Business Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 16

Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2011 – The fashion industry has long been plagued with look-alike knockoffs. Now, they face smell-alike perfumes. Less than ethical individuals in business who wish to make a quick buck by selling perfume smell-alikes will find an almost instant market. Consumers do not much care about whether the scent of a perfume is dead on and a classy brand name if they can get a reasonable facsimile for a fraction of the cost. Hence, knockoffs are very real threat to the perfume industry because their pockets are being picked by cheap smell-alikes. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 10, 2011 – Lack of honesty when discussing your case with counsel may result in unexpected results. “You need to be cautious about filing a workplace sexual harassment lawsuit, as this kind of a suit may go both ways,” said Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment litigation lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. “Let me make my point by using a recent case as an example.” The case happened in Iowa when Jane Doe got a job at a […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2011 – Littman Krooks LLP has been ranked in the top ten of 2010 U.S. PIPE (Private Investment in Public Equity) Market Placement Agent Counsel by both The Pipes Report (9th place) and by PlacementTracker (8th place). “Since our inception in 1990, our firm has abided by our dedication to provide large law firm service with small law firm attention to our clients” said Mitchell Littman, a founding partner of the firm. “Our national ranking demonstrates our ability to deliver quality service to the investment banking community on a cost effective basis.” […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2011 – Gregory D. Jordan, an experienced Austin oil and gas attorney, Austin business lawyer and business litigation lawyer offers commentary on recent suits. Two recently filed lawsuits in Texas argue that hydraulic fracturing in the Barnett Shale has caused significant groundwater contamination. One suit has been filed pertaining to property in Tarrant County and a similar suit has been filed covering property in Denton County. The Tarrant County suit names Chesapeake Energy and Encana Oil & Gas as Defendants. Devon Energy is named as a Defendant in the Denton County suit. Both […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2010 – For those with a successful business, franchising can be a good way to expand quickly and perhaps stay ahead of the competition. After all, franchising brings little risk to the franchisor as the franchisee is the one putting up his or her capital when opening a new unit. What is a franchise? Franchising is the selling of a particular business model and method. “The franchisee will pay an upfront fee for the right to use a name and/or trademark to open a business and to receive the proper training,” said […]


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The Hell’s Angels are suing design house Alexander McQueen. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 13, 2010 – “This is a lawsuit one would normally expect to see on the dockets, but there it is,” said David Alden Erikson, a Los Angeles business litigation attorney. Mr. Erikson specializes in Los Angeles fashion law, internet law, business litigation, trademark and copyright law. “This lawsuit involves the Hell’s Angels bikers suing Alexander McQueen’s fashion design house and Saks for trademark infringement. What could the design house possibly be infringing on? Would you believe the bikers death-head design? It seems the death-head […]


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Trademark infringement goes international these days when companies based in the U.S. sue companies based in Europe. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 24, 2010 – U.S.-based Smart Blocks Inc., a maker of construction toys, sued the Danish company Lego A/S, noted as one of Europe’s largest toymakers. Smart Blocks petitioned the federal court for a determination that they were not infringing on Lego trademarks. Smart Blocks, whose headquarters are in San Marcos, Calif., are noted for their talking building blocks that feature six built-in depressible pins. The toys are marketed in seven different colors and have a variety […]


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Trade dress law might apply to bottles. This will have a significant impact on marketplace competition. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 3, 2010 – A food packaging company may have crossed the line with its fruit-juice packaging and infringed on Coca-Cola’s trademarks. Where that line actually is often causes lawsuits like this one, but behind these types of lawsuits is the desire to protect a well-known brand and not confuse consumers. Johanna Foods of New Jersey filed a suit in federal court asking for a ruling that says it is not infringing on the trade dress and design […]


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Musicians take their work very seriously. However, they also need to take the legal protection of their compositions seriously according to Los Angeles entertainment lawyer, Anthony Spotora. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2010 – Music is everywhere in the world of entertainment: Movies, television, radio advertisements and commercials. There is always a need for top-notch songs and artists. “For an upcoming composer, licensing music is a vital step in growing a career,” said Anthony Spotora, a Los Angeles entertainment attorney. “Licensing music means that your creation is not only protected from illegal use but can also bring […]


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Musicians and bands are businesses. Some bands may not be protected which may jeopardize future merchandising. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2010 – There is value in a name. Just think Lady Gaga or any other famous, well-known singer. There is value in the name of a band as well. Think Nickelback, The Rolling Stones, etc. Any of the personalities behind the names or the bands need to protect their identities and intellectual property rights. “This usually happens by securing trademark registrations for the band name and/or the musician’s name, because trademark protection is specific to the […]


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Gregory D. Jordan, an experienced Austin business attorney and Austin franchise lawyer, offers some insights to franchisees experiencing legal issues. Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 13, 2010 – Franchise businesses are some of the most popular models in the business world. They allow entrepreneurs to quickly and efficiently open new businesses in their communities and potentially generate substantial profits based on proven trademarks and infrastructures. However, both parties are bound by a sometimes-intricate set of obligations to one another. When a party fails to meet those obligations, disputes inevitably arise between franchisor and franchisee. Due to the complexity of […]


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If you’re an employer and have invested in an employee for a long time, the last thing you want to happen is have that worker jump to a competitor. After all, that employee has good insider knowledge and could help the competition swipe away some of your customers, employees, market share – and even trade secrets. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2010 – Usually, a non-competition agreement would take care of such problems by barring the former employee from working for competitors for a certain period of time. Yet there’s a big problem with that when it […]


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Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin business litigation attorney, offers insights regarding the Supreme Court of Texas ruling dated July 2, 2010, in the case of Quixtar, Inc. v. Signature Management Team LLC. Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2010 – “The Quixtar case is important because it clarifies Texas law pertaining to whether a lawsuit can be dismissed for a lack of convenience,” asserts Austin business litigation attorney Gregory D. Jordan. “The Court made it very clear that if you are sued by an out of state plaintiff, the trial court should afford substantially less deference to the plaintiff’s […]


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In a world of acronyms gone mad there is now flogging to wrap one’s head around. Flog is a fake blog. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2010 – Who hasn’t landed on a fake blog style website at one time or another? The problem is, not everyone knows they’ve landed on a flog. Typically, a flog deals with false advertising and unproven claims with fake testimonials. “It’s the latest way to scam money from unsuspecting surfers. Why is this important to know? It’s important to know because this practice is just beginning and lawyers need to be […]


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The Austin Court of Appeals found that an employee who was fired for refusing to illegally drive an unsafe commercial vehicle can collect punitive damages. Austin employment attorney Gregory D. Jordan, who represented the employee, offers pertinent comment. Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 7, 2010 – A recent opinion from the Texas Court of Appeals, Third District, at Austin ruled that an employee who is fired for refusing to commit a criminal act can recover punitive damages. Safeshred, Inc. fired Louis Martinez after he refused to drive a commercial vehicle he found to be unsafe and noncompliant with federal […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2010 – The US Supreme Court has said the NFL can’t avoid antitrust laws when dealing with team jerseys. “The last place one would expect to find the US Supreme Court is on the football field, but there they are, dealing with the sale of NFL team jerseys and hats. It was actually an interesting case and may well set precedent for the future,” remarked David Alden Erikson, a Los Angeles business litigation attorney. The core nugget of the case decision was that the National Football League isn’t exempt from antitrust laws […]


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Music publishing is a complex process that requires extensive knowledge of business practices and copyright law. A music publisher can help songwriters reap the benefits of their creativity. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 18, 2010 – While publishing their own music is a viable option for artists, the legal issues involved can be messy and complex. In order to avoid dealing with these issues, many artists turn to music publishers for help. Music publishers perform a variety of different functions for songwriters, as they have the expertise required to manage licenses and collect royalties. One of the most […]


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Knockoffs don’t just happen in the fashion industry, as this case demonstrates. Here a lighter is the leading light in a lawsuit. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2010 – Most people tend to think of knockoffs in terms of the fashion industry: a knockoff of a famous designer’s dress, shoes, handbag or jacket, etc. “Think McQueen vs. Madden, a rather famous shoe knockoff lawsuit. While clothing seems to have been the major source of the latest knockoff lawsuits, it looks like other companies are getting fed up with people copying their designs and trying to pass them […]


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