Commercial Contracts

  • June 5, 2009

    'Lifestyle Lift' Surgery Co. Still Faces Class Action

    Scientific Image Center Management Inc. has failed to derail a putative class action alleging its Lifestyle Lift facial firming procedure is considerably more painful and complicated than the company lets on.

  • June 5, 2009

    Pricaspian Denied Again Over Shell Oil Profits

    Pricaspian Development Corp. has again fallen short in its effort to collect profits from Royal Dutch Shell PLC over oil exploration in Kazakhstan, with a district judge tossing its most recent lawsuit for stating essentially the same claims as an earlier, unsuccessful suit.

  • June 8, 2009

    Fed. Circ. Remands Boat Patent Suit Over Jurisdiction

    Finding that the self-proclaimed inventor of a water-sports boat “wakeboard tower” lacked standing to assert his claims for correction of inventorship in federal court, an appeals court has vacated a district court's decision in favor of boat manufacturer Correct Craft Inc. and remanded the case to state court.

  • June 5, 2009

    Chrysler Says Parts Supplier Holding Tools Hostage

    Smarting from Chrysler LLC's decision to terminate a supply contract, Logghe Stamping Co. has refused to turn over parts manufacturing tools in a bid to force Chrysler to negotiate a new deal, the bankrupt automaker alleges.

  • June 4, 2009

    American Bid To Keep Ex-Worker From Delta Fails

    American Airlines Inc. has lost an early bid to enjoin an employee from working at rival Delta Air Lines Inc., a setback in American's case claiming that a middle manager's ill-advised file copying, along with his workplace memories, constitutes the theft of trade secrets.

  • June 4, 2009

    Gavilon Wins Judgment In Crude Contract Suit

    A federal judge has granted summary judgment in favor of plaintiff Gavilon LLC – formerly ConAgra Trade Group Inc. – in a multimillion-dollar contract dispute over crude oil options, leaving only the damages portion of the energy trader and distributor's lawsuit for trial.

  • June 4, 2009

    Trade Show Co. Sues Insurer Over IP Suit Defense

    Rockland Exposition Inc. has sued Great American Assurance Co. over the insurer's duty to defend and indemnify the automobile trade show promoter in a pending trademark infringement suit.

  • June 4, 2009

    Insurers Score Win Over Reichhold Faulty Resin Suits

    Finding that polymer maker Reichhold Inc.'s alleged sale of defective window resin is a breach of contract, a magistrate judge has recommended that National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh and other insurers not be required to provide coverage for lawsuits seeking more than $100 million in damages.

  • June 4, 2009

    Claim Trimmed From Adobe Trade Secrets Suit

    A federal judge has tossed the breach of confidence claim from a suit brought by ThinkVillage-Kiwi LLC accusing Adobe Systems Inc. of trade secrets and unfair competition violations, ruling that the claim is time-barred.

  • June 3, 2009

    9th Circ. Affirms Win For Adobe In Copyright Suit

    A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling that Adobe Systems Inc.'s InDesign desktop publishing program does not infringe the copyright on another company’s typesetting software.

  • June 3, 2009

    Cher Sues Universal Music For $5M In Royalties

    Singer and actress Cher has filed suit against Universal Music Group Inc., claiming the music industry giant breached recording royalties contracts and hid $5 million in royalties to which she, her late husband Sonny Bono and her family are entitled.

  • June 3, 2009

    Greenberg Traurig Probed Over Work For Heller

    Weeks after acknowledging they are being investigated in connection with their representation of Heller Ehrman LLP – the venerated San Francisco firm that imploded last year – attorneys at Greenberg Traurig LLP have applied for more than $400,000 in payments five months into the Heller bankruptcy.

  • June 3, 2009

    Key Energy Beats Insurer In Race To File Suit

    Despite late-night filing efforts of legal staff, a federal judge has ruled that insurer Twin City Fire Insurance Co. lost a first-to-file race in a dispute with Key Energy Services Inc. over coverage for securities lawsuits, ordering the case to be transferred.

  • June 3, 2009

    $195M Strawberry Shortcake Fight Back In Court

    American Greetings Co. has reignited a multimillion-dollar tug-of-war over U.S. cartoon sweetheart Strawberry Shortcake, saying a Canadian entertainment company failed to deliver on a $195 million commitment to buy the character.

  • June 3, 2009

    Massey Insurance Row Sent To Arbitration In NY

    Brushing aside A.T. Massey Coal Co. Inc.’s protests, a federal judge has cleared the way for an American International Group Inc. unit to drag the coal giant into arbitration over coverage for a $267 million award to Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corp.

  • June 4, 2009

    2nd Circ. Sends Investor-Citigroup Spat To Ga. Court

    A federal appeals court has ruled that an investor who claimed Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and a top financial adviser fraudulently persuaded him to hold on to his 2 million shares of WorldCom Inc. did not make a case for fraud under Georgia's securities laws, sending his remaining claims to the state's high court.

  • June 8, 2009

    Monolines' Claims Could Turn Up Heat On I-Banks

    After taking a beating over subprime-related losses, both in paying out on policies and facing angry investors in court, monoline insurers MBIA Inc. and Ambac Financial Group Inc. in spring began to hit back at the financial institutions they claim caused their problems. While the lawsuits are standard breach of contract claims in state court, they could have ramifications elsewhere.

  • June 2, 2009

    Smurfit-Stone Sued Over Defunct $15M Property Deal

    Georgia-Pacific Corrugated LLC and GNN Investor LLC have filed an adversary suit against Smurfit-Stone Container Enterprises Inc., alleging that the bankrupt packaging company breached a property agreement and owes them $1 million.

  • June 2, 2009

    Sidley Austin Tax Shelter Claims Ruled Time-Barred

    A federal appeals court has dismissed securities fraud claims against law firm Sidley Austin LLP and accounting firm KPMG Inc., upholding a lower court decision that the claims filed against the two firms in relation to an allegedly fraudulent tax shelter were time-barred.

  • June 2, 2009

    Former IFreedom Exec Awarded $4B In Labor Spat

    A California court has issued a $4.1 billion judgment against China's iFreedom Communications International Holdings Ltd., its U.S. affiliate and its founder after an arbitrator found them liable in an employment dispute with a former executive.