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Online review policy garners considerable backlash

In a prior post, we explored the question of whether a company could bring suit against a consumer for negative reviews on social media sites such as Yelp.com or Facebook. The prevailing consensus is that a company could sue, but a consumer would have a genuine defense for being able to voice their personal opinions online based on their own experiences.

LA Clippers sale imminent after probate court ruling

The legal drama surrounding the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer appears to be winding down. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of Donald Sterling’s wife, Shelly who authorized the sale earlier this summer. Donald Sterling previously claimed that she defrauded him, and that she did not have the authority to go ahead with the sale. 

Arguments in O'Bannon trial completed, now a judge will decide

The trial that arguably could change the financial landscape of college athletics, O’Bannon v. NCAA is now in the hands of a federal district court judge. The class action antitrust case began more than four years ago, and has involved hundreds of filings and a 15 day trial. On Thursday, the plaintiff’s class submitted its final argument. Through it, the class reiterated the fundamental problems in the NCAA’s argument and insisted that the class members were on the rights side of the law. 

Sterling probate trial delayed over jurisdiction questions

The much anticipated probate trial pitting Shelly Sterling against her estranged husband, Donald Sterling is on hold for now as the LA County probate court waits to hear from a federal district court judge as to whether Sterling’s motions, and the probate case itself, will be heard in federal court.

Paramount execs try to resolve Beijing premiere dispute, lawsuit

The latest movie in Paramount Studios’ “Transformers” franchise is expected to be the largest grossing film of the franchise. It comes on the heels of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” raking in $172 million in China, one the fastest growing movie markets. Paramount expected to release the new film in China this weekend, but a sudden legal issue threatened to halt the opening.

Are more major sports cases going to the Bay Area?

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has become the epicenter for sports related litigation in the past few years. Much has been said about O’Bannon v. NCAA, where former UCLA basketball star is the named plaintiff representing thousands of former college football and basketball players are challenging the NCAA’s right to determine them “student-athletes,” thus denying them a share of lucrative television and sponsorship deals that universities and college conferences enjoy.

What to make of Donald Sterling's antitrust lawsuit

The business world of sports management received a shock when it was announced that the Los Angeles Clippers, which were recently put up for sale after the racist comments made by owner Donald Sterling, were sold to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The purchase price is reportedly $2 billion, making  the impending sale the largest for an NBA franchise. In fact, the sale dwarfs the $550 million sale of the Milwaukee Bucks, made only several weeks ago.

Why your company's brand is so important

When you think of the most valuable brands in the world, it may not be surprising that you think of a tech company. According to the market research firm Millard Brown, Google is the most valuable brand. The tech giant’s name recognition is worth an estimated $158.8 billion. Also significant is the fact that Google has leapfrogged Apple for the top spot. It is estimated that the value of Apple’s brand has fallen 20 percent.

Four tips for businesses to avoid lawsuits

Avoiding litigation may be more than just common sense for up and coming businesses and established enterprises alike. However, many businesses do not take genuine steps to avoid this despite the nature of litigation in today’s business climate. It’s no secret that legal disputes can be costly and disruptive, so business owners must be aware of the obvious, as well as the innocuous things, that could lead to a lawsuit. With that, we offer several tips that can help businesses avoid lawsuits. 

Amazon faces lawsuits over Prime membership benefits

Online retailer Amazon has enticed customers to purchase its “Amazon Prime” membership with the allure of free two-day shipping on all of its items, in addition to access to its streaming video content. However, two recent lawsuits are challenging the company’s promise that its shipping protocol actually was not free.

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