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Motel 6 agrees to settle suit involving consumer discrimination

Motel 6, the national hotel chain that provides convenient, low-cost respite to a lot of weary travelers, has reached a yet-to-be-finalized agreement in an Arizona lawsuit regarding violations of the state's consumer protection statutes. The chain still faces a similar lawsuit in Washington.

According to news reports about the case, the management of two Motel 6 establishments in Phoenix engaged in blatant discrimination against Latino customers. The managers provided Immigration and Custom Enforcement officers with the identifying information and location of its Latino guests without a warrant.

What is landlord harassment?

Landlord harassment is illegal, so it's important for both landlords and tenants to recognize the boundaries on acceptable behavior when there's a dispute between them.

Landlord harassment usually happens when a landlord feels like he or she can't keep waiting on something to happen. The harassment is usually designed to pressure the tenant into compliance. Often, the landlord's goal is to make the tenant simply move out. The landlord may hope to raise the rents, replace a less-desirable tenant with a more attractive one (especially in commercial spaces, where some tenants can serve as lures for others), or simply be biased against a tenant's race, religion, gender, disability or national origin (among other things).

Trademarks and unsuitable content: What you need to know

The end of your trademark application or protection can sometimes come from an unexpected source -- it's content.

Under the Lanham Trademark Act, attempts to establish or retain a trademark that is somehow offensive or unsuitable to the public are doomed to failure. However, exactly what that means can vary not only from decade to decade but from individual to individual.

NASA selects six Arizona small businesses for awards

NASA awarded over 300 small businesses with funding for research and technology transfer. Six out of the 348 businesses hailed from Arizona – receiving a total of seven awards.

Over $43.5 million was distributed to businesses across the United States through the Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contracts. The funding supports projects that promise to benefit NASA’s mission and the economy.

The rights of renters who suffer domestic violence

The victims of domestic violence face a lot of hardships -- including some centered around their ability to find safe housing.

If you're a victim of violence, make sure that you understand your rights when it comes to being a renter. While landlords probably don't intentionally set out to make things harder for the victims of violence, confusion about the law can sometimes have that result.

Use these tips to prevent financial fraud

A lot of people seem to think that white collar crime isn't really that serious. They justify their thinking by saying that, unlike violent crimes, "nobody gets hurt." Maybe that's why some employees are willing to take the risk and steal from an employer.

Unfortunately, white collar crime can destroy your business faster than you built it, whether you're dealing with embezzlement, fraud or some other scheme. As a business owner, it's your job to be constantly on watch -- and to do what you can to prevent workplace crimes before they happen.

Understanding property easements (before you buy)

If you're looking at a piece of property with an easement, you need to understand exactly what that means before you decide to buy.

While there are a number of types of easements, most allow you to use another person's property in a very limited fashion -- as long as you do so in the expected manner without unduly disturbing that person and without laying claim to it.

Company takes heavy losses for unwanted phone calls

Unwanted sales calls and "robo-dialers" are one of the biggest nuisances associated with owning a phone. Everybody seems to have a story about a company that manages to call during the middle of dinner or in the early hours of the morning when people are still asleep.

Well, one Arizona company is now feeling a significant sting for invading the privacy of consumers.

What do you do if your business is foreclosed?

You are a hard worker who built your business from the ground. It has been successful for a number of years. Your business is almost like your child. You sacrifice to ensure its success. What if one day you fall behind on your mortgage payments and your baby faces foreclosure? What do you do?

Could a 'flipped' house cause you a big legal problem?

Ever since the property market hit the skids back in 2007, there's been a huge increase in available houses that have been bought for a song, renovated on a dime and resold for big bucks.

This has created some major headaches for people in real estate. Agents have to walk a thin line when it comes to laws regarding full disclosure of any property defects.

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