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North Carolina businessman being investigated for fraud

Criminal investigations and lawsuits continue to follow a local businessman whose troubles range from North Carolina down to Florida. According to court papers and published reports, many investors have lost a significant amount of money. Neither the man nor his lawyers could be reached for comment.

North Carolina sweepstakes games disappearing after court ruling

Many of the Charlotte area establishments that once did a brisk business operating electronic sweepstakes games are now closing after they found themselves on the losing end of a business dispute with state prosecutors. The North Carolina Supreme Court's decision to uphold laws making the sweepstakes games illegal marks the end of a long and expensive legal battle.

Bridgestone sues IBM over computer system dispute

North Carolina residents may be interested in the lawsuit Bridgestone recently filed against IBM. The tire company hired IBM to design and implement a new $75 million computer system to handle order processing and fulfillment. However, Bridgestone claims that the system performed so badly that it threw the company into chaos, and it is seeking $600 million in damages.

Actor seeking class-action lawsuit for racial profiling

Business owners in North Carolina might be interested in this story of racial profiling in New York. Last June, an African-American actor on the HBO series "Treme"was handcuffed and confined to a cell at the Macy's flagship store in Manhattan. The young man was being detained as the result of an employee accusing him of credit card fraud. The actor has stated that both police officers and the employee found it unbelievable that a young black man would be able to afford a watch that cost $1,300 unless he had stolen somebody's credit card.

Lawsuit alleges Thicke stole Marvin Gaye music

In a continuing controversy that has interested North Carolina music fans, the family of Marvin Gaye has accused Robin Thicke of a history of taking Gaye's material and has filed a lawsuit against him. The family initially threatened legal action against Thicke when they alleged that he based much of his recent hit song "Blurred Lines" from Gaye's 1977 "Got to Give It Up". Thicke and his collaborators subsequently filed suit asking the court to rule that his song was not a copy. The current business litigation is in the form of a counterclaim filed by the Gaye family in which they are asserting that Thicke used Gaye's song "After the Dance" when he co-created "Love After War".

Van Halen jumps on drummer's ex-wife with unfair competition suit

Fayetteville fans of Van Halen may wonder: Should the drummer's ex-wife should be allowed to use her married last name for commercial purposes? The answer would be no, according to business litigation filed by the band, which claimed that Kelly Van Halen was diluting the name's brand by using it to sell her line of swimsuits, children's blankets and interior design services. Kelly Van Halen, nee Carter, was married to drummer Alex Van Halen from 1984 to 1996.

Internet TV viewers may want to watch Aereo business litigation

North Carolina viewers of videos on the Internet may be affected by the copyright violation fight being waged against start-up company Aereo by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Fox Broadcasting and Local TV. The business dispute is over Aereo's project of streaming broadcast television to consumers over their Internet connections. The latest legal action was taken in Utah, where Aereo just began offering service. The suit's allegations were similar to those made in earlier lawsuits against the new company in New York and Boston.

Will North Carolina universities be affected by business dispute?

North Carolina universities involved in pharmaceutical research may see fallout from a lawsuit filed by the town of Princeton, N.J., against its eponymous university. The municipal business litigation came after the worldwide success of the anti-cancer drug Altima. Sales of the drug brought in $2.5 billion per year for its manufacturer, Eli Lilly, with over $500 million of that being paid to Princeton University as licensing income. The university used some of that income on building construction and payments to faculty. The town made the claim that it was improper for those profits to be distributed by a supposed nonprofit entity that claimed tax exemptions on much of its extensive property holdings.

Estate of Arthur Conan Doyle defends copyright-related lawsuit

North Carolina fans of Sherlock Holmes may be interested in learning that an author has sued the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle to enjoin it from asserting certain intellectual property rights associated with the late author's famous character. Although various versions of the Sherlock Holmes saga have been presented in recent years, including two major motion pictures, the estate typically demands a licensing fee for use of the character of Holmes and other characters associated with the British detective..

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