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January 2013 Archives

Atlanta nonprofit sues over unfair competition, trademark issues

A company's name often reflects its characteristics and values and can evoke certain feelings in consumers and business partners. Companies often trademark their names because they want to protect their brand, image and reputation. Any other company that tries to capitalize on that name may face a lawsuit. The nonprofit organization Atlanta Beltline Inc. is suing Andrew Realty Group Inc. for what it claims is federal trademark infringement, along with an accusation of unfair competition and trademark dilution.

Georgia mergers and acquisitions may save major brands

Fans of Wonder Bread and other Hostess products have likely been anxious to see what will happen once the company started liquidating its assets following its bankruptcy filing. Flowers Foods in Georgia is currently the highest bidder for most of the bread bakeries and brands. If the company is successful in making the acquisition, it is likely that consumers will be buying their favorite breads again soon. This is just one example of how mergers and acquisitions may keep a beloved product from disappearing permanently from store shelves.

Atlanta vendors win case against city over licensing agreements

Souvenir and snack vendors in Atlanta recently won a dispute against the city, which was trying to put vendor management into the hands of only one company. City Hall informed independent vendors in December that they would need to obtain licensing agreements with General Growth Properties as of 2013 in order to remain in operation. The Fulton County Superior Court overruled the city on this matter in late December, but vendors are still unable to get permits to operate in 2013.

Georgia breach of contract: Instagram faces backlash from users

The popular Instagram app has users in Georgia and all across the world. However, it is now facing a class-action lawsuit after it reportedly changed the terms of service. The changes are said to violate the privacy of its users and has caused a mass exodus of customers. Facebook has recently acquired Instagram, and it has stated they will vigorously defend the breach of contract claims made by the lawsuit.

Georgia company's contract dispute shadowed by criminal charges

A dispute that seems to just get more heated has erupted between a Georgia contracting company and an out-of-state city. The company is accused of violating the state's wage laws in connection with its demolition of three schools devastated by a 2011 tornado. The charges by state officials also allege the contracting company forged documents to cover up the mis-payments. The charges come months after the contractor launched a federal breach of contract dispute over the job. That case is still pending

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