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The Top Five Ways to Ruin Your Contracts

The Top Five Ways to Ruin Your Contracts

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Forbes contributor Jack Garson says a company’s contracts can be remendous assets that lock down rights to money, goods and services. But common mistakes can ruin all of that.

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CobbleStone Software Releases Contract Management Mastery Blog Series

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CobbleStone Softare, developer of contract management software, announced the “Mastering Contract Management Blog Series.”

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Arbitration Award ‘Irrational’ Because It Disregards Contract’s Plain-Text to Reach a Just Result

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The Ninth Circuit has ruled in a contract arbitration case that incorporated multiple Federal Acquisition Regulation clauses that govern the recovery of expenses in the event a contractor is terminated for convenience.

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Service Contract Sold Separately (Batteries Not Included)

Service Contract Sold Separately (Batteries Not Included)

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Companies should use a conservative approach when offering protection plans for products, advises Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in its Product Liability Monitor.

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Data Privacy and Security Contractual Provisions

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Business relationships often do not have contractual language applicable to data privacy and security, writes Linn Foster Freedman for Robinson+Cole LLP.

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Employers Face Hurdles in Enforcing Non-Competes Against Lower-Wage Workers

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Courts across the country are refusing to enforce non-competes against lower-wage employees and now states are taking action to preclude these agreements, Foley & Lardner reports.

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CobbleStone Software Presents: 2019 Contract Management Seminar Series

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CobbleStone’s 2019 event series, The Road to Contract Management & Procurement Success, is designed to help attendees discover new technological advances for contract management and procurement processes while developing a plan built for success.

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Sixth Circuit: Under Contract Law, Whirlpool Not Obligated to Provide Lifetime Retiree Healthcare Benefits

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The court found that the CBAs covering the retirees lacked clear, affirmative language that Whirlpool had an obligation to fund their health benefits after the expiration of the agreements’ general durational clause.

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What Mission Products Holdings v. Tempnology May (Or May Not) Mean For Trademark Licenses In Bankruptcy

What <i>Mission Products Holdings v. Tempnology</i> May (Or May Not) Mean For Trademark Licenses In Bankruptcy

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Tom Kulik of Dallas-based Scheef & Stone discusses what happens when a bankruptcy debtor exercises its statutory right to reject a contract.

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7th Cir. Holds Mere Need for Extrinsic Evidence to Interpret Ambiguous Contract May Not Be Enough to Avoid Class Cert

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The Seventh Circuit held that merely requiring extrinsic evidence to interpret a provision of a form contract does not render class certification improper, and that absent a more thorough explanation of its reasoning from the trial court, it could not uphold the trial court’s ruling decertifying the class.

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Do Indemnity Obligations Cover First-Party Claims, Or Only Third-Party Claims?

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The Supreme Court of Texas is considering whether to grant a petition for review to establish whether an indemnity provision covers only third-party claims, not first-party claims, unless the provision unequiv­oc­al­ly states otherwise, writes D.C. Toedt III in the On Contracts blog.

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Are Contractor Agreements Not Worth the Paper They’re Printed On?

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A recent ruling in an Alabama federal court illustrates how having a valid independent contractor agreement is not necessarily an impenetrable magic shield automatically rendering misclassification claims null and void, according to Fisher Phillips’ Gig Employer Blog.

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The Art of Holding Harmless: Indemnification Provisions in Supply Agreements and How They Differ from Warranty

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An indemnity is a powerful risk allocation tool that deserves careful attention and a critical eye, both in terms of subject matter and administration, according to Foley & Lardner’s Manufacturing Industry Advisor.

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A Lesson in Property Stipulations

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The Energy & the Law blog of Gray Reed & McGraw discusses a case that sums up what is required for an instrument to be a conveyance and what is required for a stipulation to be effective.

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How Parties’ Intentions Affect Contract Processes in Paper, Electronic and Smart Contracts

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Developing skills that get the best representation of your intentions into an agreement can yield long-term benefits, writes Jesse P. Elison of Fox Rothschild.

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‘Just What Was Needed’: Another Way to Waive a Right to Arbitrate

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At least two New York State trial courts found that an unexcused default in responding to a summons and complaint can be deemed a waiver of a contractual right to arbitrate, according to Mintz, Levin.

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12 Things to Consider When Negotiating a Construction Demolition Contract

12 Things to Consider When Negotiating a Construction Demolition Contract

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A client alert from Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg offers some advice on negotiating a demolition contract.

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Where Did We Go Wrong? Planning for Issues in Employment Agreements

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When drafting executive agreements, it is easy to focus almost exclusively on benefits and wages, the popular areas, without properly addressing some of the legal concerns that have grown over the last several years, according to Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts.

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Download: Contract Management Software Selection Guide

Download: Contract Management Software Selection Guide

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ContractWorks has published “The Contract Management Software Selection Guide” and made it available for downloading at no charge.

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Contracting to Avoid Tort-Based Punitive Damages Awards

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Damages for breach of contract are normally constrained by common-law rules designed to compensate the non-breaching party for the nonperformance of the breaching party, rather than to punish the breaching party.

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