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Competing Agencies

Contracts in jeopardy

In response to a ruling that would eliminate all current and future noncompete agreements, two powerhouse associations have taken joint legal action against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  The Business Roundtable and the US Chamber of Commerce filed the lawsuit within a day of the announcement that within the United States, there would be a ban against employers holding current and former employees to these contracts.  The accusations presented in the filing focus on the level of authority maintained by the FTC to implement such a ban and whether the government agency overstepped its role.    

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Calling all Customers!

Phone service hacks

AT&T announced in March that a collection of personal, private information about 73 million of the company’s former and current customers was breached.  Although the data was posted on the internet this year by the hacker enterprise known as MajorNelson, AT&T confirmed that the compilation of information stemmed from five years ago or even earlier.  Following the alleged flagrant and negligent disregard for maintaining appropriate security of its customer’s private records, AT&T has been named in a proposed class action lawsuit.  The breakdown of those impacted includes 7.6 million current customers and 65.4 million former customers. 

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Infectious Menu

Contaminated health

Following the filing of a personal injury lawsuit, a fast-food restaurant that claims its recipes are driven by a high level of quality may now have to defend its slogan.  Despite Wendy’s dedication to incorporating fresh ingredients into its food, a Michigan franchise location may be held liable for contributing to the permanent health issues of a young consumer.  After citing almost 20 health code violations, the Ottawa County Health Department (OCHD) temporarily closed the location in July 2022, and on August 11, 2022, the OCHD closed the restaurant for a second time after discovering additional violations.

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It Pays to Share

Failed business deal

In recent news, a former footballer and an actor go head-to-head in the ultimate legal showdown of a business venture gone awry.  In the U.S. District Court of Central California, David Beckham filed a complaint against the Syndey, Australia-based company F45 Training, which is 36% owned by Mark Wahlberg.  Beckham claims that Wahlberg approached him to serve as a brand ambassador for the company but was later allegedly duped out of millions.  The former athlete alleges breach of contract and fraudulent conduct.  Since the initial filing, Wahlberg has denied the accusations and is seeking a dismissal.

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A Modern Renovation

House fix gone wrong

In response to a lawsuit filed in December 2023, actor Sofia Vergara has issued a counterclaim.  The legal dispute focuses on the renovations to Vergara’s Los Angeles home, which she purchased in 2020, while still married to her now ex-husband Joe Manganiello.  According to the initial claim, Vergara’s contractor, Reside Custom Homes (RCH), accuses the Modern Family alum of promissory fraud, breach of contract, and intentional interference with contractual relations.  Among the allegations, RCH claims that Vergara failed to pay two bills, one for $896,196.15 and the other for $657,245.23, associated with work already completed on the home.

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