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Breach of Contract

Municipalities Can Be Held Liable for the Actions (and Words) of Their Officials

Much like a business corporation, a municipality can only act through its employees. A municipal official may inadvertently (or advertently) make representations regarding municipality business, leading to unintended...more

Judicial acceptance of the SCL Delay and Disruption Protocol 2nd Edition

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The recent Australian case of Santos Ltd v Fluor Australia Pty Ltd [2017] QSC 153 gives credence to the Society of Construction Law Delay & Disruption Protocol 2nd ed in determining the sufficiency of the plaintiff’s pleaded...more

Dealing With the ‘AR Dump’: Don’t Accept the Spreadsheet

by McGuireWoods LLP on

“AR dump” cases involving thousands of medical claims are on the rise. The standard playbook is for the provider to run its accounts receivable report and file a summary complaint or arbitration demand alleging the total...more

Citizenship of Aircraft Owner Trustee Establishes Federal Court Diversity Jurisdiction

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Southern District of New York has confirmed that when the trustee of a non-citizen aircraft trust brings suit in its own name, the citizenship of that trustee may be used to establish diversity jurisdiction in federal...more

Three Point Shot - August 2017

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Eastern District Heavyweight Bout Ends in Stunning Trademark Technical Knockout - Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor's late-August 2017 matchup may be the most highly anticipated boxing event in decades. But while "The...more

Business Contracts and Material Breach

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In general, a breach of contract is any failure to perform what you agreed to do. Examples would be: Failure to deliver the goods promise, Failure to deliver the goods in a timely fashion, Failure to pay, etc...more

In Deciding Whether To Vacate Confirmation Of Arbitral Award Subsequently Vacated By Primary Jurisdiction, Second Circuit...

by Carlton Fields on

The Second Circuit recently affirmed a lower court’s decision to vacate its earlier judgment enforcing a Malaysian-based arbitration award against the government of Laos where a Malaysian court subsequently set aside the...more

Court Holds That Board Of Trustees Of A Nonprofit Do Not Owe The Same Duties As A Trustee Of A Trust

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In Young v. Heins, Young brought third-party claims against the board of trustees of a nonprofit home owner association for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, breach of contract,...more

Recent Delaware Case Sets Trap for Unwary Regarding Acquisition Agreement Indemnification Caps

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Acquisition agreements frequently contain maximum limits or “caps” on the sellers’ potential liability for losses resulting from breaches of the sellers’ and target company’s representations and warranties. However, the...more

Attorney’s Fees As Damages For Breach Of Contract? A Jury Must Decide

by Weintraub Tobin on

Often times, contracts contain attorney’s fee provisions. These terms allow the prevailing party in any action to enforce the contract to recover its attorney’s fees. Under California Code of Civil Procedure section 1717,...more

Court Finds That Reinsurance Transaction Did Not Breach Investment Contract Underlying An ERISA Plan

by Carlton Fields on

MetLife acquired the rights to a fixed investment option contract with Midco, a trust established to administer a retirement plan for the employees of Midco International, Inc. Midco plan participants received interest each...more

Contract termination: terminating under the contract vs terminating at common law

by White & Case LLP on

Contract terminations are often loaded with legal risk, and therefore parties often rely upon as many grounds as possible to justify a termination. A recent English case highlights the risks associated with terminating solely...more

You Cannot Have it Both Ways: Missouri Appellate Court Holds City Cannot Bring a Complaint for Breach of a Contract and Plead in...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

City of Dardenne Prairie v. Adams Concrete & Masonry, LLC, No. ED104982, 2017 Mo. App. LEXIS 533 (Mo. Ct. App. May 30, 2017) - This case arises out of a construction project in which the City of Dardenne Prairie (the...more

The Doctrine of Equitable Recoupment Is A Litigation Shield – Not A Sword

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The doctrine of equitable recoupment, which is codified in CPLR 203(d) permits a defendant to assert an otherwise untimely defense or counterclaim. The Appellate Division, First Department recently applied the doctrine in...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds Arbitrators Have Venue-Setting Authority in International Arbitrations

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In an international arbitration, when an arbitration provision is ambiguous about the seat of the arbitration, who resolves the question? The Eleventh Circuit held last week that interpretation of a venue provision is the...more

When you get what you pay for: the First Circuit examines the injury requirement under Massachusetts chapter 93A.

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On July 26th, the First Circuit issued rulings in putative consumer class actions brought by the same attorney against two national department store chains, challenging their allegedly deceptive use of comparative pricing on...more

Commercial Division Declines to Use New York Debtor and Creditor Law to Enjoin a Defendant’s Asset Sale Without Evidence of...

In Del Forte USA, Inc. v. Blue Beverage Group, Inc. et al., No. 518454/2016, 2017 BL 253248 (Sup. Ct. Jul. 17, 2017), New York Commercial Division Justice Sylvia G. Ash denied plaintiff Del Forte’s preliminary injunction...more

2017 Summer review: M&A legal and market developments

by White & Case LLP on

We set out below a number of interesting English court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical guidance on...more

Cross Border Investigations Update - July 2017

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update takes a close look at recent cases and enforcement trends, including the new Criminal Finances Act 2017, increased regulatory scrutiny of Chinese companies...more

A primer for contractors: Getting paid -- fact or fiction?

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

As a contractor, getting paid for work completed isn't always as easy as collecting onsite or sending an invoice. Hellmuth & Johnson construction law attorney Blake Nelson answers fact or fiction when it comes to collections,...more

It’s Sweet to be NutraSweet: Commercial Division Overturns Arbitration Award Entered in Favor of Would-be Seller of Aspartame...

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

As any seasoned commercial litigator knows, courts are generally loathe to overturn the independent decisions of arbitrators. New York County Commercial Division Justice Charles E. Ramos recently examined the standard for...more

What's a Coverage Defense? 11th Circuit Addresses Coverage Defenses under the Florida Claims Administration Statute

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

When coverage is at issue, the interplay between a policy’s language and an insurer’s duties under the Claims Administration Statute, Florida Statute Section 627.426, becomes a key factor in claims handling for insurers. In...more

Summary Judgment for Insurer in Annuity Sales Practices Action

by Carlton Fields on

On March 31, in Chambers v. N. American Co. for Life & Health Ins., an action alleging RICO violations and other claims in the sales of deferred annuities to seniors, the Southern District of Iowa granted the insurer’s motion...more

Profiting from breach: when must an innocent party give credit?

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Supreme Court has considered when a claimant must give credit when, following a breach by the defendant, it ends up in a better position financially. Following a repudiatory breach by the defendant charterer of a ship,...more

Tenth Circuit Upholds Confirmation Of Arbitral Award In LLC Dissolution Dispute

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The Tenth Circuit recently affirmed a district court’s confirmation of an arbitration award in a dispute regarding the dissolution of Knowledge Strategy Solutions, LLC (“KSS”). KSS was a partnership between the professional...more

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