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Business litigation case requires a jurisdictional evaluation

Jurisdiction is a difficult concept to grasp in many business litigation matters. The court where a lawsuit is filed must have the power to hear the business litigation case, or the court will dismiss the matter for lack of jurisdiction. The defendant company may appeal the grant of jurisdiction by the court and bring the issue into play in that matter. Issue of jurisdiction may arise in Oregon state and federal courts as well in the courts in all other states.

Business litigation includes shareholder claims for lost value

Under what basis may the shareholders of a corporation in Oregon and elsewhere bring a class action lawsuit to vindicate rights against a company that has engineered a merger with another company and maneuvered other substantial changes that allegedly diluted the shareholders' stock? The short answer to such business litigation issues is that the claim is allowed when there is a direct injury to the shareholder's ownership interest as opposed to the interest of the corporation. The issue came up recently in another state when a group of shareholders brought a lawsuit seeking class status against the company, a medical device maker known as Medtronic.

Former exec wins partial victory in business litigation appeal

It is not unusual in Oregon and elsewhere for former executives to be pitted in litigation with the companies that they previously served, and in some instances, by the companies that they founded. This type of business litigation is currently occurring in several high-profile cases. One of the cases from another state involves the former chief executive and founder of Cirrus Aircraft.

Gucci starts business litigation case to stop trademark use

Trademark disputes are a common aspect of business litigation in Oregon and nationwide. Sometimes it is a battle of giants, where a company claims that one of its competitors has used a trademark that is deceptively similar to its own. It can be a small company being challenged in a business litigation case by a large company claiming that the startup has tried to use the larger company's own special brand identification to its own use. There may be a claim for damages for the lost profits caused by deceiving the public into buying the product with the pirated trademark, and a request for an injunction.

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