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In-N-Out burger files suit to protect its brand

Competition in the fast casual restaurant market can be fierce, especially among burger chains.  SmashBurger and Shake Shack are highly motivated to claim market share previously held by McDonald’s and Burger King. So not only must their offerings be top notch, name branding is critical for establishing a following.

Mylan's cost of doing business

EpiPen is drug manufacturer Mylan’s best known product for not only its prominence in the pharmaceutical market, but the controversy surrounding the dramatic price increases over the years. In 2009, the wholesale price of two EpiPens was about $100. By May of 2016, the price rose approximately 500 percent to $609.

Are business interests dictating school calendars?

Prior to the summer of 2016, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ordered public schools to end by June 15 and wait to resume classes until after Labor Day. The controversial decision was seen as a boon to business and tourism throughout the state during the summer months.

A Supreme Court ruling versus the court of public opinion

After years of legal battles that saw them lose the rights to their controversial trademark, the NFL team based in Washington picked up a legal “fumble,” thanks to the Supreme Court. While they haven’t crossed the goal line just yet, the Redskins are in the “red zone” thanks to a decision involving the name of an Asian-American rock band.

Worth of the ink

The best thing about purchasing a printer is that you not only get the device, but also ink to get started. The worst thing is that, when the ink runs out, you need to purchase more. When shopping for new cartridges, sticker shock sets in. On far too many occasions, the ink ends up costing almost as the initial outlay for the printer.

Real life infringement into a virtual world

Released in 2003, Second Life allows users to reside in an online virtual world. The escapism allows them to interact with their fellow avatars as they explore many locations and gather countless objects. Whether they socialize or trade virtual property with each other, Linden Labs insists that their creation is not a game.

A prominent bank returning to the well of controversy

Wells Fargo has been in a continuing state of damage control since unethical account opening practices garnered attention in 2013. The Los Angeles Times uncovered an aggressive sales culture that undermined employee morale and resulted in unethical tactics, customer complaints and labor lawsuits.

A man dragged down an aisle. An image dragged through the mud.

Overbooking is a common trend for businesses in the travel industry. In the pursuit of maximizing capacities, hotels and airlines anticipate “no-shows,” and use complex algorithms to account for any shortfalls.

First Lady settles lawsuit with Maryland blogger

Maryland has made national news for a serious business lawsuit. Melania Trump, the current First Lady of the United States of America, has just settled a defamation lawsuit against a Maryland-based blogger. The defendant of the pending lawsuit settled shortly after a judge refused to throw out the lawsuit and the details are still undisclosed about the financial penalties. The blogger in this case, Webster Tarpley, chose to settle the lawsuit out of court for what lawyers are calling a "substantial sum" instead of taking the case through the courts. He likely did so on the advice of his attorney.

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