The management software my company uses recently added the ability to send messages via SMS to our clientele. We've signed up and it's tested well, but we're not clear on the legality of sending business correspondence messages (no marketing, simply "Your rent is due, please call # or pay online @ oursite.com/pay") without the client expressly opting in for SMS messaging. Do we need to have everyone opt-in or are non-marketing messages for the purpose of communicating legitimate business notices exempt? [more inside]
posted by dozo
on Jun 27, 2014 -
I have come into possession of a very rare item. How can I make a whole lot of money on it? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs
on Feb 8, 2014 -
Please help me decide between business and law school! Difficulty level: I need to decide by Monday and also I'm getting married this weekend and my brain is all over the place OH GOSH SO MANY WORDS INSIDE. [more inside]
posted by jaynewould
on Jan 31, 2014 -
I run a business that sells used things. Someone came in and told me one of my used things was theirs. How do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 19, 2012 -
There are three of us who are starting a business next year and one of my future co-founders is insisting that everyone signs an employment contract stipulating that we stay at the company for at least three years. Contract violations haven't been discussed yet - the contract hasn't been written yet - but a hefty fine is likely. Is this type of contract common between co-founders? What other risks should I be aware of before/if signing this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 31, 2012 -
I'm throwing an advertised dinner party for which guests will pay a fixed price. How can I serve alcohol? [more inside]
posted by pieliza
on Mar 5, 2012 -
How do I start a new private limited company in the UK and then start a new business banking account for it? [more inside]
posted by asymptotic
on Jun 21, 2011 -
Needing recommendations for a competent, reasonably affordable intellectual property attorney in the US. [more inside]
posted by dacoit
on Feb 7, 2011 -
One client of mine, a wealthy entrepreneur, recently expressed interest in being connected with another client, a local band with tons of potential. Now that I've connected them, he's investing a lot of money into their next album and tour. So where does my cut come in? [more inside]
posted by jruckman
on Nov 7, 2010 -
What prevents companies from simply screwing everyone and paying off their owners debt free? [more inside]
posted by doomtop
on Mar 23, 2010 -
The story of how Corporations became legal people using the 14th amendment is pretty famous. But that's a US phenomenon. How did it work out in other countries? Are corporations legal people in the UK, France, Germany, Japan, Canada, Australia etc? [more inside]
posted by moorooka
on Jan 22, 2010 -
Last year I got most of my income for working from home in the state of Virginia. I did work for a company that is not owned by me and was located in another town in Virginia. I got a 1099 as an individual from the company for the work that I did. This work was all conducted by phone and email, no one came to my home. I recently got a letter in the mail from the City of Winchester, VA saying that I did not register as a business in the city and that I needed to pay back licensing fees. I know you're not my lawyer, but do I have to do this?
posted by jefeweiss
on Nov 6, 2009 -
I just graduated from law school on Sunday. I want to open my own law firm and practice criminal law after I pass the Oregon bar. But how can I get up to speed fast enough that I don't give my new clients poor legal services? [more inside]
posted by Happydaz
on May 21, 2009 -
Which website (or lawyer) to visit if I want to do some business investigation on a person or company? [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly
on Mar 21, 2009 -
Is it illegal for a business to close earlier than the closing time posted on their door? [more inside]
posted by thatgirl
on Dec 31, 2007 -
I'm considering starting an adult internet dating service in the US. What legal implications do I need to consider? (Some mildly NSFW details follow). [more inside]
posted by treepour
on Jun 19, 2007 -
I have one question which has three related parts:
Q1. What companies are out there which provide the technology to operate a phone sex business where I can concentrate on marketing and they take care of all the backend processing allowing the individual phone sex operators to dial in from their own home and talk with their clients who are charged per minute ?
I do not want to personally keep or maintain the software myself. I want to outsource this.
So the sex operators would "clock in" at will and recieve calls at any phone they like. This software should also use some sort of accounting to keep track of time spent for each operator.
Q2. Also, how are the phone sex operators paid ? by cashiers checks mailed out to them by Fedex ? This may not be practical especially if there are many operators.
Q3. Finally since this business does not involve any pornographic images are there any laws I need to abide by like having to keep records and making sure everyone is over 18 years of age ?
posted by lc037
on Mar 15, 2007 -
In terms of contracts and legal/business preparations, how should I proceed with the forthcoming sale of software that I've written to a client (this is my first time selling my own software/services as an independent contractor). [more inside]
posted by davidvan
on Nov 29, 2006 -
So, Organization A has hired Organization B to implement a program. Organization A has reason to believe that Organization B is not implementing that program effectively/ethically, but the implementation is already in progress. So, let's say Organization A was compelled to turn to Third Party (C) to participate in the process of implementing the program -- as an observer, mediator, what have you.
posted by greggish
on Sep 3, 2006 -
Another MeFi trademark
question: A small restaurant chain (let’s say ABCFood) opened in Colorado in 1996 and closed all its locations in Q4 2004. All of ABCFood’s state business registrations are in "Delinquent" and/or "Administratively Dissolved" status, and the proprietor has moved on to other endeavors. The USPTO still has a "live" listing for ABCFood’s trademark, though, as mentioned, the mark is no longer maintained
. What obstacles would stop someone from hypothetically opening a similar chain with the name ABCFood in another state?
posted by fourstar
on Feb 7, 2006 -
I'm a freelance web developer who was recently fired by a client, had the amount of my invoice debated, and decided, for a couple of reasons, to write it off as a loss and tell them not to pay me anything. Today I got a check in the mail; do I cash it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 21, 2005 -
When did the practice of refusing to comment on a given issue due to pending litigation
become an acceptable response? Is this a fairly recent development -- a result of living in a sue-happy nation? Is it just the vogue rhetoric of avoiding even a minimal amount of accountability? Or is it something else? For the lawyers out there, what are the ramifications of commenting? ... especially with cases like those involving the government
posted by fourstar
on Jun 29, 2005 -
I am running a free Web-based service for friends and acquaintances. Lately, the volume on this service has been growing greatly. The next step is to move the service to a professional host. I am thinking of putting a paypal donation button on the site to help pay for it. Are there any legal or tax issues I need to worry about? Do I need a business license? What if I want to start selling Cafe Press items or running Google ads? I am located in the USA.
posted by Orkboi
on Jan 16, 2005 -
Would it be legal for a member of the NYAG's office to start shorting a company Spitzer's about to sue shortly before he makes his first press release about it, given that my impression from this article
is that his doing so tends to lead to drops in stock prices?
posted by kenko
on Oct 22, 2004 -
I've been a freelance web designer operating as a sole trader for six months. Now I've gotten a contract that can only hire people as limited companies. I've been told to use an umbrella company, but after reading up on them online, I'm just at a loss. I can understand what
they do, but why don't companies want sole traders? And does anyone have any recommendations on umbrellas to use? (Save, of course, the Umbrella Corporation)
posted by Katemonkey
on Oct 20, 2004 -
If one has a business that is registered as an LLC (with no partners-- just the one person) and if: the business location (office) is in one state, the owner lives in another state and most of the business (or clients) are in a third state in which state is state income tax due-- where the office is, the owner's residence or where the clients are?
posted by limitedpie
on Aug 24, 2004 -
Ecommerce filter: Here at work we are attempting to understand/define the default business rules for taxation calculations within an ecommerce app. Specifically we are all tied up in knots over the application of rates, reporting issues, etc. Is there an industry standard for handling this aspect of a transaction? Who defines the standards, and how can I find out more about it?
posted by lilboo
on Aug 12, 2004 -
I am thinking of starting a very small business, but I have a few questions for those of you who have done so before I really make up my mind wheter to go forward or not. [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by shotsy
on Jul 29, 2004 -
Can someone be held liable for infringing upon a patented business model if they aren't in business? [more inside]
posted by Danelope
on Jan 22, 2004 -