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.
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.
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.
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.