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Commercial Contracts

  • June 8, 2018

    Firm Sees RICO Suit Against Rival Over Tribal Work Slashed

    A California federal judge has tossed the bulk of Williams & Cochrane LLP's claims against a rival firm it alleged violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and undercut its business in a tribe's gambling agreement with the state, keeping only one of two Lanham Act allegations over a purportedly misleading statement on a website.

  • June 8, 2018

    Facebook Slams Emerson's Attempt To See BladeRoom Deal

    Facebook told a California federal judge Thursday that Emerson Electric, which is facing a $30 million jury verdict for stealing BladeRoom Group Ltd.'s intellectual property, can’t see a confidential deal that allowed the social media giant to exit the same litigation.

  • June 8, 2018

    Miami-Dade Says Marlins Are 'Obfuscating' In $1.2B Sale Row

    Miami-Dade County urged a Florida federal court not to let the Miami Marlins clarify the country where a company within its new corporate family is based — a key component of the baseball team’s bid to send a $1.2 billion sale dispute to international arbitration — saying the Marlins are manipulating the truth.

  • June 8, 2018

    Drink Co.'s Tactics In JPMorgan Suit Puzzle 9th Circ. Judge

    A Ninth Circuit judge on Friday questioned the litigation tactics of Hip Hop Beverage Corp. in its suit accusing a JPMorgan Chase Bank manager of helping the energy drink company’s former chief operating officer steal $3 million, saying Hip Hop should have reported the COO to the police.

  • June 8, 2018

    Ohio Auto Dealer Won't Face Contempt In Chrysler Dispute

    An Ohio dealership that has sued to join Chrysler’s sales network beat the automaker’s bid to find it in contempt of court on Thursday, with a Michigan federal judge saying Chrysler and a competing dealer should have brought a related state-court lawsuit to his attention earlier.

  • June 8, 2018

    Developer Seeks To Block Arbitration In $1B NY Project Row

    Half of a warring redevelopment partnership formed for a $1 billion Long Island, New York, project urged Delaware’s Chancery Court on Thursday to approve an emergency block against arbitration of their disputes, citing an already launched suit for court dissolution of the venture.

  • June 8, 2018

    Italian Soccer Club, VC Firm Settle Investment Fight

    An Italian soccer club and suburban Philadelphia venture capital firm embroiled in a lawsuit over a soured multimillion-dollar investment deal have settled the case, according to an order filed Friday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • June 7, 2018

    DC Judge Won't Uphold Int'l Award Over Indian Gas Rights

    A D.C. federal judge refused Thursday to confirm an arbitration award that would force India to let a Hardy Oil and Gas affiliate return to work in the country’s natural gas reserves, finding that U.S. policy respects the rights of other nations to manage resources within their own territories.

  • June 7, 2018

    Beats Was 'My Product,' Man Suing For Royalties Tells Jury

    A businessman suing Beats Electronics LLC and founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine for $107 million in headphone royalties told a California jury during Thursday testimony that the celebrity-branded premium headphone line was his idea, and Dre and Iovine were “just the celebrity endorsement partner for my product.”

  • June 7, 2018

    Korean Co. Must Arbitrate Debt Dispute, Calif. Judge Says

    A California federal judge held Wednesday that a Korean LED lighting manufacturer will have to arbitrate part of a $14 million dispute with its U.S. distributor, saying an arbitration clause in one of the parties’ agreements hadn’t been superseded by later pacts.

  • June 7, 2018

    Property Owner Says Law Firms Trapped It In Loan Scheme

    The entity controlling a Long Island residential property launched an $8.2 million lawsuit in New York federal court Wednesday against a pair of law firms and the provider of a construction loan, saying they worked in bad faith to force a default on the loan.

  • June 7, 2018

    Uber Driver's Wage Class Action Stayed Pending Similar Suits

    An Uber driver’s class action alleging the ride-sharing company stiffs drivers on wages with a deceptive pricing model is substantially similar to several other suits filed before it and must therefore be put on hold, a California federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

  • June 7, 2018

    Boucher, Schneider Wallace To Lead VW Salespersons Suits

    Boucher LLP, Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky Wotkyns LLP, Bradley Grombacher LLP, and the Law Offices of Sahag Majarian II have been tapped to lead a consolidated class of Volkswagen AG salespersons allegedly harmed by the German automaker’s emissions cheating scandal, according to a California federal court order Thursday.

  • June 7, 2018

    Lehman's Bid For Preferred Stock Swap Comes Under Fire

    Seeking to block Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. from issuing preferred stock as a substitute for potentially more valuable creditor interests in U.K.-based debt instruments, attorneys for Barclays Bank and Deutsche Bank argued Thursday that Lehman’s bankruptcy court request is a bid to rewrite history.

  • June 7, 2018

    Walmart Sues To Stop Chief Tax Officer's Move To Amazon

    Walmart Inc. filed suit late Wednesday in Delaware to prevent its chief tax officer from jumping ship and taking a similar position with Amazon.com Inc., arguing the move would breach a noncompete provision of her employment contract.

  • June 7, 2018

    Biogen, Drugmaker Settle Angiomax Patent Royalties Row

    Biogen Inc. has settled a licensing dispute in a New Jersey federal court with a pharmaceutical company over whether the global biotech giant could keep collecting royalties on sales of the blood thinner Angiomax after the patent had expired.

  • June 7, 2018

    S. Korea Must Pay $68M Over Nixed Daewoo Deal

    South Korea must pay $68 million to an Iranian company's owners over a failed 2011 deal to buy a majority stake in Daewoo Electronics from a state-owned entity, an international tribunal ruled Wednesday.

  • June 7, 2018

    Texas Taxpayer Group Fights $44M Payout To Developer

    A Texas taxpayer group on Wednesday asked a Dallas court for an emergency restraining order to block the payment of $44 million in incentives and upfront infrastructure reimbursements to an entertainment complex, saying the project's developers committed fraud to clear the way for the payment.

  • June 7, 2018

    Diamond Resorts Suit Against Law Firm Will Remain In Fla.

    Timeshare giant Diamond Resorts' lawsuit against law firm US Consumer Attorneys PA will remain in Florida after a federal judge entered an order Thursday finding a forum selection clause in a previous settlement agreement they signed does not cover the situation in this case.

  • June 7, 2018

    Toymaker Fights Viacom’s $15M Unpaid Ads Win At 9th Circ.

    MGA Entertainment Inc. told the Ninth Circuit on Thursday that it shouldn’t have to pay Viacom $14.9 million for breaching contracts governing ad sales and production of a TV show for MGA’s Lalaloopsy doll brand, arguing that Viacom broke the contracts first when it didn’t air the show in its regular time slot.

Expert Analysis

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Make Sure To Own The Architectural Plans That You Paid For

    Stacy Bercun

    Standard form architect agreements provide significant protections to architects and their firms, which may result in an architect having too much control over an owner's construction project. Owners should negotiate to obtain a transfer of those rights, say attorneys with Akerman LLP.

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    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • 2 Dispute Resolution Choices For Construction Contracts

    Stacy La Scala

    Construction practitioners using either ConsensusDocs or American Institute of Architects forms for alternative dispute resolution purposes must understand that each set of construction documents requires thoughtfulness and upfront risk assessment. The decisions at the time of contracting will significantly impact the timing and resolution of any future dispute, says Stacy La Scala of JAMS.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Tech Can Help, Not Take Over, Your Real Estate Transaction

    Shawn Amuial

    Many technologists and pessimists alike have claimed that artificial intelligence and machine learning will replace lawyers. However, current technologies can actually transform and streamline attorneys' jobs, allowing them to complete tasks like real estate transactions in a manner that is better, faster and cheaper, says Shawn Amuial of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • Employee Arbitration Agreement Insights From Rhode Island

    Alicia Samolis

    A Rhode Island federal court recently ruled in favor of an employer in a decision concerning an employee arbitration agreement, an intriguing split from a decision in a similar case months earlier by the same court in a separate session, say Alicia Samolis and Chris Wildenhain of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP.