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.
California television fans may have heard that Fox and Leftfield Pictures have reached a settlement of the lawsuit Leftfield Pictures filed against the network. The suit was filed in New York in July 2015 and sought $4.5 million.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A lawsuit over a breach of contract was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on May 18. The plaintiff, MicroTech, is suing the Autonomy unit of Hewlett-Packard Company for $16.5 million or the delivery of software that MicroTech says it paid for but never received.
Entrepreneurs in California might benefit from understanding more about social media's impact on intellectual property and infringement litigation. Many firms have embraced the benefits that social media can offer a business, but there are still professionals unaware of the dangers that might accompany an increasing a presence online. One concern is overexposure of the brand combined within an inability to effectively monitor or safeguard the business from infringement.