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Can a store sell merchandise I've left in the store?

If I purchase merchandise in a physical store, and then (accidentally or not) leave the merchandise at the store after I've paid for it, is the store allowed to resell that merchandise to another ...
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Can someone more wealthy than me bury me in legal fees?

USA Federal Law - I have a company worth about $6m. I got on the bad side of a person with a company worth well over $750m (with attorneys on staff). The CEO threatened to bury me in an endless sea ...
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After purchasing an item, then being issued a refund the item then arrived

I purchased an item at distance (in this case online), this item did not arrive until 2 weeks after the end of the delivery window. Towards the end of that 2 week period the seller was kind enough to ...
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Can I name a real company after a fictional company found in a book?

Can I name my company after a fictional company (of the same type) found in a book?
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What are the implications of reselling food?

What are the implications of reselling food? Is it legal? What would happen, for example, if in the US I buy Little Caesar's pizzas (with no delivery service) and sell them on another place? What are ...
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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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Proving Theft From a Store

If the burden of proof lies on the plaintiff, how could the plaintiff prove the defendant didn't pay for an item removed from a store. From what I understand a negative can't be proven. In this case ...
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What are the benefits of a incorporating vs. operating an LLC?

I'm in California, but have been told to Incorporate or become an LLC in Nevada. Is there any reason to do this out of state, other than cheaper renewal fees?
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Business not honoring promotional credits despite extensive efforts to work with them

Overview: I purchased three new smartphones from a large, well-known, phone company on 11/27/2015. Each phone qualified to receive $300.00 in promotional credits after trading in a separate smartphone ...
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No written contract. Do I have to pay undisclosed early termination fee?

A credit card payment processing company agent approached my business and offered to try out their service for free for a month as a trial. However, I decided not to use it after this one month trial,...
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Is it legal to sell something that uses another product as one of its ingredients?

In example: If someone sells homemade ice cream where they have crumbled oreos and mixed in to make homemade Oreo ice cream, but generically named "Cookies & Cream" or If someone uses Great ...
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How to gather Compelling Evidence to prove that business is fraudulent?

My friend's small business agreed to a one-month risk-free trial service from one Credit Card Processor company. However, she did not like the service, because it did not live up to verbal promises ...
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what happens if a brand or company's name is a common everyday word?

What happens if a company name is an already existing commonly used word, i.e. Always? Could for example, a movie studio decide to make a movie and call it "Always", even though there is a feminine ...
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If there was no written contract in the first place would a phone call be enough to terminate relationship with the other party?

My friend's small business engaged in a relationship with another company that provides credit card processing service. They did not ask my friend to sign a written contract at the time of signing up ...
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What crime is commited when a mechanic charges for an unneeded or non-existent service?

There a number of mechanics who take profit of people's ignorance of car mechanics to charge for unneeded or even non-existent services, like change the blinker fluid or perform an capacitive ...
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EU fines Google $2.7B, based on which laws?

Yesterday the news came out that the European Union fined Google for $2.7B because they, according to the EU, place their own services higher in the result than competitors. Google suffered a major ...
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Should a foreigner have a US-based company to sell through Amazon cloud-based warehouses?

Let's borrow and expand on Can a foreigner setup an unstaffed company in United States?. Everyone knows that you can rent computing resources from Amazon.com in the cloud, but not many know that they ...
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Can suits be filed in small claims courts from overseas?

I often see freelancers suggesting to other freelancers to use the small claim courts to get paid when the client is in another country. Already with the small claim court, there's a maximum amount ...
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Can someone deny cash as the payment method?

There are a small number of restaurants in my area where they do not accept cash for payment. They only accept electronic payments such as credit cards, local debit cards etc. Is this legal? On most ...
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In Houston, Texas, do you need a DBA if you only conduct business in the LLC's name?

I was reading an article on Houston's local government site about starting a business. The article states: Limited Liability Company (...) files with the Texas Secretary of State. (...) This ...
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Starting an online buiness as a minor

Just start out, this is the closest to right area to post about a question like this I could find. Sorry if this is misplaced. Anyways, I am looking to start a web design business as a minor ( I am ...
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How to protect my idea in another country?

I have an idea about possible creation of a product that in my opinion would be on demand among smartphone users. I have found a potential company In Switzerland and I think about offering them my ...
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Use of encryption and storage of personal information on website based in India

I want to launch a website that stores users' personal information, encrypts user passwords, and uses SSL for secure transmission. Do I require an license to launch the website? If yes, how do I ...
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In the US, is it possible to protect a business idea?

Provided the idea is new and meaningfully different from any other existing business. Is there a way to prevent others from profiting off that idea?
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Is legal to sell virtual goods?

Is it legal to buy cheap virtual items (as game keys, in-game items, etc.) and then sell or trade them for a higher value? I have some items that went up in price and I'm thinking of selling them. ...
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Can I expense a trip to a coffee shop (small business owner)

I own a small business and work out of my home. Sometimes I like to work out of a coffee shop for a few hours here and there. Can I expense the coffee that I buy at a coffee shop?
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Do I have to be an adult to register a business

I just want to know if there is any way I could register my business as an LLC without being an adult.
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Can students on F-1 visa in U.S. operate a software business incorporated offshore?

If I were to form an offshore company (IBC) for an internet business, can I run it in U.S. on F-1 Student status? It is just a software application. People go on the website to pay and download it. ...
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How do I share equity in a business run under my LLC?

There's a good chance I am thinking about this the wrong way but bear with me: I am developing a service under my LLC. The service has nothing to do with the LLC so I'll file for a new DBA. I'd like ...