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February 2015 Archives

Antitrust lawsuit against Google dismissed

California residents may be familiar with Google's dominance among Internet search engines, but they may not be aware of an antitrust suit that was recently brought against the company. The plaintiffs in the case alleged unfair competition as Google reportedly required electronics companies to favor its own apps in the development of Android smartphones. The case accuses Google of driving up handset prices because of this unfair advantage.

Judge refused to dismiss Dole privatization case

California readers may be interested in a recent development in a case involving Deutsche Bank AG, Dole Chief Executive Officer David Murdock and members of the board of directors of Dole Food Inc. On Feb 5, a Delaware Chancery Judge decided against dismissing a case challenging Dole's 2013 privatization. Murdock, the board members and Deutsche Bank had sought to avoid facing trial. The judge's decision is noteworthy, since Delaware courts have a reputation of deferring to boards of directors in corporate disputes.

Prime Healthcare sues Kaiser over unpaid claims

The California-based Kaiser Foundation Health Plan is being sued by 13 hospitals operated by the Prime Healthcare system for $60 million. Prime alleges in the suit, which was filed in Los Angeles, that Kaiser refused to pay for treatment that Prime was legally required to provide. This is the latest shot fired in a long-standing legal battle between the two health care giants. Prime made similar claims against Kaiser in lawsuits filed in 2008 and 2010.

Remedies available when a contract is breached

Unfortunately, as most California business owners are aware, contracts are often breached in the course of engaging in transactions. When a breach occurs, it may be an immaterial one, which means it can easily be corrected, or a material one, which means it is so severe that the very terms of the contract have been violated. There are remedies available for either type of breach.

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