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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Business Law, Trademark and Intellectual Property for Montana on
Q: I want to name my app "" however it's being used as a domain by "". Am I still able to use this name?

It is not a registered business or trademark. They only have the domain name.

Sean Goodwin
Sean Goodwin
answered on Mar 21, 2024

This is potentially a problem.

Trademark infringement is based on a likelihood of confusion. If you are providing a good or service that is similar to someone else and using the same name, then there could be confusion as to the source of the goods/services.

Federal trademark...
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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Business Law for Montana on
Q: I own multiple LLCs. I'd like to transfer all physical assets from the individual LLC's to one Holdings Company.

My state allows Series LLC's. What would be the best structure to keep the assets under one LLC, and insulated from the other operating LLC?

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Jan 22, 2024

Transferring assets from multiple LLCs to a single holding company can be a strategic move to consolidate assets and streamline operations. Since Montana allows Series LLCs, you might consider this structure. A Series LLC can have separate "cells" or "series," each with its own... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Montana on
Q: Taking a name?

My family lives in PA, but we want to start a ranch in Montana. The name Mountain Valley Ranch is already issued as an assumed business name but under the sub of an individual. We were looking to go in as an LLC to protect assets. Are we able to submit that name as an LLC without legal issues?

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz
answered on Apr 20, 2022

This is a question of Montana law, not Pennsylvania law. Most likely, you will have to get the permission of the current owner of the name to use their name. Under Pennsylvania law, a person or company does not acquire any intellectual property rights in the registered name of a company, but the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Contracts, Copyright and Business Law for Montana on
Q: Regarding the employment of an individual to work on a Youtube channel, what are the conditions of a non-compete clause?

In this case, the agreement prohibits "similar derivative" from being created by the employee.

What are the space, time and content limitations of such clauses? Are there others?

What are legal references to such provisions?

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Dec 17, 2020

You need to contact an attorney to understand this better.

The restrictions can be limited to a reasonable time and geographical area.

It also depends on whether there was compensation and the amount of said compensation.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Business Law for Montana on
Q: I am owed wages from my previous employer, instead of paying, they've threatened to kill me, can i sue?

I was getting paid by company check, then started being paid in cash. I asked about it and was threatened with physical harm and when i reported the threats my hours were cut and haven't been paid for my last 5 weeks of work. Each time, I'd call I'd be given excuses and then i... View More

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson
answered on Jun 18, 2020

Hi, the Fair Labor Standards Act requires you to be paid at least the minimum wage for all hours worked. If you worked any overtime, you would also be entitled to that as well. I would reach out to an employment law attorney in your state to discuss options.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Intellectual Property, Trademark, Business Formation and Copyright for Montana on
Q: What are some ways I can check on the legal rights I have to a potential name for a developing small business?

I am interested in starting a freelance writing business. I recently learned that before I can proceed with the name I will need to confirm that the name is not at all infringing on any copyright laws. I am pretty new to this stuff and I'd really appreciate some advice for how to go about... View More

Will Blackton
Will Blackton
answered on Dec 8, 2017

Short phrases and names are generally not protected by copyright law. What you're probably thinking of is trademark infringement - the key question being, will your name confuse consumers, that is, might consumers believe that your company is affiliated with or endorsed by E. B. White, Harper... View More

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