Resolved: What is the Meaning of a Safe Berth Clause?

Citgo Asphalt Refining Co. v. Frescati Shipping Co., 886 F.3d 291 (2020) In this case involving an allision between a crude oil tanker and a submerged anchor, the Supreme Court of the United States resolved the circuit split between the Fifth and Second Circuits regarding the interpretation of safe berth clauses in charter-parties. While the […]

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Prevailing Parties in Maritime Contract Disputes

In this case of first impression, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit addressed the issue of “what constitutes a ‘prevailing party’ in the context of a maritime contract dispute.”[1] The dispute arose out of the sale of nine vessels from Hornbeck Offshore to Genesis Marine. In order to continue providing charter […]

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Contract dispute raises concerns among former TWA pilots

When a Louisiana company acquires the assets of another, interested parties typically enter written agreements that define the responsibilities and obligations of all parties involved in the transition. For instance, back in 2001, American Airlines took over Trans World Airlines (TWA), and included in the employee contracts were certain protections that secured captain positions for a number […]

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Kanye West accuses Tidal music service of breach of contract

When Louisiana business people enter written agreements with other parties, they expect everyone involved to adhere to the terms, obligations and responsibilities contained therein. Business relationships often suffer if a breach of contract occurs. Rap music artist Kanye West is currently facing such challenges regarding his affiliation with Tidal music streaming company. Tidal was started […]

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Protect B2B partnerships from business litigation

How many customer leads a particular Louisiana business acquires is important; however, even more crucial in terms of profitability is how many prospective buyer visits result in sales. Businesses hire people to analyze such issues and make suggestions as to how to increase the bottom line. Another means for improving and expanding business is forging […]

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UFC star sued in civil court over contract dispute

Many UFC fans in Louisiana are familiar with Nate Diaz, a Mexican-American champion fighter. What some might not know, however, is that Diaz is currently being sued by the Ballengee Group sports agency. The contract dispute has grown rather contentious, and plaintiffs are asking for more than $1 million in damages. The central issue in the ongoing […]

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Semiconductor company, Qualcomm, facing several litigation issues

The average Louisiana resident would consider $940 million a lot of money. In the business world of advanced technology, it’s another story. In fact, Qualcomm, a multinational company that designs and markets wireless products and services, was recently ordered to pay that amount to Canadian-based company BlackBerry following litigation between the two technology superpowers. The ruling exceeds […]

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Intellectual property focus of recent business disputes

Patents are integral components of many Louisiana business arrangements. Along with advanced technology and a boom in the internet marketplace often comes business disputes regarding these and other forms of intellectual property. Apple, the maker of the iPhone, recently settled a contentious dispute with international telecommunications company, Nokia. The disagreement unfolded about half a year ago when Apple told […]

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Netflix and Realtivity still at odds re breach of contract

Movie streaming mogul, Netflix, and West Coast media company, Relativity, have been involved in litigation regarding a written agreement between the two. The latter has accused the former of a breach of contract. Netflix has come out fighting, however, and quite successfully at that, seeing as a judge sided in its favor by tossing two claims filed […]

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