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California tourists in uproar over contract dispute

Though most business owners are not strangers to contact disagreements, the reasons for a disagreement can sometimes be surprising. A recent contract dispute in California has tourists and business owners in an apparent uproar. Some find the situation humorous, but others are more angry than amused.

The center of the legal argument is the name Yosemite National Park, which has apparently been trademarked to a company in another state. The company has reportedly not only gained rights to the name but to other brands affiliated with the park itself. Long-time tourists in the area recently expressed their fury when all the signs and logos in the area were changed.

Many say the title is akin to a national symbol, loved by people throughout the nation and should not be subject to private ownership. One couple, who has apparently been visiting Yosemite park for more than 50 years, said they were highly disappointed upon their most recent visit when they discovered that all the signs had been changed. The New York-based company that acquired the trademarks wants to charge another concessionaire $44 million for the rights to use the trademarked names.

Many hotel and business owners in the area have been impacted by the contract dispute. Others in California who may be facing similar legal challenges can obtain guidance from an experienced business and commercial law attorney before determining their next steps. It is advisable to possess a clear understanding of the law and develop a plan to protect one's business interests before pursuing such matters in court.

Source: The New York Times, "Bitter Contract Dispute Extends to Who Owns Yosemite Names", Thomas Fuller, March 1, 2016

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