January 2019 Archives

Qualcomm fighting accusations of intellectual property monopoly

Qualcomm employs about 13,000 people in San Diego County, among its 38,000 workers worldwide. Its economic impact on our city is undeniable, which underscores the significance of the allegations hurled by the US Federal Trade Commission against the chipmaker.

San Diego businesses sued by disabled residents over scooters

A group of disabled city residents is demanding that an “obstacle course” is removed from city streets. In a federal lawsuit filed against San Diego businesses that provide shared ride scooters, the disabled residents say scooters left parked on sidewalks make their lives more difficult and infringe on their right to move about freely.

Scientist prevails in tech trade secrets lawsuit

One of the most important safeguards of trade secrets is to be found in our court system. The U.S District Court for the Northern District of California recently awarded more than $2.3 million to a technology company owner whose trade secrets in electrode design and development were "willfully and maliciously misappropriated" by the founder of the now-shuttered General Capacitor.

California shareholder dispute headed to U.S. Supreme Court

A subsidiary of a California chipmaker is to have its appeal heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Broadcom Inc. seeks to resolve a shareholder lawsuit over its acquisition four years ago of Emulex Corp., headquartered less than 100 miles north of San Diego in Costa Mesa. Broadcom Inc. is located farther to the north, in San Jose.

California marijuana business prevails in RICO lawsuit

At first glance, a California lawsuit filed north of San Diego appears to involve gangsters. After all, the suit was filed under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Signed by President Richard Nixon, RICO was designed to battle the Mafia and other elements of organized crime. The recent lawsuit was filed by neighbors of a northern California cannabis grower, however.

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