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Federal Court Decision Provides Useful Guidance to Companies Offering Products and Services Pursuant to Online Terms of Use

On July 29, 2016, Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an opinion and order in Meyer v. Kalanick, denying Uber Technologies' motion to compel arbitration of a consumer's...more

Text on the Dotted Line: A Text Message Can Create a Binding Contract

Here’s another story in the “It never gets easier” file. The Massachusetts Land Court recently decided a case that perhaps we should have all guessed was coming. This is the above the fold headline: Text...more

Beware: Sending A Text Message Can Be Just as Binding as Signing a Document By Hand!

We have all heard stories about the dangers of social media, whether it be an inappropriate tweet, a regrettable Facebook posting or a misdirected “sexting.” The decision issued by the Massachusetts Land Court in St. John’s...more

LOL! OMG. HUH? Court Finds That Text Message Can Form Binding Contract

In the world of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, it is no secret that individuals are communicating regularly on their smartphones about their business affairs. Recently, a court addressed the question about whether a text...more

Another Road Bump for Consumer Arbitration Clauses in New Jersey

On June 14, 2016, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued yet another consumer friendly decision that further impedes the ability to enforce an arbitration agreement under New Jersey law. In a 5-1 decision, the Court in Dever v....more

Terms and Conditions Buried in Easily Ignored Scroll Box Don’t Cut It, the Seventh Circuit Holds

As we have noted before, if you want to increase the likelihood that your website terms of use are enforceable against users, you need to do two things. First, you need to display the terms to users in a conspicuous way, and...more

English High Court considers co-existence provisions under German and English law

In two recent IP decisions in the English High Court, the interpretation of a settlement agreement and a co-existence agreement have been carefully considered. In DKH Retail and Others v SRG Apparel Plc and Others, English...more

Always Sign on the Dotted Line…Or Act Like You Did

Bryan Cave recently represented the successful claimant in a case which highlights to parties that, even where they have set out formal requirements for signature before becoming bound by a contract, the way they act can be...more

Atlantique Productions S.A. v. ION Media Networks Inc. - USCA, Ninth Circuit, March 18, 2016

Ninth Circuit affirms ruling in favor of defendant ION Media Networks on French television producer’s claims for breach of contract, promissory estoppel and fraud, finding no contract existed because parties agreed to be...more

Purchasing Flowers Ends in Reforming Browsewrap Agreements

A California Court of Appeal has taken its first stance on the website design requirements necessary for an enforceable browsewrap agreement. On March 17, 2016 the Court of Appeal affirmed the California Superior Court of Los...more

Don’t Take Needless Chances When it Comes to Personal Jurisdiction, Forum Selection and Choice of Law

Not spelling out in your agreements, even in informal agreements, where disputes can be resolved and what law will govern them can lead to some unhappy results. That is exactly the position that United Excel Corporation and...more

Counterpart Execution in Scotland

In this article, published in The Scotsman ("Sign of the times for Scots law documents"), Jonathan Gaskell looks at the introduction, into Scots law, of the Legal Writings (Counterparts and Delivery) (Scotland) Act 2015 -...more

How to “Score” a Contract from the Red Zone

Football pundits like to discuss Red Zone effectiveness. Driving to the goal line doesn’t much matter if you don‘t score. So, why would a negotiating party fail to score an enforceable contract while negotiating from the Red...more

Blog: The Importance of Online Agreements on UK Websites

The Terms of Use Agreement (“TOU”) and the Privacy Policy found on most websites govern the relationship between the website operator and all of its customers. Although it may be tempting to copy and use online agreements...more

Atlanta Rapper Rich Homie Quan Seeks Cancellation or Transfer of Trademarks and Over $2,000,000 in Damages

Think It's A Game Entertainment, LLC ("TIG"), an Atlanta-based production company, Fly Merchandise Enterprises, LLC ("Fly"), and Girvan Henry ("Henry"), have left Atlanta rapper Rich Homie Quan feeling "some type of way."...more

Farewell From Drafting Points

Alas, my time at Reed Smith has come to an end and with it comes the end of Drafting Points. Writing posts for the blog has been an enjoyable and cathartic process for me. Some key take-aways from the posts...more

ABA California Lending Law- Section X

A. Loan Commitments - Under California law, a loan commitment, which is commonly set forth in a commitment letter, is binding on a lender only if the commitment letter contains all of the material terms of the loan and...more

Do We Have a Deal or Don't We?

How do you know when you’ve reached a final, binding agreement for a real estate transaction? Often one party to a lease, purchase agreement or real estate agreement, or covenant believes the parties have reached a final...more

North Carolina Business Court Recognizes Duty to Negotiate Contracts in "Good Faith"

Until there’s a binding contract, are you free to walk away from negotiations without penalty? Not necessarily. The North Carolina Business Court recently held that in certain circumstances parties have a duty to negotiate in...more

Did It Need To Be In Writing?

Surratt v. Brown, 2015 NCBC 72, decided last week by the Business Court, involved an oral partnership to open and operate tattoo parlors throughout North Carolina. Plaintiff and Defendant entered into an partnership...more

When is a "contract for the sale of goods" not a contract of sale of goods?

A recent decision in the English Commercial Court has potentially significant ramifications for the shipping and trading industry. This decision will be of interest to...more

Delaware USDC Analyzes Contract Integration; Remands to Bankruptcy Court for Debtor to Assume or Reject One Integrated Agreement

On July 13, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware issued a memorandum opinion in Huron Consulting Services, LLC v. Physiotherapy Holdings, Inc. et al., Civ. No. 14-693-LPS. Chief Judge Leonard...more

Validity Of Preliminary Contractual Arrangements

The United Sections of the Italian Supreme Court (Corte di Cassazione a Sezioni Unite) recently issued a remarkable ruling in relation to the validity of Italian law preliminary agreements contemplating the subsequent...more

Ryan Hong Discusses Important Contracts for Startups [Video]

Ryan Hong spoke on “The Evolution of the Media Company” panel at the Silicon Beach Fest on June 25th, 2015, at the Marina Del Rey Hotel in Marina Del Rey, Ca. He discussed legal issues that advertisers, technology companies,...more

What Happens When the Construction Contract is Not Signed and the Work is Underway?

Although it seems self-evident that participants to a construction project would not want to commence work without first obtaining signatures on a written contract, it happens all too frequently, even on big projects. At...more

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