A friend of mine (really) recently found an opportunity to move to a different team within our company—certainly a promotion for him. Word got down to his existing management, and they said they would "block" him from moving, because they need him for an event later this year. Is that legal, and what can he do? [more inside]
posted by symphonik
on Feb 8, 2007 -
ClaimsCourtFilter: A web design client of ours had a verbal contract with us, approved both the design and the logo, and then reneged due to a "misunderstanding," after most of the work had been completed. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned
on Jan 31, 2007 -
ContractFilter: My friend had a contract for a superbowl party at a bar in Chicago. Nowhere on the contract does it say that the bar can cancel this contract at will. [more inside]
posted by twiggy
on Jan 22, 2007 -
Is there a competent, reliable hardware service company in the L.A. area that can maintain my computers and office equipment? [more inside]
posted by SMELLSLIKEFUN
on Nov 22, 2006 -
Verizon Wireless extended my contract without my knowledge or consent when I changed my service plan a few months ago. I explicity ask Verizon each time I make a change to my account whether or not the change would extend my contract, and the customer rep must have said no, or else I would not have agreed. What are my options?
posted by speedoavenger
on Nov 5, 2006 -
Large projects that run over budget and the contractors get paid instead of eating the extra costs. Why? [more inside]
posted by kamelhoecker
on Oct 29, 2006 -
Where can I find a good contractor to design/build/bling/update my promotional MySpace pages? [more inside]
posted by scrawlyman
on Aug 31, 2006 -
What kind of a contract does a band need to sign in case their music is used in a low budget (indie) film? [more inside]
posted by cheero
on Aug 28, 2006 -
Through a mutual friend, I've been approached to develop the back end of a website. My compensation for my work will be a percentage of the profits this website brings in. I have no idea what percentage to ask for, or what's fair. [more inside]
posted by cgg
on Jul 22, 2006 -
I'm trying to recover a debt owed to me (currently $1300+) by a client for whom I worked as an independent tech contractor in 2002-03. He's very slowly paid off a lot of the original debt ($5000), but he stopped making the payments almost two months ago with no explanation, and has been completely non-responsive to all my contact attempts ever since. It's a matter of very high personal importance that I recover the full debt in this case (because this is a very slimy guy, and because his company could not have started up or earned money without my work). I also need the money, so this is not something I can walk away from in that sense either.
posted by allterrainbrain
on Jul 5, 2006 -
I have been, for some time now, looking for a space for my retail store. I had to sign a contract with a broker, since in the area I was looking you can only have one broker working for you. I have seen a few spaces and have been in contract talks with one of them, but that fell through (not because of the broker).
I also asked the broker about a SPECIFIC space, but they said everything was taken and nothing was available there. Later I called myself and found out more information, and soon contacted a landlord willing to lease me a space.
I like my broker and think they tried their best, but I need to break the contract so I can go on and deal with this space myself. It is no problem to cancel the contract I just need to send a letter.
I guess my question is, how can I let my broker go, without harboring or sending any bad feelings?
posted by savagecorp
on Jun 21, 2006 -
My father is an independent consultant, and works for $900/day in the formulated food business. What rate should he charge for travel time (per day) when he travels coast-to-coast for an assignment? [more inside]
posted by naelyn
on May 23, 2006 -
Assuming denomination of currency was not specified in the contract, could someone hold the terms of a contract unfulfilled because the denomination of currency was inconvenient and/or costly to process? [more inside]
posted by ontic
on May 18, 2006 -
My band have been offered a contract from by a record company and want to get it checked out before we sign it.
Basically I'm looking for personal recommendations of entertainment lawyers in the UK. I don't just want to pick one out of the yellow pages if I can avoid it.
posted by chrispy108
on May 8, 2006 -
TherapyContractModificationFilter: The contract my shrink wants me to sign has a paragraph saying that if he is asked to testify in a court case involving me (even if it's for the other side), I have to pay him. I'm not inclined to sign such a contract. Is such a clause anywhere near normal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 14, 2006 -
I earned 12,100 total income this year. All 1099. Have not made any estimated payments. How bad is my tax situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 9, 2006 -
I have a great idea for a meme with assorted merchandise involving a deceased musician and his likeness. How do I pitch this to the appropiate person so that I might profit legitimately and what are the typical terms of such an arrangement?
posted by keswick
on Mar 30, 2006 -
My employers say that my promised raise was accidentally included in my initial salary (and therefore I won't be getting one). [more inside]
posted by skryche
on Jan 6, 2006 -
My wife (a middle school math teacher) found a better job at a better school. Can she break her contract? [more inside]
posted by JPowers
on Jan 2, 2006 -
I am on a volunteer board that is renewing the executive director's contract. When renewing a contract (non profit organization) is it traditional to give a big bump in base pay, expand fringe benefits, etc. We are looking for advice. Is the raise close to what the annual raise is normally ie: 4-5% or different.
posted by lag
on Dec 6, 2005 -
An agreement signed some time ago is now proving difficult to dissolve, due to loss of contact with the other person. If a 'Memorandum of Understanding' was signed and then the parties are no longer in contact, can one party dissolve the agreement/partnership without the consent of the other and re-start the business alone? Much more inside... [more inside]
posted by DannyUKNYC
on Nov 10, 2005 -
What would be the best way for me to maintain health insurance coverage while I'm working as a contractor? [more inside]
posted by autojack
on Sep 12, 2005 -
I signed a contract to work for six months with a local company. That job starts in mid September. Now, another company wants to interview me that pays more and is closer to home. [more inside]
posted by PHINC
on Aug 30, 2005 -
Does anyone have any experience or first-hand knowledge about working for the AcademicWord
company? Is it a legitimate operation or is it too good to be true? I'm confident I have the skills, do they pay their bills? (MI) [more inside]
posted by loquacious
on May 23, 2005 -
1) any way for me to get out of my two year contract with at&t?
2) sidekick II a good idea?
more in the extended... [more inside]
posted by whatitis
on May 10, 2005 -
If a contractor terminates a job with a client before 100% of the work is completed, and has been paid a portion of their fee up front, is the contractor obligated to return the portion already paid, or a portion thereof? [more inside]
posted by Jesus Fucking Christ
on Apr 19, 2005 -
I'm thinking about entering into a friendly agreement over an apartment sublet with someone I trust completely. What sort of (mellow, low-grade, commie-loving) conditions should we have? [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds
on Apr 11, 2005 -
Boyband/LawFilter: Is it fair for manufactured bands (NSync, American Idol-ers, etc) to have questionable contracts when they sign to a label? (+) [more inside]
posted by evadery
on Mar 28, 2005 -
Being new to writing contracts, I wish to receive information on the process. [more inside]
posted by Scottk
on Feb 24, 2005 -
I'm currently on maternity leave from a job that I love. I had planned on returning to work once my leave was up, but I've now made the decision to stay home with my baby. However, I would still like to work for my current employer on a freelance basis. What's the best way to break the news to them that I'm not coming back while hopefully leaving the door open for future freelance/contract work? I don't want to burn any bridges.
posted by anonymous
on Feb 8, 2005 -
So you're self-employed, and you sign a contract for a moderate-sized, long-term gig (worth $5,000 or so/year), and...you lose your copy of the contract. Your relations with this company over the years have been overwhelmingly friendly and positive. What do you do? Just ask them nicely for a copy?
posted by anonymous
on Jan 22, 2005 -
I "signed" a one-year contract for SBC DSL last month - the higher speed of the two varieties. After a very rocky start where it took them 2 weeks from the activation date to actually activate, I love it. However, I signed up after getting a flyer in the mail for a free mp3 player with 1-year contract. When I called the number, I was told that I should sign up online, which I did. I emailed them last week to ask about the mp3 player and they say I can't have it because that was only for people who signed up over the phone - not online. WTF? [more inside]
posted by luriete
on Jan 20, 2005 -
Is it possible to take advantage of special cell-phone promotions through Amazon.com when renewing your contract (as an existing member)? [mi]
posted by mhaw
on Jan 19, 2005 -
I'd like to get out of my cell phone contract without paying a $175 fee. After seeing this
on craigslist, I'm wondering a) are these contracts even transferable? and b) if so, is there a place on the web where people buy/sell these contracts?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders
on Nov 10, 2004 -
Moving Filter: Do we have to give 30 days notice that we're going to move? [mi] [more inside]
posted by drezdn
on Aug 18, 2004 -
IndependentContractorFilter: So I've landed a gig doing some contract programming, except we don't actually have a signed contract yet. Before I sink any more time (existing time being this afternoon) into it, and before I deliver anything, I want one, obviously. Does anyone know of any example programming contracts online I can crib from? All the obvious search words are so over-represented on the Web that my Google results are uselessly noisy.
posted by Zed_Lopez
on Aug 9, 2004 -