unit of software maker SAP AP have resigned amid a bitter trade secrets dispute with Silicon Valley rival Oracle Corp, SAP said Monday.

  • November 20, 2007

    Judge Backtracks On Order In Prairie Oil Pact Dispute

    A New York federal judge has ruled that he does not have the authority to enforce a settlement agreement under which Professional Traders Fund LLC claimed it was entitled to a majority interest in Prairie Oil & Gas Inc.

  • November 20, 2007

    Hospital Supply Antitrust Suit Flatlines On Appeal

    An appellate court has refused to resuscitate a medical supplier’s antitrust suit against a wide range of companies, including Novation LLC, U.S. Bancorp NA and Neoforma Inc., for an alleged conspiracy to shut other companies out of the hospital supply market.

  • November 20, 2007

    Winston & Strawn, Partner Settle Salary Suit

    Prominent law firm Winston & Strawn LLP and a longtime partner have reached a settlement over some $6.4 million in back pay that the partner says he's owed due to "decompression" in his salary.

  • November 19, 2007

    CBS Says Rather's Claims "Far-Fetched"

    CBS is seeking to toss Dan Rather's $70 million defamation and breach of contract suit related to his contentious departure from the network, arguing that the claims against the network are false and untimely.