Commercial Contracts

  • March 01, 2024

    Gilstrap Orders Damages Retrial To Avoid $67.5M 'Train Wreck'

    Chief U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap ordered a damages retrial in infringement litigation between G+ Communications and Samsung on Friday, warning there would otherwise be a "guaranteed 'train wreck'" since both parties failed to explain what they believed the $67.5 million verdict means.

  • March 01, 2024

    Wash. Seeks Injunction To Force GEO ICE Prison Inspections

    The Washington state labor and health departments have urged a Washington federal judge to compel GEO Group to let inspectors inside a Seattle-area immigrant detention facility, saying the private prison giant will otherwise continue to block entry and keep regulators from investigating complaints about unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

  • March 01, 2024

    Cannabis Consulting Co. Says Clinic Owes $101K On Contract

    A laboratory and consulting firm that focuses on the cannabis industry alleged that a Michigan clinic owes the firm more than $100,000 for unpaid services, according to a lawsuit filed in Colorado federal court.

  • March 01, 2024

    BofA Trims Zelle Fraud Victims' Suit For Good On 3rd Try

    A California federal judge has again trimmed a lawsuit accusing Bank of America of refusing to reimburse Zelle fraud victims, narrowing the case to a breach of contract claim and denying the plaintiffs another opportunity to rework their complaint.

  • March 01, 2024

    11th Circ. Revives Alabama Life Insurance Class Action

    An Eleventh Circuit panel on Friday revived a South Carolina man's Alabama class action alleging his life insurer's costs on his $100,000 policy weren't linked to life expectancy, though the policy said they would be.

  • March 01, 2024

    Colo. Judge Says Atty Depo Is Just 'Nature Of The Beast'

    The lawyer who helped a startup founder negotiate an acquisition deal with another company must sit for a deposition in the founder's suit alleging he was taken advantage of, a Colorado federal judge ruled, saying it was the "nature of the beast" for deals lawyers to sometimes get pulled into litigation.

  • March 01, 2024

    FTC Backs Colo. Right-To-Repair Expansion

    A Federal Trade Commission representative appeared at a Colorado legislative hearing in support of a proposed "right-to-repair" law requiring manufacturers to provide documentation, software, data and certain tools to allow consumers to fix their own digital electronic equipment.

  • March 01, 2024

    Romantics Singer Can't Tune Out Atty's Copy-Paste Error

    A founding member of The Romantics can't regain control of the band's finances after his attorney mistakenly copied an opposing brief that said the singer should lose, a Michigan state appeals panel has ruled, because the lawyer had certified that she read the brief before filing. 

  • March 01, 2024

    Musk Says OpenAI, Altman Broke Co.'s Founding Principles

    Elon Musk has accused former business partner and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman of setting the business' "founding agreement aflame," alleging in a California state lawsuit that he betrayed his promises to run the company as a nonprofit and make technological advances open to the public so artificial intelligence development would be "for the benefit of humanity."

  • March 01, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Pillsbury, Cleary Gottlieb

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, First Advantage Corp. acquires Sterling Check Corp., International Game Technology spins off two subsidiaries, Disney merges its media operations in India with Reliance Industries, and Atlas Energy Solutions purchases Hi-Crush.

  • March 01, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen a legal battle between confectionary heavyweight Mars Wrigley UK and a frozen food manufacturer, a trademark infringement claim by Abbott Diabetes Care over glucose monitoring meters, Mercedes-Benz Group hit with two commercial fraud disputes, and the Mediterranean Shipping Company tackle a cargo claim by an insurance company. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 29, 2024

    Amazon Cuts Deals With Mastercard, Banks In Fee MDL

    Amazon told a New York federal court Thursday that it has reached settlement agreements with Mastercard and several banks, after reaching a previous deal with Visa, over allegations that anti-competitive conduct by the card companies and banks caused the online retail giant to overpay for transaction fees.

  • February 29, 2024

    X Corp. Judge Blasts Suit Against Hate Speech Nonprofit

    A California federal judge on Thursday appeared inclined to toss X Corp.'s contract suit against a nonprofit claiming hate speech has surged on the former Twitter platform with Elon Musk's ownership, saying X's argument on damages "reduces foreseeability to one of the most vapid extensions of law."

  • February 29, 2024

    Ousted Talent Agency CEO Sues Over 'Bogus' Firing

    Talent agency Verve's former CEO William Weinstein sued his fellow co-founders in California state court Thursday, alleging they fired him in bad faith for the "bogus" cause to cut him out of his equity shares and leaked his termination to the press in violation of the confidentiality provisions of their operating agreement.

  • February 29, 2024

    9th Circ. Sends COVID-19 Coverage Row Back To Tribal Court

    A Ninth Circuit panel unanimously affirmed the Suquamish Tribal Court's jurisdiction over a COVID-19 coverage dispute, finding in a published opinion Thursday that although the tribe's insurers weren't present on its land, a consensual business relationship means tribal law applies.

  • February 29, 2024

    Atty Not Bound By Settlements In Fla. Breach Of Contract Suit

    A Florida appellate panel on Thursday reversed a lower court ruling that a Mississippi attorney violated agreements prohibiting him from publicly disparaging parties and disseminating filings in prior cases, saying he wasn't obligated to follow the settlements despite the parties' intentions of having them apply to him.

  • February 29, 2024

    Houston Judge Again Declines Recusal In Back Wages Fight

    A Texas state judge again declined to recuse himself in a dispute between a Lewis Brisbois partner and his previous law firm after the partner filed a motion accusing the judge of allowing counsel for a Houston firm to "engage in numerous attacks" against him based on his sexuality.

  • February 29, 2024

    Veil Shouldn't Be Pierced To Decode Contracts, Panel Says

    The doctrine of piercing the corporate veil shouldn't be used to interpret disputed contract terms, a split Colorado appellate panel ruled Thursday, reversing a trial court's award of more than $600,000 in a real estate fight between two longtime friends.

  • February 29, 2024

    Sofia Vergara, Contractor Near Arbitrating Most Of $1.7M Suit

    Attorneys for Sofia Vergara and a construction company told a Los Angeles judge on Thursday that they have agreed to arbitrate all but one of the company's claims that the actress and her partner owe $1.7 million for property renovations at a $26 million California mansion.

  • February 29, 2024

    STB, CSX Tell Justices To Reject Norfolk Southern Appeal

    Norfolk Southern Railway Co. has taken its contentious battle to have itself declared immune to a rival's antitrust suit to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the competitor that's suing it and the regulator who declared it not exempt are both asking the justices to leave well enough alone.

  • February 29, 2024

    FMC Rule Keeps Container Shipping Penalties In Check

    Federal regulators fired a shot across the bow to maritime giants by finalizing a long-awaited rule that clamps down on billing practices that saddled shippers and truckers with hefty penalties for failing to move cargo out of ports and return empty containers in a timely fashion.

  • February 29, 2024

    Epic, Google Are At App Store Antitrust Remedies 'Impasse'

    Epic Games Inc. and Google LLC told a California federal judge on Wednesday that they are at an impasse over the potential changes Google will have to make following the Fortnite game developer's jury trial win on antitrust claims related to Google Play Store and Android apps.

  • February 29, 2024

    Colo. Panel Revives Wound Center's Damages Suit

    A Colorado state appellate panel Thursday revived a wound center's lawsuit against a rural healthcare district for payments related to its agreement with the district, finding in a published opinion that there were factual disputes a trial court failed to address in dismissing the wound center's breach of contract claims.

  • February 29, 2024

    Calif. Illegal Betting Suit Against Fliff Gaming App Dropped

    A California man has ditched his proposed class action accusing the Fliff gaming app of illegal sports betting, more than a month after the court compelled the two sides into arbitration.

  • February 29, 2024

    Canada's Competition Watchdog Deepens Google Ad Probe

    Canada's competition enforcer said Thursday the agency has expanded an investigation into whether Google is abusing its dominance over technology used to place ads on third-party websites and apps, adding to mounting global pressure on the tech giant's ad business.

Expert Analysis

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • No AI FRAUD Act Is A Significant Step For Right Of Publicity

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    The No Artificial Intelligence Fake Replicas and Unauthorized Duplications Act's proposed federal right of publicity protection, including post-mortem rights, represents a significant step toward harmonizing the landscape of right of publicity law, Rachel Hofstatter and Aaron Rosenthal at Honigman.

  • Series

    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.

  • 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.

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