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Woman Sues Subway Over 'Big Mama' Insult

Fast food chain Subway is being sued by a California woman after an employee wrote "Big Mama" on one of her orders.

Allison Brown, 45, of Murrieta, took the Subway employee's message as an insult. It caused her to "[break] down crying" and to seriously question her appearance, according to Jezebel.

So can businesses be sued for allegdly being rude to customers?

A San Francisco bar is being temporarily shut down for doing something seemingly harmless: charging extra for drinks.

But Dimples Cocktail Lounge isn't being shuttered for 45 days just for raising prices. The bar was charging a surcharge for the personal company of its female servers, reports San Francisco's KPIX-TV.

So when can bars charge a little something extra for their drinks?

Business Lessons From Katherine Heigl's Lawsuit

One of the worst things that can happen to a business is to get caught up in a high-profile lawsuit with a celebrity.

Just ask lawyers and PR managers for Duane Reade, the drug-store chain that's being sued by actress Katherine Heigl for allegedly misappropriating her image on Twitter and Facebook, The Associated Press reports.

While business owners may be eager to boast that celebs use their products or shop in their stores, what legal lessons can you learn from Heigl's lawsuit?

Can You Get Out of a Franchise Agreement?

Can you legally get out of a franchise agreement?

Buying a franchise may seem like a great business opportunity, but there are a few situations that may warrant the termination of a franchise contract.

Although it's best to talk to a business and commercial law attorney about any issues that arise, here are a few ways you may be able to get out of your franchise agreement:

A newly discovered security flaw called "Heartbleed" has many businesses scrambling to beef up their online security.

The Heartbleed flaw affects websites that use a security software called OpenSSL to protect users' data and passwords. As The Washington Post explains, sites vulnerable to the flaw are like doors with defective locks. No matter how much consumers change their passwords, if the "lock" is broken, user data is vulnerable.

So what does your business need to know about the Heartbleed flaw?

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a New Mexico case over whether a business can refuse to serve gay and lesbian customers, leaving the New Mexico Supreme Court's decision intact.

In August 2013, the New Mexico High Court ruled that a wedding-photography business that offered its services to the general public could not, under New Mexico's anti-discrimination laws, refuse to serve clients because they are gay -- even if that refusal is based on religious beliefs.

With the U.S. Supreme Court avoiding the issue, many business owners may wonder how the New Mexico decision will affect their business practices.

Cole Haan Pinterest Contest Spurs FTC Warning

Fashion brand Cole Haan landed in some hot water for a Pinterest contest when it received a letter from the FTC alleging violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act.

The FTC interpreted the pins as endorsements for the company's "Wandering Sole" contest and dinged Cole Haan for not clearly communicating that there was a financial incentive to win a shopping spree.

So what can small business owners learn from Cole Haan's FTC warning letter?

5 Legal Tips If You're Opening a Pet Store

For animal lovers looking to open up a neighborhood pet store, what are some legal tips you should keep in mind?

Unlike a typical retail store that sells clothes or toys, owning a pet store requires that you take care of live animals.

So here are five tips to keep in mind if you're opening a pet store:

Congress Talks Bitcoin, Small Business: 3 Tidbits

Congress held a hearing on Bitcoin and small businesses Wednesday. Though no action was taken, the discussion could impact the virtual currency and businesses that currently accept it (or are considering it) for payment.

In case you're still in the dark, Bitcoin is the world's first decentralized, peer-to-peer virtual currency. This means that it's not backed by any banks, credit card companies, or governments, according to The Washington Post.

So before you get on board with Bitcoin, here are three tidbits to ponder from the House Committee on Small Business' Bitcoin hearing:

Small business owners with an eye on morale may need to increase their workplace transparency.

Transparency can be difficult to master, and Forbes notes that for many companies, the balancing act is too tough to even pursue. But according to a recent poll by People Driven Performance, 71 percent of employees feel they're in the dark about company goals and plans.

Can your business boost morale and productivity by being more transparent?