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Construction company files breach of contract suit

In some cases, when two parties in California have entered into a business contract, one party ends up not upholding the terms of the contract. This allegedly happened in one recent out-of-state case involving a construction company and a restaurant. The construction business is currently suing the restaurant for a reported breach of contract after the company claims that the eatery did not pay for construction and design services.

The construction company said it contracted with the restaurant to offer design services linked to the restaurant's renovation. The two parties had allegedly agreed to a price of more than $33,000. The construction company said it completed the requested services in line with the two parties' contract, issuing two invoices for the work. However, despite repeatedly demanding payment, it has not received payment.

Business transactions may not be profitable for several reasons

People often take the plunge into entrepreneurship with the goal of being profitable quickly and realizing their business ownership dreams. However, driving and overseeing business transactions requires a lot of preparation and ongoing dedication. Business startups in California may end up failing for various reasons.

One reason startups often fail is because the team leading the business lacks the skills that are necessary for success. It is essential that a company's team members complement one another's strengths and mitigate one another's weaknesses. The right workers are also needed to build a company's foundation.

Emeco sues Ikea in business litigation case involving copyright

After producing a creative work in California, one area of concern may be whether or not another party is attempting to inappropriately use that work without permission -- in other words, engage in copyright infringement. Emeco, a furniture brand, is currently involved in a business litigation case after claiming to be a victim of copyright infringement. It is suing Ikea for reportedly copying a chair that was designed by architect Norman Foster.

Emeco, an American company that specializes in aluminum furniture, said that Swedish giant Ikea has a dining chair called the Melltrop chair that resembles its own 20-06 Stacking Chair. Emeco's chair is based on a design created by Foster back in 2006. A court hearing is slated to take place in September.

Business transactions for HappAppily expected to be successful

Many people in California dream of owning their own businesses. After all, being an entrepreneur who facilitates profitable business transactions is frequently viewed as an exciting endeavor when compared with simply punching the clock each day. One business that is changing the way other businesses operate in the social media world is a technology startup known as HappAppily.

HappAppily is currently developing a tool that businesses can use to share employees' contact information both internally and with their customers. Founded in early 2015, the company has created a Web-based platform that is unlike anything else currently available. The platform stands out because it lets employers delete, edit and add contact data in real time so that customers can always access accurate contact information.

A few steps can help generate business transactions from zero

When people think about building a business, the idea of becoming an entrepreneur can be exciting and motivating. However, starting at zero can be overwhelming. A few steps can help people who wish to become their own bosses and manage their own business transactions to launch their dream businesses in California.

First, it is essential for an aspiring business owner to research his or her market. It is also important to establish a financial goal that is tangible, which includes figuring out what one needs to achieve each day in order to reach a financial goal. It is also wise to develop a website with credible and shareable content that showcases one's skills, service or product.

Several technology companies profiting from business transactions

Entrepreneurship remains an alluring prospect for many of California's workers for multiple reasons. Being a business owner often seems more exciting than working at a traditional job, and the idea of making an unlimited amount of income is enticing as well. Getting one's business to stand out from the competition and remain profitable in its business transactions, however, can be tricky. Still, several new business startups in the technology sector are attracting attention and appear to be drastically changing their respective industries.

One business that is drawing attention is Mixpanel, which helps companies to figure out exactly what visitors to their websites are doing. It has raised $77 million so far and has about 3,000 customers. Yet another company that is doing well is Slack, which has already raised $180 million. Slack is a chat room designed for workers and currently has more than 365,000 users.

Planning can help entrepreneurs succeed in business transactions

For those who long to have more control over their lives and do work they love, starting a business may be a highly appealing work option. The idea of becoming an entrepreneur in California, however, can be daunting and overwhelming because of the risk involved. A few tips may help aspiring business owners to engage in business transactions that are both profitable and enjoyable.

It is important that people choose their own adventures, following their passions. This may include starting a chocolate shop or even an alpaca farm, for example. If a person is already working a full-time job elsewhere, the individual may simply want to pursue his or her passion part-time at first.

Alleged trademark infringement at center of business litigation

After a person has worked hard to build a brand in California, becoming a victim of trademark infringement can feel like a slap in the face. When another company infringes on one's trademark, the other company's actions may negatively impact one's image and bottom line. One current business litigation case in another state involves an allegation of trademark infringement.

A business that promotes obstacle course challenges has filed a lawsuit against an individual who hosts the same types of races but offers a children's version of them. The company filing the suit, Tough Mudder Inc., organizes challenges that cover distances of 10 to 12 miles and take place globally. It claims that the man who it is suing is committing trademark infringement and causing damage to the Tough Mudder brand by utilizing the similar name of Mini Mudder when promoting his own challenges.

Business transactions by entrepreneurs may increase

Although starting a business in California is often viewed as an exhilarating and life-changing experience, it can also be time consuming and risky. Even with the risks, now appears to be an ideal time economically to launch the new business one has always dreamed of creating. Several trends are encouraging people in America to finally embark on business transactions as entrepreneurs.

First, optimism among small business owners is currently the highest it has been in eight years. Owners of small businesses are feeling optimistic about the modern economy with many even considering adding to their staff. In addition, small businesses happen to be leading America's economic recovery, adding a whopping 1 million workers in 2014. Companies with between 20 and 50 employees appear to be fairing the best in the current business environment.

1 auction company sues another in business litigation case

The goal of any business in California is to offer a unique, profitable service or product -- one that makes the company stand out in the minds of customers. If another company tries to use a name that resembles that of the business and tries to offer the same type of product or service, however, this can cause confusion and negatively impact the company's bottom line. In one out-of-state business litigation case, a provider of auction services has decided to file a suit against another company it claims has committed trademark infringement.

The auction services company that has filed the lawsuit -- Great Gatsby -- is located in the southern part of the United States. The business claims that another auctioneer located in the northeastern part of the country is inappropriately using a similar name. However, the other auctioneer said it had no desire to have a connection to the southern auction house and simply named its own company after the famous American novel. In fact, it said it sells different types of antiques than the southern company does. It markets Asian antiques, while the company filing the suit sells European and American items.

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