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Does The California Department Of Alcoholic Beverage Control Have Exclusive Jurisdiction Over All Disputes Involving The Sale Of...

by Mulcahy LLP on

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has the “exclusive power […] to license the manufacture, importation and sale of alcoholic beverages in this State.” The law expressly prohibits California trial courts from...more

OnRisk: Arbitration Provisions in Insurance Policies

by K&L Gates LLP on

In this episode of OnRisk, Carolyn Branthoover and Sarah Turpin talk about the increasing frequency of arbitration clauses in insurance policies, the enforceability of arbitration agreements in both the U.S. and in the UK,...more

Do Not Pass “Go” You Out-of-State, Unlicensed Contractor

by Burr & Forman on

I forgot how much fun it was playing family board games as a child. We recently dusted off some of the oldies like Sorry, Life and Monopoly to play with the kids. I laughed uncontrollably the first time I got to say, “Go...more

Court Of Appeal Upholds Dismissal Of Purely Foreign Dispute

by Allen Matkins on

Seven years ago, I wrote about California's "million dollar contract" statute - CCP § 410.40. That statute permits any person to maintain an action against a foreign corporation or nonresident person when the action arises...more

Recent Project Dispute Cases in Australia

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Statutory adjudications continue to be deployed readily on projects in the construction and engineering fields. The Result: There have been a host of cases on the operation and scope of such adjudications in...more

Judge Salinger: Defendant’s Letter Disputing Existence of Contract Does Not Trigger Start of Statute of Limitations Period for...

In Bay Colony, Judge Salinger denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss a contract claim as time barred even though one defendant (AMB) had sent a letter to the plaintiffs more than six years earlier disputing the existence of...more

Singapore Court of Appeal: Claims from Other Contracts Cannot Be Set Off in an Adjudication

by Morgan Lewis on

Singapore’s Court of Appeal recently ruled that claims and set-offs from other contracts between the two parties in an adjudication are not consistent with the purpose of the Building and Construction Industry Security of...more

Supreme Court Of North Dakota: Where Contract Provided That Either Party Could Cancel Upon 30 Days’ Notice, The Non-Breaching...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Cont’l Res. v. P&P Indus., LLC, 2018 N.D. Lexis 20 (January 22, 2018) - In 2013, Continental Resources Inc. (“Continental”), an oil producer doing business in North Dakota, entered into a master servicing agreement,...more

California Lawsuit Against President Trump Raises Issue Of Consent

by Allen Matkins on

Earlier this week, Stepanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump in the Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles. Clifford v. Trump, L.A. Super. Ct. Case No. BC 696568 (filed Mar....more

Non-assignment clauses: what they do (and don’t) restrict

by Allen & Overy LLP on

A warranty in a receivables financing contract that BP was not prohibited from disposing of the receivable was not breached by a clause in the underlying oil sale contract prohibiting assignment without the other party’s...more

Quebec Court of Appeal Refines the Principles Applicable to the Characterization of Contracts

On February 15, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) dismissed leave to appeal in Station Mont Tremblant v. Banville-Joncas. In its decision, the Quebec Court of Appeal (Court) reaffirmed and elaborated on the principles...more

Attorney Fees Recoverable Even When Contract Voided

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

California-American Water Co. v. Marina Coast Water District, et al. - Court of Appeal of the State of California, First Appellate District, Division One November 15, 2017 - The California-American Water Company, a...more

When Does Intentional Wrongdoing Render a “Limitation of Liability” Clause Unenforceable?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

That was the issue presented to the Appellate Division, First Department in Electron Trading, LLC v. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, which was an appeal from the grant of defendant’s motion to dismiss a contractual claim seeking...more

Fresh From the Bench: Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases

Berkheimer v. HP Inc., Appeal No. 2017-1437 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 8, 2018) - In Berkheimer v. HP Inc., the Federal Circuit reviewed the District Court’s summary judgment finding that certain claims of a patent were invalid as...more

Protecting Contractors Subject to Chief Engineer Decision Clauses

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Most contractors have encountered a prime contract provision with a governmental agency or public authority owner where the contract states that all claims for extra costs, delay damages or the like must be presented to the...more

"Holding All The Cards" And Fiduciary Duty Claims

by Brooks Pierce on

It is hard to base your case on a breach of fiduciary duty when there is a contract in place between the parties. Contracting parties owe no special duties to each other beyond the terms of the contract. ...more

The Gulf Crisis—Could it Bring State-to-State Arbitration to the Region?

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar and imposed a blockade on the Gulf state, accusing it of supporting terrorism and developing a...more

Sorry, Arbitration Agreements Are Not For The Courts' Benefit

The Supreme Court of Nebraska gave an unpleasant surprise to its trial court judges last week: they cannot enforce arbitration agreements sua sponte. Boyd v. Cook, 298 Neb. 819 (Feb. 2, 2018)....more

Don’t Get Lost Filing and Prosecuting CDA Claims

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Although the Contract Disputes Act (“CDA”) is intended to provide an efficient way for contractors to resolve disputes with the Government, contractors often encounter difficulties when submitting and prosecuting CDA claims....more

Singapore’s Court of Appeal Clarifies Key Issues of Jurisdiction, Parties’ Obligations Under Payment Disputes Law

by Morgan Lewis on

The court’s recent decision in Audi Construction Pte Ltd v Kian Hiap Construction Pte Ltd addresses perennial issues surrounding the validity of contractual payment claims for the purposes of the Building and Construction...more

Where Do You Want to Be Sued?

by Morris James LLP on

Where does your company want to be sued? Of course, the obvious answer is “nowhere.” But in this litigious country that is not realistic. However, to a large extent, companies can chose the forum to decide claims made against...more

Setting aside an SOP Act adjudication determination: The right of all parties to be heard

by Dentons on

The Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (Cap 30B) (SOP Act) gives parties in Singapore a way to quickly resolve construction payment disputes on a “temporary finality” basis with the right to fully and...more

Fifth Circuit Affirms Court’s Authority To Rule On Question Of Arbitrability And Finds Injunctive Relief Was Not Subject To...

by Carlton Fields on

A Texas federal court determined that, pursuant to the parties’ contract, the dispute was not arbitrable because the plain language of the arbitration clause expressly excluded suits that involved requests for injunctive...more

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Reports on Busy and Productive FY17

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims recently issued a 2017 statistical report—covering the government’s fiscal year October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. During this time, 652 suits filed were filed at the Court and 1,035 suits...more

Court Ruling Highlights “The Perils Of Going Into Business With Family Members”

by Murtha Cullina on

An Indiana Court of Appeals recently ruled upon a dispute between a mother and her daughter and son-in-law(and their business) concerning the lease of commercial property and the repayment of loans the mother made on the...more

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