LawMeets Cases

Each case offers a rich and realistic lawyering challenge that simulates real practice. They have been used by professors as an exercise or even to run an entire course, by law firm trainers for their associate training programs, and by students who want to practice their skills.

2017 Transactional LawMeet Case

Summary:

This year’s Transactional LawMeet® case involves the sale of the brewing, bottling and wholesale distribution operations (the “Division”) of Kombucha Hoocha Ltd. (“KH”) to a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Beverage Brands, Inc. (“IBB”).  IBB is a large, publicly traded branded beverage company, offering a variety of soft drink and juice brands.  KH is a privately-held company that operates both a chain of retail “brew cafes” and a wholesale brewing, bottling and distribution operation.  The Division produces a line of so-called “functional” beverages.  Marketed under the brand “Kombucha Hoocha®,” these beverages are lightly fermented teas that have become increasingly popular among consumers.  KH distributes its products in both “draft” and bottled forms.  In bottles, the beverage is sold in typical 12-oz bottles by the case to retailers around the country.  Draft kombucha is sold in kegs (just like beer) through either wholesalers or directly to a limited number of house accounts.  KH produces 10 varieties of kombucha, each with a unique flavor using names like “Mongolian Firewater” and “Dr. Wu’s Elixir.”

After a lengthy sale process led by KH’s investment bankers, KH and IBB have entered into a non-binding letter of intent for the purchase of the Division.  The two sides are now in the process of drafting and negotiating the definitive acquisition agreement for the transaction.  In this year’s LawMeet®, teams will represent either KH or IBB in these efforts.

Contents: 

  • Case Statement (PDF)
  • Two Client Interview Transcripts
  • Two Client Interview Videos
  • Team Instructions
  • Draft Agreement
  • Scoring Instructions
  • Draft Rubric
  • Mark-up Rubric
  • Negotiation Rubrics
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2016 IP LawMeet Case

Summary:

This 2016 IP LawMeet® involves the drafting and negotiation of a Software Development, License & Hosting Agreement between an education technology company and a company that provides training solutions for home health aides.  The ed tech company offers a cloud-based software for delivering video-based role-play exercises.  The training company wants to integrate this “software as a service” into its learning management system as part of a larger online training product it is developing for the market.

Contents: 

  • Case Statement (PDF)
  • Two Client Interview Transcripts
  • Two Client Interview Videos
  • Team Instructions
  • Scoring Instructions
  • Draft Rubric
  • Mark-up Rubric
  • Negotiation Rubrics
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2016 Transactional LawMeet Case

Summary:

The Case Statement involves two start-up businesses working on new desalination technologies.  Each company has encountered technical challenges and is running out of money.  The managers of these two companies believe that if combined they might achieve sufficient commercial success as to attract external venture financing.  The companies are SeaCatcher Technologies LLC, a company founded by Dr. Veena Advani, a research scientist, and DeSalt Industries, Inc., a company formed by a large corporate conglomerate to develop an internally-developed technology.

Contents: 

  • Case Statement (PDF)
  • Two Client Interview Transcripts
  • Two Client Interview Videos
  • Team Instructions
  • Scoring Instructions
  • Draft Rubric
  • Mark-up Rubric
  • Negotiation Rubrics
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2015 IP LawMeet Case

Summary:

The halftime show of this major annual sporting event typically features a popular recording artist and always draws millions of audience viewers worldwide.  With almost the status of a national holiday, advertisers can count on millions of viewers who will plan to watch this not-to-be-missed championship game. It’s not just avid sports fans who will watch the game itself, but the halftime show is a draw in itself: anyone with even a passing interest in popular culture is almost guaranteed to tune in.  This case involves negotiating a deal between the sports league and this year’s hottest recording artist for the upcoming halftime show, including the rights and licenses for the performance, and for additional aspects such as promotions and merchandising.

Contents: 

  • Case Statement (PDF)
  • Two Client Interview Transcripts
  • Two Client Interview Videos
  • Team Instructions
  • Scoring Instructions
  • Draft Rubric
  • Mark-up Rubric
  • Negotiation Rubrics
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2015 Transactional LawMeet Case

Summary:

This Case Statement involves the sale of a family-owned business to a large, strategic buyer. Because the business has identified an opportunity to significantly increase its future profitability, the parties have agreed to an “earn-out” for determining the final price for the deal. As you will see from the Case Statement, Teams will represent either – Morello Bottle & Jar Company, the family-owned business, or Natal Industries, Inc., the strategic buyer.

Contents: 

  • Case Statement (PDF)
  • Two Client Interview Transcripts
  • Two Client Interview Videos
  • Team Instructions
  • Scoring Instructions
  • Draft Rubric
  • Mark-up Rubric
  • Negotiation Rubrics
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2014 IP LawMeet Case

Summary: Computer games, and in particular online multiplayer games, have become an increasingly popular form of entertainment. It’s no surprise that these games and all manner of related merchandise have become an integral part of pop culture, and have taken market share and audience interest from television and movie attendance and other media, and from time and money spent on other leisure activities. This case involves a licensing agreement between a movie studio and an online gaming company.  In this transaction, the movie studio is seeking to secure the rights necessary to produce, market and distribute a new movie using a story and characters based on a popular video game owned by the gaming company. Contents: 

  • Case Statement (PDF)
  • Two Client Interview Transcripts
  • Two Client Interview Videos
  • Team Instructions
  • Scoring Instructions
  • Draft Rubric
  • Mark-up Rubric
  • Negotiation Rubrics
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2014 Transactional LawMeet Case

Summary: Indemnification provisions in an acquisition agreement are usually designed to allocate the risk of unknown potential liabilities.  Known liabilities are typically dealt with in the price.  But what happens when a new, but unquantified risk arises between signing and closing?  In this case, Gidden & Johnson, a large pharmaceutical company, has agreed to buy New Stream Pharmaceuticals Company when the licensor of New Stream’s core technology asserts a breach under the license agreement.  The teams representing G&J and New Stream must craft an indemnification agreement that addresses the potential risks of this new claim while allowing the parties to proceed with the closing.  The case provides an in-depth exposure to indemnification provisions and the allocation of risks in an acquisition transaction. Contents:  IMG_1054+copy (1)

  • Case Statement (PDF)
  • Stock Purchase Agreement
  • Technology License Agreement
  • Two Client Interview Transcripts
  • Two Client Interview Videos
  • Team Instructions
  • Scoring Instructions
  • Draft Rubric
  • Mark-up Rubric
  • Negotiation Rubrics
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2013 IP LawMeet Case

Summary: New technology may sometimes find unexpected applications.  In this case, ElectroMetals Industries has been approached by Stratatus, an industry leader in 3D printing, about entering into a joint development agreement to explore the commercial potential for EMI’s “liquid metal” technology in the 3D printing market.  The teams representing EMI and Stratatus must structure an agreement that addresses both the near-term obligations of the two sides and the sharing of the long-term potential upside for a multi-billion dollar market opportunity.  The rights to both existing and future intellectual property lie at the heart of the deal. Contents:2013 IP

  • Case Statement (PDF)
  • Two Client Interview Transcripts
  • Two Client Interview Videos
  • Team Instructions
  • Scoring Instructions
  • Draft Rubric
  • Mark-up Rubric
  • Negotiation Rubrics
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2013 Transactional LawMeet Case

Summary: The period between signing and closing a transaction often poses the greatest challenge to the terms of an acquisition agreement. Has a condition failed? Is there a breach of a representation and warranty? What are the rights of each party? And where is the leverage? This case involves the purchase of Butler Diagnostics, a medical diagnostics company, by American Medical Laboratories, one of the industry leaders. Subsequent to entering into the stock purchase agreement for the deal, certain adverse events took place, leading to a renegotiation of the Stock Purchase Agreement. The teams are called on to draft and negotiate the amendment that will get the deal back on track. The case provides a complete overview of the provisions of an acquisition agreement and the acquisition process.

Contents:

  • 2013TLMeetCase Statement (PDF)
  • Stock Purchase Agreement
  • Two Client Interview Transcripts
  • Two Client Interview Videos
  • Team Instructions
  • Scoring Instructions
  • Draft Rubric
  • Mark-up Rubric
  • Negotiation Rubrics
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2012 IP LawMeet Case

Summary: As often happens, a claim of patent infringement is just the precursor to negotiation of a cross-license. Competitors who have competing (and perhaps overlapping) technologies often find it more productive to collaborate than to litigate. But competitors can make for odd bedfellows, and the terms of these cross-licenses need to strike a balance between the benefits of cooperation and the competitive ambitions of the parties. In this case CAE Technologies, Inc., a privately held company that has developed a novel technology in the mass energy storage space, has been sued by RWW GmbH, an industry behemoth that wants access to CAE’s new technology. Both sides have reasons to find a friendly solution. This case provides a rich context for exploring both the legal and strategic aspects of cross-licensing deals. Contents:

  • Case Statementpicture for website 5
  • Form of Patent License Agreement
  • Two Client Interview Transcripts
  • Two Client Interview Videos
  • Team Instructions
  • Scoring Instructions
  • Draft Rubric
  • Mark-up Rubric
  • Negotiation Rubrics
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2012 Transactional LawMeet Case

Summary: The process of recruiting a new CEO is often a complicated dance. While happy to reward the new executive for success, the employer would prefer to keep as much of the compensation as possible contingent on future performance. The CEO, recognizing that her leverage may be greater now than ever again and wanting as much certainty as possible, wants as much of a guaranty as she can have. The lawyer’s job is to craft an agreement that balances these conflicting interests. In this case Margaret Jensen, a candidate for a CEO position, is being wooed by Wallace Industries. This case will expose participants to the full range of issues that surround the negotiation of executive compensation arrangements.

Contents:

  • Case Statement (PDF)2012TLMeet
  • Precedent Form of Employment Agreement
  • Two Client Interview Transcripts
  • Two Client Interview Videos
  • Team Instructions
  • Scoring Instructions
  • Draft Rubric
  • Mark-up Rubric
  • Negotiation Rubrics
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2011 IP LawMeet Case

Summary: Content creators often face a dilemma. They can attempt to market their creations on their own by recreating the marketing and distribution infrastructure of their more established competitors or they can seek to partner with these other companies, sharing the upside of their creations in order to access larger markets. Underlying a license agreement is this conundrum. What is being given up and what is being provided in exchange? Defining these in contractual terms is the lawyers’ job. In this case MaxPrep, Inc., a company that produces test preparation games on Facebook and mobile platforms, is negotiating a license with NextPlay, Inc., a large Korean-based game development company, for distribution of NextPlay’s products outside of NextPlay’s core markets. The case provides a multifaceted exposure to the issues faced in structuring and negotiating a license agreement for distributing intellectual property. Contents: 2011IPMeet

  • Case Statement (PDF)
  • Two Client Interview Transcripts
  • Two Client Interview Videos
  • Team Instructions
  • Scoring Instructions
  • Draft Rubric
  • Mark-up Rubric
  • Negotiation Rubrics
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2011 Transactional LawMeet Case

Summary: One of the greatest challenges faced by an entrepreneur is giving up control of their creation in order to see it grow. In this case, Eva Castria, a fledging restaurant entrepreneur, is negotiating with Richard Rogers, a wealthy industry veteran, to partner together to develop a multi-unit restaurant empire based on Eva’s family restaurant. In this transaction, the parties need to define both the economic and control rights that Eva must cede to Richard in order to attract both his capital and his talent in order to achieve her ambition for her business. The case provides a deep introduction to both venture capital and startup governance concepts.

Contents:2011TLMeet

  • Case Statement
  • Two Client Interview Transcripts
  • Two Client Interview Videos
  • Team Instructions
  • Scoring Instructions
  • Draft Rubric
  • Mark-up Rubric
  • Negotiation Rubrics
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2010 Transactional LawMeet Case

Summary: The seller of a business wants a clean break. The buyer wants assurances that it is getting what it paid for. How do you design an agreement that balances these conflicting desires while getting a deal done? In this case, WanderWagen, Inc., a manufacturer of recreational vehicles, is selling its folding trailer business to Chestnut Hill Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm. In this transaction, the parties need to overcome a significant piece of pending litigation, a dispute over critical IP rights and the usual challenge of separating assets and liabilities in the sale of a division. This case provides an excellent overview of the acquisition process. Contents:2010TLMeet

  • Case Statement (PDF)
  • Exhibit A – Due Diligence Request List
  • Exhibit B – Responses to Due Diligence Request List
  • Two Client Interview Transcripts
  • Two Client Interview Videos
  • Team Instructions
  • Scoring Instructions
  • Draft Rubric
  • Mark-up Rubric
  • Negotiation Rubrics
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