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Columbia Sportswear Suing Lululemon in Trademark Dispute
February 25, 2015

Columbia Sportswear is accusing Lululemon Athletica of infringing on the trademark of Columbia activewear subsidiary Prana Living. Lululemon, the yoga and activewear company based in Vancouver, B.C., has offered as recently as last October a "Perfect Prana Pant" and "Perfect Prana Long Sleeve Henley," the lawsuit says.

Lululemon has continued to offer products with the Prana name on a Lululemon-affiliated website after receiving letters from Prana's lawyer warning to not do so, the lawsuit says. A Lululemon spokeswoman declined to comment, citing company policy to not comment on pending litigation.

California Plastic Bag Ban On Hold by Referendum
February 25, 2015

The plastic bag ban in California was supposed to take effect this July, but the vote has been moved to November of 2016, after opponents of the ban qualified for a referendum on the law.

Another Class Action Filed Against Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
February 24, 2015

The past 30 days have been the toughest for Alibaba Group Holding Ltd since the company went public in September. Criticism from Chinese regulators, disappointing revenues, and a barrage of lawsuits have pulled down Alibaba stock nearly 17 percent in the preceding month, to around $86—close to its all-time low share price of $82.81.

On Friday, there was a fresh addition to the class action lawsuits filed against Alibaba Group. A New York-based law firm, Pomerantz, accused the Chinese e-commerce firm of negligence in disclosing correct information prior to its initial public offering (IPO).

Is This the Craziest Water Bottle Ever?
February 24, 2015

Normally we wouldn't get excited about a water bottle, but there's a lot going on with the Next Bottle. It would seem that it certainly lives up to its name, or at least tries to—it's an insulated ABS plastic water bottle that doubles as several smartphone accessories.

Carved into the back of the Next Bottle is a niche that holds a rotating cradle for a smartphone. It's been designed for the iPhone 6, but any phone smaller than that should work. Below that cradle is a charging port, which comes with a small Lightning cable, although this can be disconnected...

25 Social Media Channels You’re Probably Not Using (That You Should Try)
February 24, 2015

Chances are your small business has used social media in one way or another. There are the big guns like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. And other familiar names like Instagram, Pinterest, and Vine. However, these are just a drop in the bucket when it comes to all of the social media channels out there.

Check out our list of social media channels you're probably not using and see if any have potential for your business.


Pheed does more than let users share video, text, music and photos. It also offers live broadcasts and a pay-per-view option.

Starline Rep Jim Maddox Wins SPPA Award
February 24, 2015

Starline Inc. recently announced that Jim Maddox of The Maddox Company was honored by the Sunbelt Promotional Products Association (SPPA) as Multiline Rep of the Year for 2014.

The Tampa Bay Rays Have MLB's Weirdest Giveaways
February 24, 2015

The Tampa Bay Rays have long had a reputation as one of MLB's most outside-the-box teams. So it's no surprise that their promotional giveaways are, um ... let's go with quirky.