A question on liability

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A few years ago, the missus had an Etsy store selling crocheted items she custom designed to fit the American Girl Doll (AGD). Sales were modest as the outfits were pricey, but she had a steady clientele that loved her things. Probably sold one outfit a month on average and had done so for several years. One day she got, via Etsy, a cease and desist notification from a lawyer representing the company that owned the rights to the doll. The lawyer's sole job was to search out the use of the name American girl doll in connection with any unauthorized product and put a stop to it. After a couple of phone calls with the lawyer the missus changed the wording in her product listings to say the products would fit "popular 18 inch dolls" and that satisfied the lawyer, and Etsy. Didn't seem to hurt sales.

She put that store on vacation in March of '17, so I don't know what the current climate is regarding use of the AGD name, but along with liability keep in mind that lawyer is probably still on the look out.
I'vce has a few S & D letters sent my way back when I was selling "Sawzall's" that weren't the Milwaukee brand, but I did make a few bucks along the way.
 
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When I was a kid, WITHOUT seat belts :eek:
..and our mom's beat the day lights out of us in public, especially in grocery stores when we threw ourselves on the floor screaming when she wouldn't buy us our favorite brand of Poofy Flakes or whatever. I yanked my son by the short hairs out to the car for a "talking to" once over that and got a round of applause after coming back in the store..
 

Paul Downes

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You can be sued for just about anything...........https://listverse.com/2018/04/27/10-times-farts-broke-the-law/

You can separate some liability from your personal property with an LLC. Which was what I did for my woodworking business. Unfortunately you have to hire a lawyer to have a disclaimer statement written for a businesses products which doesn't mean it will provide an impenetrable shield, but it might help or discourage some gold diggers from pursuing the frivolous lawsuits.
 
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