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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Missouri on
Q: Can I sue Amazon for publishing my book without my knowledgel?

I was told about a year ago that my account and book were removed from Amazon and I found out today they still had my book in their online book store. What are my options?

Jaime Victor Papa
Jaime Victor Papa
answered on Sep 15, 2022

I would have to see the agreement you signed with them. I would also have understand how they communicated to you that your account and book had been removed.

Based on this information, it may make sense to develop a litigation strategy.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Consumer Law and Contracts for Missouri on
Q: I ordered a boat in Missouri and got an INITIAL Purchase Agreement. I was told that this IPA would get the boat building

process started and if I didn't want the boat once it was built, they would sell it at their dealership. I electronically signed the paperwork but they did not. About a month later I received a Final purchase agreement from the bus. manager and it was for $9,000 less. I liked that price so I... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Aug 19, 2022

They are withholding the title, so the answer to your question of whether they can hold the title is "yes." The better question is whether you would be in strong legal position if you were to sue. Any attorney would need to review your contract and be hired in order to give you sound... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Business Law for Missouri on
Q: Can you recommend an attorney in the state of Missouri who can help with processing claims for recovery of overages

We mainly work with helping claimants to recover overages from a tax lien sale and in MO it requires an attorney to file a petition with the courts.

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Jul 20, 2022

Overage of what?

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Missouri on
Q: Is it legal for someone to embellish hats with logos on them and sell it?

I'd like to sell wig hats with hair attached, and embellish it with rhinestones. I'd also like to sew animal ears on them. The hats that I plan to use are from brands like Nike, Chanel, Adidas, and Coca-Cola.

Michael Burk
Michael Burk
answered on Jun 28, 2022

No. These companies have registered trademarks and trade dress filings that cover the logo hats they manufacture. You may for your own use embellish your own hat by one of these brands but if you sell their hats embellished in commerce they will sue you for infringement, obtain an injunction... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Copyright and Intellectual Property for Missouri on
Q: Former board member stole intellectual property. What can I do?

I am the founder and president of a non-profit organization, registered in Missouri since 2019. A former board member has stolen the intellectual property of the organization and is using the organization's name for personal use. They have removed my access to the domain name in the... Read more »

Matthew Morris
Matthew Morris
answered on Jun 4, 2022

The devil is going to be in the details on this, and there are probably dozens of follow-up questions that a nonprofit attorney (which I am) or an intellectual property attorney (which I am not) would ask you. But here are some thoughts.

This type of situation often arises when two or more...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Missouri on
Q: My former business partner redirected an invoice from what is now my firm to his new firm. Is this illegal?

My former business partner redirected an invoice from what is now my firm to his new firm. He did not inform me of his action. He is entitled to the funds, but he was no longer with my firm when he made the transfer and he used access to his work email from my firm to do so. I

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Mar 1, 2022

He may have violated Missouri’s statute against computer tampering. The big question is whether you wish to spend money pursuing him.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Missouri on
Q: Does an S-Corp protect the owner from losing their personal belongings or their cemi trucks they use for the business.
Robert Grant Pennell
Robert Grant Pennell
answered on Feb 24, 2022

Creating a corporation (either under subchapter S or C) or a limited liability company to operate your business is a wise decision for multiple reasons, one of which is the protection of your personal assets. Typically, that means that your personal belongings and similar items could not be sought... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Missouri on
Q: Under what circumstances is a small business required to have a public restroom?
Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Feb 14, 2022

Check with your local governing authority.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Business Formation and Business Law for Missouri on
Q: I need to sell off a one restaurant location operating under a single corporation (the same EIN) w 2 locations.

I own 3 restaurants (one of which my wife and I bought in 2014. The other two I had before we married). This 3rd restaurant operates under one of my original corporations formed in 2005, and she would like to buy me out (we are divorcing amicably) and I need the expertise to properly set her up... Read more »

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
answered on Jan 4, 2022

First of all, congratulations on working this out amicably. Dividing up these assets will involve at least one written agreement between the two of you, and should also include the formation of a legal entity by your wife, as you indicate. I strongly encourage you to seek legal counsel to assist... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: I am a small business owner who rents a building in Missouri my landlord is owed money for last months rent he said

If I don't pay him now he's locking up my businessis this even legal

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Nov 5, 2021

It is unlawful for your landlord to engage in “self help” by changing the locks.

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Missouri on
Q: My rent to own agreement may not abide to the MO. Laws and Statues required for the type of agreement that it is.

The written agreement was supposed to be revised by an legal representative after my tenant and I agreed to all the terms that we wrote. Neither parties had any exsperienceing in writing a legalized lease and we both agreed that our agreement was going to be given to an licensed agent to be... Read more »

Jaime Victor Papa
Jaime Victor Papa
answered on Oct 30, 2021

I recommend that you have an attorney review the agreement to determine if it is enforceable.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Missouri on
Q: Do I need a translator to transclude a contract

If bifurcation is a breach of contract

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Sep 20, 2021

Your post is not well written. I think you need some help.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Missouri on
Q: Is there a lawyer i can get to look at at a contract to see if its fair. For free are will I be charge.

It a Operating Agreement want to make sure my son is making the right desion

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Jul 9, 2021

Any lawyer with contract experience could assist. I don’t see why an attorney would perform such work for free. It shouldn’t cost you more than an hour of attorney time for a short contract.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Copyright for Missouri on
Q: Hi! I have a business that sells t-shirts with pictures of historical figures on them. Does this break licensing laws?
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on May 14, 2021

Depends on where you are getting the figures from and how old they are.

Consult with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Business Law for Missouri on
Q: I was wanting to start a small Business reselling Tv show stickers I buy from Amazon but I am unsure if I am allowed.
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Dec 15, 2020

you always run some risk.

you should consult an attorney.

just because it is sold through Amazon does not mean it is a properly licensed product and that you can resell them

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Missouri on
Q: is it illegal to keep my name on business loan of business I was bought out of?

my husband sold his part of a business to other partner but his name was on the business loan and was not removed and he also had life insurance policy used as collateral on that loan in his name only at this business. He died of cancer and that life insurance policy in his name only was used to... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Oct 8, 2020

My condolences for the loss of your husband. The buyout of his interest was a contractual obligation. If you are uncertain, have an attorney review the contract to see if it required the other party to refinance the loan so that your husband was no longer a guarantor. It’s not a matter of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Missouri on
Q: How much does it cost to get a full liquor license in Illinois/Missouri?

I want to open up a bar and grill in either Missouri or Illinois or both. How do much would it cost in either state and what's the process? Will i need to take classes? And what's the best business structure to go with?

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
answered on Sep 8, 2020

There are several types of liquor licenses in Missouri. The type you get will depend on many factors. You will have to apply for the license, pay the fees, purchase a bond, at a minimum. It is a process that takes time, including a background check and fingerprint check.

The format of your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Business Law for Missouri on
Q: A family member would like to use one of my apartments (i am an owner occupant of a 4plex) for "office space".

I'm sure it's for tax purposes. How would I, or should I, do this? Thanks!

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
answered on Jul 31, 2020

If you think it is fraudulent, stay far away from it. But if they are really going to use the space and pay rent, I don’t see a problem.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Business Law for Missouri on
Q: Ive got a case against me for deceptive business practices.

My fathet and i ran a small busineas together where we dealt with many clients sending us (animals they harvested) in return we taxidermied them and sent them back to them.if i told a client their animal was done and ready to ship back, they sent us a check, i in return told them we would ship... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Jul 29, 2020

I don’t know what you mean about the state trying to charge you. It either has or hasn’t charged you. If the latter then you should hire an attorney to defend the lawsuit. It would be the state’s burden to establish culpability on your end.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Business Law and Contracts for Missouri on
Q: Can I sue a financial institution for tortious interference involving a contract/ and or breach of contract?

The bank used to obtain a loan for my company shut my debit card off and blocked access to funds needed to conduct my daily business operations due to my business partner and I having a disagreement. He used his connections at the bank to pull this stunt off. The account was clearly a joint... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Jun 29, 2020

It sounds like your business is the accountholder and that it be the party with standing to file any lawsuit. It also sounds like you and your partner are not going to agree on whether to pay an attorney thousands of dollars to sue the bank. You should carefully review the depository agreement... Read more »

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