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February 2014 Archives

Apple and Samsung in litigation over smartphone features

Intellectual property disputes can arise amongst competing companies if they feel their technologies or products are being copied or improperly used by a competitor. Such activities can lead to significant financial consequences for the infringed party, and they should therefore protect their property rights when applicable.

California builders and stakeholders react to Title 24 delay

Although the deadline for changes to the 2013 Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards has been delayed until July, owners of commercial real estate should make sure they will be compliant. One major change in the standards is a goal of an overall 25-percent increase in each building's energy efficiency. This change is the largest percentage increase ever required by the California Energy Commission.

City sues Calico Energy for breach of contract

A city in another state was seeking an easier way for residents to monitor their usage of energy when it entered into a contract with Calico Energy, Inc. Over three years later, the city is still awaiting the ePortal website that was outlined in their contract. In the meantime, the city is pursuing a breach of contract lawsuit claiming that the company is unable to provide what it promised. A breach of contract may be frustrating for California residents, but there are options for pursuing legal recourse in the event of such an occurrence.

Almond growers settle contract disputes for $4 million

About 80 percent of the world's supply of almonds is grown in California, and there are over 5,000 almond growers in the state. Agriculture is always risky, however, and almond growers in California do have to struggle each year to get a crop out. Right now a drought and a shortage of honeybees to pollinate the crops are the main problems. Because almond harvesting is big business in California, contract disputes involving almond growers and other businesses are common.

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