Key Harrington Barnes, PC

January 2015 Archives

Texas farmers involved in lawsuit against Syngenta

A woman from Texas has filed a lawsuit against the Swiss agricultural corporation Syngenta. She is one of more than 1,300 farmers who have filed suits claiming that genetically modified crops sold by the company polluted the market, caused serious issues with import to China and destroyed the profitability of their harvest on multiple occasions. At least 163 of the lawsuits have been filed in Texas. They have been now been consolidated into a federal multi-district litigation action to be heard in Kansas.

Beastie Boys sue Monster for legal fees from last lawsuit

Texas observers of intellectual property law and associated litigation may have noted a high-profile case between the California-based manufacturers of Monster Energy Drinks and the seminal New York City hip-hop group, the Beastie Boys. Although the legal team for the Beastie Boys has won the original case, they are now attempting to force Monster to pay the legal fees.

Texas builder takes legal action after contract breach

A lawsuit was filed on Oct. 15 in Galveston County District Court by JNP Acquisitions Inc. claiming that a building contract was wrongfully terminated. According to the company, it had agreed to a building contract with two individuals in November 2013. The contract was reportedly terminated after a draw request was made for completed work.

Business names are valuable intangible assets

Texas businesses may take interest in a dispute involving the names of entities associated with Yosemite National Park's name, as the legal resolution to the case may set a precedent affecting similar disputes across the nation. The park's present concessionaire, Delaware North Companies, has reportedly advised park officials that it owns the names of several park locations, such as Curry Village. The park is disputing that claim. If the dispute ends up in court and the concessionaire were to prevail, park officials suggested the possibility of changing the park's iconic names.

Keeping trade secrets private

As Texas company owners may know, trade secrets are not only the domain of businesses with special recipes to protect. Trade secrets may encompass a wide variety of information, methods or contacts that might serve to help a business be successful and outdistance its competitors. Keeping trade secrets private requires much more than average business practices.