Commercial Contracts

  • September 26, 2007

    Dietary Supplement Maker's Antitrust Suit Tossed

    Wellnx Life Sciences Inc. took a blow on Wednesday when a district court judge tossed its claims that a rival sports dietary supplement maker and a bodybuilding magazines publisher illegally cooperated to exclude and debilitate competitors.

  • September 25, 2007

    Supreme Court To Tackle Patent Exhaustion

    The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh in on a long-running patent dispute between Quanta Computer Inc. and LG Electronics Inc., taking on the issue of what a patentee's rights are to restrict the downstream uses of an invention after a license has been granted.

  • September 25, 2007

    Eli Lilly Pays $18M To Settle Contract Squabble

    Eli Lilly & Co. has agreed to pay $18 million to settle a biotechnology company's claims that the pharmaceutical giant stole technology which converts injectable-only drugs into pills that can be taken orally.

  • September 24, 2007

    Reps Seek Unysis Probe After Security Breach

    Two congressmen have asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice to investigate what they say may have been a criminal failure by contractor Unysis Corp. to safeguard the security of Homeland Security's information technology.

  • September 25, 2007

    Judge Rejects Daimler Bid To Toss Suit Over Shooting

    A federal judge has paved the way for a trial in the personal injury case brought by the wife of a DaimlerChrysler Corp. employee who was killed in a shooting rampage by a suicidal co-worker, ruling that the questions at issue are best left to a jury.

  • September 24, 2007

    TJX Settles Consumer Class Actions Over Data Breach

    Retailer TJX Companies Inc. has agreed to offer credit monitoring, store vouchers and a three-day sale under a class action settlement reached with consumers who were alleged victims of identity theft in one of the largest data security breaches ever in the United States.

  • September 24, 2007

    Q&A With Latham Watkins' Perry Viscounty And Robert Steinberg

    "With the door slowly closing on the IP holding companies due to changes in obtaining injunctive relief, potential changes in choice of venue and damages, etc., we expect a flurry of cases to be filed by these entities before changes in the laws become effective," say Perry Viscounty and Robert Steinberg of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • September 24, 2007

    Oil Cos. Denied Pricing Relief On Govt. Contracts

    An appellate court has ruled that there was no breach of contract by the U.S. government when it included an economic price adjustment clause in its military fuel contracts with energy companies including ConocoPhillips Co.

  • September 20, 2007

    CBS Hit With $70M Suit From Dan Rather

    Veteran CBS evening news anchor Dan Rather has filed a $70 million lawsuit against his former employer, alleging breach of contract, reputational harm and fraud related to his demotion and his eventual termination last year.

  • September 21, 2007

    Shareholder Sues BAE Over Alleged Saudi Bribes

    The board of directors of defense contractor BAE Systems has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly paying more than $2 billion in bribes to a Saudi prince as part of a 1985 contract to provide Saudi Arabia with military equipment.

  • September 21, 2007

    Rembrandt Denied Stay In Digital TV Patent Suit

    Rembrandt Technologies LP has come up short in its bid for a stay in a transmitter manufacturer’s declaratory judgment suit over a patent covering digital television signals.

  • September 19, 2007

    Judge Tosses Snapple Price Discrimination Suit

    A federal judge has dismissed antitrust and breach-of-contract claims against Snapple Beverage Group Inc. and affiliates in a once-large putative class action accusing Snapple and several transshippers of price discrimination among New York-area distributors.

  • September 19, 2007

    Aegis Says Ex-CEO's Suit Will Hurt Chapter 11 Case

    Bankrupt lender Aegis Mortgage Corp. wants to halt a pending employment lawsuit filed against the company and its hedge fund owner by Aegis’ founder and former chief executive, claiming the suit could hurt its Chapter 11 case.

  • September 19, 2007

    Former Distributors Lose Appeal Against Hearst

    Six former distributors of the Houston Chronicle have lost their wrongful termination and antitrust suit after an appeals court affirmed a ruling in favor of Hearst Corp., which owns the daily newspaper.

  • September 18, 2007

    Ecuador Claims Chevron Can't Pursue Claims

    Ecuador has asked a federal court judge to toss its lawsuit against ChevronTexaco Corp., arguing that since the oil giant is barred from taking the country and its state-owned petrol company to arbitration, the judge no longer has jurisdiction in the case.

  • September 17, 2007

    J&J Asks Court To Resurrect Claim Against Abbott

    Johnson & Johnson is asking a Manhattan court to reconsider the Aug. 29 ruling that torpedoed its sole claim against Abbott Laboratories in its $5.5 billion lawsuit over its failed bid to acquire Guidant Corp.

  • September 17, 2007

    Warhol Organization Denies Conspiracy Claims

    The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc. and the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board Inc. have mocked claims in a putative antitrust class action that alleges they conspired to induce an “artificial scarcity” of the late artist's works.

  • September 17, 2007

    Qualcomm Drops Day Casebeer From Nokia Case

    Day Casebeer Madrid & Batchelder will no longer represent Qualcomm Inc. in its ongoing patent battle with Nokia over cell phone technology. Instead, Cooley Godward Kronish LLP will be the telecomunications giant's lead counsel.

  • September 17, 2007

    CORRECTED: Judge Issues Ruling In Guidant Price Publishing Spat

    A federal judge has rejected a nonprofit health services research agency's bid for summary judgment against Guidant Corp., and denied the medical device’s motion for partial summary judgment on its counterclaim for tortuous interference with contracts. (Corrects an article published on Sept. 14.)

  • September 13, 2007

    Freddie Mac Pressures AHM To Hand Over Docs

    After trying for more than a month to wrench almost $800 million in mortgage loans from bankrupt American Home Mortgage Inc.’s control, Freddie Mac has asked the court overseeing the company's bankruptcy for relief from the protective stay.