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In trade secret case, Waymo makes confident settlement offer

After a series of pretrial victories for Waymo and several setbacks for Uber, Waymo recently made an interesting settlement offer in its trade secret case. The Alphabet, Inc., subsidiary offered to drop the lawsuit if Uber agreed to an independent monitor to ensure it doesn't use any Waymo technology, pays at least $1 billion in damages and offers a public apology.

Can business litigation be part of your path to success?

As a California business owner, you've likely risen to a challenge on more than one occasion. In fact, most business owners typically face various complications and complex issues that directly or indirectly affect their bottom line interests on a regular basis. Some issues, however, are more difficult to resolve than others. The question then becomes: Is business litigation the answer?

Owner of Hannah the Pet Society involved in business litigation

People often name businesses after loved ones. That's what a man did when he started a pet business, caring for other people's animals. His company is called Hannah the Pet Society, and he charges a monthly fee for veterinary care and food when he obtains ownership of other people's pets. Recently, a situation has developed that has led to business litigation between Hannah the Pet Society's owner and the state outside California where the company has its roots.

Why closing up shop is harder than it seems

Your firm has faithfully served your business clients for years, but now due to changing market conditions it is time to close operations. While it might seem that just hanging up the "closed" sign and cutting the final checks is all there is to do, the reality is that shutting down operations can be as complicated as starting up.

Facebook involved in rift over Rift, business litigation ongoing

Most people in California and throughout the nation are familiar with Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. What many might not know, however, is that a jury recently ruled against Facebook during business litigation involving Oculus, a company Facebook purchased in 2014. The company doing the suing was ZeniMax, which accused a former employee of stealing technology codes then using them to develop Oculus products after no longer working at ZeniMax.

BKCG Nets RICO Victory Against Auto Export Con Artists

In legal terms, RICO stands for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and refers to violations of 18 USC Chapter 96. RICO cases refer to the prosecution and defense of individuals who engage in organized crime. Although almost exclusively prosecuted as a criminal case, the law permits civil action for money damages.

The Resurrection of California Code of Civil Procedure Section 128.5 Combats Frivolous Litigation Conduct

California Code of Civil Procedure section 128.5, dormant since 1995, was revived on January 1, 2015 and authorizes the imposition of monetary sanctions against parties and their counsel for litigation "actions or tactics" that are frivolous or solely intended to cause delay. This section broadened trial courts' inherent authority to impose sanctions upon parties and their counsel for bad faith litigation conduct.

Wells Fargo may have underestimated business litigation costs

Regardless of whether a California business is a small, family-run operation or a huge corporation known worldwide, situations often develop that cause tremendous legal problems for those involved. Some time ago, news of a huge scandal concerning an American international and financial services holding establishment, Wells Fargo & Co., spread throughout the media. Although one settlement was reached regarding the situation, other business litigation remains ongoing.

Determining the best course of action in business litigation

California company owners are no doubt familiar with various forms of business disagreements, contract disputes and other potential impediments that can interfere with day-to-day performance in the workplace. Problems that are left unresolved have the potential to bring productivity and profitability to a halt. It is typically in a company's best interests to seek as swift and satisfactory a resolution as possible, even if business litigation seems to be the only answer.

How to find experienced legal assistance for business litigation

There are many types of businesses owned and operated in California and throughout the United States. Depending on the size of one's business, as well as how many products are manufactured or sold and how many people a company employs, the legal challenges an owner faces within the scope of immediate and long-term transactions varies. Some situations may be simple and par for the course; others may be quite complex and require proficient legal guidance in order to obtain successful resolutions. In such situations, it is often helpful to seek consultation with an experienced business litigation attorney.

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