In the early 1990s, Woody Allen was accused of sexually molesting his adopted daughter. Allen vehemently denied the allegations at the time, and he now contends that Amazon.com was aware of the allegations against him when it offered him at least $68 million to make four films for its movie distribution and streaming division. Allen filed suit against Amazon after it declined to release the first of the four films and canceled the remaining three.
A bottled water brand popular among many Texas consumers is engaged in a legal battle with a model who has become known for her association with the company. Model Kelleth Cuthbert found her way into photos and videos at the 2019 Golden Globes by showing up behind celebrities on the red carpet while serving bottles of Fiji Water. Photos and videos featuring the model went viral on the internet, and she became known as "Fiji Water Girl." After the exposure, Fiji engaged in an online advertising campaign using Cuthbert's images with the water brand.
In 2018, rumors emerged suggesting Amazon was looking to dump Woody Allen from the 2017 four-movie contract signed between the two parties. The first of the four films, "A Rainy Day in New York," was filmed in 2017 and has yet to receive a release date. The long wait for a release date coincides with the timing of the #MeToo movement in which Allen was implicated, leading some to believe that the stalled release is intentional.
A contract can be one of the most important tools a freelance professional or small business owner in Texas has at his or her disposal. When written properly, contracts form the foundation of the relationship between a business and a client. They can also provide clarity and eliminate a variety of problems that could potentially arise before they have a chance to come up. By creating certainty, a company can spend its time delivering a quality product or service.
Texas residents may be interested to learn that a large coffee company has been slapped with a multi-million dollar bill for infringing on the trademarks of reggae musician Bob Marley. In a ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the judgement by a lower court to award damages was affirmed. The coffee company was originally sued for illegally modifying the royalty agreement paid to the owners of Marley's copyrighted work.
Contract disputes can be an ongoing fact of life for many Texas businesses, but they can also embroil major celebrities. Movie star Sarah Jessica Parker is engaged in an ongoing legal dispute with a jewelry company that is accusing her of breaking an agreement to endorse the company's products. Kate Florence Design has also accused the actress of refusing to return jewelry provided under the contract.
Some people in Texas who work in construction or development may be familiar with contract disputes over buildings. In California, such a dispute has gone to court as the contractor that built the Salesforce Transit Center and Transbay Transit Center, Webcor/Obayashi Joint Venture, filed a lawsuit in the San Francisco Superior Court on Oct. 17 for $150 million against the Transbay Joint Powers Authority.
The city of Galveston, Texas, has been ordered to pay a housing contractor $15 million due to breach of contract. The suing party was a company overseeing some of the federally insured recovery efforts in the area after the devastation caused by Hurricane Ike in 2008. The decision to award judgement to the contractor was made by a jury on Sept. 25.
It is often possible to mitigate risk in the future with careful contract drafting. Clearly-defined agreements, fairness and good communication help parties avoid Texas construction contract disputes. Among the ways contracts can be used to mitigate future risk are by clarifying unallowable labor, defining change order reporting, setting rates and caps on equipment and including bidding procedures.
Texas residents may be interested in learning that Playboy has filed a lawsuit against Global Blockchain Technologies, a Canadian cryptocurrency company, for allegedly breaching on a contract. The lawsuit was filed earlier in August in Los Angeles Superior Court.