Saint Louis, MO asked in Criminal Law and Business Law for Missouri

Q: stolen business identity

I own a small business and advertise with a well know advertising company. My ex logged into my business profile without my knowledge and changed name, address and phone number to a (same type) business he recently started. He had all my info including reviews merged to his new business claiming he was owner of my business and just changing names. The advertising company was made aware of this and handled it very quickly moving everything back to me. They have confirmed in fact that it was him, and also confirmed I would have to have a subpoena to get the voice recorded call and IP address from where info was changed. What is the proper type of suit I should file on him.

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Ronald J. Eisenberg

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  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: Here’s the Missouri computer tampering statute. https://law.justia.com/codes/missouri/2016/title-xxxviii/chapter-569/section-569.095/

There’s also a federal one. You may only have a subpoena issued if the lawsuit has been filed. Also, depending on the location of the business you which to depose, things can get very complicated and costly because a Missouri subpoena won’t issue for a business that is not subject to personal jurisdiction here. Call a lawyer next week if this is something you have the funds to pursue.

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