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When Commercial Sense is Not Commercial Sense: Arnold v. Britton and others [2015]

Background - The Supreme Court has handed down judgment in a service charge case that has major relevance to contractual interpretation in general. The central issue concerned when the Court should give weight to...more

Considerations in Drafting Limitations of Liability for Data Breaches

Until very recently, it was considered matter of course in a services agreement for any data disclosure or loss, regardless of cause, to be excluded from any and all limitations of the vendor’s liability. However, as data...more

Save Money with Your Commercial Lease Agreement

Your business could be losing money if it does not have a properly drafted and negotiated commercial lease agreement. Too many leases are hastily put together, causing businesses to miss out on opportunities for relief, or...more

Tips on Avoiding the Unsettling Results of a Poorly-Drafted Settlement Agreement

Well done! Through your reasoned approach and powers of persuasion, you have managed to resolve the pending contract dispute on your own, and thus have avoided that costly telephone call to the litigator in your attorneys’...more

Hooli Needs New Lawyers on “Silicon Valley”

As is obvious from our many posts on the subject, we here at IP Legal Forum are big fans of the show “Silicon Valley.” That said, its season finale could have used more Jared Dunn (can we give him a spin-off already?), as...more

Alabama’s New Non-Compete Statute: Are You Ready For New Year’s Day?

Those involved in drafting, negotiating, or litigating covenants-not-to-compete in Alabama have long known that Alabama’s statute books seldom provide ready answers on this particular topic. The text of current Alabama Code...more

Are Delaware Directors Deathless?

I’ve noticed that the drafters of corporate laws seemed to have overlooked the mortality of directors.  Section 141(b) of the Delaware General Corporation Law, for example, prescribes the term of directors as follows...more

Choice of Law and Liquidated Damages

Two weeks ago, I participated on a panel for a webinar on liquidated damages with three other panelists from New Jersey, Florida and Texas. In preparing with the other panelists, I was surprised to learn that while there are...more

Play Fair: Guidelines for New Employees Hired from a Competitor

It’s common for customers or clients to want to stick with the person who has been handling their account even when that person moves to a different company. But this situation can create serious issues around trade secrets...more

Is Garden Leave Overrated?

The value of garden leave - Including express 'garden leave' provisions into the contracts of employment of key executives in the UK has long been seen as a key aspect of an employer's armoury in relation to the...more

Court Of Chancery Limits Conditional Advancement Contracts

As in the past, the Court of Chancery again rejects this effort to welch. Notwithstanding a charter and bylaw provision that gave a former director the broadest rights to advancement, the company had him sign an undertaking...more

Liquidated Damages Can Create a Cap on What You Can Recover

When thinking about liquidated damages, most people focus on the fact that a properly drafted liquidated damages provision will enable the non-breaching party to recover a set amount without ever having to prove how much, if...more

Shares “Of” Or “In” The Corporation?

A colleague recently asked: “Which is correct – shares in the corporation or shares of the corporation?”  There are two approaches to answering the question – prescriptive and descriptive. I couldn’t find any...more

The Basics of Commercial Real Estate Transactions: Important Contract Contingencies

Prior posts have discussed initial considerations in the purchase of commercial real estate and conducting due diligence prior to closing the deal. Today’s focus will now turn to contingencies often found in commercial real...more

The Multi-State Non-Compete Agreement “Drilled Down”

Our February article addressed the options available to the multi-state employer attempting to design its non-compete agreements within the “tangled mess” of the various state laws applicable to agreements for employees who...more

Construction Defects – Settlement Agreement Bars a Later Suit for Latent Defects

David Belasco v. Gary Loren Wells, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (February 17, 2015) - In 2004, David Belasco (“Belasco”) bought a home from general contractor/builder Gary Wells (“Wells”)....more

T&E Litigation Newsletter- May 2015

In Lesanto v. Lesanto, Case No. 12-P-1111, 2015 Mass. App. Unpub. LEXIS 318 (April 21, 2015), the Appeals Court reversed a judgment of the Probate Court reforming a trust. ...more

Defining Software

How software is defined will affect many of the important clauses in a agreement. Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, Brian Kirkpatrick, writes of the importance of defining "Software" when drafting or negotiating software...more

Investment Funds Update - Asia Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key jurisdictions in Asia: Singapore

Regulation of OTC Derivatives and Singapore Regulatory Reforms - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS”) published a consultation paper on the proposed amendments to the Securities and Futures Act (the “SFA”) which...more

Tax Provisions in Business Acquisition Agreements [Video]

Presented by Joshua D. Bryant This webinar addresses common tax-related provisions in business acquisition agreements....more

7 Contract Damages Provisions to Bargain Over

When you’re negotiating and drafting a contract, your client may be excited and focused on the positives, but you have to keep your eye on the dark side, i.e., the consequences of a breach. Consider bargaining over favorable...more

(US) Is your Letter of Intent binding in Maryland? It might be.

You may want to use caution in drafting a Letter of Intent because a court may find it binding even if that was not your intent. On January 27, 2015, the Court of Appeals of Maryland entered a finding that a letter of intent...more

Implementing an Effective Third Party “Audit” Program

We all have our favorite episodes and scenes from the Seinfeld series. As we grow older, we like to reference them more and more – maybe because it reminds us of your “youth” (looking back, my 30s were certainly younger than...more

Will Alabama Honor Your Choice of Law Provisions?

Amendment 884 calls into question the validity and enforceability of the choice of law provisions in contracts brought before Alabama courts. In November of 2014, Alabama voters ratified Amendment 884 to the Alabama...more

Is Your Employee Handbook a Liability Shield or a Welcome Mat? Don't Let the NLRB Be the Center of Attention

Employers, attorneys, and human resource managers are bewildered at the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) recent memo issued March 18, 2015. For better or worse (and most employers would say worse), the NLRB’s...more

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