Commercial Contracts

  • June 6, 2008

    Designer Loses Trademark Case, Can't Use Own Name

    Fashion designer Joseph Abboud, who left the company that bears his name in 2005, must promote his new line of clothing anonymously, a judge has ruled, since any use of his name would infringe his former company's trademark.

  • June 5, 2008

    Bay Area Exec Sues Kaiser For AIDS Discrimination

    A former policy pioneer and public affairs director of Kaiser Permanente lodged a suit in a California state court last month, accusing the health care provider of AIDS discrimination and breach of contract after a supervisor allegedly forced him out of his job.

  • June 5, 2008

    Hip-Hop Mag Exec’s Legal Malpractice Suit Moves On

    A former marketing executive for The Source has received preliminary approval to pursue a legal malpractice claim against Thompson Wigdor & Gilly LLP, the law firm that represented her during a sexual harassment and discrimination suit against the hip-hop magazine.

  • June 4, 2008

    Suit On Billing For Google AdWords Gets Judge's Nod

    A proposed class action over Google Inc.'s billing practices for its AdWords advertising service will move forward after a judge ruled that there are triable issues as to whether the company engaged in false advertising of the service.

  • June 4, 2008

    Calpine Unit Says $2M Claim Is Actually $10M Debt

    A Calpine Corp. subsidiary has asserted that a Reliant Energy Inc. unit miscalculated the balance resulting from an energy contract, leading the Reliant company to lodge a faulty $2 million unsecured claim against Calpine when in fact it owes the formerly bankrupt power company $10.6 million.

  • June 3, 2008

    Dow, Execs Reach Settlement In Botched-Sale Case

    Two executives who allegedly plotted to sell Dow Chemical Co. without the participation of its board agreed on Monday to a settlement with the company, conceding in a joint statement that they should have kept other members informed about the possible deal.

  • May 30, 2008

    Judge Lets Delphi Add $254M To DIP Financing

    A judge gave Delphi Corp. permission on Thursday to borrow $254 million more than it originally planned as part of its bankruptcy financing package.

  • May 30, 2008

    Former Partners Oppose Coudert’s Ch. 11 Plan

    Coudert Brothers LLP’s controversial liquidation plan that proposes releasing partners from future litigation if they help finance the law firm’s exit from Chapter 11 has come under attack by another group of former Coudert partners.

  • June 6, 2008

    Experts Urge Caution When Hiding Patent Mistakes

    A recent malpractice suit filed against Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP over patent claims for electronic billboards has raised legal and ethical questions about when attorneys must inform clients of work gaffes.

  • May 28, 2008

    Backdating Suit Against Asyst Tech Dismissed

    A federal court has dismissed certain claims in a shareholder derivative suit alleging officers and directors of Asyst Technologies Inc. received backdated stock options.

  • May 28, 2008

    Delphi, Strattec Strike $7.8M Deal For Division

    Delphi Corp. will unload more assets as part of its Chapter 11 plan, with a group led by Strattec Security Corp. agreeing to purchase equipment and inventory from the auto parts maker's Power Products division in a $7.8 million deal.

  • May 29, 2008

    Verdict Hiked To $25M In Sears Trade Secrets Suit

    Sears, Roebuck and Co. should pay more than $25 million for stealing the invention for a popular power tool, a federal judge decided Tuesday in upholding the jury's verdict in the trade secrets case against the retailer.

  • May 27, 2008

    Title VII Suits Viable After Arbitration: 6th Circ.

    Binding arbitration does not prohibit an employee from taking federal discrimination claims to court, a panel of appeals judges has ruled in the lead-up to a long-awaited U.S. Supreme Court decision on the enforceability of collective bargaining agreements.

  • May 23, 2008

    UBS Scores Win In $475M Subprime Contract Suit

    In a case that provides a window into the elaborate financing that fueled the onetime subprime securities boom, a New York state judge has tossed a complaint against a UBS AG affiliate in a $475 million dispute over real estate-related debt obligations.

  • May 23, 2008

    Mesa Says It Needs $960M Delta Deal To Stay Aloft

    Mesa Air Group Inc. could go bankrupt if rival Delta Air Lines Inc. cancels its connection agreement to operate 34 jets, the carrier warned in a filing to federal regulators on Thursday.

  • May 27, 2008

    Suit Against Musicland Over Harris Loan Tossed

    A judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed against two banks by a group of entertainment companies over a last-minute $25 million loan to Musicland Holding Corp., affirming a judgment a bankruptcy court made last year.

  • May 22, 2008

    Data Capture’s Price Discrimination Case Goes On

    Symbol Technologies Inc. was unable to sink Data Capture Solutions Inc.’s remaining claim that accuses Symbol of violating Connecticut law by engaging in price discrimination in the sale of its bar code scanners.

  • May 22, 2008

    Trustee Attacks Another Wells Fargo Claim On SFC

    The Chapter 7 trustee of Student Financial Corp. has asked a bankruptcy judge to reject a claim for an unliquidated amount by Wells Fargo Bank NA, saying the claim duplicates parts of another claim that Wells Fargo recently agreed to withdraw.

  • May 22, 2008

    Court Keeps Covad's VoIP Trade Secrets Suit Alive

    A federal judge has kept alive a trade secrets suit between Internet service provider Covad Communications Co. and the company it used to generate sales leads for its Voice Over Internet Protocol phone services.

  • May 21, 2008

    Razorsight Pays $4.5M To Settle Software Theft Suit

    Conceding the charges against it, Razorsight Corp. shelled out $4.5 million to rival technology company Teoco Corp. to settle a lawsuit accusing Razorsight's founder, a former Teoco employee, of stealing and using Teoco's computer software.