California hockey fans may be excited about the Vegas Golden Knights' inaugural season. However, the Army is claiming that the Golden Knights name is a violation of their intellectual property. It claims that it has used the term Golden Knights since the 1960s for public relations and recruiting purposes. The Army also claims to have rights to the black-and-gold and yellow-and-white color schemes used by the NHL franchise.
The lead plaintiff in a federal class action lawsuit filed on Jan. 26 against Ulta Beauty, a cosmetics company, is a California resident. The lawsuit alleges that the company repackaged returned cosmetics and sold them to customers as though they were new.
Anyone who owns a car in California is likely to need the vehicle repaired from time to time. In Texas, a jury awarded $42 million to a couple injured in a car crash caused by a negligent driver and an auto repair shop after the plaintiffs alleged that the negligent repairs contributed to the plaintiffs' injuries.
According to news sources, a lawsuit was recently filed in California by a group of 60 Chinese investors against the developers and managers of the SLS Las Vegas Hotel project. In the complaint, the investors allege that they were defrauded out of their money to fund the project because they did not receive green cards that they claim were promised to them.
People in California often turn to Redbox kiosks for fast, convenient movie and game rentals. These kiosks are found everywhere from grocery stores to gas stations, and they offer on-site rentals and returns through automation. However, a dispute with Disney may cause the company some problems.
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.