Commercial Contracts

  • February 26, 2024

    Google Judge Rips $700M Antitrust Deal: 'It's Not Great'

    A California federal judge lambasted a $700 million deal that consumers and state attorneys general struck with Google blocking antitrust claims related to Android apps and the Play Store for 127 million consumers for the next seven years, saying Monday he's "never granted prospective relief" and that plaintiffs "folded" with "four aces."

  • February 26, 2024

    'This Isn't A Game': Pro Se Ex-Law Student Schooled At Trial

    A California federal judge overseeing a disability discrimination trial brought by a former student at John F. Kennedy College of Law scolded the pro se litigant Monday after he protested not being able to cross-examine witnesses in writing, saying court rules had to be followed and "this isn't a game."

  • February 26, 2024

    Live Nation Can't Cancel Suit Over Eras Tour Sales Meltdown

    A California federal judge refused Friday to end a proposed securities class action alleging Live Nation made misleading statements about its operations when news of alleged anticompetitive practices with Ticketmaster caused stock prices to drop, finding the suit describes "a materially different state of affairs" than what Live Nation claimed.

  • February 26, 2024

    AmEx Fights To Arbitrate Merchant's Girardi-Linked Suit

    An attorney for American Express Co. urged a California federal judge on Monday to reconsider his tentative ruling declining to force a costume merchant to arbitrate malicious prosecution claims over charges disputed by Erika Girardi, saying the agreement in question applies to the merchant and not just his company.

  • February 26, 2024

    Sales Reps Score $1.6M In Fees After Beating RICO Case

    A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered a biotech startup to pay more than $1.6 million in legal fees to two former employees, after the company failed to convince a jury that the pair broke racketeering laws when they worked for a rival that stole proprietary information when setting up shop.

  • February 26, 2024

    Intel Calls VLSI 'Desperate' In Fight Over License Defense

    Intel and VLSI are continuing to escalate their multivenue dispute over how to decide whether Intel already has a license to VLSI's patents, with the tech company telling the Federal Circuit the patent owner is "desperate to avoid" a California trial, and VLSI saying that trial "would be an enormous waste of party and judicial resources."

  • February 26, 2024

    KBR Urges 4th Circ. To OK $8M Award Against Kuwaiti Co.

    A global engineering corporation has asked the Fourth Circuit not to overturn a lower court decision enforcing an approximately $8 million arbitral award against a Kuwaiti construction company after a dispute over Iraqi wartime contracts, saying nothing warrants upending the award.

  • February 26, 2024

    11th Circ. Says Bankruptcy Fraud Threat Can't Tank Deal

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Monday that coupon marketing agency Valpak's alleged threat to report a franchisee for bankruptcy fraud was not extortion and refused to set aside the settlement that ended the franchisee's suit accusing Valpak of wrongfully terminating their agreement.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ohio Jury Shuts Down Door Co.'s Patent Defense

    Federal jurors in Ohio found that the details in some drawings of "door skins" covered by a trio of design patents were somewhat inconsistent, but they were unpersuaded by a major door manufacturer to invalidate those patents just yet.

  • February 26, 2024

    Proud Boys' Attys Can't Escape IP Suit In DC

    A D.C. federal judge has denied a bid to throw out a copyright suit from a group of criminal defense attorneys who represented members of the Proud Boys involved in the insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021.

  • February 26, 2024

    Colo. Justices To Hear If Insurers Can Withhold Some Payouts

    The Colorado Supreme Court said Monday it will consider whether the state's insurance code allowed Geico, following unsuccessful settlement attempts, to refuse paying noneconomic damages to a policyholder for his underinsured motorist claim, given what Geico said is the "inherently subjective" nature of such damages.

  • February 26, 2024

    Bally Sports Parent Gets OK For $495M Settlement, $450M DIP

    A Houston bankruptcy judge on Monday approved a $495 million settlement and a $450 million debtor-in-possession financing package for Bally Sports Network's parent company, loading the bases for the broadcaster to file a Chapter 11 plan in the coming weeks.

  • February 26, 2024

    Timeshare Settlement Can't Stop Additional Consumer Suit

    A Washington marketing firm must face negligent misrepresentation and consumer protection claims over links to a timeshare-exit company, according to a Washington federal judge who ruled that a group of consumers seeking refunds are not barred from suing because of a settlement in another case.

  • February 26, 2024

    Two Indicted In $3.9M Fraudulent Business Email Scheme

    The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that a federal grand jury indicted two men for an email conspiracy that duped an asbestos abatement company and a shipping company into depositing about $3.9 million into their own bank accounts instead of the intended.

  • February 26, 2024

    Gartner, Hackett Settle Trade Secrets, Employee-Poaching Suit

    Consulting firm Gartner Inc. and its rival The Hackett Group Inc. have settled a trade secrets fight that saw each company accuse the other of unfair trade practices, according to a filing dismissing the case from Connecticut federal court.

  • February 26, 2024

    Texas Justices Say $220M Cobalt Deal Is A Loss Under Policy

    A $220 million settlement that now-bankrupt Cobalt International Energy Inc. reached with a group of investors constitutes a loss under the energy company's insurance policies, but the agreement is not binding on Cobalt's insurers to establish coverage, the Texas Supreme Court ruled.

  • February 26, 2024

    State Farm Seeks Exit From Aircraft Designer's Explosion Row

    An aircraft design company is not owed coverage for five underlying lawsuits surrounding an explosion at an aeronautical test site that killed one employee, State Farm has told a California federal court, arguing that the underlying actions triggered multiple policy exclusions.

  • February 26, 2024

    Chicago Cubs Say Private Jet Co. 'Ghosted' Sponsorship

    The Chicago Cubs have hit AeroVanti Aviation with a lawsuit in Illinois state court claiming the private jet membership company failed to pay up for a sponsorship agreement and then left the team holding the bag for a promised sweepstakes that eventually forced the Cubs to pay out a $3 million settlement. 

  • February 26, 2024

    Prosecutors Ask NC Justices To Enforce Ban On MV Realty

    Prosecutors told the North Carolina Supreme Court on Monday that MV Realty is trying to dodge the state's efforts to put it out of business, first with a bankruptcy filing and then by asking the court last week to overturn a decision blocking the company's operations in the state.

  • February 26, 2024

    Miffed NC Biz Court Mulls Sanctions After Missed Deadlines

    A North Carolina Business Court judge on Monday chided counsel on both sides of an employment dispute for missing important deadlines on the eve of a jury trial, causing him to postpone the trial indefinitely and contemplate dismissing the case entirely.

  • February 26, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Delaware's Court of Chancery dropped two potentially far-reaching decisions last week: one about founder control at Moelis & Co. and another about TripAdvisor's planned move to Nevada. On top of that, there were new cases involving Citrix Systems, Alcoa Corp., BGC Partners Inc. and Cantor Fitzgerald LP.

  • February 26, 2024

    Jury Awards Woodworking Co. $158K Over 'Lemon' Machine

    A Georgia federal jury has found that the manufacturer of a high-tech woodworking machine breached warranty duties to the device's buyer, awarding nearly $160,000 to a Massachusetts business that alleged it was sold a "lemon" of a machine.

  • February 26, 2024

    Lumen, AI Software Co. Settle $6M Trade Secrets Spat

    A Lumen Technologies subsidiary and a Texas-based AI company have settled a trade secrets lawsuit accusing Lumen of misappropriating the company's proprietary software and stiffing it on payments after ending their licensing agreement, according to a notice of settlement filed in Colorado federal court Friday.

  • February 26, 2024

    Conn. Homeowners Say Toll Bros. Botched Senior Community

    A planned community hit construction firm Toll Brothers with a breach of contract suit in Connecticut state court, alleging 67 townhomes, six apartment buildings and a clubhouse were built or improved with dozens of major defects the builder failed to fix.

  • February 23, 2024

    GameStop Can't Ditch Suit Over Data Sharing With Facebook

    A California federal judge has refused to shut down a putative class action accusing GameStop Inc. of unlawfully sharing its customers' personal information with Facebook, ruling that the video game retailer qualified as a "video tape service provider" covered by federal privacy law. 

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    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.

  • Compliance Tips On State Automatic Renewal Contract Laws

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    Brian Casey at Locke Lord and Travis Moore at the Service Contract Industry Council consider the challenges in operationalizing compliance faced by extended warranty businesses and whether extended warranties are exempt from laws covering automatic renewal contracts.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

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