Many California business owners are currently facing copyright problems that will likely prompt lawsuits. Business litigation can be a complicated matter, especially when it comes to intellectual property rights, patents, copyrights and other issues. Iconic superpower Disney and several other companies were recently awarded more than $62 million in a copyright infringement lawsuit.
Many California residents and business owners suffered substantial economic damages due to the wildfire sparked by a campfire last November. The fire was one of the most destructive and deadliest ever to occur in the modern world. The tragedy has apparently prompted contentious business litigation as well, and a judge recently ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has overstepped its boundaries.
National Basketball Association fans in California are no doubt familiar with Kawhi Leonard, whose team is preparing to face the Golden State Warriors in the finals this year. Leonard is also facing a legal issue in his private life that basketball enthusiasts hope does not interfere with his game on the court. Athletic sportswear and equipment mogul Nike is also involved in the business litigation situation.
When the average person in California uploads a photograph on Instagram, it is highly unlikely it will draw the attention of millions of viewers, unless it happens to go viral for some reason. When the Instagram user is a pop music star, it is not only common but probable that a photograph of interest will get millions of "likes." Ariana Grande, one of the world's leading contemporary music artists, is currently entangled in business litigation regarding copyright issues on two photographs of herself that she apparently posted on the popular social media site.
Whether you're a sole proprietor or part of a large corporation, as a California business owner or executive, you have likely encountered numerous challenges within the scope of your work. Contracts, client relations, employee pay and benefits and other issues can often become central focuses of dispute. If you're unable to resolve such problems through out-of-court negotiations, you may seek the court's intervention through business litigation.
It is not uncommon for California employees and employers to encounter problems in their business relationships. Many times, such disagreements involve wage and hours issues or benefits, promotions and other work-related matters. A business litigation case was recently commenced when a firefighter decided to sue his employer for discrimination and breach of contract.
Joel Marcus lives in California and happens to be a real estate tycoon who is credited for creating biotech hubs of commercial science lab properties in various regions of the United States. He is founder of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, which has a current market value of approximately $14 billion. Marcus is also currently entangled in a bitter business litigation situation involving his son.
Nowadays, many health insurance companies get into legal skirmishes with medical providers. Business litigation is often necessary when disagreements arise regarding health plans and costs insurers should pay to belong to a particular network. One of the largest health insurers in California, Anthem Blue Cross, is currently at odds over contract issues with Sutter Health, a situation which is causing many enrollees much stress.
Entrepreneurial partnerships are often risky business. California business owners who take on partners are wise to write out the terms of their agreements in a thorough and well-defined manner. It is also a top priority to make certain that any and all who are signing a partnership contract clearly understand the obligations and responsibilities set therein. If a partner breaches an agreement, business litigation may result.
Many hospitality workers in California and across the country have been following a situation that began when thousands of hotel workers, bartenders and others walked off their jobs to protest numerous issues in their contracts. More than 2,000 Marriott hotel employees started a strike that lasted two months. The workers recently agreed to go back to work after their contract was ratified. However, the workers who had been hired by the hotel to replace the strikers have now filed business litigation of their own.