Like so many situations, the devil is in the details. But that said, this does sound kind of shady.
I would first want to understand the operating agreement you entered into to make sure we are clear on the relationship here. If there is no written agreement, all the facts will need to be carefully considered along with the relevant provisions of the NJ statute and germane case law to determine a best course of action.
I would strongly encourage you to reach out to a lawyer (perhaps...
Oh boy, does this scream "sue me!"
As my colleague noted, each work would need to be considered and you already alluded to your answer: "All the songs are parodies, but none of them really have much to do with the songs they're set to." If that is the case, then these are more than likely NOT true parodies, which would require that they comment in some way either on the work itself, the message or the artist.
If it is feasible, I would seek a license (permission) to do any of this. At a...
No, you are not responsible for your partners tax problems unless you are married and filed a joint return.
That said, and as my colleague noted, if they were to seize monies from a joint account that may affect you.
You should discuss with a local tax professional.
Most of us here offer a free phone consult.
I agree with all the responses here. The best route is a small court claim but be realistic here. He did not have insurance in all liklihood because he cannot afford it as was the case with you. So going to court will not necessarily produce an award if he is judgment proof. Perhaps you can obtain the judgment then seek to garnish his paychecks assuming he makes a regular paycheck from an employer.
I wish you the best,
DISCLAIMER: this is not intended to...
Do not think for a second that you can rely on anything any off us say here. Yours is a fact intensive scenario that will require a proper understanding of all the facts and circumstances before any attorney can offer a best course of action.
I suggest that you consult with a BK or asset protections lawyer in private and discuss your options in more detail. You can start by calling around to several for a free phone consultation, get some insights then pick the best fit to work with....
Much more info is needed to address this.
Merely having a site accessible in a given jurisdiction does not imply use there, unless (and this is doubtful) the UK has addressed the issue and has far looser standards of what constitutes "use in commerce" than say the US and most other places.
My first question to you would be whether you are in fact servicing customers in the UK? If not, I would not be concerned. There is a greater likelihood of me becoming President of the USA than there...
No, there is no infringement issue here. If, however, you were making the jewelry a focal point of your work that's a different question. But merely having it on the models is certainly not an infringement. I mean, where in that case would we draw the line? Every time a musician appears on air playing any instrument that company who makes that instrument has a claim? Can the weatherman get sued for wearing Prada glasses on air? You get my point.
If you still have concerns, I suggest that...
The short answer is YES so long as they are reasonable in geographic scope and time and also stand to protect the employers business good will.
Now, whether it is worth the effort and expense pursuing the claim in court is another question. I have a client that will not think twice about filing actions even though he knows it will be a monetary loss. This is because he has a number of employees that he invests heavily in and feels that he has to show them that he means business should any...
Apart from all the same threshold legal considerations that any business has (e.g., entity formation, trademark, copyright, contracts, disclaimers, among others) you may have additional compliance requirements depending on what you are doing.
You will be required, for example, to ensure that all models are at age of majority and to keep records of that. You will also need to carefully consider the legality of your operation in the locality where the activity is taking place. As you noted,...
I agree with my colleagues here. While we have many clients similarly situated each case is different and will require a careful and thoughtful analysis way beyond what is appropriate for this type of forum.
I do agree that having the LLC be owned by the foreign entity will likely be the cleanest way to approach it however.
You are welcome to contact me for further clarification.