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Start-ups: Don’t Get Beat(s) Down, Learn from MONSTER’s $3 Billion Mistake

When there’s a huge pile of money staring you in the face, it’s easy to overlook some of the potential pitfalls. But a recent $3 billion monster deal provides a cautionary tale for businesses negotiating make/break the...more

Construction Contract Payment Terms: Timing is Everything

In 2011 you will probably recall receiving a plethora of information about the amendments to the Construction Act (the “Act”) particularly the resulting “new” payment regime. There was a flurry of activity leading up to the...more

English Contract Law: Choice of Law and Forum Trumped?

In Fern Computer Consultancy Ltd v Intergraph Cadworx & Analysis Solutions Inc [2014] EWHC 2908 (Ch) (29 August 2014), the English High Court analyzed the arguments for and against non-English forum selection and choice of...more

Legal Alert: It’s Time to Review Benefit Denial Letters

On August 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decided in Moyer that the contractual time limits governing the period during which a participant must initiate judicial review of a benefits denial must be...more

Too Late to Compel Arbitration? Think Again!

In recent years, more and more employers are considering requiring employees to bring any claims arising out of the employment relationship in a private forum such as an arbitration. The American Arbitration Association...more

A Reminder About Careful Drafting of Confidentiality Clauses

The recent decision by the High Court of England and Wales (Chancery Division) in Richmond Pharmacology Limited (Company) v. Chester Overseas Limited, et al. underscores the need to carefully draft confidentiality clauses and...more

Oregon Limited Liability Companies: Do I Need An Operating Agreement?

Limited liability companies (“LLCs”) have become a common choice of entity in Oregon in the 20-plus years since adoption of the Oregon Limited Liability Company Act (“Act”). LLCs are formed by filing Articles of...more

Drafting Contracts to Minimize or Avoid Claims

Many claims that arise in design and construction may be mitigated or avoided as a result of prudent contract drafting at the outset of the project. This article provides practical tips for drafting contracts to minimize or...more

Termination for convenience clauses revisited. Can they limit potential claims?

The nature of termination for convenience clauses - As mentioned in our alert of last year, click here to read, it is increasingly the case that contracts provide one and, sometimes, both of the parties, with the...more

Drafting and Interpreting Indemnity Agreements: Living Forward, Understanding Backwards

Black’s Law Dictionary defines indemnity as one’s obligation to make good any loss, damage or liability incurred by another to a third party. Typically, this obligation arises within a larger contract, within which the...more

Ensuring Employment Contracts Are Sound Under California Law

Numerous statutes exist that establish the parameters for employment contracts. Before implementation, companies should seek legal advice to ensure their contracts are sound....more

4 Elements to Improve Enforceability of a Multi-tiered Dispute Resolution Clause

The English High Court decision in Emirates Trading Agency LLC v Prime Mineral Exports Private Limited offers guidance. Why this case is important - Multi-tiered or dispute escalation clauses are an important...more

Office Leasing and Airline Reservations

I have been doing a lot of flying recently. So I thought I would address a question I usually get asked: “Why are office leases so long, even for a short-term lease?” Companies usually equate a long lease with high legal...more

New York’s High Court Finds Contractual Limitation Period Unenforceable, Where it Places Policyholder in Impossible Catch-22...

How is a policyholder supposed to obtain coverage under a policy that requires the insured to bring its claim within two years of the loss and also imposes preconditions on bringing a claim that cannot reasonably be satisfied...more

Dispute resolution clauses and reasonable endeavours obligations

This article aims to provide some useful contract drafting tips in the context of dispute resolution clauses, and clauses requiring parties to use best or reasonable endeavours. This article builds on lessons learned from...more

6 Tips for Agreements with Contract Manufacturers in China

After months of research and vetting, you’ve finally settled on a good contract manufacturer (CM) in China that offers the best quality and price combo and has a solid track record and now it’s time to cement the relationship...more

Shipping 2014: United States

When does title in the ship pass from the shipbuilder to the shipowner? Can the parties agree to change when title will pass? Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, title to the vessel passes when the shipbuilder...more

Task Force on Governmentally-Mandated Standby Letters of Credit

Unfortunately, as bankers in West Virginia know, these forms are in several respects at odds with letter of credit law and practice. Thus the forms not only are problematic from the standpoint of issuers, but also, they may...more

Beware of Promises

In the early stages of a new venture, things move quickly. An entrepreneur will talk with many different potential team members, some of whom aren’t a good fit, some of whom become co-founders and valued long-term partners,...more

Third Circuit: Availability of Classwide Arbitration is an Issue for the Courts – Not Arbitrators – Unless the Parties Agreed...

Wednesday, the Third Circuit held that the determination of whether an agreement allows classwide arbitration is a question of arbitrability for the courts “unless the parties unmistakably provide otherwise.” Opalinski v....more

The International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration 2014: A practical cross-border insight into international...

Bermuda - 1 Arbitration Agreements: 1.1 What, if any, are the legal requirements of an arbitration agreement under the laws of Bermuda? Other than requiring that it must be in writing, Bermuda’s...more

As Samuel Goldwyn Reportedly Said: “Include Me Out”

A lawyer aims at precision that can never be achieved because of the bluntness of his tool – language. Consider the word “including”. Is it a term of enlargement or limitation? It is a term of enlargment when the intent is...more

How to Form Teaming Agreements and Strategic Partnerships

In this presentation: - Teaming - Subcontracting - Joint Ventures - Q&A - Excerpt from Teaming: Once partners are selected, prepare and sign a Teaming Agreement: - What...more

A Guide to Contract Interpretation - July 2014

In this issue: - Introduction - Contract-Interpretation Flow Chart - Contract-Interpretation Principles And Case-Law Supplement - Determine the intent of the parties with respect to the provision...more

Prohibited Country Sanctions and Embargoes: Make Sure You Know the Difference When Drafting Contract Language and Evaluating...

Casually, the words ‘embargo’ and ‘sanction’ are often used interchangeably. But when it comes to drafting a contract or assessing the viability of an export opportunity, failing to use the correct word can have serious...more

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