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Former PR vice-president sued over alleged non-compete violation

Some businesses have non-compete clauses in their contracts which employees are required to adhere to for a certain period of time after they’ve stopped working for the company. This is to prevent unfair competition, when a former employee might have an edge by knowing some of his or her previous employer’s business secrets. Additionally, it can hurt the company if a former employee takes some of its clients away after he or she leaves the company and starts up a similar business nearby.

Proposed Texas bill would prevent LGBT discrimination

There are employment regulations in place in Texas regarding discrimination, which protect businesses as well as employees. It's against the law in this state to discriminate against an employee based on his or her sex, race, religion, color, disability, and national origin. Employers who violate any of these rules face an employment discrimination lawsuit; likewise, if a terminated employee attempts to wrongfully get back at a former employer by filing a false discrimination claim, the former employee can suffer the consequences.

Kraft Foods opens business litigation against Cracker Barrel

If two separate companies have different products with similar trademarked names, should they be able to sell their products in the same market? Newly-filed business litigation between two well-known food brands has begun that may have an impact in Texas as well as the rest of the country on how similarly-titled branded products are sold in grocery stores.

Texas Internet company files lawsuit against patent troll

The digital age has opened countless new opportunities for businesses, but also new possibilities for fraud and for companies to make a profit from dubious business practices. Lawsuits are becoming prevalent in which one company opens a business litigation case against another due to nothing more than patent infringement. Patent assertion entities (PAEs), also known as "patent trolls," are companies that take licensing fees from other businesses, without actually making products from their patents.

Houston contractor withdraws from Southampton high-rise project

Growth and change can result in some degree of opposition, especially with new construction in older, more traditional neighborhoods. Real estate disputes that occur from residents or developers can affect how much a local area grows with the rest of the region. More often than not, real estate litigation can tie up a project for years and delay the introduction of new business, employment, and housing to the area.

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