Ed Schultz Contract Dispute Leads to Lawsuit

Ed Schultz, host of MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” has been named in a breach of contract lawsuit which claims he never properly compensated an NBC employee for helping him secure the TV deal.

According to the lawsuit, Shultz and Michael Queen worked together in 2008 to pursue a TV deal, which fell through. In 2009, Schultz was hired by MSNBC. The lawsuit claims Schultz said he would pay Queen what he was owed for their work together, but never did.

“We pitched a TV idea to various network executives, produced a TV pilot, secured an apartment in D.C. for Ed and his wife Wendy, and even gave them a car to drive free for three months,” Queen said in a press release. “We picked them up at the airport, and went shopping for them – all while helping them become millionaires, and we received nothing for our efforts.”

Schultz’s lawyer, Jeffrey Landa said Schultz would aggressively fight the lawsuit, saying “Ed paid in full for every center [Queen] spent.” Landa also said there was never any contract between the two men.

If you are involved in a similar business dispute, please contact a Des Moines contract dispute lawyer of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling (877) 327-2600.


Iowa State files business misconduct suit against veterinarians

Last week, Iowa State University filed a business misconduct lawsuit against three former employees of their veterinary hospital, Iowa Veterinary Specialties.  Iowa Veterinary Specialties was formerly a nonproft hospital, but the university purchased it in January as a place for veterinary students to be able to work with experienced veterinarians.

The suit claims that three doctors and an operations managers stayed with the veterinary center after the university purchased it, but planned to later separate to start a competitor veterinary hospital, Iowa Veterinary Referral Center.  Officials from ISU claim that the new veterinary center diminishes the value of the school’s purchase of the Iowa Veterinary Specialties center earlier this year.

Moreover, court documents allege that the employees left the veterinary clinic on the day the sale was finalized with Iowa State and only after they were able to obtain confidential information on the clinic’s finances and customers.

If you or someone you know has questions about breach of contract or an employee contractual dispute, contact the Des Moines contract dispute attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (877) 327-2600 today.

Johnston condo owners sue development

12 condominium owners filed a lawsuit last Monday after the Providence Point condo development in Johnston was foreclosed.  The lawsuit alleges that Brent Haverkamp, owner of Haverkamp properties, including the Providence Point condominium complex, and Two Rivers Bank and Trust committed breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.

The foreclosure and lawsuit came after the condo’s original owner, Regency Homes, was unable to continue running the complex in April 2008.  Haverkamp took control of the Providence Point property and converted it into an apartment complex.  Two Rivers provided development loans and financing.  Since Haverkamp became owner, residents at Providence Point have been unable to refinance their mortgages because of Federal National Home Mortgage regulations.

Contact the Des Moines contract lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (877) 327-2600 today, if you or someone you know has been the victim of breach of contract or another contract dispute in Des Moines.

Taylor Swift involved in contract dispute

A music manager is claiming that Taylor Swift owes him millions of dollars because he discovered her, signed her and played an integral part in starting her career and then Swift left and signed with Big Machine Records.

The man is claiming that he had a contract with Swift and her parents that he be paid 5 to 10 percent commission from Swift’s music career and he claims that they fired him after she signed with a major record to avoid paying him.

The Swifts have said that the man did not get the required court approval for the management of a minor and she legally disaffirmed the deal in 2005. This dispute has been going on under the radar since 2007.

If you or a loved one are in the middle of a contract dispute, you need experienced representation on your side during this difficult time. Contact the Des Moines contract dispute lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling (877) 327-2600 today.

U.S. Foodservice settles dispute with Deparment of Justice

U.S. Foodservice has agreed to pay $30 million to settle a dispute that spurred from claims arising from a federal investigation.

The Department of Justice conducted a federal investigation alleging that the company improperly priced their government contracts between the years of 2002 and 2005.

The company has denied these claims and has said that they have done nothing wrong. The company distributes food to hospitals, schools, hotels, government entities and restaurants.

If you or a loved one is in the middle of a contract dispute with their business, you need experienced representation on your side during this difficult time. Contact the Des Moines contract dispute lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling (877) 327-2600 today.

Pilots dispute over contracts, ask judge to settle

The airline US Airways has asked a federal court to solve a dispute between pilots in the airline.

The carrier is based in Arizona and filed the legal action in a U.S. District Court to solve a contract issue between 4,000 pilots after the merger of America West and US Airways nearly five years ago.

The union of the airline’s pilots did not agree with the move, but the pilots association said that the court should have no jurisdiction on the contract dispute. The dispute involves seniority of the pilots which is important because it changes their schedules and pay.

If you or your business is having an issue with a contract dispute, contact the Des Moines contract dispute lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling (877) 327-2600 today.

Facebook faces ownership dispute

Facebook will continue to be up and running even though there is a dispute over who the real owner of the company is. Until June 30 there was a order issue to stop asset transfers.

A man is suing the current owner of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, for a contract that written in 2003 that stated that Zuckerberg would write and design a website. The man is now claiming that he owns 84 percent of the company.

His lawyers state that they have the contract and it is clear cut. Attorneys for Facebook are arguing that the man sat on the contract and it ended in 2004. They are stating that he should not be permitted to the portion of the company all of a sudden.

If you or your business are in the middle of a business dispute, contact the the Des Moines contract dispute lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling (877) 327-2600.

Iowa nurses in contract dispute with hospital

Union nurses at a hospital in Sioux City, Iowa have rejected the last contract offer and their current contract expires shortly.

They have said that they will not being going on a strike and will continue working a normal schedule until they can come to an agreement. Earlier this week, the nurses voted on the latest offer and 205 voted no and 12 voted yes.

The largest issue between the two sides are regarding pay and benefits. Other issues, such as security, they have similar views. A 60-day  extension of the contract has been set up so an agreement can be worked out.

If you or a loved one is involved in a business contract dispute, contact the Des Moines contract dispute lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling (877) 327-2600 today.

Amcor to buy plastic packaging company

Amcor Ltd., an Australia-based company is planning to buy a plastic packaging company, Ball Corp, for $280 million.

Ball Corp. is a Colorado-based company that supplies metal and plastic packaging. The business contract is expected to close during the third quarter of 2010. Amcor is hoping that the purchase will help to operating efficiency.

The sale price includes $265 million cash and $15 million contingent consideration. The deal includes inquiring five business plants that employ nearly 1,000 people. The plants manufacture polyethylene terephthalate bottles as well as other related assets.

If you are looking advice on a business contract or contract dispute, contact the Des Moines contract dispute lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling (877) 327-2600.

Companies dispute over contract

A Texas corporation has filed a suit against a Nebraska corporation for allegedly not paying for thousands of boxes of energy shots.

According to the lawsuit, ActiTech LP has filed a breach of contract suit against Fortress Systems because Fortress Systems had ActiTech bottle and distribute cases of Monster energy drinks from September 2008 to July 2009.

However, ActiTech has stated that Fortress Systems has not paid the total amount that is due for their product and services. ActiTech has sued Fortress System for breach of contract and still owes past fees plus additional storage fees.

If you have any questions regarding a contract dispute or any other business matter, contact the Des Moines contract dispute lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling (877) 327-2600.

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