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May 2015 Archives

The Burdens of Unfair Competition

business-unfair-competition.jpgUnfair competition has been a hot topic in the media since United Airlines and travel website Orbitz filed a lawsuit in late December against the 20-something founder of Skiplagged.com, a website which helps travelers find "hidden city" airline ticketing.

Identifying and Avoiding Real Estate Fraud

california-real-estate-fraud.jpgFour years ago, Forbes identified California as the third highest state for mortgage fraud following Florida and New York to round out the top three. Last year, over 100 cases of real estate fraud resulted in convictions and over 200 convictions were reported the year previous to that. This type of investigation involves several parts and people who may be unaware they are part of a scam. According to the American Bar Association, the most targeted groups of people for real estate fraud include:

When to Consider Mediation for Business Contract Disputes

mediation-contract-disputes.jpgThe purpose of contracts is to create a binding agreement for business transactions, but unfortunately, there are times when these are not upheld. Contracts can be disputed for their validity, enforceability, and meaning all of which can become complex. When there is a business contract dispute, an alternative resolution solution such as mediation might be suggested.

What Constitutes Unfair Competition in Business?

copyright-unfair-competition.jpgPer The Wall Street Journal, a trademark case that has been ongoing for the past 16 years has reached the Supreme Court. The basis of the case is built upon the fact that the names of the company, Sealtight and Sealtite, are phonetically similar, causing unfair competition. Sealtight alleges copyright infringement, stating that consumers are confused between the two brands and the products they sell. Is the company losing business due to this allegation? The Court is still deciding.