The Business Litigation Blog

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?

If you lost someone close to you as a result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you may be wondering if you can file a wrongful death lawsuit against them. As our wrongful death lawyer can tell you, getting justice is not just about getting a substantial settlement; it’s also about sending the message that a senseless death should not go unpunished. We may be able to help you hold the at-fault party accountable. State Laws Regarding Wrongful Death Lawsuits Laws vary slightly from state to state when it comes to pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit. In particular, the determination of who qualifies to file the suit are somewhat different. A wrongful death lawyer can examine your case and provide you more information as to whether or not you may be able to file the lawsuit. Those Who Qualify to File a Wrongfu...

Seeking Justice for the Wrongful Death of Your Loved One

If you are reading this article, it is possible that you are currently enduring a deep period of grief, sadness and devastation over the loss of a loved one. This person may have been taken away too soon, due to the negligence or carelessness of another person. Losing a cherished loved one before their time can cause substantial anger and agony. You may be lacking energy to go about your daily life and are having trouble taking care of responsibilities, as you go through this excruciating time. You may have not had the opportunity to say goodbye, and now you must deal with the aftermath of a such a tragic accident. Here in this article, we have answered common questions a loved one of the deceased may ask themselves when handling a wrongful death.   What exactly is wrongful death? When the term wrongful death is used, it is re...

Ripple is Being Sued for Marketing Itself as a Security

What is Ripple exactly? Ripple is often times lumped in with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but it is not the same and offers more than a traditional cryptocurrency can at face value. Ripple is a currency exchange, real-time gross settlement system, and remittance network. Ripple can handle 1500 transactions per second (tps) and can scale to handle 50,000 tps to compete with Visa. Ripple was never created to be primarily used by consumers. Ripple uses shared public databases that use a consensus process between validating servers to ensure integrity. This is where the confusion comes in and the comparison to all other block-chain based technologies begin. The servers used could be owned by anyone, including individuals or banks. The Ripple protocol (represented by XRP and colloquially known as ripple) can enable the...

LLCs Protect Real Estate Investors, But Can Be Damaging During Proliferation

The New York Times of April 30, 2018, had an article about Limited Liability Companies, some of which own real estate, and take advantage of the anonymity and limited liability features offered by the Limited Liability Company Acts existing in most states.  These protections are not available to most small real estate investors.  Most banks will not finance the purchase of a two-flat or a three-flat by an LLC.  Only the larger investors such as Sean Hannity, who invested in troubled properties through a large LLC, can take advantage of this.  The Times missed another issue, one that affects corporations and LLCs.  The proliferation of corporate and LLC affiliates, subsidiaries, and parents can work a fraud on the unsuspecting.  One LLC will have two members, each an LLC, each of those LLC...

Chicago Rapper King Louie Sues for Breach of Contract

Chicago native and drill rapper King Louie has sued his Chicago based record label for breach of contract. Louie, whose real name is Louie Johnson, is suing Lawless Inc. in the Cook County Circuit Court. He is suing because he met the requirements of a recording contract where he had to put out 5 albums in 5 years. Lawless allegedly breached the contract by not making royalty payments to Louie. Louie has since demanded access to books and records. When Louie received some financial records he alleged that the report did not add up to the amount of money he is owed for his works. He cannot ascertain how much he should have received. He is suing for $50,000 in damages and the amount of money he should have received in royalties. If you have a breach of contract claim, contact Thomas E. Patterson at tpatterson@patterso...

Radiohead Sues Lana Del Rey for Copyright Infringement

Rumor has it that Radiohead might sue Lana Del Rey for copyright infringement over her songGet Freeand its similarities to their breakout hit,Creep. Lana Del Rey offered Radiohead 40% of the publishing money from the song, but Lana alleges that Radiohead and their attorneys will only accept 100%. Del Rey posted in a tweet “It’s true about the lawsuit. Although I know my song wasn’t inspired byCreep, Radiohead feels it was and want 100% of the publishing – I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.” Radiohead has not made a statement. The irony of the situation is Radiohead’s claim is over a song that they were sued over. The Hollies sued Radiohead and won when they heard similarities between The Hollies’The Air I Brea...

Woof-Tang Clan Hit with Trademark Infringement Claim by RZA

Robert Diggs, better known as RZA, has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against a dog walking business named the Woof-Tang Clan. RZA is a member of the highly successful Wu-Tang Clan and claims that Woof-Tang Clan is “highly similar” to the Wu-Tang Clan in “sight, sound and commercial impression.” RZA also stated that Woof-Tang Clan “falsely suggests a connection” with Wu-Tang Clan and that is “likely to cause confusion, cause mistake, or to deceive consumers to falsely believe” that the dog walking company is associated with the rap collective. Woof-Tang Clan owner Marty Cuatchon responded to the suit with little comment. However, he did say “I am a fan. We walk dogs. I thought it was a good idea.” The Woof-Tang Clan website used to sell T-shirts that parodied famous rap albums (see below). The shirts were all i...

Woman Sues Nationwide for Breach of Contact

A Charleston woman is suing Nationwide General Insurance Company after she claims it breached its contract with her. There was a fire at a property owned by Linda Blevins. The fire caused property damage. The complaint was filed in Logan Circuit Court on June 19th and was moved up to federal court July 24th. Blevins claims that her policy was in full effect the day of the fire. Nationwide issued a reservation of rights letter to the plaintiff. Some petroleum distillate was found in samples from her property. Her policy specifically excluded increased hazards and intentional acts. Blevins stated that Nationwide has no evidence to say that she contributed to an increased hazard on her property. Blevins is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest.  If you have a breach of contra...

Jägermeister Sued for Trademark Infringement

Jägermeister has been sued by outdoor wear company Alfwear over use of the word Kühl in an advertisement. Alfwear is accusing Jägermeister of “infringing and diluting” its trademark. Jägermeister used the phrases “Kühl as Ice” and “Drink it Ice Kühl” in advertisements in June.  Alfwears owns US trademark number 1,990,375 for the ‘Kühl’ mark for use in class 25, according to the claim. Alfwear claims that Jägermeister willfully infringed on the trademark. The use of Kühl by Jägermeister allegedly is creating confusion in the marketplace. The founder and president of Kühl has stated that he’s received emails asking if Kühl collaborated with Jägermeister. If you have experienced trademark infringement, contact Thomas E. Patterson at tpatterson@pattersonlawfirm.com or (312)-223-1699.   

State of New Mexico Sues Oil Company for Breach of Contract

The state of New Mexico is suing a Texas oil company for breach of contract because it did not comply with a settlement. The settlement stated that abandoned oil wells in southern New Mexico needed to be plugged and remediated. Siana Oil agreed to plug one oil well in New Mexico and then clean up contaminated chemical waste at other sites before resuming work in the state. The state of New Mexico now claims that the company owes $147,000 in penalties and possibly several hundred thousand more dollars due to daily fines. In addition to the breach of the agreement the state of New Mexico also alleged violations of the state Oil and Gas Act. If you have a breach of contract claim contact Thomas E. Patterson at (312)-233-1699 or tpatterson@pattersonlawfirm.com

 
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