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.
Football has many traditions, its most high profile being the Super Bowl. Fans fill the stadium and people around the world gather around their televisions to watch the annual NFC vs. AFC clash. For the diehard football fan, it will be their last chance for the season to cheer on their team.
As Facebook has become a shared reality for users worldwide to communicate with friends and family, the company is about to enter a new era: virtual reality. However, the transition to the growingly sophisticated, fully immersive technology has been anything but smooth.
Although the Labor Department says it followed the comprehensive administrative rulemaking process required by law when implementing President Obama's executive order, a federal judge has ruled that the administration's overtime policy for salaried workers unlawful.
When you grab some quick cash from an ATM, you expect to pay a fee. The size of that fee depends on whether the ATM is operated by your banking network or by a competitor. When you use a competing network, both that network and your own bank can charge you a fee. Of course, you might not have to pay any fee for money withdrawn from their own bank's ATMs. Are those rules clear enough?
Theranos was once considered a superstar startup in Silicon Valley, attracting a number of hotshot venture capitalists to its board. Founded in 2003 by Elizabeth Holmes, the company's mission was to develop a solution for quick blood testing that required only a drop or two of blood. The idea was great, and that, along with all the attention and board expertise, got the company a valuation of around $9 billion.
Many people here in Maryland use -- or have used -- an Apple product at some point in recent years. Not surprisingly, Apple's success with iPods, iPads and iPhones, among other devices has opened it up to numerous lawsuits over the years. Many of those cases have to do with patents, and recently, yet another piece of business litigation was filed against the technology giant. This time, a man is claiming that Apple owes him $10 billion and a piece of the action for every Apple device sold.
Nearly every Maryland business operates in order to make a profit. When a client does not pay for services rendered or delivered goods, that primary objective is put into jeopardy. Businesses that do not get paid are also not able to pay their own debts either, which could also threaten the success of the company. Business debt collection is a vital part of any company, but it can be tricky to navigate.
Some Maryland businesses are fortunate enough to never be the subject of a lawsuit. However, many others find themselves involved in disputes that result in the filing of business litigation. The question then becomes what steps need to be taken in order to deal with the legal claims.
Technological advances happen at a rate that many companies here in Maryland and elsewhere are unable to keep up with on their own. In order to remain current and profitable, companies use technology patented by other companies. If the company using the technology does so without the permission of the company holding the patent, business litigation could be filed.