Paul Stanko's answer Indiana is an employment at will state. While that employer conduct seems over the top, your recourse may be limited, unless those policies are being imposed in a discriminatory manner.
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Paul Stanko's answer Walmart is known for being litigious. It sounds like you operate a shopping service. If you do not already have a coporate attorney, you should obtain one. It would not hurt to have that attorney review your business model to ensure that you comply with all licensing requirements. Be wary of trademark infringement!
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Adam Studnicki's answer First step is to see what documents you may have signed that would restrict you from doing this. Even if there are no documents, you should check with a local business lawyer to make sure would not be violating Indiana laws.
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Michael Ray Smith's answer Sure. The only reason I can think of that might prohibit it is if one or both of them are franchises, and the franchise agreement prohibits you from owning a competing business -- but even that seems unlikely in your example of a hardware store and a cabinet store.
Michael Ray Smith's answer Indiana Code 23-1-23-1(b) says that the name of a corporation has to be distinguishable from the name of another corporation or other business entity organized in Indiana. So, no, there should not be two Indiana corporations with the same name. In fact, there should not be an Indiana corporation named ABC, Inc. and an Indiana LLC named ABC,LLC. At least not at the same time. Note that once a corporation or LLC is dissolved (either volutarily or administratively for failing to file business...
Michael Ray Smith's answer Any Indiana business corporation -- whether it is taxed as an S-corporation or a C-corporation -- is required to keep certain records specified by Indiana Code 23-1-52-1, including, among other things, minutes of all shareholder meetings and meetings of the board of directors. Those records must be maintained permanently, with at least the last three years of them kept at the corporation's principal office. Unless the corporation's articles or bylaws impose more specific requirements, they are...
Terrence Rubino's answer it depends on what the agreement is. if it is a partnership, you need to look to the partnership agreement. if it is an LLC, the operating agreement and buy/sell ag govern. if it is a corp, then the by-laws and any buy/sell agreement govern.
Paul Overhauser's answer You should take care that the fixtures do not look so similar to the originals, that consumers are confused. This could lead to a claim for trade dress, or possibly design patent, infringement. These issues are discussed here; http://www.iniplaw.org/2010/11/connecticut-electric-sues-paci.html
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