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Commercial Contracts

  • January 15, 2019

    Barnes & Thornburg Adds 3 Partners To Dallas Office

    Barnes & Thornburg LLP has announced the addition of three new partners to its Dallas office, allowing the firm to continue strengthening its corporate litigation, intellectual property, and labor and employment practices.

  • January 15, 2019

    States, Tribes Back Swinomish In BNSF Appeal At 9th Circ.

    Three states and three tribes have urged the Ninth Circuit to uphold a lower court decision favoring the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in its suit against BNSF Railway Co. over shipping crude oil across reservation land, saying federal law doesn’t pre-empt an easement pact and treaty rights are at stake.

  • January 15, 2019

    Insurer Wants Out Of Covering Depomed In Opioid Litigation

    Navigators Specialty Insurance Co. has asked a California federal court to affirm that it doesn't have to defend or indemnify Depomed Inc.'s successor in more than three dozen suits over the drugmaker's role in the opioid crisis, saying the policies don't cover opioid-related injuries and "allegedly intentional wrongdoing."

  • January 15, 2019

    4th Circ. Hands Saveri Firm Win In $1.2M Legal Fees Battle

    Former Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP attorney Joseph Saveri's firm doesn't have to pay another plaintiffs firm a $1.2 million referral fee out of his score from settlements in titanium dioxide price-fixing litigation, the Fourth Circuit ruled Monday, finding he'd never agreed to shell out the sum.

  • January 15, 2019

    Ericsson Fights HTC's Bid To Delay Trial Over Patent Royalties

    Ericsson has urged a Texas federal court not to delay a trial scheduled for next month on HTC Corp.'s accusation that Ericsson overcharges for royalties on cellular and wireless standard-essential patents, arguing there's no need to wait until after an arbitrator decides if some issues should be arbitrated.

  • January 15, 2019

    Burford Gets Arbitration In Suit Over $50M Note's Sale

    An Arizona federal judge sent to arbitration a lawsuit accusing Burford Capital of undermining a former client when it sold a promissory note for well below its $50 million face value, ruling Monday that the parties had elected to have an arbitrator decide whether or not the dispute belonged in court.

  • January 15, 2019

    FirstEnergy Customer Violated Ch. 11 Stay, Judge Rules

    An Ohio federal judge agreed Tuesday that a Pennsylvania-based auto parts manufacturer’s move to cancel its deal to buy power from a bankrupt FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary violated the company’s right to maintain its contractual relationships throughout Chapter 11 proceedings.

  • January 15, 2019

    Timeshare Owners Seek Fees Over Marriott's Withheld Docs

    Attorneys for timeshare owners locked in a lawsuit against Marriott Vacations over an alleged drop in the value of their properties asked for more than $200,000 in fees and expenses Monday after a Colorado federal magistrate judge sanctioned Marriott for a delay in turning over critical documents.

  • January 15, 2019

    Akorn Wants Derivative Suit Related To Failed Merger Axed

    Akorn Inc. told an Illinois federal judge on Monday that a shareholder’s consolidated derivative suit claiming the pharmaceutical company’s falsified regulatory submissions sunk a multibillion-dollar merger and tanked Akorn’s share price doesn’t offer allegations to support a securities claim and must be tossed.

  • January 15, 2019

    Paul Weiss Steers $250M Cannabis Co. Revenue-Share Deal

    Cannabis company Tilray Inc. on Tuesday said it struck a deal worth up to $250 million that will see Authentic Brands Group market the Canadian firm’s products across its portfolio, with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP steering the global brand licenser.

  • January 15, 2019

    Blank Rome Can Arbitrate Ex-Dickstein Partners' $4M Suit

    A Los Angeles judge told a group of former Dickstein Shapiro LLP partners Tuesday they must arbitrate claims that Blank Rome LLP mischaracterized its hire of more than 100 lawyers from the now-defunct Dickstein as an asset sale, rather than a merger, to avoid paying the former partners $4 million.

  • January 15, 2019

    In Win For Workers, Justices Nix Trucking Co. Arbitration Bid

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that trucking company New Prime Inc. cannot compel arbitration in a class action alleging it failed to pay independent contractor truck-driver apprentices the proper minimum wage, saying transportation workers engaged in interstate commerce, including those classified as independent contractors, are exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act.

  • January 14, 2019

    Pineapple Farm Blasts Del Monte Fee Award In 11th Circ.

    A Costa Rican pineapple farm urged the Eleventh Circuit on Monday to reverse a ruling ordering it to pay a Monaco-based Del Monte unit’s attorneys’ fees after unsuccessfully challenging a more than $29.3 million arbitration award, saying the lower court erred by imposing the sanctions without jurisdiction and without a finding of bad faith.

  • January 14, 2019

    HP Unit Settles Mid-Trial In Suit Over $17M Software Deals

    Hewlett-Packard Co. subsidiary Autonomy Inc. agreed Monday to settle allegations it failed to deliver software that its former reseller MicroTechnologies Inc. had paid the British software company $16.5 million to back, abruptly ending a California federal jury trial over the contract dispute.

  • January 14, 2019

    Court Entered $48M Fee Judgment Too Soon, Verizon Says

    An Illinois federal judge incorrectly ordered Verizon to pay telecommunications carrier Peerless Network Inc. $48.5 million for withholding certain call termination fee payments while issues central to their case are still pending before the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, the Seventh Circuit heard Monday.

  • January 14, 2019

    Door Maker Seeks New Trial After $185M Antitrust Verdict

    A North Carolina-based door part supplier urged a Virginia federal judge Friday to order a new trial after a jury returned a $185 million antitrust verdict against it, arguing that an order bifurcating the trial prevented the jury from hearing vital evidence.

  • January 14, 2019

    Contractor Wants IBM's Falcons Stadium Suit Trimmed

    Atlanta Falcons stadium project subcontractor Corning Optical Communications on Friday urged a Georgia federal court to dismiss negligence and tort claims against it in IBM's suit accusing it of botching the design and installation of a state-of-the-art cell network.

  • January 11, 2019

    The Firms That Dominated In 2018

    Law360's top four Firms of the Year notched a combined 32 Practice Group of the Year awards after successfully securing wins in bet-the-company matters and closing high-profile, big-ticket deals for clients throughout 2018.

  • January 11, 2019

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2018 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • January 11, 2019

    Apple Exec Rips Qualcomm's Chip 'Stranglehold' In FTC Trial

    Apple's vice president of procurement criticized Qualcomm's business practices during day four of a California federal bench trial over the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust allegations against the chipmaker Friday, testifying that Qualcomm developed a “stranglehold” over Apple and tried to charge "gouged" chip prices, which pushed Apple to end their exclusive chip supply deal.

Expert Analysis

  • Guest Feature

    Judge Weinstein On Activism, Gobbledegook, Going Robeless

    Judge Jack Weinstein

    Judge Jack Weinstein has served in the Eastern District of New York for over half a century. White and Williams LLP attorney Randy Maniloff visited his Brooklyn office to find out what makes the 97-year-old jurist tick.

  • What To Expect From Technology-Assisted Review In 2019

    Thomas Gricks

    2018 will be remembered as a transition year for technology-assisted review, and 2019 will likely see a continued focus on how we use TAR, with refinement and expansion across the board, says Thomas Gricks of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • 2019 Will Bring More Good News For Litigation Finance

    Alan Guy

    Last year saw another round of year-over-year growth in litigation finance, as debates shifted from whether it should be permitted to how it can best be managed. The exciting news, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital PCC, is that 2019 seems likely to bring more of the same.

  • Why More Law Firms Will Embrace Remote Work In 2019

    Tomas Suros

    Leveraging technology in a fiercely competitive market is a key factor driving law firms toward technology adoption in 2019, as they face growing demand from legal talent and clients for the ability to connect, access and control information whenever and wherever needed, says Tomas Suros of tech provider AbacusNext.

  • 5 Most-Read Legal Industry Guests Of 2018

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    Law360 guest authors weighed in on a host of key legal industry issues this year, ranging from in-house tips for success and open secrets about BigLaw diversity to criticisms of the equity partnership and associate salary models. Here are five articles that captured the most attention.

  • Key Trade Secret Developments Of 2018: Part 1

    Randall Kahnke

    This year brought significant developments in U.S. trade secret law, including further guidance on the Defend Trade Secrets Act and varied court interpretations of customer lists as trade secrets, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels.

  • Less Red Tape Will Encourage Opportunity Zone Investment

    Mary Burke Baker

    On Dec. 12, President Donald Trump established the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council. Intended to streamline development in qualified opportunity zones by lowering regulatory barriers, accelerating project timelines and reducing administrative costs, the new program should make investment more attractive, say attorneys at K&L Gates LLP.

  • Last-Minute Brexit Preparations For EU Financial Firms

    Gilles Kolifrath

    As the deadline for a hard Brexit draws ever closer, financial firms operating in the United Kingdom or European Union must consider how possible outcomes will impact transactions and contractual relationships, and take steps to mitigate business interruptions, say Gilles Kolifrath and Linda Sharkey of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.

  • Calif.'s Top Employment Law Developments In 2018

    Mellissa Schafer

    Following an influx of new employment laws enacted in California this year, employers in the state once again have their work cut out for them when it comes to addressing and complying with new legislation that mostly takes effect at the start of 2019, says Mellissa Schafer of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

    Judge Michael Mills

    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.