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About restraint of trade

California business owners should be aware of the practice of restraint of trade, which includes any activity that stops another party from doing business as it would typically do in the absence of such restraint. Examples of illegal restraint of trade can include interfering with a business deal in an illegal manner or two businesses colluding to fix prices so that a competitor is run out of business. However, there are restraints of trade that comply with the law.

Landmark says competitor blocked access to popular films

The California motion picture industry is big business throughout the world, and a lawsuit brought by Landmark Cinemas, an exhibitor, claims that it is being kept out of the action. Specifically, it blames Regal Entertainment Group, a significantly larger operator, for preventing Landmark from showing popular films by insisting that movie distributors deal exclusively with Regal.

Yelp sues over unfair competition, other violations

Yelp is suing three individuals and a reputation management firm for unfair competition, breach of contract, trademark infringement and other illegal activities. The company that stands accused is DOES 1-20 while the individuals named in the lawsuit do business as RevLeap, Yelpdirector and Revpley. The suit was filed on Feb. 13 in the Northern District Court of California.

California law on unfair business practices

The California legislature has set out clear laws preventing unfair competition in business and guiding the path of those who seek legal recourse after experiencing such practices. Businesses that are found to have been engaged in unlawful, fraudulent or egregiously unfair actions may be subject to strict penalties and forced to pay compensation to the affected parties.

Whiskey wars: the battle over whiskey bottles heads to court

Anyone in Long Beach with a business knows just how important a trademarked image or item can be. Consumers start to recognize that image and associate it with a brand or product. Over time, many businesses hope people will see the image and just buy the product with very little thought. This is one of the reasons why trademark infringement is such a big deal to businesses; if someone is trying to use a business's brand or trademark to push his or her own products, it risks the original business's reputation.

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