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What employers, employees should know about employment contracts

Looking for a new job can be a challenging time in a person's life. Whether they are unemployed or working in an undesirable job, the prospect of moving to a different position at a different company can be both exciting and stressful. On the other side of this is the employer with a position to fill. Managers and owners may also be feeling a bit anxious as they try to keep their company running with at least one job opening unfulfilled.

Drinking games: Anheuser-Busch, Grupo Modelo merger challenged

With the Super Bowl coming up this weekend, football fans across Colorado are stocking up on the essentials for watching the big game: snacks and beer. One thing that consumers may not be aware of is the pricing and business dispute that is going on back at the beverage headquarters of Anheuser-Busch InBev and Grupo Modelo. Depending on the outcome of a potential merger between the two companies, shoppers may end up paying a little more for these game essentials in the coming years.

David and Goliath: Best Buy loses millions to small tech company

Starting a small business and growing it into a successful company is what many Colorado residents dream of. Although starting a company can come with a fair share of challenges and complex business transactions, small businesses are vital to our economy. When they become more and more successful, however, it is important that business owners are aware of the growing risks they may be faced with in a fiercely competitive market.

Copyright use an issue in new blockbuster film 'Flight'

Usually a company will pay big money to have their product or brand name displayed in a big Hollywood movie. Often these copyright licensing contracts depict how and where a brand will be displayed in a movie, but two companies with major brand names many Denver residents may be familiar with are crying foul over the use of their products in the new movie starring Denzel Washington called 'Flight.' The problem appears to stem from the fact Mr. Washington plays a functioning alcoholic pilot and throughout the movie various brands of beer and spirits are portrayed being consumed by the star, which has some companies up in arms.

Samsung aims to get a new trial against Apple patent infringement

No doubt anyone in Colorado or elsewhere has heard about the numerous patent infringement lawsuits currently being litigated around the globe. Just recently, Samsung was handed more than a $1 billion defeat in the patent infringement case against Apple and now it wants a new trial because the jury foreman did not disclose some rather interesting litigation he was involved in back in 1993. The jury foreman was sued by his former employer, Seagate, after he filed for bankruptcy. Samsung has a strategic relationship with Seagate and because of that substantial connection the jury foreman may have been biased in the case, claims Samsung.

Contract negotiations and the NFL referee lockout

There is no doubt that a number of our readers are Denver Broncos fans or fans of the NFL in general so we thought it might interesting to highlight the ongoing contract dispute between the National Football League and the referee's union. The NFL is big business to be sure with $9 billion in annual revenue. The fallout of the failed contract negotiations thus far has been a real sore spot for fans and the league's reputation in general. Many pundits and columnists are calling for the head of the NFL, Roger Goodell to resign from his post in light of the debacle that this week's NFL games have entailed.

"Modern Family" cast resolves contract dispute

The cast of the highly popular award-winning sitcom "Modern Family" have reached an agreement with the show's production company, 20th Century Fox, according to a spokesperson for the series. The show's adult cast has some great ammunition in their negotiation arsenal, including having been recently nominated for 14 Emmy Awards, the most of any situational comedy. In the past two years, the show has won Emmy Awards for outstanding Comedy Series and several of the cast members have won individual Emmy Awards for their acting on the comedy series.

Colorado lawsuit highlights professional sports agents business

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes when players are signed or traded and what and how their agents get paid? A Colorado business litigation suit involving a few sports agencies and agents offers a glimpse into the complex world of the business of representing professional athletes in their employment contracts with various professional football teams, including the Denver Broncos.

Boeing named in lawsuit over theft of proprietary data

In what might be a "David vs. Goliath" case, Alabama Aircraft, which performed maintenance on the Boeing KC-135 planes for decades, is suing the world's largest manufacturer of commercial planes claiming Boeing stole its proprietary data. The complaint states that it was their proprietary data that helped the Boeing Company secure $1.3 billion in Air Force maintenance contracts for the KC-135 planes. Boeing Company has facilities in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Did Denver's Icon Burger settle 'Smashburger' trademark dispute?

In 2007, Denver-based Icon Burger began using the trade name "Smashburger" knowing the name belonged to a Kentucky company called Dairy Cheer. Since Dairy Cheer was only using the trademark name locally, there had been no issues with both companies using it. Until that is, Icon Burger wanted to expand operations into the Lexington, Kentucky market.

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