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White Collar Financial Crime Storyline Wanted [closed]

I am writing a novel and I'm looking for some suggestions from people who know the law (I know very little!). The novel is set in Vancouver, BC (Canada). The protagonist in the story is a partner in a ...
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iOS App rejected from App store 3.2.2 (Business model unacceptable)

I have an online service that adds on additional features to an existing online service. It's currently only accessible via desktop. It has free features and premium features that are offered via a ...
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Is work able to force me to install software on personal equipment?

Due to the corona-virus around the world, like so many others I am working from home as possible. Work has just decided that because of this, we should be using Mircosoft Teams to help us all ...
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Bank manager withdrew funds from my account without my authority can I sue her and the bank

I deposited a large cashiers check payable to myself into my account this morning. I tried to buy eyeglasses but I only had $100.00 available in my account. I called the bank and the Mgr clms there’s ...
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My job seems to be ignoring a state executive order to suspend activity. How can I best protect myself but also report them to the authorities?

Michigan has issued an order titled "Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life". In it they reference Homeland Security's own guidance about what ...
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How can I protect my company name?

I have a fair working knowledge of copyright law and trademarks, but I'm not certain how business or company names are protected. If I apply to have "Spincity" designated a trademark in a particular ...
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How to anonymize network data packets for commercial use?

I am working on a project where I have to identify anomalies in network traffic of business networks with machine learning. The algorithm is feeded with captured network packets from inside of the ...
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Entertainer Delima with Performance Rights Organization Licensing

I am an entrepreneur who entertains patrons in bars and restaurants for profit similar to a DJ. I am very aware of the legal implications of playing copyrighted music/songs in public and the business/...
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Facebook disabled my account and keeps charging me for ad bills to which I'm denied access to

I've been buying ads on Facebook.com for a few years. On Feb. 9th, my Facebook account was suddenly disabled for no reason at all and I was denied access to all my Facebook assets, business accounts, ...
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Are trading platforms legally required to provide buyer/seller protection?

Private transactions are not subject to statutory consumer guarantees. Still, trading platforms where private buyers and sellers meet (e.g. eBay, or TradeMe in New Zealand) do provide some level of ...
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LGPL for closed source software?

Is there any license that behaves like LGPL as in permitting the user/customer of the software to use/and change the software as they want, but has the following properties: Does not allow to open ...
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Is ETL or UL necessary to retail AC chargers?

Theoretical: I wish to import and sell wall chargers in the USA. I realize it is a good idea to get a safety certificate that signifies my product meets national safety standards to avoid being sued....
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Can I copyright all creative works created hereafter by doing this?

This question is inspired by the TED talk Copyrighting all the melodies to avoid accidental infringement and its Lobsters thread. Basically, the story is that Damien Riehl and Noah Rubin put every ...
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Do nonqualified stock options need term limits to be exempt from deferred compensation (409A) treatment?

Suppose that I want to build a startup with independent contractors and want to compensate them with non-qualified stock options (NSOs). I expect the business to take some time to stabilize and ...
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Insider trading and time travel

For purely academic purposes. This is not an ethics question. John works for Google. Google decides to release a new social media network called Google+. The launch causes every Facebook member to ...
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Do non-US companies have to pay US tax just because they have US customers?

I just came across some US tax forms for foreign entities like W-8BEN-E and 1040NR which made me ask this question. Suppose a company called Cool Stuff Ltd. runs some sort of online business serving ...
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Can I use a game to earn “support money”?

Can I use the game to earn the "support money"? Even I not own the game copyright? For example, I use one game to build and made a screen or some character, then I share it, after that I post a link (...
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Is it commercial disparagement when one business confuses other business customers on how to schedule appointments?

CGLI policies have following trigger for advertising injury: d. Oral or written publication, in any manner, of material that slanders or libels a person or organization or disparages a person's or ...
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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? [closed]

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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