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IT Consulting Contract's Distinction With A Difference - Customers, Be Very Careful What You Ask For

One of the most important and fundamental aspects of every IT consulting agreement is also one of the greatest sources of legal misunderstanding and commercial risk for those transactions. Luckily, based on my experience,...more

Cayman Islands: Contracts (RIghts of Third Parties) BIll 2014

Cayman’s Parliament is expected to enact a new Law that will give third parties who are conferred benefits under a contract, but who are not a party to it, the right to enforce the contract’s terms for their own purposes. ...more

How To Shorten Your Documents

At least in the initial drafts, efforts to keep a document concise may stifle the flow of written words. If this is true, then let the words come freely and deal with wordiness later. Once the desired content is captured, a...more

“Abysmal” Documentation of Services Deemed a Material Breach of the Provider Agreement

We have previously discussed a line of Virginia case decisions holding that less-than-perfect compliance with the Department of Medical Assistance Services regulations does not always justify a retraction of payments. ...more

Unilateral Changes to Online Terms: do they work?

Consumers wonder what exactly has changed when they are confronted with a new set of online terms, in a cloud-based service, website terms or software license. We reviewed this issue in an earlier post, which looked at...more

Head in the Cloud? 5 Issues Every Cloud Contract Should Address

Companies are increasingly taking advantage of the benefits of using “cloud” based services. Those benefits include: - lower costs - rapid scalability - minimum or no upfront capital investment - pricing on a...more

Life Cycle Management Of Third Parties – Step 4 – The Contract

This post continues to outline what I believe are the five steps in the life cycle of third party management. Today I will look at Step 4, the contract. However, before we get to the contracting stage a word about what to do...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 45, Interview with Justice Ken Wise [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I visit with Justice Ken Wise of the 14th Court of Appeals. We discuss contract drafting and interpretation, internal investigations and judicial ethics. ...more

Business Law Newsletter - March 2014

In This Issue: - The Hidden Power of Routine Contract Provisions - Bankruptcy: Preference Defendants Don’t Feel “Preferred" - What’s That Symbol All About? Protecting Your Trademarks with Proper Notice...more

Lending Focus: Insurance Proceeds & Casualty Events

Rebuilding After a Casualty. Recent events such as Hurricane Sandy confirm that commercial properties can incur substantial damage and that insurance claims will follow. When the property is encumbered by a mortgage,...more

Construction & Engineering Briefing - March 2014: Caps on Liability - how are they applied by the courts?

In a recent case that came before the High Court, the Court considered a contract clause which attempted to impose a financial cap on the contractor's liability. The case acts as a reminder to those who negotiate and draft...more

Employment Law Blog: Severance Agreements - Clarity and Simplicity Are Best

On February 7, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Chicago brought suit against CVS Pharmacy alleging that the company’s severance agreements for employees interfered with those employees’ civil...more

Recent Changes in New York City's Standard Construction Contract

With its new Standard Construction Contract, issued in December 2013, the City of New York (the "City") has implemented numerous significant changes as compared with its 2008 standard contract. This Alert briefly summarizes...more

Supreme Court: Arbitrators, Not Courts, Decide Whether A Suit May Proceed To Arbitration

On March 5, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an arbitration panel’s award and broadened arbitrators’ authority to determine preliminary issues in arbitration agreements. Although the case concerned a treaty dispute between...more

The Hidden Power of Routine Contract Provisions

Sometimes contractual provisions considered to be routine or boilerplate can have practical consequences down the road. A recent case from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia reminds us that choice...more

Contract Drafting Tip

The next time you review a contract that refers to a “breaching party” and a “non-breaching party” in the ‘Termination for Breach’ section, keep in mind a recent California case Power Technology v. Tessera. In that case,...more

Avoiding multimillion-dollar liability for de facto partnership breach under Texas law: one useful tip

After a lengthy trial, a Dallas jury has found that a de facto partnership existed between Energy Transfers Partners, L.P. (ETP) and Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. “to market and pursue a pipeline project to transport...more

Forum Selection Clauses: More Than Just Boilerplate

Clients often ask whether all those “boilerplate” clauses at the end of a commercial contract are really necessary, and if so, why can’t they just be copied and pasted from earlier agreements. This article will focus on just...more

Protecting Trade Secrets When Employees Depart [Video]

Employment and labor lawyer Richard Warren discusses how employers can better protect one of their most valuable assets—their trade secrets....more

Social Media Job Updates: The “Footprints in the Snow” Showing Customer Solicitation?

In this era of hyper self-promotion and cyber networking, through the wonders of social media, former employees are commonly creating some of the most incriminating evidence establishing their violation of non-compete and...more

Study of the European Parliament on the Protection of Creator's Rights in a Changing Environment

Copyright law is lagging behind reality due to the interminable development in the field of modern technology. This widespread prejudice is confirmed by a study recently released on behalf of the European Parliament (the...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading

Welcome to The Roundup for the week ending February 28. We have lots of thought-provoking pieces to share this week. From Around the Web - - What is Google Authorship? (And Why Should You Care?): If you’re...more

EEOC Lawsuit Against CVS Could Void Standard Severance Agreement Clauses

We all know how severance agreements work. An employee suddenly finds herself out on the street. To soften the blow, the employer offers her a few additional weeks or months of salary. In exchange, the employee waives any...more

GM (Again) Revises Its Terms and Conditions, This Time in Response to Continued Supplier Concerns

In July 2013, GM rolled out major changes to its general terms and conditions for its contracts, imposing the most extensive changes for its suppliers in several decades. On this blog, we covered the changes and extensively...more

Take 5 Newsletter: Five New Challenges Facing Retail Employers

Retailers face new challenges every day as a result of legislation, litigation, and technology. This Take 5 addresses some of these challenges. 1. Pregnancy Accommodation - Several states and municipalities...more

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