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Local dealer owes us $20,000 but just closed this morning. What to do?

We are a well known bicycle brand, and one of our local dealers closed up shop over night with no notice to us or even their employees. They have over $20,000 in debt with us. What are our options? Our dealer owes us over $20,000 in debt for stock, with some invoices close to 4 months past due. [more inside]
posted by neillsom on Nov 11, 2014 - 19 answers

If I had a photograph or two: Fair use of product photos on review sites

I've had an idea for a product review site and am trying to discern whether product photographs can be legally reproduced on the website, from where fair-use photographs should be obtained and how, if at all, they should be attributed. [more inside]
posted by Halo in reverse on Oct 27, 2014 - 8 answers

Bring Your Own Device to Play-Work

How nice is too nice of an electronic use policy? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on May 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Buying materials for my job through my own company?

I work for a medium size 40 employee company in a management capacity. I'm responsible for purchasing equipment and software. What sort of legal issues could arise from purchasing the equipment myself and reselling it to the company? [more inside]
posted by dozo on Mar 10, 2014 - 10 answers

Incorporate an online-based business in New York or Pennsylvania

I'd like to start on online-base media/information/advice business, and I'm having trouble deciding on where to incorporate. [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Feb 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Unlocking Contracted Recurring Revenues to use for Debt Collateral

Every month my company sells roughly $15,000 worth of monthly recurring revenue contracts with five year term lengths. The service sells for $1,000 per month so every month we sign on 15 new customers. $15,000 * 12months * 5 years = $900,000 (total contract revenue for all 15 contracts sold during the month) We've maxed out our borrowing on physical assets held by the company and I need to find a way to unlock these revenue streams to use as collateral for further growth. What's the best way to do this? I would prefer to not have to go to every customer and amend their contracts in any way. Thanks!
posted by Paalen on Jan 24, 2014 - 16 answers

Does my very small business need a lawyer?

This question made me wonder if I need to do any legal stuff for my small business. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Dec 6, 2013 - 13 answers

What do ya'll know about starting a business?

I am finally about to graduate from a program to be a professional dog obedience instructor. I am completely clueless about what steps to take to start a business, legally at least. You are not my lawyer... but do I need one? [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Oct 2, 2013 - 7 answers

Website ownership - who can get sued?

Building (and purchasing) a website for a friend's company in Africa - am I legally responsible if his company gets sued for something unrelated to the site? [more inside]
posted by cavs33 on Dec 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Co-Founder Insists On Employment Contract

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 - 24 answers

How to protect idea for database and apps after showing it to someone?

I sent a video outlining an idea I came up with for a DB and series of apps to a contact I made at a big org. I received a terse reply that appeared to be claiming the idea as theirs. What is the best way to respond? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Jul 10, 2012 - 10 answers

tech start up concerns

What should I look for in an employment contract for new startup? [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet on Jun 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Can I sue a freight forwarder for loss of future business?

My company lost its largest customer due to a freight forwarder screwing up and delivering an order a month late. Can I sue the freight company? [more inside]
posted by PSB on May 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Eye on the prize.

How to get back into a productive headspace after business legal issues. [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 on Mar 27, 2012 - 3 answers

How do I obtain a license to publish another company's old, non-monetized software?

I'm interested in obtaining a license to distribute a modified version of someone else's software from a large multinational corporation. How would I go about doing this? What sort of contracts would I need, who should I contact, and how can I ensure that I get the best deal? [more inside]
posted by Lakmir on Dec 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Company is giving me only 17 days to use a voucher that they normally give 12 months for

Is there a specific length of time companies have to honor their rebates/vouchers for if a time period is not specified in their advertising? [more inside]
posted by ogunther on Oct 27, 2011 - 9 answers

Protection vs. patent trolls?

How might one structure a company for maximum resilience against patent trolls? [more inside]
posted by aramaic on Oct 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Freelancers: I recently "finished" a contract but feel hazzy about how it is ending. Please advise.

Freelancers: I recently "finished" a contract but feel hazzy about how it is ending. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by servix on Jun 27, 2011 - 8 answers

Starting a private limited company with a bank account in the UK

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 - 7 answers

How much questioning should I expect from Canadian officials regarding the purpose of an upcoming business trip?

I will be traveling to Toronto, Canada on business. How much questioning should I expect from Canadian officials regarding the purpose of my visit? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Nov 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Am I being slandered?

I own a company in Wisconsin that manufactures items in China. Another company here in Wisconsin has been telling my Chinese vendors not to work with me, via emails and instant messenger chats. [more inside]
posted by PSB on Oct 10, 2010 - 11 answers

Collecting on a Debt

Collecting money from a rogue client. Trying to be specific with information but vague with details. Desperately seeking advice. Let's get this out of the way: you are not my lawyer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Lawyer Dumpster Dives for Lunch

Family Business Filter: How do I negotiate a salary that reflects my value? How does a firm base salary from hourly billing rate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2010 - 15 answers

I am joining a comic start-up, and I need some advice on what to do next.

I'm getting involved with a comic startup. How can I protect the stuff that I make? [more inside]
posted by hellojed on Jan 13, 2010 - 11 answers

Starting a Non-Profit... Where to start?

Starting a Non-Profit... Where to start? [more inside]
posted by weiler63 on Jan 10, 2010 - 8 answers

How to not get screwed over in a business partnership.

How does the tech person in a business partnership avoid getting screwed over by the business person? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on Nov 15, 2009 - 13 answers

Hang out the shingle or get more experience first?

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 - 16 answers

What kind of records do most sole proprietors, freelancers and consultants keep?

What sort of state of organization are the financial records of most sole proprietorships in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Has anyone been convicted for murder where the motive was business?

Dick Jones from Robocop filter: Has there ever, in real life, been a convicted case of murder where a high profile, multi million/billion businessperson either killed or hired someone to kill a business competitor, either within the company or in another company? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Aug 7, 2008 - 16 answers

If I work out of my apartment, will I be my only client?

Can I run a criminal law practice out of my apartment? [more inside]
posted by pantheON on Feb 27, 2008 - 23 answers

Douche-Baggery at Work: How do we protect ourselves from future slander?

There's some serious douche-baggery going on at my job that cost one of my colleagues his job today. How do I protect myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2008 - 12 answers

Is it illegal for a business to close earlier than the closing time posted on their door?

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 - 44 answers

"Please don't start a similar business to mine elsewhere. It would hurt my feelings."

Can you really hold copyright to a business model/idea/concept, and disallow others from duplicating it? If not, then how is The Sampler able to do so? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 21, 2007 - 26 answers

Legal requirements for an adult dating site?

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 - 8 answers

How to structure group consulting business?

How should I structure a growing consulting business, with partners, collaborators, and others that I want to be invested in the growth and success of the business? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Jun 2, 2007 - 3 answers

IANABM (I am not a business major), but...

What books and websites should a non-business-major read to learn about the legal and practical aspects of starting a small business partnership in the US (MD, to be exact)? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Aug 27, 2006 - 7 answers

If I write a book about what I do for a living, will I get in any trouble?

I'm thinking of writing a business book. My dilemma is that the topic would be about what I do in my current day job. [more inside]
posted by pman78 on Feb 28, 2006 - 9 answers

Online legal-ese?

Is there a good online source for generic legal-ese? I am starting a business and I need to draft corporate bylaws, stock certificates, and a terms of service agreement. I would like to do this without involving a lawyer, if possible. [more inside]
posted by nyterrant on Oct 1, 2005 - 6 answers

How to keep people from suing my start-up business

BusinessLiabilityFilter -- Do we need product liability insurance for our start-up mail order business that sells repackaged craft supplies to kids? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Sep 23, 2005 - 12 answers

Cash the check or no?

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 - 17 answers

How to start a business from a hobby

Help a bunch of idiots start a business maybe - advice required on how to go about it. [more inside]
posted by Leud on Aug 18, 2005 - 3 answers

What prepaid legal service would you recommend for business matters?

What prepaid legal service would you recommend for business matters? [more inside]
posted by newgrl on Aug 7, 2005 - 6 answers

This thread DOES comment on pending litigation

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 - 4 answers

PayPal me my taxes.

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 - 5 answers

Taxation and Reporting for eCommerce

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 - 2 answers

Starting a very small business.

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 - 10 answers

Intellectual property question

AskLegalFilter: As a sort of follow-up to this thread, some friends and I have invented a game and have started to show it to representatives from game companies. There's been some interest, and before we can think about moving forward, I think we have to start with the legal stuff on our end. What sort of legal entity do my friends and I need to become so that someone can license intellectual property (mostly writing, as opposed to a unique style of play) from us and write us checks? And how can we do it for the least cost? Assume that we're more or less equal partners (somewhere between 33/33/33 and 35/35/30).
posted by blueshammer on May 3, 2004 - 11 answers

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