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Always Sign on the Dotted Line…Or Act Like You Did

Bryan Cave recently represented the successful claimant in a case which highlights to parties that, even where they have set out formal requirements for signature before becoming bound by a contract, the way they act can be...more

Subcontractor Not Entitled to Payment After Refusal to Perform Disputed Extra Work

In the hustle and bustle of completing a construction project it can be easy to overlook the importance of the contract.  However, when a dispute arises the contract generally dictates the outcome of that dispute.  A recent...more

The Global Santosh: The Supreme Court provides guidance on a charterer’s responsibility for its agents

NYK Bulkship (Atlantic) NV (Respondent) v Cargill International SA (Appellant) (“The Global Santosh”) [2016] UKSC 20 (overturning the Court of Appeal [2014] EWCA Civ 403) - The Supreme Court last week handed down an...more

Merck & Cie v. Watson Laboratories, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

The Federal Circuit had the occasion to revisit the proper application of the on-sale bar under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b) in ANDA litigation over claim 4 of U.S. Patent No. 6,441,168, which reads...more

Disputes come from two directions. Either a claim form or a letter threatening legal action lands on your desk, or you...

Disputes come from two directions. Either a claim form or a letter threatening legal action lands on your desk, or you discover that you have a potential legal claim against a third party. When this happens, what are the most...more

Recognition and enforcement of a Mainland judgment in Hong Kong: First reported decision

Significance of the Decision - The Mainland Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Ordinance (“Mainland Judgments Ordinance”) allows recognition and enforcement of Mainland money judgments in Hong Kong by way of...more

An appeal on the merits unmasked - High Court dismisses application to set aside arbitral award - A case study of Mount Eastern...

The Singapore High Court’s recent decision in Mount Eastern Holdings Resources Co., Limited v H&C S Holdings Pte Ltd and another matter [2016] SGHC 01 demonstrates that the court takes great care not to overstep its...more

Court Of Chancery Explains What Is Required To Plead Bad Faith

This is an interesting decision for at least two reasons. First, in it the new Vice Chancellor demonstrates that he is both well-versed in Delaware business entity law and fully capable of carrying out the Court of Chancery’s...more

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Holds Enforceable School District’s Oral Promise to Pay Subcontractor for Returning to Job after...

Zacherl, Inc. v. Flaherty Mechanical Contractors, LLC, 131 A.3d 1030, 2016 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 22 (Jan. 6, 2016) - The West Allegheny School Board (the “School Board”) voted to approve the School District’s (the...more

Exceptions to the temporary finality of interim payment certificates and the architect’s role in enforcement proceedings - A case...

The issue before the Court of Appeal was whether an employer could establish any exceptions in clause 31(13) of the Singapore Institute of Architects Articles and Conditions of Building Contract (“SIA Conditions”) to...more

Give your dough to the baker even if he will eat half of your bread!

As dispute lawyers we often deal with contracts that result in unintended consequences because they have not been drafted by lawyers expert in the chosen governing law of the contract. While many legal systems share...more

Foundation for the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan v. Alcon Entertainment (N.D. Georgia, March 23, 2016)

Rarely does one think of copyright issues surrounding how research is conducted for feature films that are based on real life events, but 54 Sudanese refugees are forging that new connection between research and copyright in...more

Managing In-Project Disputes in Major Construction Projects

What do you do when an unforeseen event threatens to increase the costs or time necessary to complete a major construction project? At first, it may seem easy to “wait and see” if the issue develops into something impactful,...more

Term sheet may be legally binding

A recent High Court decision has considered the contractual status of a document described as a "term sheet" which related to an investment in a joint venture company....more

International Sales Contracts: Square Peg, Round Hole

The purpose of a sales contract is to define the parties’ obligations and to optimize outcome if a dispute arises. As such, a contract is a tool to manage risk and prevent loss. The good news is the vast majority of...more

CBCA Expands its Approval of Subcontractors’ “Sponsored” Claims

Typically, a subcontractor cannot appeal a Contract Disputes Act (“CDA”) claim to the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (“CBCA”) because the subcontractor lacks privity of contract with the government. However, the...more

Agreements to Arbitrate Are Simple, Right?

The construction industry has been a leader in the use of arbitration to resolve disputes. In the past 30 years, it is fair to say that arbitration has outpaced litigation as the dominant method of dispute resolution. The...more

Arbitration Provision Rejected in Franchise Dispute

In Case Del Caffe Vergnano SPA v. ItalFlavors, LLC, the Ninth Circuit held that the court, not an arbitration tribunal, could review a franchise contract and determine it was a sham, based upon a second contract signed...more

Finding “Common Ground” in a Site Conditions Clause

I recently attended an ABA conference in Newark, New Jersey in which the theme was “Finding Common Ground in Drafting and Negotiating Design Clauses” in construction contracts. One of the speakers presented a segment...more

Franchising Update

While dispute resolution clauses may be straightforward for domestic franchise agreements as a result of the Franchising Code, dispute resolution clauses can be one of the most neglected provisions in international master...more

Retaining neutral accounting experts in M&A working capital disputes

A typical provision in a purchase and sale agreement requires the buyer, post-closing, to provide a “true-up” of the target's net working capital agreed upon by the parties at closing. If the seller disagrees with the...more

WIN Wise: Back to basics - Termination of commercial contracts

Can I terminate my contract? Does the other party have a right to terminate? These appear to be simple questions, but termination of contracts is a complex area of law. This 'Back to Basics' note highlights the key...more

Brexit: What does it mean for companies doing business in the UK?

The fate of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union hangs in the balance. Britons are due to go to the polls to vote in a referendum on 23rd June 2016 to decide whether the UK should remain a member of the...more

Whose Your Mommy? Legality of Surrogacy Contracts

It appears that regardless of her separation and subsequent divorce from husband, Lamar Sally, television personality, Sherri Shephard, will still retain the title of “mommy” to Lamar Sally, Jr. On March 1, 2016, the...more

Canary Wharf v Deutsche Trustee Company Limited: Contractual interpretation now settled and straightforward, correct?

The English High Court has once again had to visit the principles for interpretation of contracts under English law, in Canary Wharf v Deutsche Trustee Company Limited and others. The particular issue in dispute concerned...more

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