Does Trademark Registration Protect Brand Names Containing Generic Terms

Many entrepreneurs are surprised to learn you can protect a generic brand name through trademark registration. However, these situations are limited and generally require the help of a skilled trademark attorney to register the mark successfully. Nonetheless, if you operate a business—especially an internet-based company—with a generic brand name like Apples-and-bananas dot com, you may be able to obtain...

Business Ownership Dispute Analysis: Taco Bell Trademark

“¡Yo quiero Taco Tuesday!” At least, that’s what Taco Bell wanted when it asked U.S. trademark regulators to determine whether Wyoming-based taco chain Taco John’s claim of exclusive ownership over the term “Taco Tuesday” was valid. The fast-food giant claimed the term was in common use despite Taco John’s having been granted exclusive use of “Taco Tuesday” nearly 40...

Key Elements Required for a Valid Florida Commercial Lease

Whether it is your first time signing a commercial lease or your hundredth, entering such an impactful contract requires dedication and careful consideration. It is absolutely essential to make sure that every i is dotted and every t is crossed. The last thing you would want is to find out you can’t enforce the lease when you need to....

What to Include in an International Business Contract

Florida is a key player when it comes to foreign transactions. So it’s no wonder that countless Florida businesses implement foreign business agreements. Whether you are seeking to import goods, export services, or establish partnerships abroad, an international business contract will serve as the legal backbone for these transactions.  An international business contract should include at least eight key...

Difference Between Commercial Litigation and Business Litigation

It is understandable to conflate business litigation and commercial litigation. In many contexts, “business” and “commercial” can be used almost interchangeably. However, from a legal perspective, there is a difference between commercial and business litigation. This difference is subtle, but can sometimes affect how to approach a specific legal matter. As business lawyers at BrewerLong, we understand the importance...

Business Ownership Dispute Analysis: Fox Theatre Ownership

In the historic heart of St. Louis lies the Fabulous Fox Theatre, a cultural crown jewel dating back to the late 1920s. Long treasured for its rich history, elaborate architecture, and the live performances it hosts, the theatre was once one of the largest cinemas in the United States, with over 5,000 seats. However, the theatre has recently taken...

How to Sue for Breach of Contract in Florida

Contracts are necessary in all different types of scenarios, from buying and selling goods to real estate transactions. When you enter into a contract, you expect the other party to perform their obligations under the agreement. However, breaches of contract still occur all the time in Florida. Thankfully, the law recognizes that contracts serve an important societal function and...

Understanding Florida Consumer Privacy Laws

Florida is home to white sand beaches, beautiful coastlines, and some of the biggest companies in the world. As of the most recent tally, Florida is also home to approximately 22 million people or 7% of the U.S. population. But despite the beautiful landscape and robust population, Florida struggles with significant cybercrime. According to the FBI, there were more...

Business Ownership Dispute Analysis: Tampa Bay Rays

In nature, a group of stingrays is called a fever. However, it is unclear whether scientists have yet assigned a name for the group of lawsuits coming fast and furious at Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg, who was sued for the third time in less than three years by a group of minority owners. The most recent...

Business Ownership Dispute Analysis: Jay-Z Against Bacardi

Rap icon and entrepreneur Jay-Z finally settled a dispute between his company, SCLiquor, LLC, and Empire Investments, Inc. (a subsidiary of Bacardi, Inc). The business ownership dispute began when Jay-Z proposed an agreement for Bacardi to buy out his interest. The controversy centered around Jay-Z’s valuation of the company and Empire’s refusal to turn over vital financial records. Jay-Z...