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Are there any common names for company and individual contractor (US) in international law? [closed]

I know, natural person is almost common for non contractor person. But what is about common names for individual contractor in different countries; and for any company, corporation, etc.?
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Can I use a proprietary software in my web service?

My goal is to develop a web service that is automating multiple software together. I plan to sell the whole web service as a SaaS for a monthly fee. Problem is, one of the software programs I plan to ...
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Working for Spouses foreign company

My spouse and I currently live in the US. We plan to move back to my spouses home country, where we will live and work long term. Our current plan is to have my spouse start a company in the foreign ...
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What qualifies as “wagering” or “gambling” and what are ways to avoid falling under that category?

You see, as naive as it sounds, I'm looking into starting an online casino (of sorts). I have no intention of presenting real-world cashout ability, thus as I would like to believe would make it not ...
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Can a private individual issue receipts?

In certain jurisdictions such as Singapore, sole proprietorships must be registered. In these jurisdictions, can a private individual issue receipts? Perhaps a more specific legal question is: where ...
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In an LLC (real estate) with two equal members, who is considered the owner of the LLC's properties. The LLC, or the partners?

I am one of two members of an LLC that owns property in Kentucky. Could one or both of the members be considered the owner of a particular property, or would the LLC represent the legal owner? A ...
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Can the buyer have right to withhold the last payment on a item

Picture this, a buyer comes to a company and lays out a specification of he or she wants, within that specification the buyer notes that they are withholding the last payment unless he or she has seen ...
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Would insurance company have duty to defend it's customer in unfair business claim case?

So our business insurance company (mostly for accidents with customers and employees) is doing everything possible to not have cover our legal defense costs by coming up with various ruses. I have ...
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Is customer list really a trade secret in California?

This is about the lawsuit where our tenants and we, the landlord, are being sued for misappropriating competing beauty salon's trade secrets (i.e. customer list). We are about to sign retainer ...
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Claiming ownership of a service [closed]

I and a few others created a service (a website that people can subscribe to for content) a while back as a hobby with no agreements and no structure. Now though, I am thinking about taking it further ...
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Tipping competing salon that unjustifiably sued us to IRS for misclassifying their former employees?

We are being sued by a competing business salon that in complaint filed with court alleges that their "former employees" conspired with us in stealing trade secrets (a.k.a. customer contact list). In ...
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What are one's options, if he is incorrectly listed as defendant in civil lawsuit?

A little background: Two employees working for a competing beauty salon left it and came to us to rent out two stations. Since day one we have had landlord-tenant and not employer-employee ...
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Does paying for other party's attorney fees have a chilling effect?

I understand and agree with the fairness in the losing party having to pay the other party's attorney fees. However, won't this foster a chilling effect on the "little guys" (we, the peasants) from ...
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Signed generic NDA re purchase of business - can I start in competition

I'm interested in a general view as well, but my jurisdiction is New Zealand. I am looking for a business to purchase, and came across an advert for a business hiring out common equipment. While ...
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Can a founder 'gift' pre-existing assets to a company after hiring a cofounder?

I live in the U.S. Suppose that I create a company with a deposit of $10,000 and want to bring in a cofounder for an equity stake of 15% in this company. I have personal assets like computer code, ...
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What happens to loans issued by a startup if the startup fails?

I live in the U.S. Suppose that I invest $50,000 in a startup company, signing "typical" paperwork for a 55% stake. The founder then uses the money to issue a $20,000 loan at a minimal interest rate ...
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Buying a business in Germany

Therr is Person A with SoleTraderCompA and person B with no company. Person A wants to sell to B, B wants to buy. Both residents of Germany. How can this be processed? Transfer obligations etc. ...
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How does the Digital Millenium Act of 1998 relate to commercial uses for E-Books?

This statute was developed in order to protect and limit the use of copyrighted digital material. I am particularly interested in the e-books domain. My observation is: If I buy a physical book, it ...
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Can a person run a business as an LLC, but never register?

Someone knocked on my door to offer landscape services, they call themselves "Landscapers LLC" (just an example, I do not want to put the actual name they used) and the paper ad they gave me also says ...
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Start a business out of my house selling coffee

I want to start a business where I charge people to use my living room, wifi. They can leave a tip for any of my coffee that they drink. Is there a legality issue with this?
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Purview of and relations between notes on 2006/42/EC

Within European industry, every machine manufacturer has to comply with Directive 2006/42/EC, otherwise known as the Machine Directive (MD). Before the articles of this directive start, there are a ...
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Can non-US citizens own equity in US companies?

Can a non-US citizen who has never been to the US own equity in a company that is only incorporated in the US?
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Does the UK have unemployment insurance lump-sum payment for starting a company?

France and some states in the US have "Self-Employment Assistance Programs", where laid off workers receive a lump-sum payment related to the unemployment insurance they are entitled to and would ...
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Is it extortion if someone says they're going to compete with someone in business?

Say someone mows lawns for a lawn care company they tell the owner they feel like they deserve a raise and if they don't get one they will quit and start their own competing lawn care company. Is that ...
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ISO 12100 no longer a normative reference in Machine Directive

Introduction Within European industry, every machine manufacturer has to comply with Directive 2006/42/EC, otherwise known as the Machine Directive (MD). The MD is implemented by CENELEC's EN 60204 ...
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Is it possible to keep assets from being taken when a company is bought by another?

Say you have company A. They are being bought by company B, are there legal ways to permit company B to buy A but not permit B to own assets that company A had originally owned? Or in selling company ...
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Legal Competency of a Minor For Arizona LLC

In Arizona, United States, can a minor, as a member (perhaps, sole member) of a Limited Liability Compancy (LLC), enter into a legal binding agreement on behalf of the company? Arizona appears to ...
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Cheated by business with fake positive reviews

I wanted to hire service of a hypnotherapist for a personal issue and looked up online in my area and found one based on the reviews on Google. The therapist recommended 10 weeks program and charged ...
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Does the app TikTok violate trademark?

TikTok, previously known as Musical.ly, is a for-profit app that runs on IOS and Android which allows it's users to upload short videos at includes a backtrack. The app was launched in 2017. Kesha ...
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Can a business put a specific cancel-by date into a contract?

I attended a gym in Michigan and canceled my membership on 8/28/19. I paid month to month and was under no long term contract. Even though I moved and haven't visited the gym since 8/17/19, I'm being ...
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Is forming an LLC soon after being made aware of a lawsuit a legitimate way of protecting your personal assets?

Say you operate a quasi-business. You make money, but the operation is categorized as a hobby by the IRS and isn't actually registered. If someone sues you, can you quickly form an LLC and then "...
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Does liquidating an LLC prior to paying out damages make you no longer liable for the damages?

Say an LLC is sued. My understanding is that the lawyer fees and money you pay for damages comes from the LLC's bank account, since your personal assets should be protected (assuming you haven't ...
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Can you avoid extra taxes by making your children the owners of your new business?

My father wants my brother and I to be the owners of his new business in my home city. The reason behind this is to avoid paying extra taxes, as my father already has many businesses in his name and ...
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Applying for business insurance

I have a UK based business that offers software development services and consultancy. The company has been set up via my accountant on company house, the registered office address is their address as ...
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Business legislation regarding selling homemade cosmetics

My business partner and I are looking to start a UK based hair product business which is 100% plant based and made from natural ingredients. Shampoo's, conditioners etc. All products are created from ...
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Would using a StableCoin bypass the “Money Transmitter” laws in the US?

I'm considering a startup that allows news/content creators to collect nano-payments (~$0.01) for their content. Since transactions of that size are unreasonable to charge individually by Stripe/etc, ...
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Is it mandatory to register a business account at online shops?

I have a small computer business. I order about 5 devices (printers/SSDs/notebooks/...) total for my clients a month in different online stores. On many online stores you can register as private ...
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Over-serving an intoxicated customer

I work for a cafe in Southern California. Recently a guest purchased five mimosa cocktails over an hour time period, three of which were ordered within 20 minutes. The guest was by themselves the ...
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What laws prevent a company from owning itself?

There are a few places around with people asking if "a company can own itself". However, I have not found any citations of actual law that prevents such an arrangement. Which specific laws or ...
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Can a store clerk let a customer use their ID to buy cigarettes?

So while shopping in a store tonight I witnessed a store clerk allow a customer to use their ID to buy cigarettes. The store clerk ask me if I could allow the customer to use my ID. I clearly and ...
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Is a license required to be an art dealer in NYC?

If Alice wishes to buy and sell art in New York City, New York, USA, is she required to obtain a license from any regulatory board or agency at any level of government?
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Is there a special process to render personal belongings for company use?

First of all, I am interested in both European and U.S. jurisdictions. I understand this is very broad but I would just like to get a good idea about whether there might be any underlying procedure ...
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NJ EZ Pass Toll Violation [closed]

NJ EZ Pass claims that a vehicle registered to me violated a toll. The vehicle is neither mine, nor is it registered to me. I mailed my dispute with a copy of my registration of the vehicle I own. ...
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Are you allowed to put a customer's email address in an internal business email?

Today at work I put a number of our customers' email addresses in an email that only people in the business were CCed on because we were dealing with a matter relating to these customers and their ...
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Contract terms are binding as long as services are provided on a mutually agreed-upon basis

Context: B2B Contract If one party chooses to discontinue future service, does this statement void the rest of the contract? Contract terms are binding as long as services are provided on a ...
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Trade restrictions on open source software

Apparently the US has put Huawei on a trade blacklist that prevents US companies to trade with Huawei. With hardware and proprietary software it is straightforward how this can be executed (don't make ...
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What happens if a LLC Member fills out the LLC license with Malicious intent in the state of Mississippi

If There are 2 members of a LLC and a verbal agreement in which one Partner has 65% of the company and the other Partner had 35% of the company but the Partner with 35% of the company set up the LLC ...
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When do you need to request a W9?

I know that a W9 is required when paying over $600 to a US individual or company that is your vendor. What I'm confused about is why you don't need to request a W9 if you walk into best buy and have ...
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What is the 83b Election postmark filing deadline?

I am getting mixed opinion on how the 83b deadline is interpreted and need clarification, due to the potential financial implications. Does the 83b election need to be filed 30 days beginning on the ...
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Loan conversion in company shares

We have a small business with the following situation: 3 partners with the following share distribution: 10%, 45%, 45%. One of the 45% partners has made €75k loan to the company which is convertible ...