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When does competition rise to the level of 'unfair competition'?

Most business people in California who work hard and see success want to protect their product or service in order to grow their customer or client base. So, when competitors come their way, it can be a real dog-eat-dog environment. However, when does mere lawful competition rise to the level of illegal unfair competition?

Nondisclosure agreements can be essential to Irvine businesses

Successful businesses in California often rely on information that they keep under wraps in order to protect their interests. However, what happens if an employee or other party tries to share or even steal information meant to be confidential? This could spell financial ruin to a company. For this reason, many businesses have contracts known as nondisclosure agreements.

Hospital sues to terminate contract over alleged failed updates

Physicians, dentists and other health care professionals maintain their practices to provide proper care for their patients. There is always a business-side to a professional association - some medical clinics turn to management service organizations to handle running the business side of the practice. Nonetheless MSO's, clinics, hospitals and similar entities still need to protect business issues and, at times, bring litigation to ensure that the bottom line is protected.

High court finds trademark disparagement clause unconstitutional

The United States Supreme Court recently handed down an 8-0 opinion that found the disparagement provision of the Lanham Act unconstitutional. The trademark news spread quickly in business circles as a potential new branding and marketing opportunity that may use racier or provocative trademarks.

Fantasy sports merger stymied by Federal Trade Commission

Whether it's football, baseball or basketball, sports enthusiasts in California closely follow their favorite teams. And, part of the fun of being a sports fan for some is participating in online fantasy sports contests. These games, played on the Internet, allow players to put together their own fantasy team based on actual athletes, and then win money if their fantasy team beats other fantasy teams based on real-life games. Online fantasy sports became popular after an exception for them was carved out of a federal law enacted 11 years ago that made online gambling illegal.

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