Tech giants Apple and Qualcomm had just begun trial last week when they announced an agreement to dismiss all lawsuits worldwide. Details of the settlement are scarce, but the deal includes Apple paying unspecified royalties for the use of Qualcomm's patented mobile chip technology for the next six years. Qualcomm will continue to supply Apple with mobile chips for its iPhone products.
Discovery is the crucial stage in the litigation process where parties seek to obtain the evidence they need to support their positions. Since parties may generally obtain "discovery regarding any matter that is not privileged and is relevant to the subject matter of the pending action," broad swaths of documents and information are often requested.
Canvas sneakers are popular casual footwear in Texas and across the country. This has helped lead to an intellectual property dispute between a shoe manufacturer and a major retail giant. Vans is suing Target in California, alleging that the discount department store's Carmella Lace-Up sneaker infringes on its trademarks for the Old Skool sneaker silhouette. The footwear company said that the appearance of the product is likely to create confusion among consumers about what they are buying.
Texas business owners may face disputes that arise out of customer issues or contract problems. When the threat of litigation arises, it is important for businesses to protect themselves and prepare for the future. Litigation doesn't need to hurt the company seriously, and taking steps can help firms to handle it properly. By working with a business lawyer, companies can develop a plan to address serious issues as they arise.
Plaintiffs in Austin filed a lawsuit against a local dentist who allegedly collected funds for an investment opportunity and then ran off with the money. Investors were allegedly told that their thousands of dollars would be used to open multiple dental practices in Travis County. Plaintiffs also claimed that the dentist is not licensed yet and did not reveal that information when collecting funds for the investment. Plaintiffs claim that more than half a million dollars was stolen in the scam.
When Texas companies get involved in business disputes, a planned merger can easily be derailed. Fujifilm recently launched a lawsuit against Xerox for $1 billion. The lawsuit also requested punitive damages be awarded. The photocopier company reportedly owes $183 million in fees according to Fujifilm for terminating the merger. The suit claimed "intentional and egregious conduct" as the primary reason for ending the merger deal.
Texas businesses that offer benefits that are governed by ERISA understand that they must comply with the law or face lawsuits. Recently, an ERISA lawsuit that was filed by employees of Deutsche Bank against the company was partly dismissed.
Consumers in Texas might not realize the legal difficulties that sometimes flare up among their favorite fashion brands. For example, luxury brand Gucci has been battling Guess for nine years in multiple countries. Gucci alleged that the diamond pattern logo for Guess represented a direct copy of its trademark. After litigating the issue around the world, the companies announced that they have settled their disagreements concerning intellectual property.
Texans who are fans of "I Love Lucy" may recall that Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz created Desilu Productions to produce their legendary sitcom. That production company has recently sued CBS over the its use of an identical image and name for Desilu.
Before smartphones, many people in Texas used devices from BlackBerry for text messaging. Although the company has ceded the mobile device market to its competitors, the company holds approximately 40,000 patents, and many of them concern cybersecurity software. Determined to derive income from its substantial portfolio of intellectual property, the company has filed a lawsuit against Facebook and its companies Instagram and WhatsApp.