Commercial Contracts

  • 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.

  • 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.