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Restrictions on international data storage?

Firstly, I apologize for any brevity in my question and description. I'm under a NDA and can't really give out specifics. A company in the Netherlands is saying that it would not be lawful for them ...
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Does the "general public" include business entities?

Specifically regarding securities laws in the United States, there is often terminology that says: ... must not be marketed to the general public... The definition of "marketed" I understand and ...
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Do you need a business license(In California, USA)

I am curious if I need a business license or permit for an online Social media Startup company? I am located in California and applying for a LLC through LegalZoom and it asked me if I needed a ...
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Sharing pricing information as a customer

I am getting pricing quotes from two companies, A and B. The sales representative of company A asked me to send them the quote from company B, so that they can talk their management into offering me a ...
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Quebec language law and "French First" requirement

Suppose I am developing an application for company A which will be used by A's employees worldwide. A has offices in Quebec, Canada. I am aware that local laws exist in Quebec which protect workers ...
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Is it illegal to repair vehicles in Ontario without a mechanic's license?

I have a business license from the province of Ontario and an HST number so that I can file my taxes. I have an accountant who handles all of my taxes, so I don't think I will have any issues there. ...
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What can I do if I signed an excessively restrictive contract?

Situation I was offered a "small work opportunity" to provide consulting for a company operated by someone I met locally. They told me to sign some agreements, which I did. The problem is ...
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I am working with a colleague to create a game. We agreed to split profits 50/50. Would creating a contract promising 50% be legal?

The game will be owned under an LLC I created to protect ourselves from copy right. The reason I own the LLC is because I did the entire website and I plan to do more content without him as well. My ...
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Multiple deals in a row and reasonable expectation

I once heard that there is a certain level of reasonable expectation that is guaranteed by law when it comes to making multiple deals with others. For instance, is the following legal or illegal to ...
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How does a flow-through LLC own assets?

A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a business under US law with the following characteristics: Establishes a "corporate veil" of limited liability, such that creditors or lawsuits can only go after ...
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Is other party by law required to give you a copy of contract, if you don't have one, but he does?

I am helping a friend who has signed some documents for her business with a Credit Card Processor company. However, at the time of signing up for this service she forgot to ask for a copy of all ...
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Is "not available for resale" a legally enforceable statement?

I've seen this label on coke cans at one point, and I was wondering: is this legally enforceable? If it's not, is it possible for a retailer in any way to disallow the resale of an item purchased? ...
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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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Do Directors serving at the pleasure of a specific class of investor owe fiduciary duties to other classes of investors?

Suppose a company has five directors. Two appointed by holders of common stock and three appointed by holders of preferred stock. Do the directors appointed by the preferred stockholders have a ...
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Are there ways to hold communal companies?

I'm going to give this a try: Suppose a group of people want a kind of non-profit, open-source company that anyone can donate to or derive assets from, that no singular person owns but still has some ...
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Is there a way for participants of an industry to discuss how to keep a market healthy without it being considered collusion?

For a particular niche in demand but broad in utility industry, I am both a consumer and producer that participates internationally. Within segments of the participants, there are public informal ...
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Can a business impose a minimum amout for credit card payment without notice?

Recently, I visited a bar I regularly attend and purchased what I normally get, which has a pre-tip total of less than $10. When I went to pay the check with my credit card, I was told that there was ...
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Can my business be liable if I'm sued personally?

I've seen this questioned asked the opposite way a number of time, but I've not seen it the other way around. Lets say I own a million dollars in real estate in an LLC. If someone has a grievance ...
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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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What would I get charged with if went around posting fliers for a non-existent yard sale at the house of someone I don't like?

This is only a weird hypothetical scenario and is not something I actually plan on doing. Suppose there's someone in my town that I really don't like, for whatever reason. I might not even know them,...
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Can I use the same LLC for different business activities?

For example, can I use the same LLC to drive for Uber and for working on computer repairs?
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Company assets and minority share holders

The majority share holder of this company allowed assets (land) to be auctioned off for non payment of municipal taxes through a deliberate scheme to escape paying profits to the minority share ...
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When can a person be kicked out of private property?

I know the short answer is "whenever". So does this mean if someone paid cover to get in somewhere it would be legal for them to be kicked out the minute they step inside (and didn't do anything)? I ...
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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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When does one become a "founder" of a business?

When does one become a "founder" of a business? For example, would it be when work on the business starts or when the business is incorporated? Such events could be years apart.
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Can a professor patent and license a technology if the development used software with non-commerical license?

Suppose a professor or student at a university uses software like Rosetta (a protein folding software) for their research. Rosetta has free academic licenses as well as paid commercial licenses ...
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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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Use of a photo of a celebrity pictured with an author that looks like endorsing the author

Situation (not really me): Suppose I go to a weekend conference to see the famous Dr Pheel. I buy his book, we shake hands and then I wait in line for an hour to finally proudly get my picture taken ...
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Are you legally required to delete your company's social media profiles if you go out of business?

If you're stopping your business (by choice or bankruptcy), are you legally required to delete your social media and blog content? I'm asking because someone who works for a company that's closing ...
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Who legally owns the "spare-time" work of an employee?

Businesses often state that anything made during work time or with work resources becomes property of the company. What if the things worked on belong to another company? For example: People at ...
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Taking payments online via personal website

I'm very close to releasing a business website with my brother-in-law. It's a brewery business (based in the UK) and we'll be taking payments via a secure payment gateway, such as PayPal. As we'll ...
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Am I required to register as a foreign LLC in New York State?

I live in New York State. I have created an LLC in Wyoming. The "Principal Office Address" for the LLC is listed as my registered agent's address in Wyoming. The "Mailing Address" for the LLC is ...
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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 a business offer a product pre-sale without specifying when the product will be delivered?

For instance, if there were a product that takes a variable amount of time to mature, could a business take pre-sale orders (clearly marked as such) without giving the customer a deadline? If so, what ...
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Does insider trading exist for land or property assets?

Insider trading is defined as "the illegal practice of trading on the stock exchange to one's own advantage through having access to confidential information" and is illegal pretty much ...
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Can a minor file for a Business Certificate in Massachusetts?

I am a minor living in the state of Massachusetts and I am interested in getting a "doing business as" / Business certificate. I am already doing business in my town (online sales), however, I wanted ...
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Recruiter forwarding freelancer's profile without consent

I work as a freelancer, so being contacted by recruiters is a regular occurrence. Recently I responded to a request from a recruiter of a UK-based, "award-winning" recruitment company. We talked on ...
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Are restaurants required to have a bathroom available?

In a restaurant: If they have a bathroom, must they let paying or unpaying customers use it? Can they deny use to people who have not bought anything? There's a McDonald's that does not allow use of ...
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Should I Reinstate My Business In Order To Dissolve It?

I have an LLC (in New Jersey) that I created about 8 years ago purely for tax purposes. I was self-employed at the time, and I thought by having an LLC, I could write off a bunch of expenses, and save ...
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Are there legal reasons to maintain addresses for my clients?

If I'm opening a hosting company and would there be any legal reason or requirement to obtain the home or business addresses of my clients?
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Is it illegal to sell a picture of an item (rather than the actual item) with the intent of fooling automated scripts into purchasing it?

As of right now, a lot of scalpers are setting up bots that are buying up hard to get things like capture cards, Xbox Series X, and PS5s. Is it illegal for someone to post a picture of one of these ...
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Is it legal to sell un-trippable circuit breakers?

About a week ago, the popular YouTuber bigclivedotcom uploaded this video, in which he showed a "circuit breaker", which on the outside seems marked appropriately, but is entirely non-...
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Dropservicing business in the US - is this legal for industries like law, accounting/bookkeeping and other regulated industries?

I am looking to get into the business of dropservicing - finding a white label provider of certain services and then re-selling those services to retail customers. For myself, I'm sticking to ...
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Client wants me to sign a contract after 1 year of working together, cites US tax laws as the reason

I'm a software developer freelancer, I have a client I have been working with for a while now (a year on the last projects, but many years before as employer-employee) which recently cited tax-law ...
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How are MMOs with real money economies allowed to operate?

A lot of Massively Multiplayer Online games include a form of "premium" in-game economy that may be purchased with real money (cash) by the player, usually for the purposes of faster progression in ...
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What is the legal basis, if any, for the idea that sellers are responsible for lost packages?

I recently had a package misdelivered/lost by USPS, and the small e-commerce retailer I purchased from refused to refund or replace, pointing to their “refund policy” which does include a line saying ...
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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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Can your business have the same initials as a major corporation?

By coincidence, if my company was “Internal brilliance method”(I just made that up) could IBM(international business machines) sue me over trademark infringement? In different industries different ...
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Interesting hypothetical: Is it legal to deny service to a customer in a children's dentistry if he is scaring other kids based on his appearance?

A child has gone to a children's dentistry since he was 5. He is now 18, 6'9", 300 pounds, and bearded, resembling Andre the Giant. During each weekly orthodontics visit, the other children in the ...
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Who should own the copyright to the game I've created, me or my LLC?

Who should own the copyright to the game I've created, me or my LLC? This is a single-member LLC which I'll be forming specifically to brand and sell the games I create. Should I officially ...

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