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Aircraft company sues for theft of trade secrets

A lawsuit has been filed by an aircraft manufacturer alleging that former employees illegally sent trade secrets to a competitor. Business owners and entrepreneurs in California might be interested in the specifics of the case, which raises issues of intellectual property policing and protection. Prior to the filing of the lawsuit, the CEO of the plaintiff company attempted to resolve the dispute twice by sending letters to officials at one of the defendant companies.

Marilyn Monroe photographs subject of copyright litigation

Marilyn Monroe fans in California may be interested in learning about ongoing litigation over the copyrights held for a series of famous photographs of the star. The pictures, which are called the "Last Sitting" collection, were taken by photographer Bert Stern in 1962, and they are among the most iconic photographs that were taken of the star.

Human Longevity sues ex-CEO over alleged theft of trade secrets

Documents filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California detail a long list of complaints against the former CEO of Human Longevity. The company alleges that the ex-CEO, who also runs the J. Craig Venter Institute, took a laptop computer from the company that contained trade secrets upon his dismissal from Human Longevity.

Menudo Boy Band Group Reboot in the Works Following Dispute

Corporate disputes can easily derail any efforts. Puerto Rican boy band Menudo is finding this out firsthand. n 2016, the company's effort to relaunch the franchise was put to a halt for two years to address business litigation issues.

Lucy Arnaz files a trademark infringement claim against CBS

California residents may be interested in learning more about a lawsuit that Desilu Productions, the television company that produced "I Love Lucy," filed against CBS. The lawsuit claims that CBS intentionally violated the Desilu brand name that was originally created by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The lawyer representing Desilu claims that the legal rights to use the trademark were never legally transferred to CBS. The suit states that the trademark infringement caused Desilu to lose a considerable amount of money and property.

Breach of fiduciary duty alleged in shareholder lawsuit

Corporate officials and board members in California and across the country have a responsibility to act in the best interests of a company and its shareholders as part of their fiduciary duties. When they fail to do so, shareholders and others directly affected can challenge their actions in court. In one such case, a shareholder in a large media company is pursuing a lawsuit against Media News Group Enterprises and the New York-based hedge fund that owns it, Alden Global Capital, claiming that they have breached their fiduciary duty.

Army claims NHL team violates trademark rights

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.

Cosmetics company accused of selling used products

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.

Lawsuit filed over faulty auto repairs

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.

Foreign investors sue companies for failed hotel project

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.

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