Commercial Contracts

  • September 29, 2008

    Intel Wins Partial Summary Judgment In Patent Case

    A federal judge has granted summary judgment in favor of Intel Corp. on two causes of action in a long-running patent case related to optoelectronic technology, while leaving several other issues to be decided at a jury trial scheduled for November.

  • September 25, 2008

    Disbarred Attorney's Suit Against Cravath Thrown Out

    James Colliton is vowing to appeal after a federal judge threw out a suit the former tax attorney brought against Cravath Swain & Moore LLP — his former employer — less than three months after pleading guilty to statutory rape in 2007. The court said Colliton's claims were frivolous and his litigation tactics bordered on extortion.

  • September 24, 2008

    Tropicana Sues Purchaser Over Collapsed Hotel Deal

    Bankrupt casino operator Tropicana Entertainment LLC has filed a breach-of-contract suit against Nevada Gold & Casinos Inc., a company that agreed last year to purchase a Tropicana casino in Mississippi but pulled out of the deal last week.

  • September 24, 2008

    Judge Overturns Verdict For BP In Pollution Case

    In an upset for BP Corp. North America Inc., a state judge has determined that the oil giant should be liable for cleanup and damages costs incurred by a city in Kansas over groundwater pollution from an oil refinery, after the judge admitted misleading the jury with improper instructions.

  • September 23, 2008

    Rather Suffers Setback In $70M CBS, Viacom Suit

    A New York state judge has thrown out Dan Rather's fraud and tortious interference claims against CBS Corp. and completely tossed claims against CBS' former parent company Viacom Inc., but other claims still remain in the $70 million suit.

  • September 22, 2008

    Energy Publisher Lodges 2 Copyright Suits

    Energy Intelligence Group Inc. has sued a financial services firm and a ratings agency for allegedly electronically forwarding its niche newsletters on the energy industry in violation of copyright laws.

  • September 22, 2008

    Rambus-Samsung DRAM Patent License Trial Begins

    Opening arguments in the three-year-long battle began Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California before a courtroom so packed that Judge Ronald Whyte was forced to shutter the doors to attendees shortly after the bench trial commenced.

  • September 22, 2008

    Insurer Nixes Ex-Refco VP's Demand For Extra $7.6M

    After shelling out $10 million in liability insurance for bankrupt Refco Inc.’s former executives’ legal bills, Axis Reinsurance Co. filed Monday for summary judgment on the one-time vice president’s "preposterous" demand for an additional $7.6 million in settlement fees.

  • September 19, 2008

    Merrill Employee Can't Lure NatCity Clients: Judge

    A U.S. judge has denied a former National City Corp. financial consultant's request to lift an order stopping him from poaching the clients of his ex-employer, which is accusing him of violating a non-solicitation agreement.

  • September 19, 2008

    Weight Watchers Sues Campbell Over 'Points' Mark

    Weight Watchers International Inc. has filed a trademark infringement suit against Campbell Soup Co. over a new line of soups that advertise their “point” value under the company's well-known weight-loss system.

  • September 19, 2008

    2nd Circ. Denies BMB Arbitration In Oil Developer Tiff

    An appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that independent oil and gas developer Sokol Holdings Inc. is not bound to arbitration and can sue rival BMB Munai Inc. over the acquisition of oil fields in Kazakhstan.

  • September 17, 2008

    Papst Wins License Dispute Over Hard Drive Patents

    Chinese hard drive manufacturer ExcelStor Technology Inc. demonstrated a “fundamental misunderstanding” of patent law when it invoked the patent exhaustion doctrine in a breach of contract suit against German patent-licensing company Papst Licensing GMBH & Co. KG, an appeals court has found.

  • September 17, 2008

    Institutional Investor’s Suit Against UBS Proceeds

    A federal judge has cleared the way for energy company Plug Power Inc.’s suit that accuses UBS AG of misrepresenting the auction rate securities it sold as safe and highly liquid investments.

  • September 16, 2008

    Ala. High Court Vacates Ruling In Law Firms' Fee Spat

    The Supreme Court of Alabama has vacated a lower court's order that refused to dismiss or transfer a case involving a dispute among three law firms over fees from cases related to agricultural giant Monsanto Co.'s alleged pollution and has said the lower court is not the proper venue for the suit.

  • September 16, 2008

    7th Circ. Affirms NLRB Decision On Replacement Hires

    An employer that refused to reinstate United Steelworkers union strikers did not violate the National Labor Relations Act because it had hired permanent replacement employees, the National Labor Relations Board said in a decision that was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Monday.

  • September 15, 2008

    Tolling Doctrine Protects Individual Suits: 10th Circ.

    A class member in a putative class action is allowed to file an individual lawsuit before class certification is denied, even if the statute of limitations on her claim has run out, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled Friday.

  • September 12, 2008

    Parts Distributor Not Liable For Faulty Product: Judge

    A federal judge granted summary judgment Thursday to Environmental Services Ltd., a distributor of steel parts, ruling that the company is not liable for the failure of expansion joints that ruptured at a sugar processing plant because it simply sold, and did not manufacture, the faulty products.

  • September 12, 2008

    7th Circ. Tosses Suit Against NBC For Firing Producer

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has tossed a $1 million suit that claimed NBC Universal Inc. breached an employment contract when it fired a producer who said the television show “To Catch a Predator” overstepped ethical boundaries.

  • September 11, 2008

    IRS Preempts State In Misclassification Suit: 3rd Circ.

    An appeals court has dashed a bid by a Planco Financial Services Inc. employee to overturn the dismissal of her putative class action alleging the company misclassified her and her co-workers as independent contractors, then wrongly withheld taxes after reclassifying them.

  • September 10, 2008

    Mylan Loses Bid To Dismiss Arthritis Drug Suit

    A federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a proposed class action against Mylan Laboratories Inc. that alleges the company's arthritis treatment piroxicam, a generic version of Pfizer Inc.'s Feldene, puts users at increased risk for a disease that causes severe rashes and blisters.