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Bill Nye, Science Guy, accuses Disney of $9-million fraud scheme

"Hollywood accounting" led to Bill Nye being underpaid by at least $9,350,565, according to a lawsuit against Disney and a number of affiliated companies. Nye, the star of the extremely popular "Science Guy" television series in the 1990s, accuses Disney of using a variety of mischaracterizations, false charges and shady accounting practices to avoid paying him and the show's other owners their fair share of the profits.

Wells Fargo claims unit bidder violated no staff-poaching clause

Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc., or WFIS, is suing Alliant Insurance Services, Inc., a company that submitted a failed bid to buy the Wells Fargo unit. WFIS claims that Alliant gained insider knowledge while bidding to buy the unit and is using it in an "aggressive campaign" to poach top sales executives for its own benefit -- and much to the detriment of WFIS.

Examining the elements of deceptive advertising

Every time we turn on the TV, visit a website, or open a newspaper, we are bombarded with advertisements. This environment of ubiquitous advertising forces companies to develop ads that attract attention and cause their products to stand out. However, these efforts must not run afoul of the law.

Understanding the elements of tortious interference

Intentionally interfering with relationships and/or contracts and causing someone to suffer economic damages is referred to as tortious interference. This misconduct is often seen in the business world and typically sparks a dispute between companies and clients; sellers and buyers; or employers and employees.

How can I file a trademark?

As a Houston entrepreneur, you know that protecting your intellectual property is of the utmost concern. Failure to do so could lead to those vital concepts closely tied to your business being used by direct competitors. To this end, enacting trademark protection is crucial to ensure intellectual property theft does not ruin your chance of success. But what is involved in the trademark process?

How can I stop expense fraud at my business?

You value the hard work your employees put in, which is why you reimburse them for travel and other business-related expenses. However, Houston business owners must be wary of expense fraud, which can occur when employees take advantage of employers who are only trying to do right by them. Expense fraud can affect virtually every business, and over time costs can add up, thereby hampering future success.

How can I defend against theft of trade secrets?

Certain types of proprietary information are invaluable to business owners in Texas. Accordingly, you want to guarantee that your company’s prized trade secrets remain confidential and do not fall into the hands of similar enterprises. Failure to do so can result in your business losing its footing among competitors, which will greatly limit your chance of success.

How can I protect my business from product liability claims?

If you are a business owner in Houston, you know just how damaging litigation can be. This is especially true when it comes to product liability claims, which can serve to impair a business’s potential for success for many years to come. While you can’t completely stop such claims from occurring, there are a number of important steps you can take to greatly mitigate risk and preserve your business.

Protecting your company from embezzlement

The assets of your company in Houston, Texas, depend on internal as well as external factors if you have employees who participate in accounting, investments, allocation of funds or other financial duties. It may be necessary for you to place a high level of trust in those who work for you. However, at The Jackson Law Firm, we often assist business owners who want to prevent the potential for employee theft by providing tactics for inhibiting embezzlement in a company.

Logo infringement and unfair competition

The benefits of the capitalist system in the United States extend to both small and large companies in Texas and elsewhere in the country. And, there are federal regulations in place that level the playing field and prevent unscrupulous business owners from stealing customers through trademark infringement. Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute explains the law addressing this element of unfair competition.

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