Commercial Contracts

Judge Throws Out $70M ‘Columbo’ Verdict, Orders New Trial

The creators of the long-running whodunit series “Columbo” will have to retry a crucial part of their case accusing Universal City Studios of shorting them on profits from the show, after a California judge on Monday upended a $70 million judgment in the creators’ favor…

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Former Raytheon Worker Wins $1M In Whistleblower Suit

A Colorado federal jury on Thursday awarded more than $1 million to a former Raytheon Co. engineer who said the defense contracting behemoth wrongly reassigned him after he reported problems with tests being run for a U.S. military contract to develop satellite navigation technology…

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Israeli-Owned Co. To Pay $2.8M Over US Military Contract

An American subsidiary of an Israeli construction company will pay the U.S. government $2.8 million and abandon $16 million in potential administrative claims, ending False Claims Act allegations that its Israeli parent actually did the work on a military port contract meant for U.S.-based companies…

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Stan Lee’s Daughter Says Biz Partners ‘Looted’ IP Assets

Business partners of the legendary superhero creator Stan Lee orchestrated a scheme to “loot” his intellectual property through a bankruptcy proceeding, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in California federal court by the late comic book icon’s daughter…

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Kanye Inks Deal To End Suit Over ‘Lopsided’ EMI Contracts

Rap mogul Kanye West and his longtime publisher, EMI, have tentatively agreed to a deal to resolve West’s claims that EMI locked him into a “lopsided” business arrangement barred by California labor code, West told a Golden State federal court Monday…

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