Commercial Contracts

  • May 22, 2015

    Comcast Says Sprint's Attys Misled Jury In $28M IP Suit

    Comcast Cable Communications LLC told a Delaware federal judge that Sprint Communications Co. LP’s counsel Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP misled a jury into awarding Sprint $28 million in a row alleging Comcast ripped off its fiber optic delivery systems, arguing one of the firm’s attorneys used inaccurate claim constructions.

  • May 22, 2015

    $32M Capital One Overdraft Deal OK'd By Judge

    A Florida judge on Friday signed off on an almost $31.8 million settlement between Capital One Bank NA and plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation over allegedly deceptive overdraft fees, saying that the recovery amount is extremely reasonable given the risks faced by the plaintiffs.

  • May 22, 2015

    Cruise Co. Takes Lloyd's Collusion Row To High Court

    A Connecticut cruise company has told the U.S. Supreme Court that the Fifth Circuit wrongfully tossed its suit alleging Lloyd’s Register North America Inc. colluded with a shipbuilder to falsely represent a vessel’s compliance with maritime safety laws during a related arbitration proceeding.

  • May 22, 2015

    Atty Asks Justices To Review His Role In $2B NJ Mall Deal

    An attorney has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a judgment preventing him from recovering $200 million in commission he says he is owed for working out a $2 billion shopping mall project in New Jersey's Meadowlands, saying he was mistakenly labeled as a broker instead of a principal in the deal.

  • May 22, 2015

    State Dept. Floats Changes To Arms Traffic Regulations

    The U.S. Department of State on Friday floated several changes to licensing rules for U.S. workers providing defense services abroad, removing hurdles for work in North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries and those in Foreign Military Sales agreements with the U.S.

  • May 22, 2015

    Movie Studios Want Animators’ Anti-Poaching Suit Tossed

    The Walt Disney Co., DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. and others urged a California federal judge on Thursday to toss a proposed class action brought by animators accusing the studios of conspiring to keep down wages, saying that plaintiffs failed to show proof the studios knowingly misled them in the alleged scheme.

  • May 22, 2015

    7th Circ. Weighs Limits On Noncompete Pacts In Ill.

    A Chicago-based information technology staffing firm on Friday urged the Seventh Circuit to honor noncompete agreements with several former employees who launched a rival business, arguing that a lower court ignored recent Illinois Supreme Court precedent in finding the pacts unenforceable.

  • May 22, 2015

    Pa. Dems Back State's Intervention In Highmark, UPMC Row

    Democrat leaders of the Pennsylvania General Assembly fired off an amicus brief on Friday supporting the state’s bid to force the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to reverse its decision ending a series of Medicare Advantage contracts between its hospitals and rival insurer Highmark Inc.

  • May 21, 2015

    Amerigroup Wins End To 'Toxic' Ties With NJ Care Provider

    Amerigroup New Jersey Inc. can terminate its contract with a home health care company whose workers were accused of a Medicaid scam, a New Jersey judge ruled Monday, saying the insurer fulfilled its notice requirements and that letting Confident Care Corp. keep the contract would facilitate a “clearly toxic, broken relationship.”

  • May 21, 2015

    Astor Weiss, Atty Sued Over ‘Bungled’ $18M Telco Case

    Communications Network International Ltd. has slammed its former attorney with a malpractice suit for a “quixotic charade” across 13 years of hopeless, error-ridden litigation against defunct MCI WorldCom Communications Inc., according to a complaint filed in Pennsylvania state court.

  • May 21, 2015

    Cayman Law Will Apply To Suit Over Offshore Refco Funds

    A New Jersey federal judge ruled Wednesday that Cayman Islands law applies to a lawsuit accusing a former Sphinx hedge fund director of improperly depositing $312 million into offshore Refco Inc. accounts days before the brokerage firm's high-profile bankruptcy, ruling that the case was contractually bound to the islands.

  • May 21, 2015

    United Airlines Beats Class Action Over Low Fare Promise

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday tossed a putative class action accusing United Airlines Inc. of violating terms of its online “low fare guarantee” for passengers buying multiple tickets at the same time, ruling that the plaintiff never even tried to call the company to make a claim.

  • May 21, 2015

    Wells Fargo Says $30M Foreclosure Suit Jumps The Gun

    Wells Fargo & Co. asked a Georgia federal judge Wednesday to dismiss a $30 million lawsuit alleging it has reneged on a mortgage forbearance agreement, arguing all damages were speculative and that bankruptcy proceedings would have prevented it from foreclosing regardless.

  • May 21, 2015

    NY Court Denies Atty Quick Win In Liberty Coverage Fight

    A New York appeals court affirmed Thursday that an attorney tried too soon to win summary judgment in his lawsuit against Liberty Insurance Underwriters Inc. over coverage for defending legal malpractice counterclaims in an underlying contract dispute, saying further discovery is needed to determine whether policy exclusions apply.

  • May 21, 2015

    DuPont Again Dodges Secrets Suit Over Recyclable Banners

    The Second Circuit on Thursday refused to revive an unfair competition suit alleging DuPont Co. stole Big Vision Private Ltd.’s trade secret for recyclable banner materials, finding a lack of evidence showing DuPont misused the digital printing company’s confidential information.

  • May 21, 2015

    CORRECTED: AT&T Accused Of Shirking Local Access Charges

    Six local phone companies slapped AT&T Corp. with a lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday accusing the telecommunications giant of not paying them fees for connecting its long distance calls to local customers. Correction: An earlier story misstated the sum of the allegedly unpaid fees. This error has been corrected.

  • May 21, 2015

    Pop Star Kesha May Target Sony In Rape, Abuse Suit

    Pop star Kesha told a California judge on Thursday her suit alleging record producer Lukasz Sebastian “Dr. Luke” Gottwald drugged and raped her to pressure her into unfair contracts should stay in Los Angeles, saying the singer may soon add Sony Corp. to the list of defendants.

  • May 21, 2015

    Kentucky Downs Looks For Quick Finish In Trade Secret Suit

    Kentucky Downs racetrack asked a federal judge Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a betting machine company accusing the venue of stealing trade secrets to make its own machines, saying the two systems are different and that it developed its machines independently.

  • May 21, 2015

    NYC Construction Co. To Pay $7M For Overbilling Scheme

    Hunter Roberts Construction Group LLC agreed on Wednesday to pay more than $7 million in restitution and penalties to the federal government and private victims to avoid prosecution for an eight-year fraudulent overbilling scheme to inflate cement union workers’ hours. 

  • May 21, 2015

    Pa. Justices Turn Down Appeal Over Privilege For Defunct Cos

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to hear an appeal of a decision finding that attorney-client privilege could not be used to shield the former in-house counsel of a defunct real estate firm from turning over documents in an ongoing contract dispute over unpaid invoices.