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What is Builders’ Risk and Why Do We Need It?

In negotiating construction contracts, the parties may ignore or give little attention to the project’s insurance requirements. Insurance provisions are oftentimes left untouched on the standard industry forms. One...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition: Purchase Price Adjustment Disputes: Drafters Beware

by Dechert LLP on

It is common practice for purchase agreements in private company M&A transactions to contain one set of rules to determine and resolve disputes regarding a post-closing purchase price adjustment and a separate, often vastly...more

Navigating the Lifecycle of an Eponymous Brand (Part 2)

In this three-part series, we identified at least three distinct seasons in the lifecycle of an eponymous brand: (1) Choosing the Brand, (2) Commercialization, and (3) Legacy of the Brand. In Part 1, we discussed "Choosing...more

‘Home Improvement’ decision may provide tools for drafting, managing CAM in commercial leases

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In California, commercial lease tenants typically pay a portion of the common area maintenance expenses or "CAM." Commercial leases also generally include the right of the tenant to audit the landlord's CAM statement each...more

Blog: When Approval for a Drug “Indication” Gets Murky: Drafting Milestones to Avoid Disputes

by Cooley LLP on

According to a recent study by SRS of recent private life sciences deals, disputes over earn-outs arose in about one-third (36%) of all milestones that were expected to be hit by September 2016. While most disputes were not...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition: Like Bigfoot, a Clear and Settled Definition of “Consequential Damages”...

by Dechert LLP on

A recent decision from the Delaware Chancery Court adds a twenty-first century interpretation to the common law doctrine of consequential damages which has roots reaching back to English contract law. This decision highlights...more

UK: Wood v Capita Insurance Services Limited

by Hogan Lovells on

Be aware of drafting (or seeking to interpret) a contractual indemnity provision in isolation. Appreciating the wider contractual context will avoid surprises. The Supreme Court has held that the indemnity clause in an...more

Revisions to ConsensusDocs® Design-Bid-Build Standard Forms

Every construction project has a contract (written, preferably), and they often vary in size and scope depending on the nature and complexity of a project. Many construction industry participants have developed their own...more

Settlement Agreements: No 'one size fits all' approach

by White & Case LLP on

In light of recent case law, Stephen Ravenscroft and Sarah Taylor discuss the importance of using clear wording when drawing up a settlement agreement. Settlement agreements are a very useful tool for an employer. They...more

How a Comma Could Cost You

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Few people actually remember all those pesky grammar rules we learned in school. But you can bet that a company in Maine will not be forgetting its comma rules anytime soon....more

UK: Employee Post-Termination Restrictions Under English Law: Five Things You Need To Know

by Dentons on

It is often the case that the drafting of post-termination restrictions only comes into focus on enforcement. Ideally, however, the careful drafting of such restrictions should be a priority when drafting employment contracts...more

Workwise: Don't Skimp on Statutory Minimums: Drafting an Enforceable Termination Clause

by Field Law on

The recent decision of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in Wood v. Fred Deeley Imports Ltd., 2017 ONCA 158 (Wood), once again highlights that employers must be very careful when it comes to drafting termination clauses as a...more

China: Application of Non-Competes To Protect Business Secrets

by Dentons on

An enterprise may have no patents or trademarks, but definitely have business secrets. Business secrets—the enterprise’s core information assets—are important intangible assets that go to the core competence of the...more

Distribution Problems for US Companies in Europe and How To Avoid Them

by Bryan Cave on

Many US (and EU) companies operate in Europe with pricing and distribution policies which may breach EU competition rules. EU regulators are taking an increasingly tough line on pricing and online market place access. Robert...more

SC Supreme Court holds reservation of rights letters must be specific to be effective

by Dentons on

The Supreme Court of South Carolina has issued a decision that could have a great impact on how insurers issue reservation of rights letters. In Harleysville Group Ins. v. Heritage Group Communities, Inc., No. 27698,...more

Lack of Comma Means That Breaking Up Overtime Pay is Hard to Do: Litigation Trends

by CloudNine on

Breaking up is hard to do - Not since Neil Sadaka’s classic song has a “comma” meant so much. A class-action lawsuit about overtime pay for truck drivers has come down to punctuation and the lack of an Oxford comma has...more

Bankruptcy Dispute Regarding “Coolcore” Trademark Heats Up in the First Circuit

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In December 2015, the TMCA blogged about a decision in In re Tempnology, LLC, in which the Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire held that a debtor’s rejection of a licensing agreement in bankruptcy terminated...more

Carefully Consider the Scope of Releases When Settling Claims between Family-Business Owners

by Murtha Cullina on

Litigation among family-business owners often ends with a negotiated settlement agreement instead of a trial and entry of judgment on the parties’ claims.  Through a settlement, the parties have the flexibility to agree upon...more

Lessons in Administering a Master Service Agreement

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Is condensate a contaminant? When it spills and burns a worker, yes. In Hiland Partners v. National Union Fire Insurance Company the operator, an additional insured under a contractor’s commercial general liability insurance...more

Court of Appeal confirms relevance of communications subsequent to an alleged contract

by White & Case LLP on

Contract negotiations necessarily involve much toing and froing between the parties, but at what point does the contract become final? When can you stop taking further exchanges into account and what is the effect of "subject...more

A Lender’s Federal Post-Judgment Interest Quandary

by Bryan Cave on

Post-judgment interest is not something most lenders consider when making a loan. In fact, it is not ordinarily the subject of significant analysis even when litigation becomes necessary. ...more

The Franchise Disclosure Document – A Brief Primer

The scenario: You operate a prosperous business and believe that the concept can be successful in other markets. But given financial constraints or otherwise, you determine that franchising the business will likely result in...more

[Event] A Nuts-and-Bolts Conversation About Terms of Use for Websites, Software and Contracts - March 2nd, Seattle, WA

by BakerHostetler on

BakerHostetler invites you to join us for a one hour complimentary seminar (followed by Q&A) offering practical considerations for managing risk and liability in online and other contracts. Our session will cover trending...more

2016 half-year in review: M&A legal 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

Merger and Purchase Agreements Governed by Maryland Law: “Best Efforts"

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Merger and purchase agreements involving Maryland corporations and REITs may be governed by Maryland law. For lawyers accustomed to agreements governed by Delaware or New York law, we are frequently asked to describe key...more

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