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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Trademark for Rhode Island on

Q: Is "Newport Wellness" registrable as a service mark? geographically descriptive + generic term for the services.

I don't think it is, but I'm looking for other opinions.

Per USPTO, Generic words cannot qualify as “marks” in the legal sense and are never registrable or enforceable against third parties. Because generic words are the common, everyday name for goods and services and everyone has the... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on May 14, 2019

Speak with a trademark attorney. They will explain the impact of the disclaimer to the plain words, the limitation, of the category of trade for which one might register, and other options you may consider to give you more than "thin protection" . They will also explain the national/federal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on

Q: Bought home with big fenced yard for dogs, 5 minutes after closing found out 1/3 of the yard belongs to neighbor. Help.

Last Monday we bought a house in Rhode Island with a big fenced in yard for our dogs. As we were at the closing at the lawyers, the seller of the house told the next door neighbor that a portion (about 1/3) of our soon to be property actually belonged to her and was not part of his property at... Read more »

Andrew Bilodeau answered on May 7, 2019

Hello,

There are many components to this That need to be examined before I would be able to give you a correct answer. If during the transaction you purchased title insurance and the owner signed an Affidavit swearing that there are no known encroachments, boundary disputes, etc. you may...
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Civil Litigation and Identity Theft for Rhode Island on

Q: My cousin fraudulently opened a bank account in my name in 5/16 has the statue of limits already exceeded for acivil cas

Or a criminal case I was in jail when she did this to me she got into my bank account n opened another one over the phone n the bank cloned my signature

Neville Bedford answered on May 27, 2018

Lot of questions here - Were you under a conviction whilst in jail? (then you may have been civilly dead under the law) That will have some impact on the analysis. When did you discover the identity theft ? Did you file a police report? Put a lock on the three credit bureaus ? Was she prosecuted?... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice and Civil Litigation for Rhode Island on

Q: Can a lawyer have client's settlement check made under his name, take it, keep deducting his fees, with no explanation

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 17, 2018

You should receive a settlement sheet summary of the fees and costs incurred in your settlement.

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice and Civil Litigation for Rhode Island on

Q: Can a lawyer have client's settlement check made under his name, take it, keep deducting his fees, with no explanation

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 17, 2018

You should receive a settlement sheet summary of the fees and costs incurred in your settlement.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Rhode Island on

Q: Do I have legal recourse, monetary claim against state agency?

My stupid led to a night in the ACI. I was wearing jewelry approximate retail value of about $30k. This occurred back in 2011 I was shocked that their procedure was to take all my jewelry and belongings put it into 8 by 11 mailer and mail it out with no tracking what so ever: fyi they do now. They... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Jun 25, 2017

After six years have lapsed, it is unlikely you will get to a satisfactory resolution.

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