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November 2017 Archives

Common causes of franchise disputes

Starting a franchise is a great way for people to make a living. There are various steps for entrepreneurs to take to start a franchise, but it is important to remember that while a franchise owner may oversee the day-to-day operations of the business, he or she is still accountable to the franchisor. 

AM General files complaint against Activision

California residents may play Call of Duty or have heard of the popular video game that features vehicles such as the Humvee. On Nov. 7, AM General filed suit against Activision Blizzard Inc. claiming that it used trademarks in the game without permission. AM General, which makes the Humvee, says that consumers may assume that the company is somehow connected with the game.

Lawsuit targets web services that aid copyright infringement

California is known for its robust internet technology sector, and the rise of online content has created new venues where copyright infringement can take place. The case of the American Chemical Society against Sci-Hub illustrates the challenges of stopping infringement from international sources and holding third-party internet services accountable.

Morgan Stanley fined for trade secret violation

The core to any business is its clients. In the investment industry, client lists are a hot commodity and most firms treat them as proprietary information, as trade secrets. Last week Morgan Stanley was found guilty of poaching a customer list when it hired a broker away from Schwab. The breach will cost $1.2 million dollars.

When and why you should update your will

Probate litigation and disputes between family members after a loved one dies and their estate is administered are two of the worst heart-wrenching and time-consuming things that can happen in the area of estate planning and probate law. When beneficiaries and family members squabble over another person's assets because the grantor had an incomplete will, a will that wasn't current, or was influenced by outside source in an undue fashion, the litigation can be painful, costly, and stressful.

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