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Young student holds sign to support teacher in contract dispute

California parents would understandably be worried if nearly 600 of their local elementary school teachers went on strike. Who knows if that's what a particular group of teachers in another state will wind up doing. They are currently involved in a contract dispute that doesn't appear to have an end in site.

The main issues of the raging contract dispute are said to be wages and health care benefits. Administrators say they are working on a fair deal. They also publicly acknowledged how important the teaching staff is in the community.

More than 20 percent pay raise following major contract dispute

A highly acrimonious situation that lasted a full year has finally been resolved in California. The major contract dispute solution included endorsement from court officials in 12 different counties. Those involved in the dispute are employed as language interpreters in courtrooms throughout the state.

The road to peace during the contract dispute was apparently long and arduous. At one point, there was a series of walkouts on the job. Although these state workers are now scheduled to receive an increase in pay of 21 percent over the next few years, they will still earn less income than their peers who work in federal or private settings.

Business startup goes sour, companies enter litigation

There are many reasons a California business owner might decide to join efforts with other parties to maximize chances for future success. The problem is that if a dispute arises during the business startup phase, it may not only delay plans but impede potential profits as well. In fact, two large companies, Ripple and R3, are currently trying to overcome such problems, both now resorting to litigation as a means of resolving their issues.

Ripple has turned to the California civil justice system, claiming it had forged business startup plans with R3, which failed to honor part of the agreement. R3 has also filed a claim in a chancery court in another state regarding the disagreement, which has to do with an option to purchase XRP, reportedly trading at 21 cents apiece. Ripple says R3 agreed to enter a joint commercial venture centered on a earlier test value of XRP.

AT&T hoping to diffuse raging contract dispute with workers

Many California smart phone users may be eagerly awaiting a scheduled iPhone 8 launch; however, workers from AT&T are reportedly not so thrilled. Many of them say they plan to show up at Apple headquarters where the launch is set to take place so they can stage a public protest. The workers are apparently trying to raise awareness about an ongoing contract dispute in which they are embroiled with their employers.

Most people are familiar with AT&T, a major telecommunication powerhouse that rakes in approximately $1 billion in profit every month. That particular factor leaves many workers wondering why the company has cut at least 12,000 jobs in the nation. Tempers have reportedly been further fueled in the contract dispute by the fact that many of those jobs have been sent overseas.

Oakland Raiders star engaged in pre-season contract dispute

Ready for some football? That's a question to which most NFL fans would answer a resounding "Yes!" unless they happen to be worried about a current Oakland Raiders problem. Star kicker Sebastian Janikowski is apparently involved in a heated contract dispute that may significantly impact his entire football career. The story has made national news and has many players, coaches and football fans sitting on the edges of their seats, awaiting an outcome.

Janikowsi is currently slated to be paid more than $4 million for his final year with the professional football club. However, the main issue of his ongoing contract dispute is one of salary. There are also rumors that the former first-round draft choice player may not be up to par in his kicking skills, thus creating doubt in many minds as to how much he is worth to the team.

Contract dispute may determine the fate of 'Grapes of Wrath'

California movie and classical novel lovers are undoubtedly familiar with John Steinbeck's, "The Grapes of Wrath" which is certainly one of best known American novels of all time. Steinbeck died in 1968, but several of his heirs are currently engaged in a contract dispute over who owns the rights to his work. A central focus of the battle pertains to a proposed film adaptation of the story that director Steven Spielberg wanted to share with the world but was prohibited from doing so.

Steinbeck's son, Thom, and his wife are two of the key players in the ongoing contract dispute. They are reportedly unhappy with their share of the author's inheritance pie. It seems his third wife and her daughter are the main beneficiaries. According to a U.S. District Court judge, the son breached a 1983 royalties agreement by claiming copyright ownership and exploiting Steinbeck's work.

Global Xpress contract dispute is being battled out in court

The typical California resident and/or business owner would likely consider $65 million a substantial sum. This is the amount being fought over in a highly contentious contract dispute between two major satellite and telecommunication companies, one based in the United States, and the other in the United Kingdom. RigNet and Inmarsat are battling it out in court regarding a five-year agreement the two companies signed. RigNet supplies telecommunication services to gas and oil businesses and says it terminated its contract with Inmarsat pursuant to all obligations contained therein.

Inmarsat apparently disagrees with that assessment. The company says the 2014 agreement holds RigNet fully accountable for an agreed-upon $65 million purchase of Global Xpress, a high speed broadband network. The parties have been attempting to resolve the contract dispute through contractually stipulated arbitration.

Contract dispute question: Who owns Snopes?

Most California business owners might agree that differences in  interpretations can lead to serious contract problems. Popular online debunking site Snopes is currently involved in a contract dispute regarding several key issues, one being who, in fact, owns the company at this time. Court hearings recently began to try to answer this and several other important questions.

Bardav, Inc. is Snopes' parent company and is going toe-to-toe against Proper Media, a company claiming to a partial current owner of the website. Snopes CEO David Mikkelson is at the heart of the heated ongoing contract dispute. The court has been asked to determine whether Mikkelson has a right to cancel a contract with Proper Media, as well as whether he is fit to own Snopes.

Many thrilled with business merger on the East Coast

The California home-building industry has definitely seen its ups and downs over the past 10 to 15 years. Many real estate and business analysts say the current market is quite favorable, with promising financial futures ahead for many home building companies. A recent business merger that took place on the East Coast seems to include far more pros than cons, expanding an existing successful company while helping another get out of debt.

The business merger amounted to a $356 million deal between Century Communities and UCP Inc., plus its subsidiary company, Benchmark Communities, LLC. Century Communities was originally based in a western state, but recently expanded its stronghold to include various locations in the southeastern part of the United States. As part of the deal, funds were included to satisfy nearly $150 million of UCP Inc. debt.

Workers from prominent company strike due to contract dispute

Forbes lists Aramark Uniform Services as the one of the largest privately owned companies in the nation. The company boasted $13 billion in revenue a handful of years ago. With over a quarter million employees, it was bound to face a significant contract dispute sooner or later. California employers, particularly those currently dealing with insurance premium issues, may want to keep tabs on the current situation.

The contentious situation involves about 75 members from United Electrical Workers Local 1121. They are responsible for laundering uniforms for many different businesses, such as hotels and restaurants. However, the workers recently walked off the job due to the ongoing contract dispute.