Starbucks is Sending Baristas to College…With a Non-Compete Clause.

University of Starbucks? The recent announcement of college scholarships for Starbucks Baristas is a great “perk,” but is this one of the businesses that can take the non-compete and trade secret claims, so often seen as companions in business litigation, too far? In this business litigation update, Faruki Ireland & Cox discusses the non-compete agreements essential to some businesses while the tandem trade secret lawsuits often boarder on the frivolous.

Posted by Daniel Donnellon
Business Litigation
July 8, 2014

Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption no Help to Small-Market Teams

Major League Baseball is called “America’s pastime.”  It is, however, quickly becoming America’s big-market pastime, and antitrust law limits the ability of small-market teams to stem this trend.  The Cincinnati Reds, our local team, recently lost its lead-off hitter from last season, Shin-Soo Choo, to an exorbitant deal with the Texas Rangers, negotiated by Choo’s agent Scott Boras.

Boras is notorious for wringing every last cent out of teams.  If baseball teams wanted to keep player salaries down, in the interest of helping small-market teams compete, could they simply agree not to negotiate with Boras anymore?

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Posted by Jason Palmer
Business Litigation
July 3, 2014

Do the Washington Redskins Have to Change Their Name?

The Washington Redskins are changing their name?!  In this business litigation update, Faruki Ireland & Cox discusses the recent ruling of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in favor of five Native Americans cancelling the registration of six trademarks owned by the Washington Football Club and its owner Daniel Snyder.  Is this ruling “Snyder’s Last Stand” or a lot of “Sitting Bull?”

Posted by Daniel Donnellon
Business Litigation
June 26, 2014

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