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Disney accuses Redbox of knowingly violating copyright licenses

Disney has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Redbox, a company that rents DVDs through kiosks nationwide. The court filings make multiple claims against the DVD distributor, including violation of licensing agreements for copyrighted material and copyright infringement.

Breach of fiduciary duty 401(k) lawsuit moves forward

A lawsuit against Starwood Hotels is moving forward in a California federal court. In a ruling on May 1, a judge moved forward the claim that Starwood's record-keeping and administrative fees were so excessive as to breach the company's fiduciary duty to 401(k) plan participants.

Video game forced to change name by trademark controversy

An intellectual property claim over the use of the word "rage" in video game titles could have ramifications for developers in California and beyond. Although the case was resolved without the necessity for legal action, it presents significant issues that must be resolved.

California class action targets streaming company Spotify

On December 28, a class action lawsuit filed in the Central District Court of California sought a $150 million sum from Spotify. The music streaming company, which had been in the process of working out a settlement with the National Music Publishers Association after it didn't pay royalties properly, was once again accused of failing to secure mechanical licenses for the music it lets its users stream.

Court orders Mark Zuckerberg to testify

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of California-based Facebook, has been ordered to testify in a deposition in the ongoing case between Oculus and ZeniMax Media. Through his lawyers, Mr. Zuckerberg had asked the court to be allowed to not testify in the case.

FTC accuses LifeLock of violating 2010 settlement

On July 21, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it is taking action against LifeLock for violating a 2010 settlement with the agency and the attorneys general of 35 states, including California. The FTC has asked the court to order the identity theft protection company to provide full redress to affected consumers across the country.

Trump and NBC headed to arbitration over "breach" of contract

Many California business owners have likely heard that Donald Trump intends to take legal action against NBC for violating the terms of a contract with the Miss Universe Organization, according to his top attorney. NBC severed ties with Trump on June 29 after the presidential candidate made offensive descriptions about Mexican immigrants in a stump speech.

ADP prevents Zenefits' clients from accessing payroll system

Zenefits, a human resources startup that is headquartered in California, is defending its business practices after ADP, a well-established corporate payroll services provider based in New Jersey, stopped sharing data with the startup, preventing some Zenefits clients from using the ADP payroll system called RUN. While the cutoff started on June 4, Zenefits says that conflict between the two companies started before then.

California ruling paves way for class action copyright suit

The increasing popularity of online media streaming services and digital radio has led to a sharp decline in record sales across the country, and artists and music labels now rely more heavily on the royalties paid to them by satellite radio and internet companies. However, some of these companies pay no royalties for music they play that was recorded before Feb. 15, 1972. California law protects the work produced by artists before this date, but federal law provides no such protection.

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