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What You Need To Know About Business Contracts

by Revision Legal on

Business Contracts 101: The Basics - When you are running your business, almost everything you do is contractual, even if you do not see yourself as making and accepting contracts. If you email over a purchase order to...more

Do You Pass The Test? New Safer Workplaces Act Expands And Limits Drug And Alcohol Testing

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

As noted in our June 2017 Employment Law Letter, the West Virginia Legislature passed the West Virginia Safer Workplaces Act.  The new law, which went into effect on July 7, 2017, generally expands the circumstances under...more

Dallas Court of Appeals Reverses Partnership Verdict: Preliminary Agreements Precluded Partnership

by Bracewell LLP on

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals reversed a $535 million judgment against Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. (Enterprise), finding that unfulfilled conditions precedent in Enterprise’s written agreements...more

Dallas Court Reverses Enterprise v. ETP Verdict, Reaffirming Efficacy of Conditions Precedent

by King & Spalding on

On July 18, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals (the “Court”) reversed the more than $535 million jury verdict against Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (“Enterprise”), leaving Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (“ETP”)...more

Business Litigation Alert - "Enterprise Products v. ETP: No Legal Obligation really means No Legal Obligation"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

A Texas Court of Appeals ruled this week that when companies agree in writing that they have no legal obligations to proceed with a project, they mean it. That may appear to be a simple concept but a jury came to a different...more

New Rules Implementing the NYC Freelance Isn’t Free Act To Become Effective on July 24, 2017

As we previously reported, in November 2016, NYC Mayor De Blasio signed into law the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, establishing protections for freelance workers, including the right to receive a written contract for work valued...more

Why having a clear understanding with employees is important

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Over the years, we have written a number of articles about the importance of making sure your employment documents contain clear, understandable language. One of our federal district judges was recently faced with an...more

Fifth Circuit Holds That SPD Was An Enforceable Plan Document Through Which The Administrator Could Properly Seek Reimbursement

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

In another victory for plan administrators seeking reimbursement under the terms of ERISA plans, in Rhea v. Alan Ritchey, Inc. Welfare Benefit Plan, No. 16-41032, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 9482 (5th Cir. May 30, 2017), the Fifth...more

The Inadvertent Settlement Agreement (and How to Avoid it)

The recent case of Jarvis v. BMW of North America, LLC is an important reminder to attorneys to avoid inadvertently reaching a settlement agreement that is unacceptable to the client, or equally problematic, one that is...more

Big For Gigs: New Florida Law To Eliminate Misclassification Battles

by Fisher Phillips on

I wrote an article yesterday about the new law that is about to be signed by Florida Governor Rick Scott that will ensure ride-sharing drivers are classified as independent contractors and not employees. You can check out the...more

"Delaware Law Amendments Would Facilitate Blockchain Maintenance of Corporate Records, Among Other Changes"

On March 27, 2017, the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA) approved proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) that had been proposed by the DSBA Corporation Law...more

U.S. District Court Rules that Hospital May Face FCA Liability Over Medical Directorship Arrangements that Lacked Written...

by King & Spalding on

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania held in United States ex rel. Emanuele v. Medicor Assocs., 2017 BL 80113, W.D. Pa., No. 10-cv-245, 3/15/17, that a hospital that created...more

Give Me the Ring Back! Written Promises Around Engagements

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

On Valentine’s Day, Zack takes Kelly, his high school sweetheart who goes to a different college, to the Max for a romantic dinner. At the end of the meal Zack says, “Kelly, I want us to promise each other that after college...more

NY Court of Appeals Clarifies What May Constitute a Binding Agreement in the Sale of Syndicated Loans

A unanimous New York Court of Appeals recently held that the acceptance of an auction bid for the sale of a syndicated loan may constitute a final and binding trade, even if there is language indicating that the agreement is...more

New York City Enacts Nation’s First Freelance Worker Protection Law

As 2016 came to a close, New York City became the first in the nation to enact a law establishing payment protections and remedies for freelance workers. On November 16, 2016, Mayor de Blasio signed into law the Freelance...more

NLRB Overturns Election Win For Employer That Failed To Timely Serve Voter List (Even Though Union Received List In Timely...

by Proskauer - Labor Relations on

The NLRB is down to three members, the bare minimum required to conduct business, and so cases are being issued somewhat sporadically. The so-called ambush election rules have received a lot attention over the last few...more

“But I Didn’t Know” – Protecting Yourself from Responsible Person Status

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A couple of weeks ago, we considered a situation in which an unscrupulous partner (perhaps in cahoots with an IRS agent) tried to stick one of their partners with the federal employment taxes owed by their failing business....more

Freelance Isn’t Free Act Signed by Mayor De Blasio

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Freelance Isn’t Free Act, granting protections for freelancers in New York City, was signed by Mayor De Blasio on November 16, 2016. The law, on which we previously reported in detail here, will go...more

Appellate Court Holds HUD Regulations Don’t Provide Private Right of Action Unless Incorporated into Written Agreement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A federal appeals court recently decided that a plaintiff could not assert a claim against the issuer of a reverse mortgage for breach of regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), when...more

New Arizona Law Permits Parties To Establish Presumption Of Contractor Status Through Writing

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As covered at length here, Arizona has enacted a new law effective August 6, 2016 allowing businesses and service providers seeking to enter into an independent contractor relationship to execute a “declaration of independent...more

The Validity of Oral Modifications and Waivers Is Not Always Intuitive

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

In an ideal world, any modification of a contract would be in writing, signed by the parties, notarized and witnessed by an independent third party. In the real world, not only are contracts modified, or terms waived, without...more

Contracting out of waiver? Court of Appeal provides guidance on ‘no variation’ and ‘anti-oral’ variation clauses

by Reed Smith on

This Alert looks at the effectiveness of what are commonly termed “no variation” or “anti-oral variation” clauses (i.e. clauses which purport to prevent the contract in question from being amended absent compliance with...more

Let's Talk North Carolina Leases: The Name of the Game Is the Correct Name

A lease is a contract. It is a contract in which the lessor (think, landlord or tenant/sublandlord) grants to another person or entity, called the lessee (think, tenant/sublandlord or subtenant), the right to possess and use...more

Three Key Words for New Startups: Document, Document, Document

by Bryan Cave on

When you are starting a company, the last thing you want to think about is paperwork, particularly dense legal agreements between your other cofounder(s) and your new company. But as burdensome as it can seem now to properly...more

Contractual amendments – “only in writing and signed by the parties”

by Reed Smith on

We often see contracts containing wording along the lines of: “This Agreement may not be amended, except by the mutual written agreement of the Parties.” The recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Globe Motors Inc.,...more

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