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Giant business litigation case between Waymo and Uber is settled

High-profile cases litigated in Oregon and other states are interesting to watch because, for one thing, they usually exhibit certain principles of business litigation that apply universally. A recent high-stakes business litigation case was settled between two giant foes over self-driving car technology. Uber and Waymo settled what had all the markings of a dramatic all-out battle just one week after they started their jury trial. 

Business litigation between family owners is dismissed by court

Many businesses in Oregon are owned and managed by families. Such companies are generally very successful, but that does not mean that they are all immune from having internal conflicts. There are many reasons why family-run businesses may become involved in business litigation that pits family members against each other.

Business litigation is dealing in new ways with patent trolls

In Oregon, a substantial source of litigation among companies concerns disputes over patents. These are sometimes legitimate conflicts between companies based on traditional patent infringement conflicts that can always arise. However, a problem engendered by unethical opportunists has been festering for decades as companies referred to as patent trolls have purchased patents solely to bring business litigation lawsuits and extract settlements from unsuspecting companies that they accuse of patent infringement.

Business litigation often involves trademark infringement claims

Oregon has its fair share of trademark infringement and business interference claims. These claims are generally considered to be business litigation torts. In a nearby state, two organizations are battling over similar issues in court. One group, a growers' association, is suing an orchard enterprise, Boa Vista Orchards, on a claim that the orchard is usurping the association's trademark name and interfering with its business operations.

Court rules trade secrets were taken in business litigation case

Misappropriation of trade secrets is a common subject for litigation in Oregon and other states. In one business litigation case in another state, a federal district court judge recently ruled in favor of a trade secrets claim made by The Manitowoc Company, Inc. against Sany Heavy Industries and Sany America. Manitowoc is a major international manufacturer of cranes and lift mechanisms.

Business litigation rages between chipmaker and smartphone giant

Oregon is the home of many high-tech companies and, as such, its courts entertain quite a bit of litigation regarding disputes relevant to such companies. One area of constant business litigation between high-tech companies involves allegations of misuse of intellectual property. For example, two giant companies battling over proprietary rights and other contractual matters have been Apple Computer and the chipmaker, Qualcomm.

Startup faces tough business litigation over patent claim

The success of a startup company in Oregon or anywhere else can be plagued by normal growing pains. Sometimes, more specific allegations may be made to check a company's forward progress. When the allegations are made through business litigation filed in a federal court, the company will have to face the claim head-on.

Trade secrets dispute enters federal business litigation arena

Disputes over the alleged theft of trade secrets is a common form of controversy that is litigated in Oregon and throughout the nation. The typical trade secrets case often involves allegations by a company that one or more former employees took secrets with them and made money in some way or another by implementing those secrets. An example of business litigation regarding trade secrets was recently reported in the national press; it pertains to a federal case in another jurisdiction.

License revocation proceedings are business litigation matters

In Oregon and all other states, the Federal Communications Commission is the federal agency that regulates the licensing of the broadcast media. The agency oversees and enforces the body of federal regulations that govern the operation, management and licensing  of radio and tv stations. Disputes are properly take up in the administrative law area of business litigation. Recent pronouncements from the executive branch of our government have challenged the right of some broadcast news stations to keep disseminating opinions and reports that are unfavorable to the President.

Business litigation can arise from conflicts among shareholders

In Oregon and other states, it is not unusual for business law attorneys to be involved in counseling companies or individual shareholders regarding disputes within the ownership elite of the company. When the company is a public one, there may be highly visible campaigns for election of candidates to a seat on the board of directors. In fact, one of the biggest boardroom battles in recent history is now playing out for a seat on Procter & Gamble's board. Sometimes, these conflicts regarding ownership and management control can result in business litigation.

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