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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: Does Huntington's trademarked "welcome" prohibit if I say "Welcome to Crossnik Media" in a single advertisement?

I have a business called Crossnik Media. We are getting ready to run an introductory ad with the goal of getting some brand recognition for our new local business in Midland, MI. At the end, we say "Welcome to Crossnik Media", because throughout the ad, we're explaining our... Read more »

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris answered on Oct 19, 2020

In order to give definitive advice to you I would want to know all of the facts, including your proposed use, but I can say for certain that the bank does not have exclusive rights to that the word "welcome". I don't see any possibility of confusion if you are using "welcome... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: So I used the likeness of another person to sell a product without their permission. This person found out.

I used his Linkdlen profile without his permission in my sales presentation but I did not profit from using his likeness. He then said I was a fraud and con man to many other people.

He has now threatened to sue me. What is my best course of action?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 28, 2020

A Michigan attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. As a starting point, without regard to any applicable state-specific laws, you could try to diffuse the person's anger by providing assurances you ceased and will continue to cease to use his person, his... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Copyright and Trademark for Michigan on
Q: Can I use an acronym like G.O.A.T. in my business marketing materialand website? Or can someone actually trademark this?

The name of my business is GOAT Nails and I am wanting to make sure it is ok for me to use the acronym G.O.A.T.throughout my website.

Kathryn Perales
Kathryn Perales answered on Aug 5, 2020

Interesting question - I would have thought that G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) would be too generic to trademark, but I see that some people have successfully done it. You should check the TESS database ( to search for all of the US registered trademarks with the word GOAT in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: I have renters who have not paid rent for 2 months can I evict them yet due to Covid 19?

They don’t think I can evict them and they have said they have no intention to move or pay rent I would evict them but I don’t think I can right now

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jul 1, 2020

They (and you) are right. The moratorium on evictions is extended (currently) until July 15.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Michigan on
Q: Q: XYz plumb. sole prop. lies, states he's after hours phone service for XyZ & Mech. LLC. Recourse for the LLc?

People call the ph. number of xyz plumbing, a sole proprietor, by mistake. They want XYZ plumbing & mechanical LLC. Instead of xyz plumbing telling the person he has the wrong number, XYZ plumbing states falsely he is the "after hours" phone number for XYZ plumbing & mechanical... Read more »

Ana Maria Del Valle-Aguilera
Ana Maria Del Valle-Aguilera answered on Jun 12, 2020

First, confirm that XYZ Plumbing is registered to use the assumed name in your state and in your county. Michigan law requires that a sole proprietor or co-partnership file the business name (if different than the real name of the person) at the county clerk's office, and maybe also with the... Read more »

Q: I have a product i want to make my own and start production and sales and i wanna know all my options

There can also be other variantions of it made and i want that too all different sizes and shapes but it the same product

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on May 5, 2020

Congratulations on your new venture. I hope that it will be profitable for you.

And also congratulations about worrying about patents now, before you start the production and sales. Too many people ignore patents, spend lots of money on designs, tooling up, and manufacturing their...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: During employment my employee secretly built the same business as me one mile away. Can I sue for disloyalty?

He secretly built the business during the 3 months of his employment with me.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Mar 16, 2020

Your situation is very much fact dependent. Did you have a contract or other written agreement containing non-compete clauses? Did he use anything to build his business that he would have only obtained through employment with you? (e.g. customer lists, processes). Last, did he actually do the job... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Insurance Bad Faith for Michigan on
Q: May an insurance agent explain a competitor’s policy?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 9, 2020

If you're asking as an agent, it might be best to comply with standard operating procedures provided in company handbooks. Even though the industry is fairly transparent and everyone knows each other's product lines and pricing, following company protocols is the best bet. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I use the name wild Wonka for a business?
Michael Doland
Michael Doland answered on Dec 24, 2019

There appears to be no trademark under this name. That leaves Michigan ( conflicts of existing Michigan entities.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Michigan on
Q: I just signed a bill of sale but my name was misspelled in Michigan

Also my husband name does not match his id

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 18, 2019

What is the relief you'd like to gain from making this an issue? Either the bill of sale is valid and all parties carry out their obligations, or it is voidable for some defect, the most likely remedy of which is that everything goes back to as if the transaction never happened.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: Do I need to worry about a conflict of interest when hiring a lawyer for an employment contract?

I need to hire a lawyer for help with an employment contract. I've found one in town, but I live in a fairly small town. Should I ask the lawyer if my client is their client and avoid using that lawyer if that is the case?

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris answered on Oct 25, 2019

It's not wrong to ask, but the lawyer is required to make that determination whether or not you ask.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Michigan on
Q: Can the previous franchise we owned legally force us to repaint our vehicles?

We owned a Servpro restoration franchise. 2 years ago we sold our license instead of renewing, and went on our own. We took all labeling off the vehicles. Servpro is now telling us that we have to have the vehicles repainted. They do not have the color trademarked. The vehicles were never... Read more »

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris answered on Aug 9, 2019

The franchisor can make you stop using their trademarks. You may be correct that the color is not a trademark, but did you agree in the franchise agreement to comply with this request? If repainting is not covered by the agreement or by trademark law or by state competition law (which might be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: I am a va for someone from another state. He sent me a check and it bounced. My bank accounts on hold now. What do i do?

He’s in TX, originally the first check he sent me i guess cancelled because of FedEx had a problem with delivery. (VA=virtual assistant)

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 21, 2019

Pardon my ignorance, but if you can tell me what a "va" is I might be able to give you some advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: Licensed contractor completed work now Customer making threats. Is it civil or criminal as they claim?

Licensed builder in the state of Michigan and fully insured. Recently completed a project for a developer who was building spec homes for resale. The developer had me submit several construction bid contracts which were accepted and payments issued for the work. I completed all work stated in the... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 30, 2019

Justia is a free online legal forum established to allow members of the general public to ask general legal questions to experienced lawyers who volunteer their valuable time to do so. Your important small business question should be directed to a business lawyer of your choosing. If you have not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Consumer Law, Contracts and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: Has the law been altered as of 2019?

I’m 15 and a tattoo artist told me that it’s the law that I have to be 16 to get a tattoo in Michigan.

Trent Harris
Trent Harris answered on Apr 13, 2019

There isn’t an age minimum, but if you’re a minor you’ll need your parent to come with you to the tattoo shop and give permission.

Here is a link to Michigan’s law on tattooing minors....
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Business Formation and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: Use my personal address on a business bank account? Degree of risk of piercing the LLC veil?

Manager-Managed LLC in Michigan. I am the Manager (80%), my daughters are silent partners (5% and 5%). We are presently using a UPS Store Mailbox as the business address, but the bank will not allow it. The bank suggests using my personal address.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 10, 2019

There is nothing wrong in using a home or personal address as a business address.

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: I have a full time job with 120 mile commute. If I say delivered fire wood daily. could I write same miles off?

If I established a legal and credible business which used the same route and daily miles as regular full time job could I some how write regular miles off or a weekly %?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Apr 2, 2019

Your question is more tax than law related. I can see where you're going with this, and it might work. I just think at the very least, you are opening yourself up to an audit, which very quickly will zap any money saved in fees to a CPA or tax attorney to work through it with you. You would... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Products Liability and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: What do you do if you are sold a new 2019 vehicle that is defected and it's not fixable? What should we expect next?

Out of curiosity after we bought it, I looked online to see if their photos had the defect before we bought it and I noticed it in their pictures, sadly, we were not notified of it and we did not notice it until later that same day. The defect is the drivers side sliding door that will not close... Read more »

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander answered on Mar 16, 2019

Michigan's Lemon has strict requirements regarding the number of repairs required to qualify as a "Lemon":

It shall be presumed that a reasonable number of attempts have been undertaken to repair a defect or condition if 1 of the following occurs:

a) The same defect...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Michigan on
Q: When a Permanent makeup artists is creating an LLC, does it need to be a Professional LLC?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Feb 25, 2019

No. And unless the makeup artist is a qualified licensed professional under the Act, he or she cannot file for a PLLC. There is no distinction between an LLC and PLLC other than to be a PLLC, the owners (or "members") must all be licensed professionals. Very generally, a PLLC applies for... Read more »

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