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Landowners' royalty dispute with Texas company dismissed

One may assume that business contracts are binding, but in cases where a state law takes precedence over a company's agreement with other entities, the law may render such contract agreements void. The Kentucky Court of Appeals recently overturned a verdict of $24.7 million in royalties after their panel of three judges decided that despite contracts that were signed to promise payment, the plaintiffs did not have any right to the royalties, per state law.

Computer chip company files suit against former employees

Businesses of all shapes and sizes have to be vigilant to make sure that their trade secrets stay that way: secret and out of the hands of potential competitors. Keeping that in mind, one technology company has recently had to resort to business litigation in order to protect its intellectual property.

Cooperation and planning essential for Texas' continued growth

When it comes to population growth, Texas is near the top of the list. With over 26 million people in the state and growing at a rate of 3.6 percent, Texas is a magnet for businesses and families alike. With an influx of new industry, commercial real estate is becoming more and more popular in our state.

Houston company disputes fines for Louisiana sinkhole

A Houston company is challenging fines charged by Louisiana's Office of Conservation over environmental and safety issues stemming from a sinkhole that appeared over five months ago. Two municipal organizations also wish to be reimbursed for the costs of dealing with the sinkhole emergency. Lawyers for the Houston company's business litigation case are working with local officials to agree on the monetary amount they're responsible for.

Firing of 'too attractive' assistant was not wrongful discharge

An Iowa dental assistant sued her former employer for wrongful termination after she was fired for what her boss said was being too attractive. In a case that went to the state's Supreme Court, the assistant claimed that she had done nothing wrong and her civil rights were violated, as the dentist's only basis for firing her was that she was a woman. Ultimately, the justices ruled that bosses can fire employees that they find too attractive and distracting.

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