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two companies same name

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by J&L-lawncare, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. J&L-lawncare

    J&L-lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Me and my wife had just started our own business, this year. We took our time carefully selecting our name, to suit the parameters of our company.
    We decided on J & L Lawncare LLC. We have gone through the federall, state and local channels and we have all required liscenses and permits and we are insured. We went so far as to place a notice for two weeks in the local newspaper. this past week I was looking in the paper for bid notices when I came across a J and L Lawncare and pool service. I called local, state and federal officials on this and there is no record of this company anywhere. Friday ,I seen a truck with this company name on it. I got the phone number but I haven't called them yet. What should I do?
  2. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    Let your lawyer handle it.
  3. ladibugg

    ladibugg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    Ask a lawyer (if it is affordable) to draft a cease and dissolve letter and he will probably threaten to take their revenue gained from using your name.
  4. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 863

    its not the same because they have pool service afterwords. around here there must be 20 different business's with upstate .....blah blah

    Sorry, but the only way to get them to change their name is with lawyers, and you know what that means---$$$
  5. JJLandscapes

    JJLandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    i really dont think you should be to worried about them affecting your business but if you are 100% legal you might as well try to stop it if its not a lot of work

    the only advertsing we use to do was doorhangers so our customer base was small and we would get calls from customers for another J and J landscaping in our area. This one 80 year old called non stop for 2 weeks and i tried explaing to her there must be a typo on her business card... the people call looking for the other company all say it says my phone number on there card
  6. FSully

    FSully LawnSite Member
    Messages: 81


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  7. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    Don't know about Fla., but they wouldn't be able to have that name here in NC just because of the pool part. When I went LLC, there was a Lawn Specialists on the other side of the state. My lawyer had some concern because they were that close, but Lawn Specialties, LLC passed. Whew!:)

    I'm with gene, call the lawyer.
  8. J&L-lawncare

    J&L-lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Thanks everybody! yeah We're gonna talk w/ lawyer just in case.
    I HATE LAWYERS!!! :hammerhead:

    GrandDaddy always said the grass was greener over the septic tank.

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