Trade secrets present a unique problem for businesses. A company’s intellectual property is absolutely crucial to the operation and success of a business, but companies must decide whether to seek sunsetting protection by registering this property with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or U.S. Copyright Office. Alternatively, companies can classify the information as trade secrets, ideally protecting them in perpetuity. While trade secrets aren’t formally registered with a government entity, they can still be protected from misappropriation, but proving the item in question was in fact a trade secret and that misappropriation has occurred is not always simple. This was the case in Six Dimensions Inc. v. Perficient Inc. et al., Case Number 4:17-cv-02680, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.

Sporting events are big business for teams and their hometowns. This is the case for Tucson, Arizona, which is not only the home to the Arizona Bowl, but also the center of a lawsuit between the Arizona Bowl owners and the Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission (ASEC).

Texans have enjoyed the Hays Street Bridge in San Antonio, Texas for decades. Originally constructed in 1881 for pedestrians and cyclists and moved to its current location in 1910, the bridge is a piece of San Antonio history. Because of this, many were surprised when the city sold the land the bridge is located on to a local brewery in 2012. The sale launched a seven-year legal battle that remains ongoing. The case is Hays Street Bridge Restoration Group v. City of San Antonio.

While most people think a contract is a signed legal document that dictates specific terms for two or more parties, the legal definition of a contract allows for a broader set of terms.