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  • Can I ask my attorney to sign a NDA?

    If I ask a lawyer to sign a Non-disclosure / Confidentiality Agreement, does that in any way diminish the attorney-client privilege?

    Ronald’s Answer

    It's a great idea to ask your attorney to sign an NDA! If he or she does, you know to immediately run for the exit and find a competent one.

    Beyond this, you may want to be realistic about the value of NDA's in general. I have added a link to an article I have written on this topic.

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  • Can a business trademark the use of an Uncle Sam costumed character to attract Income Tax customers?

    I am opening an income tax office and wished to use a mascot: http://www.halloweenstreet.com/MascotCostumes/People/Uncle-Sam-Mascot-Costume.htm I placed this image on my website and received within two weeks a boilerplate law suit complaint ...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Yes. Anything can function as a trademark if it is a specific depiction (drawing, etc.) of that thing that the public associates with a product or service.

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  • Cease and desist call from Getty Images for possible copyright infringement

    I recently received a phone call from a Getty Images rep who indicated that we have 4 pictures on our website that haven't been paid for for three years. They want to reimburse their photographers for the use of their pictures. We didn't know...

    Ronald’s Answer

    These are the answers to this question -- there's nothing more to be said, except to warn anyone who published a website and may be reading this about how important it is to nail down exactly where the images you're using came from, and under what circumstances.

    Daniel, thanks for the link to Oscar Michelen!

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  • Am I eligible to file wrongful termination litigation against an employer as an Independent Contractor.

    I was hired by a consulting firm to do support member of an activation of an informatics implementation project at a hospital in NY. (The company is based out of Ohio). I am well qualified and provided the job exemplary (per my judgement). Into ...

    Ronald’s Answer

    The claim you describe may not technically be a "termination," because you are a contractor, but you do seem to have raised enough questions here that a visit to a plaintiffs' employment law attorney (even though you were a contractor -- he or she will understand this and also be familiar with the applicable law) in New York would be well advised.

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  • A friend of mine has been accused of sexual misconduct with his daughter. he has done nothing. what do we do

    she is a confirmed liar. has been in court for misconduct in and out of school. is using drugs. doesn't feel she has done anything wrong in accusing her father. i know for a fact that he has done nothing. all the dates she has said were the ...

    Ronald’s Answer

    I can only agree with Mr. Chancellor, though I can't vouch for him personally (he certainly seems well qualified, I am only saying I don't know him!) -- in either event you must get a attorney who is knowledgeable about defamation law and criminal law on this, and very fast.

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  • I want to make dvd copys of a news type story that was aired on tv a few years ago. Is this legal?

    The reason I want to do this is because I want to try to get the news networks to re-air the program or at least do a story about it. Is this possible? if not I will have to find another way of going about it.

    Ronald’s Answer

    This may be a "fair use" of the program, because you are using the recording in order to comment about it to others. It is important, however, that you do not actually re-broadcast it yourself, as opposed to emailing it or sending disks of it to those you want to persuade. This does not mean that you do not risk a "cease and desist" letter for doing what you propose (which again you have not really told us) from the original broadcaster; if they learn about it, they may disagree with my broad guess about whether it is fair use, or they may just want you to stop and are willing to take the chance that you will not be able to afford to resist their demands.

    I usually do not repeat this point in specific answers, but please remember in this case that I am not your lawyer and this is not legal advice!

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  • I want to know if I can do anything about someone posting things about my 11 year old son on the internet.

    My son wreslted a chid in a match this past weekend. Some time thur out the match the other childs had got broke. My son lost the match 6-5. Now sence Saturday night they have been posting things on wrestling sights saying my son did this and did ...

    Ronald’s Answer

    There may be legal grounds to stop this, but a lawsuit is usually the worst way to solve this sort of problem. You probably want to start off by discussing this with the people who run your son's wrestling league or, if it is through school, the coach or athletic director there. A lawsuit will likely only inflame matters, cost a lot of money and is probably your last option here.

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  • My x husband took nude pictures of me while I was asleep and is now posting them on the internet is that legal in co

    While we were still together he took pictures while I was asleep, he never had my permission and is now posting them on soft porn sites and pretending to be me, responding to men who think they are talking to me. Its sick. He has it set as his my...

    Ronald’s Answer

    You will need a lawyer's help here, unfortunately. You have a right to have these photos removed, but it will require good knowledge of Internet-related law and probably matrimonial law, as well as judgment and experience in dealing with delicate situations such as this one.

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  • Can I sue employer if my supervisor plants info that gets me fired?

    My supervisor is attempting to force me to allow another manager access to my properties computer program without me being present. I have not allowed her access as I feel it is a security issue and have voiced my concerns to both my supervisor an...

    Ronald’s Answer

    If you are perceiving even some of these facts correctly, this sounds like a potentially explosive situation, with a lot of risk for you in a lot of different departments -- your career, possible criminal exposure, and potential interpersonal liability. You would be well advised to speak to an attorney with experience in employment law in your area as soon as possible.

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  • Someone has announced in a group that I am an addict. My boss has done nothing about this, how do I get help?

    On 2 occasions, from different sources, I was told that a rumor is being spread about me that I am addicted to narcotics. It's untrue. I live in MA. My boss hasn't done anything about it. Do I have a right to meet with the person spreading the...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Your question has a lot of important factual issues balled up in it. Who and what constitutes this "group"? Why is your employer implicated -- is it a group at work? What kind of office or shop do you work in? Are you a union member? Are you in management? Is the speaker in management and senior to you? Has your career been affected by these statements?

    It appears that it makes sense for you to find a lawyer with experience both in employment law and defamation law to listen to the full scope of your situation and advise you appropriately. Good luck.

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