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Don’t Slip Up: The “Boilerplate” Provisions of Your Contracts Deserve Equal Attention

No one would knowingly pay little heed to such a potentially treacherous condition, yet every day in contract negotiation parties devote the vast majority of their efforts to the business terms, while glossing over the...more

EEOC’s Tough Stance on Employee Separation Agreements

Employers like separation agreements. Separation agreements, of course, are contracts that employees sign when their employment is terminated that allows them to be paid severance and in exchange they usually give up the...more

Sample Antitrust-Related Provisions in M&A Agreements

In this article: - Definitions - Representations and Warranties - Conditions Precedent - General Efforts Covenants - Conduct of Business Covenants - Merger Control Filing...more

Five Ways to Avoid Litigation

The reality of today’s world is that we live in a litigious society. Litigation is an expensive endeavor to all parties involved, not just financially, but also the lost opportunity costs associated with the amount of time...more

A Cautionary Tale: English Courts Further Depart from a Traditional Approach to Liquidated Damages in Unaoil v Leighton

In September 2014, the Commercial Court handed down an unprecedented decision, finding that a liquidated damages ("LD") clause in a contract was a "genuine pre-estimate of loss" at the time the parties entered into the...more

Liquidated Damages in Your Contract? Not So Fast

Parties often include terms in a contract providing for predetermined damages, or liquidated damages, in the event of a breach by one of the parties. In construction contracts, liquidated damages provisions typically apply to...more

Buy-Sell Considerations: Are Valuation Formulas Effective?

I see many types of buy-sell agreements in the course of my work, including stock transfer, close corporation and shareholder agreements. And, unfortunately, I also see many that contain ambiguous terms or outdated...more

Quirky Question #245, Last chance agreements

We operate a manufacturing plant with a union workforce where new employees begin with a 90-day probationary period during which they are not yet members of the union. I recently hired a guy who refused to work overtime on...more

2014 Autumn Review – M&A Legal Developments

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

Is that Covered? Insurance and Indemnity Clauses

Many contracts contain clauses requiring parties to carry insurance and to agree to indemnify one party or another in the event of a lawsuit. Such language is typical in lease agreements, distribution contracts, and...more

Arbitration vs Forum-Selection Clauses: Chicken & Egg Dilemma?

Last week the Fifth Circuit weighed in on how inartfully crafted arbitration and forum-selection clauses might trump one another. Together with recent decisions from the Second and Ninth Circuits – each with cert petitions...more

Second Circuit Considers "No Oral Modification" Clause in Helicopter Contract - The Court Examined Exceptions to "No Oral...

The Second Circuit recently issued a summary decision concerning the scope of a "no oral modification" clause in contracts governing the sale of helicopters. The underlying dispute involved three separate helicopter purchase...more

Et tu, Brutus? Yet Another New York Court Offers Guidance on the Do’s and Don’ts (Mostly Don’ts) in Post-Employment Restrictive...

A recent non-compete case out of a New York County court offers employers valuable drafting tips on non-compete and non-solicitation provisions....more

No “Harmony,” No Arbitration

When AmeriPlan terminated contracts with numerous “independent business owners” (“IBOs”), four IBOs—who had achieved the rank of Sales Director and earned “lifetime residual income” through commissions from their own...more

Black Horse Capital, LP v. Xstelos Holdings, Inc., C.A. No. 8642-VCP (Del. Ch. Sept. 30, 2014) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this decision, the Court of Chancery granted defendants’ motion to dismiss, finding that it could not enforce the plaintiffs’ alleged oral agreement where the related written agreements make no reference to any prior...more

Required Consideration Lacking For Replacement Employment Contract

A September 23rd Connecticut Appellate Court decision tells a cautionary tale for employers drafting employment contracts intended to replace earlier contracts. Thoma v. Oxford Performance Materials, Inc., 2014 WL 4548490...more

Enforcing Notice Provisions in Construction Contracts in the United States

Notice provisions are a key part of construction contracts. These provisions typically require a contractor to notify the owner of the project (or an owner-designated representative) when the contractor believes that it is...more

Another Bankruptcy Proofing Strategy Bites the Dust, or Does It?

In an effort to minimize the risk of loss in connection with a loan default, lenders often employ creative means to make it difficult, if not impossible, for a borrower to file bankruptcy....more

New Jersey Supreme Court Calls for More Specific Language in Arbitration Agreements

Although New Jersey public policy generally favors arbitration as a method of resolving disputes, following the New Jersey Supreme Court’s unanimous holding in Atalese v. U.S. Legal Services Group L.P., companies doing...more

CARB’s Invalidation of Offset Credits Highlights Importance of Risk Allocation

On October 8, 2014, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a preliminary determination invalidating more than 230,000 offset credits on grounds that an Arkansas-based chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) incinerator was not...more

When Xs and Os Go Awry: Recent College Coach Lawsuits Emphasize the Importance of Good Contract Language Even for "Intramural"...

The recent flurry of scandals in professional sports, particularly those from the NFL that dominated headlines in recent weeks, are not without their counterparts in the college ranks. Indeed, in the past year there have been...more

License Definition Trumps Need for Actual Infringement Finding

Cellport Systems, Inc. v. Peiker Acustic GMBH & Co. KG - In a case addressing whether royalties are due under a patent licensing agreement even if the products are not covered by the patents, the U.S. Court of Appeals...more

A Court’s Review of a Disability Benefit Claim May Hinge on the Meaning “Satisfactory to Us”

Twenty-five years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that courts should review an ERISA participant’s claim for benefits under a de novo standard of review unless the plan gives the plan fiduciary discretionary authority to...more

Excess Insurer Contract Language Amounts to Free Pass

Excess insurance is essential to businesses of medium or larger size because it provides catastrophe coverage at much lesser rates per dollar of coverage than primary insurance. There are two main reasons for this: The excess...more

Required Contract Provisions for Construction Contracts in California

One question I get fairly often when drafting or reviewing construction contracts is what provisions, if any, are required in construction contracts in California. This is, of course, different than what should be included in...more

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