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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Business Law, Intellectual Property and Trademark for District of Columbia on

Q: Is it allowed to use logos of automotive companies in the commercial video? The video shows the progress of the industry

I'm a video editor and was hired to make an internal use video for one company that wants to expand their business. As a part of the video, we need short animation showing the race for electrification in the automotive industry. I need to include logos of the GM, TESLA, NISSAN, and other industry... Read more »

Andrew Zulieve Esq answered on Dec 17, 2018

Although such use may not amount to a trademark (or perhaps copyright) infringement, my suggestion is to contact each company and obtain their written authorizations to use their respective logos.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for District of Columbia on

Q: I want to set up business of marijuana cookies in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC

Bernard Crane answered on Nov 29, 2018

I hope you like the color orange. You might be wearing it a lot.

In DC marijuana has recently been legalized, but ONLY for personal use. In DC if you are over 21 you can purchase, grow or possess up to two ounces of marijuana for your own use. You can transfer up to one ounce of marijuana...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for District of Columbia on

Q: Should I make an LLC and get paid through that, or just receive a W-2 like every other employee?

My new employer (there's only 2 of us in the company so far) has suggested I form an LLC so he can pay me through that instead of giving me a check each pay day like a normal employee would. He says the point of doing it this way is so I'll be taxed less and get to keep more of my money. However,... Read more »

Andrellos Mitchell answered on Oct 22, 2018

It sounds like a dumb idea. You are taxed as a sole proprietor, which for tax purposes means you are taxed as an individual. The LLC is more about putting a veil between you and the company to protect your assets in the event the company is sued.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Mergers & Acquisitions for District of Columbia on

Q: Should we merge our companies or just change the name?

We have two different companies that basically do the same business. 1 partner is the sole owner of Company A and a 30% owner in company B. He wants to merge Company A into B and do business under Company B. The reason is because Company B is a construction company and we want to use the... Read more »

Pawnee A. Davis answered on Jan 30, 2018

Changing the name would have no effect. So, I would advise you make the businesses one business. You have not said what type of business Company A is. But should they have the same or similar purposes it should be fine. However, I do urge you to consult with an attorney so that he or she can get... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Business Law for District of Columbia on

Q: Store charging my card without my permission

Can a store charge my debit card without my permission or without physically having the debit card for a purchase that I already paid for but they claim that they have not receive the payment even though I have receipts and a bank statement verifying that the payment was already made?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Apr 12, 2017

They would need your permission to charge your debit card. You can report the matter to the police and to your bank. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Securities Law and Business Law for District of Columbia on

Q: Having more than 10% of a corps shares, is one always considered an affiliate regardless of the holding period?

I am considered an affiliate owning more than 10 percent of a company's outstanding shares. Will I be subject to the affiliate status and be restricted on the volume and timeframe of selling regardless of the six month holding period?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Mar 24, 2017

See: https://www.sec.gov/reportspubs/investor-publications/investorpubsrule144htm.html

See: https://media2.mofo.com/documents/faqrule144_145.pdf

More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for District of Columbia on

Q: I'm selling makeup online on my website but not real brands just from china, is it okay or i'm going to have troubles?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Mar 22, 2017

Make sure you're not violating any intellectual property rights and that you're properly licensed to sell such items. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for District of Columbia on

Q: How can I get back my money paid for a service that I never used?

I signed a contract agreement with a hotel to get an event service. The hotel's obligation was to provide dinner for my 300 guests. And my obligation was to pay 50$ for each guest. I made down-payment for 150 guests at initial, and agreed to pay the remaining one week before the event day. The... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 15, 2016

Looks like the contract you signed says no refunds. It's important to let an attorney review it for you in full. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for District of Columbia on

Q: What damages are awarded if a cooperative board of Directors did not abide by a court order.

The board refused to acknowledge a members share certificate, but the court found validity through testimony that the share certificate issued was valid by prior Board of Directors to be valid. If the board is being retaliatory against the member and refuses to acknowledge the member.

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 9, 2016

You're not providing a lot of necessary facts here, yet you're asking for a specific answer. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for District of Columbia on

Q: What does business affiliation in a state mean?

Can it be a business that is licensed in state A but has a physical business address in B, therefore has business affiliation in state B? Or does it mean needing a connection to a business licensed in state B to do business in state B?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 9, 2016

It sounds like you're dealing with a jurisdiction question, which can be complicated. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for District of Columbia on

Q: Can invoices be used to prove special damages in the US? Any Court of Appeal Authorities on the same?

Adam Studnicki answered on Aug 28, 2015

Could be, depending the situation, but this is too hypothetical to be helpful (not even knowing the nature of the claims or damages). A local lawyer can advise based on your specific situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for District of Columbia on

Q: Can a foreign national be a partner to my LLC

I have a far relative in Saudi Arabia, who has his own business where he lectures and provides consulting services on Quality Operations in various organizations. He would like to expand his business in USA. He would like to know if he can be a partner on an existing company, such as a company... Read more »

Adam Studnicki answered on Aug 28, 2015

You may want to ask this under immigration.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is general information that is given for legal education only. It is not legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is...
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