Commercial Contracts

  • February 28, 2024

    Scrubs Co. Must Arbitrate With Its Ex-Atty Over False Ad Loss

    A healthcare apparel company that lost its Lanham Act false advertising suit against a competitor in California federal court must pursue claims against its former lawyer in arbitration, while the company agreed to pursue claims against the lawyer's firm, Michelman & Robinson LLP, a Los Angeles judge ruled Wednesday. 

  • February 28, 2024

    Calif. Law Firm Beats Disqualification Ruling In HFPA Case

    A California state appeals court on Tuesday said a trial court was wrong to disqualify a law firm from representing a journalist suing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association over possession of privileged documents.

  • February 28, 2024

    Judge Says Ermi Counterclaims In Qui Tam Case Can Stand

    A Georgia federal judge refused on Tuesday to free Ermi LLC's former chief compliance officer from counterclaims the company lodged in response to her whistleblower suit accusing the company of fraud and retaliation, with the judge saying the company has adequately alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and contract claims.

  • February 28, 2024

    Michigan Atty, Trump Ally, In Default For Avoiding Pay Suit

    A default judgment was entered against a Michigan attorney known for pushing former President Donald Trump's unfounded voter fraud claims after a cybersecurity company said she didn't respond to 40 attempts to serve her with a lawsuit claiming she didn't pay for voting machine inspections. 

  • February 28, 2024

    Insurance Agency Says It Wasn't Told Of Airbnb Shooting Suits

    A Pennsylvania insurance agency accused of concealing that a Pittsburgh Airbnb property was subject to numerous lawsuits over a mass shooting has claimed that the property owner never revealed the problems when shopping for a new policy, so it wasn't the agency's fault when the new insurer canceled coverage.

  • February 28, 2024

    Seattle Convention Center's Virus Losses Not Covered

    A Seattle convention center operator is not owed coverage for pandemic-related business interruption losses, a Washington federal judge ruled, finding that although the governor's emergency pandemic proclamations prohibited access to the convention center, they weren't issued because of physical loss or damage to the property.

  • February 28, 2024

    BASF Says Insurers Owe Coverage For PFAS Suits

    Major chemical manufacturer BASF Corp. told a South Carolina court Wednesday that 23 insurers should cover thousands of lawsuits that alleged a chemical the company produced for firefighting foam caused pollution and injuries.

  • February 28, 2024

    Erika Girardi Can't Shed Costume Merchant's Suit

    A California federal judge has kept alive a costume merchant's malicious prosecution claim against singer and reality TV star Erika Girardi, saying the merchant showed evidence that Girardi had him wrongfully arrested and prosecuted on made-up fraud charges.

  • February 28, 2024

    Trump Can't Freeze $465M Penalty But Can Seek Loans

    A New York state appellate judge on Wednesday refused to freeze the $465 million civil fraud judgment against Donald Trump while he appeals the award, but said the former president could take out loans to cover the cost of the judgment.  

  • February 28, 2024

    AdaptHealth, Ex-CEO Cut $51M Deal To End Investor Fight

    AdaptHealth and its former CEO have agreed to pay $51 million to resolve a shareholder suit alleging the medical equipment company misled investors by retroactively inflating growth numbers ahead of a merger with special acquisition firm DFB Healthcare Acquisitions Corp., according to court documents filed in Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday.

  • February 28, 2024

    NuVasive Can Pierce Co. To Collect From Ex-Rep, Judge Says

    NuVasive Inc. can pierce the corporate veil to collect a $617,000-plus arbitration judgment it won against a company operated by one of its former sales representatives who improperly cut ties with the medical device company and violated his noncompete agreement, a Boston federal judge has ruled. 

  • February 28, 2024

    6 Firms Guiding Disney, Reliance On $8.5B Indian Media JV

    The Walt Disney Co. and Reliance Industries Ltd. said Wednesday they have agreed to merge their media operations in India, combining Disney's Star India with Reliance's Viacom18 to create a leading TV and digital streaming enterprise in the country, valued at roughly $8.5 billion.

  • February 27, 2024

    KPN Wins $287M Jury Verdict In Contract Beef With Samsung

    A Texas state jury has awarded $287 million to Dutch telecommunications company Koninklijke KPN in a contract dispute with Samsung Electronics Co., finding that Samsung breached a license agreement by refusing to pay for using a KPN patent, according to the verdict form.

  • February 27, 2024

    Supertramp Co-Founder Didn't Breach Royalty Deal, Jury Says

    A California federal jury on Tuesday found that Supertramp's co-founder did not breach a 1977 agreement to share his songwriting royalties with three former band members, ending a weeklong trial that revealed decades of resentment between the aging rockers who were one of the biggest bands of the late 1970s.

  • February 27, 2024

    F-35 Parts Supplier Says New Lockheed Claim Is Too Late

    Titanium parts supplier Howmet Aerospace Inc. says Lockheed Martin Corp. waited too long to accuse it of anticipatory breach of a contract to provide F-35 parts, saying Lockheed had long known of Howmet's plan to leave the market in 2025.

  • February 27, 2024

    NY Hospital Says PE-Owned Anesthesia Co. Monopolizes Care

    A hospital based in New York state says a private equity company that manages anesthesia services is exercising monopoly power and putting the hospital at risk of facing a "crippling shortage" of anesthesia providers, according to a suit filed in federal court. 

  • February 27, 2024

    IP Strategy Co. Seeks Sanctions For Suit Over Patent Deal

    Intellectual property strategy and transactions company Transpacific IP has asked the Delaware Chancery Court to sanction Slingshot Technologies LLC more than $400,000 for making "fabricated allegations" in a failed lawsuit over Transpacific's sale of Orange SA network patents.

  • February 27, 2024

    Judge Trims Medical Device Royalty Fight

    A Minnesota federal judge has held that Security Bank & Trust Co. failed to prove jurisdiction against various entities related to an Indiana-based medical device manufacturer in a suit over royalty contracts.

  • February 27, 2024

    NJ Investment Adviser Indicted In $5M Financing Fee Scheme

    A New Jersey investment adviser has been charged with fraudulently collecting millions of dollars in fees from people seeking funding for commercial projects and misappropriating at least $800,000 for his own personal benefit, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey said in an indictment filed on Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2024

    5th Circ. Holds To Its Undoing Of $200M Ship Explosion Award

    A German shipping company has failed to persuade the Fifth Circuit to reconsider undoing a federal district court's decision to enforce a $200 million arbitral award the company secured in London after a 2012 explosion killed three crew members and caused extensive damage on one of its vessels.

  • February 27, 2024

    OpenAI Says NYT Suit Not Up To Own 'Journalistic' Standards

    OpenAI slammed The New York Times Co. for not meeting "its famously rigorous journalistic standards" with its complaint accusing the artificial intelligence company and Microsoft Corp. of ripping off Times content to train ChatGPT, with OpenAI alleging the newspaper hired a hacker to generate various examples of ChatGPT reproducing near-verbatim copies of articles.

  • February 27, 2024

    Company Escapes Coverage Row Over Lethal Ammonia Leak

    A contractor's affiliate whose employee died in an ammonia leak at a North Carolina cold storage facility needn't face claims stemming from the accident, the North Carolina Business Court said in a lawsuit originally brought against three insurers and others over coverage for the leak.

  • February 27, 2024

    NH Power Plant Gets OK On Purchaser Settlement In Ch. 11

    Bankrupt New Hampshire power plant Burgess Biopower LLC will receive a $3.35 million payment from a power purchaser that allegedly withheld money it owed last year, reaching a settlement agreement between the parties that won a Delaware federal judge's blessing on Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ex-NESN Exec Gets 3½ Years In Fraud Scheme

    A former executive at the Massachusetts cable network that broadcasts Red Sox and Bruins games was sentenced Tuesday to 3½ years in prison for embezzling nearly $600,000 from his employer through an elaborate invoicing scheme, crimes a judge called both "deliberate" and "insidious" and the government called "brazen."

  • February 27, 2024

    Altice Unit Can't Force Bill Padding Claims To Arbitration Yet

    A West Virginia federal judge is keeping a proposed class action accusing Altice subsidiary Optimum of illegal bill-padding in his courtroom for now, denying the company's motion to compel arbitration after the customers amended their complaint and voided all but one named plaintiff.

Expert Analysis

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    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Unpacking The New Russia Sanctions And Export Controls

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    Although geographically broad new prohibitions the U.S., U.K. and EU issued last week are somewhat underwhelming in their efforts to target third-country facilitators of Russia sanctions evasion, companies with exposure to noncompliant jurisdictions should pay close attention to their potential impacts, say attorneys at Shearman.

  • Using Arbitration And Class Waivers As Privacy Suit Tools

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    Amid a surge in data breach class actions over the last few years, several federal court decisions indicate that arbitration clauses and class action waiver provisions can be possible alternatives to public court battles and potentially reduce the costs of privacy litigation, say Mark Olthoff and Courtney Klaus at Polsinelli.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • 5 Lessons For SaaS Companies After Blackbaud Data Breach

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    Looking at the enforcement actions that software-as-a-service provider Blackbaud resolved with state attorneys general, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission in the past year can help SaaS companies manage these increasingly common forms of data breaches, say attorneys at Orrick.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • 2nd Circ. Ruling Will Guide Social Media Account Ownership

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    The Second Circuit’s recent decision in JLM Couture v. Gutman — which held that ownership of social media accounts must be resolved using traditional property law analysis — will guide employers and employees alike in future cases, and underscores the importance of express agreements in establishing ownership of social media accounts, says Joshua Glasgow at Phillips Lytle.

  • Assessing The Future Of Colorado's Economic Loss Rule

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    The Colorado Supreme Court's decision to review a state appellate court's ruling in Mid-Century Insurance Co. v. HIVE Construction will significantly influence the future of Colorado's economic loss rule, with high stakes for the cost of doing business in the state, says David Holman at Crisham & Holman.

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    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • What To Know About RWI In Acquisition And Divestiture Deals

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    As a slower pace of merger activity turns underwriters toward new industries, representations and warranties insurance policies are increasingly being written for acquisition and divestiture energy deals, making it important for contracting parties to understand how the RWI underwriting process works in this new sector, say attorneys at Haynes Boone.

  • Freight Forwarders And Common Carriers: Know Your Cargo

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    Freight forwarders and other nonprincipal parties involved in global cargo movement should follow the guidance in the multi-agency know-your-cargo compliance note to avoid enforcement actions should they fail to spot evasive tactics used in supply chains to circumvent U.S. sanctions and export controls, say attorneys at Venable.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Key Considerations For Evaluating An AI Vendor

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    As artificial intelligence technology advances across industries, businesses can mitigate risks, while maximizing the value of their investment, by evaluating technology, expertise, support services, transparency and more when selecting an AI vendor, say Rahul Kapoor and Shokoh Yaghoubi at Morgan Lewis.

  • A Closer Look At Novel Jury Instruction In Forex Rigging Case

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    After the recent commodities fraud conviction of a U.K.-based hedge fund executive in U.S. v. Phillips, post-trial briefing has focused on whether the New York federal court’s jury instruction incorrectly defined the requisite level of intent, which should inform defense counsel in future open market manipulation cases, say attorneys at Lankler Siffert.

  • A Refresher On Alcohol Sponsorships Before The Super Bowl

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    As millions of people will see in Super Bowl commercials Sunday, celebrity sponsorships continue to be a valuable tool for alcohol beverage marketers — and those looking to better target audiences must understand how regulation of the alcohol industry affects these deals, say attorneys at McDermott.

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