1305 ABA Journal Contracts articles.

Frances McDormand has people asking: What is an inclusion rider?
Updated: Best actress winner Frances McDormand had some people scratching their heads Sunday evening when she ended her acceptance speech at the Oscars with two words of advice: “inclusion rider.”
Give victims of workplace sexual harassment access to courts, 56 US attorneys general tell Congress

Victims of sexual harassment on the job should be allowed to evade “the impediment of arbitration requirements” in employment contracts, according to a letter signed by attorneys general of every…

11th Circuit blasts BigLaw partner for remand argument against its mandate; ‘We really did mean it’
A federal appeals court is blasting a Troutman Sanders partner for a successful argument on remand in a dispute between Winn-Dixie and competitors Big Lots and Dollar General.
Judges refuse to toss suits claiming law firm ads interfered with timeshare contracts

Federal judges in Tennessee and Florida have refused to completely dismiss lawsuits claiming two law firms sought to interfere with timeshare contracts through ads seeking clients who want to dump…

Shelter claims it is entitled to cat custody because adoptive owner breached indoors-only contract

A woman who named her cat after Reggie Watts is getting some help from the comedian in her custody battle with a shelter that claims it is entitled to the…

If Trump sues Bannon for violating a nondisclosure agreement, what are his damages?
Stephen K. Bannon reportedly signed a nondisclosure agreement that included a nondisparagement clause when he went to work for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Jan. 7, 1795: The Yazoo Land Fraud Becomes Law

A state-sanctioned land grab tested issues of state sovereignty and federal power in the newly independent United States. Claims under the Yazoo Land Act ultimately were resolved by the Supreme Court in Fletcher v. Peck.

Celebrity chef sues NYC restaurant, saying it shouldn’t be using her name after missed payments

Celebrity chef Cat Cora claims in a lawsuit that the owners of the Fatbird Southern Kitchen in Manhattan no longer have a right to use her name and likeness in…

Congress overturns consumer bureau rule limiting mandatory arbitration in bank contracts
Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaker vote in the Senate on Tuesday to overturn a rule to limit mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts between consumers and financial institutions.

Delaware loses long-held No. 1 ranking for business-friendly legal climate to South Dakota

A periodic survey of corporations by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s legal-reform arm found that Delaware has lost its No. 1 ranking for being business-friendly in legal matters, dropping to…

Axiom adds machine learning to contract review

The global legal services provider Axiom will take a deeper dive into artificial intelligence as a way to better understand contract language.

On Aug. 2, Axiom announced that it…

Time-share operator’s suit claims Timeshare Exit Team acts as illegal referral service for law firms
A time-share operator contends in a federal lawsuit that two law firms and a company called Timeshare Exit Team are interfering with its contractual relationships with vacation owners.
Hagens Berman fires back at lawyer who claims firm breached his employment contract

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro offered a different version of events in its response to a lawsuit by a lawyer who claims the law firm breached his employment contract a few…

Lex Machina adds commercial analytics
Law analytics platform Lex Machina has expanded its coverage to include commercial litigation. On Tuesday, the company announced that it has added more than 62,000 commercial cases filed since 2009, many in the realm of federal contract claims and business torts. The commercial module will allow users to forecast how much time it would take for a commercial case to be resolved, said Lex Machina general counsel Owen Byrd, as well as project the kinds of damages a user might be facing.
9th Circuit allows airline passenger’s contract suit over delayed baggage

An airline passenger’s suit seeking a refund of a checked baggage fee because of delayed luggage delivery is not pre-empted by federal law, a federal appeals court has ruled.


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