A federal trademark registration certainly would maximize your legal protection in the use of your business name. I've attached a link to an article I wrote explaining some of these protections.
Many attorneys here on Avvo, including myself, offer a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your application and the costs involved. Feel free to contact any of us.
Cornetet, Meyer, Rush & Kirzner, Co, LPA
Business's have wide discretion as to who they hire. Therefore, unless the decision not to hire was due to the applicant's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or age (if over 40), nothing illegal appears to have happened. It may not be a smart business decision to hire an unqualified family member over another qualified individual but, unless the hiring decision was based upon one of the factors I just listed, it is not illegal.
Best of luck,
The default rule in Ohio is that every employment relationship is "at-will." This means an employer may terminate an employee at any time, with or without notice, for any reason as long as that reason is not unlawful. An unlawful reason would include termination due to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, etc. An employee, in turn, may leave his or her employment at any time, with or without prior notice to the employer.
Unless your sister had an employment...
You most likely have a copyright in your personal diary. You obtain a copyright when you create an original work and fix that work in some form. An original work is one that is independently created by you and displays a minimum level of creativity. If your diary is independently created and displays a minimum level of creativity, you obtained a copyright as soon as you wrote the words down on paper. This would prevent others from publishing it.
However, a prerequisite to filing a...
I agree with Mr. Ballard. Are there potential copyright issues? Maybe, given that a copyright attaches automatically to a fixed, creative, and original work.
Copyright law, however, does not protect titles, names, slogans, and short phrases. Also, as Mr. Ballard suggested, the strength of your potential fair use defense is a significant deterrent to any attorney taking on a copyright infringement case against you.
The risk of any copyright liability seems very low. As always, you can...
Do you mean that your employer changed your agreed upon wage for hours you had already worked? This is not permissible.
In general, if you were an at-will employee, you are entitled to the wages and benefits you have earned at the agreed upon rate. Therefore, absent some employment contract, a prior notice that your wages were going to be reduced, or some faithless conduct on your part, you should be entitled to the full amount of wages that you earned prior to the time you quit. It is...
The default rule in Ohio is that every employment relationship is "at-will." This means your employer may terminate you at any time, with or without notice, for any reason as long as that reason is not unlawful. An unlawful reason would include termination due to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, etc. You, in turn, may leave your employment at any time, with or without prior notice to your employer.
Unless you had an employment contract, your employment was...
Your copies will still be protected. When you obtain a copyright in a work, you have the exclusive right to reproduce that work, distribute that work, display that work publicly, perform that work publicly, and prepare derivative works of the original. So, unless you give permission to someone else, you are the only person who may make a copy of your photos (subject to a fair use defense) and those photos are protected by the underlying copyright in the original work. See my article in the...
These are all great answers. I would only add that there are many legal issues involved with starting a business other than clearing and protecting your name (albeit the trademark issue is very important). The ancillary benefit of sitting down with an attorney is that an [good] attorney will help you identify other issues to consider as you get started.
My colleagues have provided some excellent answers on the general rules governing contracts. The answer to your specific question, however, will depend upon the terms of your contract and the facts and circumstances surrounding your situation. Don't discuss these on a public forum like this, but rather contact an attorney to which you can explain the situation in confidence.