Southampton, PA asked in Contracts and Business Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Who is the liable party?

Company A and Company B are two separate legal entities each having their own Federal tax ID number.

Company A signed a contract d/b/a as Company B. Which one is the legal responsible party?

Related Topics:
1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
Answered

A: A Pennsylvania attorney would be in the best position to answer this, based on state law considerations. But the question remains open for three weeks. As a general matter, it would be helpful to have additional information. For instance, why did one company sign in lieu of the other? Was it for misleading purposes? Was it to avoid a conflict of interest? As a practical matter, if an attorney for a zealous plaintiff pursued both companies, the answer to the question might lie in how persuasive their attorney was in convincing a jury that both companies were somehow liable. It's somewhat of an open-ended question that in real life could depend on the perception of jurors or a judge. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.