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  • I need info on trademarks and on the clothing industry

    So I started a clothing company called "Second II None" little did I know, their is a trademark "Second II None" already... Is their any way I can get around this by trademarking "SIIN" or "Second Two None"or something a little different to where ...

    Ray’s Answer

    Your trade name would need to be highly distinguishable from theirs. What you should do is give me the information in detail and I can give you a recommendation on how to proceed.

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  • I need a vexatious litigation lawyer to talk to.

    I have a case already started. I need some help on how to proceed. I have some ideas, but I want to pass them by a lawyer experienced in vexatious litigation. Unfortunately, Avvo does not yet have an option to speak with a lawyer in Connecticut ye...

    Ray’s Answer

    If the case is in Connecticut you need to consult with a Connecticut attorney to get the right answer.

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  • I am managing a band who is not incorporated. Should I set up a DBA as "John Smith doing business as Band X" ?

    The band is starting to make $ and so far the checks have been made out in my name and I don't know what is legal and what is not. I'm paying the band members out of the checks I receive and keep a record of payments.

    Ray’s Answer

    It is essential that you consult with a lawyer and explain the facts and the expectations of the parties. You shouldn't try to do things unilaterally. Both you and the band need to come to an understanding and memorialize it. Eventually there will need to be at least 2 different attorneys in this process, and possibly more, but first you need to consult with a lawyer and give me your version of the facts and what your hopes and expectations are for yourself.

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  • How can I separate from my business partners?

    We are 5 brothers (partnership) in a family business consisting of real estate holdings. If one partner wants to exit, how can he take his 20% stake if the others don't want to dissolve anything to pay him? Does he have to sue if they are not will...

    Ray’s Answer

    In the first place I would need to see the partnership or corporate documents. Then I would need to know the facts of what's going on in the business. Then I would advise you of the best strategy going forward.

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  • Do I need a lawyer ?

    I bought a business 3 years ago the old owner reopened the same business a year later and damaged what he sold to me .

    Ray’s Answer

    You certainly need to consult with a lawyer. I would need to see the documents from the sale of the business, and would need details of what he is doing now to damage the business he sold.

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  • Trying to sell used item online, manufacturer is preventing me. Can I sue?

    I have a piece of used sports equipment that I am trying to sell on ebay, but the manufacturer is preventing me from selling it (by requesting that ebay remove my listings). I have contacted the manufacturer and their response was that I am not al...

    Ray’s Answer

    No they cannot prevent you from reselling the product... legally.

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  • I need a lawyer to sue my publishing company, I was scammed out of my book copyrights, and in five years I have not received any

    I was promised royalties, and promotion for my book, after signing the contract I discovered that I had to pay for my own books

    Ray’s Answer

    I can handle a case like that. I would need to see your contract. And royalty statements, if any.

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  • What to do about a supposed copyright-infringment "Pre-Litigation Settlement"

    Got an email through my university claiming that it had received a "pre-litigation settlement" as pertains to the illegal distribution of copyright materials. While I admit to have done wrong here, I was wondering where to proceed from here -- the...

    Ray’s Answer

    I guess you need an attorney to interface with the university. If you haven't seen the letter, you can't really address it.

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  • How do I copyright my music lyrics?

    I wrote a song and recorded it at a recording studio. How do I make sure no one can take credit for my lyrics?

    Ray’s Answer

    Why just the lyrics? You should file copyright registrations with the Copyright Office. It can be done online.

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  • Collegiate logo trademark/copyright question

    I make lamps as a hobby and want to sell these on Etsy/eBay/Amazon and son with collegiate logos. Now, I will not be reproducing the logo. Rather, I will be purchasing fabrics with printed collegiate logos to make my items from authorized sellers...

    Ray’s Answer

    You will need approval from the trademark owner.

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