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2 Answers | Asked in Trademark for District of Columbia on
Q: Can I register the Trademark "No Fear"?

I want to start a hat company and name the company No Fear. Can do I that?

William Scott Goldman
William Scott Goldman answered on Jul 9, 2020

Most likely not as that could be considered a 'famous trademark' with an existing registration. But for a greater level of certainty, you may consider requesting a full trademark search and legal opinion. Please call or email with any further questions.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for District of Columbia on
Q: Is a law firm responsible and liable for their attorney's misconduct?

I hired a lawyer that can practice in DC, however, his firm is based in Atlanta, Georgia. This lawyer lied, filed documents without my consent, and disappeared by not responding to emails and text messages, etc. and my case was just dismissed due to his erratic behavior.

I reached out to... Read more »

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Jul 2, 2020

It sound like you may have a legal malpractice claim against the firm. Without more details, it's hard to provide more information, but it's certainly worth exploring and I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help if you decide to engage an attorney. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for District of Columbia on
Q: An anonymous account is posting defamatory rumors about me to 1500 followers They are mentioning me by name
Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Jun 25, 2020

You'd have to file a complaint in court and then issue a subpoena to the platform provider to release info about the account-holder. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help if you decide to hire an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Is there any updates or exceptions on green-card holder’s laws after pandemic to stay abroad more than 6 months?

How many months a green card holder can stay outside of United States without having any problems to enter the US again?

Should green card holder shows any proof that how many months he or she has been outside of the US?

Thanks

Rebecca Niburg
Rebecca Niburg answered on Jun 22, 2020

Good morning,

The 6 month rule is less a rule and more of a guideline. Especially during these times, I certainly would make sure you had information about how COVID and travel restrictions have impacted your ability to be in the US. It will come down to whether you intended to abandon...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Is there a new update or exception on green-card holder’s laws for staying abroad during the pandemic time?

If i stay outside of The united states under 6 months should i prepare any proof or document about the traveling purpose?

Ify Princess Ikeakanam
Ify Princess Ikeakanam answered on Jun 18, 2020

Hi, as of right now, there is no new law regarding long stays outside the U.S.for GC holders. There is no harm in gathering documents regarding your travels. It could come handy when you apply for Naturalization.

Besides, staying outside the U.S for less than 6 months will typically not...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for District of Columbia on
Q: What forms or action needs taken on behalf of client legal rep in a current litigation or court case if untimely death?

The client or plaintiff has legal rep . In case of untimely death. What action does legal rep need to do to continue court case

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jun 1, 2020

It depends on whether the type of claim is one that survives the death of the party in the case. Some claims do not survive and must come to an end (libel actions, for instance; child support/alimony and custody cases; etc.). others, such as contract actions, claims for damages caused by... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Trademark for District of Columbia on
Q: What can I do about a cease and desist email regarding a trademark?

Been resolved - thank you!

Tania Maria Williams
Tania Maria Williams answered on May 4, 2020

You want to enlist the help of an attorney with a cease and desist. Trademark owners have to police their mark so some will for infringement when the cease and desist letters go unanswered while others may not.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for District of Columbia on
Q: I am an American, my wife is Peruvian, she worked after the contract & visa expired. I-130 interview?

All the G-5 nanny's under the IDB Bank and their "families", were sent back to their countries, but we were married on 1/19/2019 & filed all the paperwork well before her contract expiration. Biometrics done, temp Real ID done, work permit issued, interview pending but she... Read more »

Robert Roy Klein
Robert Roy Klein answered on Apr 13, 2020

This isn't tax advice, and you should consult with a tax attorney or CPA for your tax questions.

For her interview, since you filed under, I'm guessing, an I-130 based on marriage, so it's an immediate relative petition. For these, the USCIS does not consider unauthorized...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for District of Columbia on
Q: Does a printed book retain the copyright year of the online book?

I edit the United States Code. If the online Code is published in 2019 but the printed volume is not published until 2020, should the printed volume's copyright year remain 2019?

Barbara Berschler
Barbara Berschler answered on Apr 8, 2020

If the printed version appearing in 2020 is the same as the 2019 version, then it sounds like they are the same work just offered in another format, such a hardback book and a paperback. If there are changes between the 2 versions, you could note two copyright dates in the later version. You... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Can a private school terminate a students SEVIS for nonpayment.

Can a private school terminate a students SEVIS for nonpayment. A friend of mine who's an international student (F-1) has been having financial issues due to coronavirus, he asked for more time to make the last payment but the school has been threatening him that they would not let him join... Read more »

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on Mar 28, 2020

You can access Studyinthestates.dhs.gov to view all of the reasons that can be used to terminate your registration with SEVIS.

You will note that school suspension is one of the reasons that can be used.

Good luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for District of Columbia on
Q: Possible malpractice suit?

I have been under Invisalign treatment for two years now with 2 different dentists ($4500). When I started, I was told I was a great candidate. I had an underbite and a bad midline (still do). After a couple of months into treatment, my job transferred me, so I transferred my case to another... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 25, 2020

A Washington D.C. attorney would be best qualified to advise, but your post remains open for three weeks. As a general matter, it could depend on whether a jury felt that there was a breach of a duty of a medical/dental standard of care. It seems like it would be a complex and difficult case... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for District of Columbia on
Q: We need to file for bankruptcy can you help?
Andrellos Mitchell
Andrellos Mitchell answered on Feb 26, 2020

Yes.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Trademark for District of Columbia on
Q: Are there any copyright or trademark issues in using "There's no place like home" in the headline of an advertisement?

Thank you for your answer. This advertisement is for a university and recruiting purposes.

Robyn T. Williams
Robyn T. Williams answered on Feb 11, 2020

Such phraseology falls under trademarks. Whether your use of "there is no place like home" for an advertisement will be problematic, depends on the products for which you are advertising. There are 15 live registrations in the USPTO with the phrase, or some variation thereof, in use. If... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for District of Columbia on
Q: hello my mom passed in 2007 there was probate court now 11 years later my nephew is living in the house

he put his name on the deed even tho i am pretty sure i an next hier can i get the home back

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Feb 7, 2020

Nobody can “put” himself and herself on a deed without the signature of at least one legal owners. It sounds like it is possible that you and your siblings inherited the house as tenants and common and then one of them either deeded his or her share to his or her child or is simply allowing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for District of Columbia on
Q: My Aunt passed away 4 years ago in Washington D.C. She was not married, nor did she have children.

My Aunt passed away 4 years ago in Washington D.C. She was not married, nor did she have children. Her Estate has not been probated because she did not have a Will. She does have several bank accounts with a large amount of money. All other family is out of state, and we realize the complications... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Feb 3, 2020

No. Some family member or other interested party must petition to open an estate and be appointed Personal Representative, and all other heirs at law notified of the proceedings. The petitioner need not be a DC resident, but could retain local counsel to act as agent and guide them through the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for District of Columbia on
Q: What is the law regarding a moving company holding your items until you pay their demand for more money?

I hired a moving company to relocate my items in Seattle to DC. They are now claiming that my storage until which only held a capacity of 400 cu ft took up 425 cu ft of their trailer and that they have to transfer my items to a shuttle because the semi currently carrying my items is too big to go... Read more »

Andrellos Mitchell
Andrellos Mitchell answered on Jan 21, 2020

Well, I think you should call a lawyer and see what he can do. It's going to cost, but probably less than the $853.00. If the lawyer can't work something out, if you want your property back you may have to pay now and sue later...if you have a legal grounds to sue. It all depends on whats... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law for District of Columbia on
Q: How long can house withhold action from senate after voting for it before it is illegal?

The process for the house is complete and only needs deliver to senate to begin their process. Is it illegal for them to withhold this action, especially for political gain.

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Dec 20, 2019

This isn't a question for this forum. I'm sure it relates to current events and you can find the answer there.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for District of Columbia on
Q: As a citizen can you petition to have someone tried for treason?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Dec 14, 2019

No. Treason is aiding and abetting another state actor to carry out war against his country of citizenship. It is narrowly defined, and only the US government can bring charges try someone for treason against the US.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for District of Columbia on
Q: I was physically assaulted by a metro bus driver, the case went to trial, the driver was found guilty, sentenced 1 year

metro wants to settle. on what basis can I get compensation?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Dec 14, 2019

You have a claim against both the WMATA employee for assault, as well as WMATA itself based on vicarious liability for their employee’s actions, common carrier liability, and negligent hiring and supervision, among other possible theories. Those causes of action are the basis on which you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Foreclosure for District of Columbia on
Q: Can the plaintiff's reopen a foreclosure civil case after summary judgment

This is after the case was closed and after the defendant is filed a 7 bankruptcy. DC, the plaintiff has requested a 60-day continuance

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Dec 11, 2019

If the defendant has filed bankruptcy and listed that debt, all action on it is stayed unless relief is given by the court.

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