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April 2017 Archives

Ex-Macy's employee challenges non-compete agreement

Non-compete agreements have become increasingly common in almost all types of business. They are used to protect the employer's intellectual property and also to prevent former employees from sharing customer lists and similar information with competitors. Occasionally, the former employee will attempt to have a non-compete agreement declared unenforceable. One such case is unfolding in the Federal District Court in New York.

KFC sues New York businessman over famous slogan

Perhaps one of the world's most famous advertising slogans is the three word phrase used by Kentucky Fried Chicken to promote its fast food products: "finger lickin' good." Now, the chain has filed a petition with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to block a New York state businessman from using phrases that are similar to its trademarked phrases but which appear have nothing to do with fried chicken or any other kind of food product.

Proactive business owners can minimize risk of lawsuits

When people decide to open their own business, they are taking a major risk because many of the circumstances surrounding the formation of business are out of a potential owner's control. Natural disasters could visit the business and cause a significant amount of property damage. The market could suffer a downturn for reasons that are completely out of the control of the business owners and leadership.

Restaurant owners settle trademark dispute over names

Few businesses depend upon their names to the same extent as restaurants. A restaurant's name can signify the kind of dining experience the restaurant provides and can become a key element of word-of-mouth marketing. A trademark infringement lawsuit involving similar restaurant names was recently avoided when the owners of two New York City restaurants found a creative solution to their dispute.

Supreme Court to hear appeal in investor fraud lawsuit

A lengthy and complex lawsuit involving a troubled New York City payroll contract is now headed to the United States Supreme Court. The Court has agreed to review a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that revived the plaintiff shareholders' securities fraud claims against Leidos, Inc., a large government contractor.