The long-running legal dispute between Apple and Qualcomm is not likely to be settled anytime soon according to business and financial analysts. The two California-based companies are embroiled in contentious litigation over royalty fees, and hopes for an amicable resolution were dashed on July 7 when Qualcomm escalated the dispute by filing patent infringement complaints against Apple with the United States International Trade Commission and in a federal district court.
California business owners may be interested to learn that a U.S. District Court judge ruled that a North Carolina photographer can continue his lawsuit against state officials. He had claimed that the state officials illegally copied videos he had recorded of Blackbeard's shipwreck and then passed a law that legalized their actions.
California-based Paramount Pictures is facing a lawsuit from Wulong Karst Tourism, a Chinese tourism company, because Paramount was supposed to include the company's logo in its film "Transfomers: The Age of Extinction" and failed to do so. The China Movie Channel, one of the movie's co-producers, is being sued as well. The case was filed in 2014 and is still being heard.
California residents may have heard about the three cheese companies that have pleaded guilty to misbranding and adulterating their parmesan cheese products. Each faces a $500,000 fine, and an executive of one of the companies could be incarcerated.
California residents may have heard about the emissions reporting scandal involving German car manufacturer Volkswagen. In September, the car maker admitted to fitting some of its diesel vehicles with devices that provided false information for emissions tests. On Jan. 4, the U.S. Justice Department announced that it had filed a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against Volkswagen.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, has become embroiled in an intellectual property lawsuit naming Oculus, a company purchased by Facebook for approximately $2 billion in March 2014. As the leader of the huge California company, Zuckerberg has been ordered to provide a deposition in the case because of his alleged intimate knowledge of the technology at Oculus at the time of its acquisition.
California has several laws in place designed to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices such as false advertising and odometer tampering. However, lawmakers in the state have not elected to adopt the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act. This law has been adopted by several states to unify the rules dealing with deceptive trade practices and allow individuals who reside in different states to become plaintiffs in class action lawsuits.
Authorities in California announced on Oct. 19 that 15 individuals were taken into custody following sting operations in several counties. The individuals are alleged to have solicited contracting jobs without a state-issued license. Under California law, contractors performing work valued at $500 or more must be licensed. The arrests were part of a statewide crackdown on unlicensed contracting. The individuals face fines of between $700 and $5,000 and could be sentenced to up to six months in jail.
California social media users who have been following the shareholder lawsuit against Facebook may have heard that its dismissal was recently upheld on appeal. The 3-0 decision was handed down on July 24 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, affirming the February 2013 ruling by a federal judge in New York.
Many California businesses rely on payroll and accounting services provided by ADP. The information gathered to provide these services is often sensitive, and the use of this data has led to a dispute between ADP and the startup human resources company Zenefits. The services provided by Zenefits sometimes use data such as Social Security numbers and banking information, but concerns over the way that this information is collected led to ADP cutting off their payroll service to companies that use Zenefits on June 4.