Commercial Contracts

Afghan Co. Blasts US Contractor’s 9th Circ. Fee Bid

An Afghan construction company urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday to dump a U.S. contractor’s bid for nearly $92,000 in attorney fees, arguing the appeals court’s January decision overturning the Afghan company’s $1.07 million arbitral award isn’t the end of the case…

Read this piece in its entirety at Law360.

Cutting High-Speed Rail Funds ‘Indefensible,’ Calif. Says

The California High-Speed Rail Authority on Monday criticized a U.S. Department of Transportation plan to cut nearly $1 billion in federal funding for a major infrastructure project in the state, calling the move “legally indefensible” and economically harmful…

Read this piece in its entirety at Law360.

Arbitrator Says Fox Dug A $179M Grave In ‘Bones’ Profit Row

An arbitrator thrashed 21st Century Fox Inc. and affiliates for their “reprehensible conduct” as he awarded $179 million to key players behind the TV crime drama “Bones” who accused the studio of wrongly withholding chunks of the show’s profits, according to competing filings made Wednesday in California state court…

Read this piece in its entirety at Law360.

‘Fearless Girl’ Artist Sold Unauthorized Statues, TM Suit Says

The artist who created the Fearless Girl sold unauthorized copies of the famous feminist statue in violation of trademark law and agreements with State Street Global Advisors Trust Co., which commissioned the artwork, the company has argued in a New York state court suit…

Read this piece in its entirety at Law360.

‘Days’ Numbered? Sony Trying To Kill Soap, Producer Says

Sony Pictures Television Inc. is trying to kill off “Days of our Lives” to boost its own long-running soap opera, “The Young and the Restless,” the producer of the six-decade-old show alleged in a suit filed Monday in California state court seeking at least $20 million in damages…

Read this piece in its entirety at Law360.

Musicians Sue Sony, UMG For ‘Second Chance’ At Copyright

Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and UMG Recordings Inc. have violated a provision of copyright law giving creators a “second chance” to assert rights over their works after 35 years, a group of musicians alleged in a pair of proposed class actions filed Tuesday in New York federal court…

Read this piece in its entirety at Law360.