Legal Question in Business Law in California

I have a non-profit corporation and was trying to get a community recreation facility built, I had a meeting with a major corporation for a potential investment, and they turned me down, but are building the community recreation facility themselves. Can I sue because they took my idea.

Asked on 10/29/13, 3:13 pm

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William Christian Rodi Pollock
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If this was done as a non profit venture, what losses would you sue to recover? Have the non profit goals not been met? I'm having difficulty understanding how you have been adversely affected.

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Answered on 10/29/13, 3:18 pm
Kelvin Green The Law Office of Kelvin Green
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What intellectual property did they steal? I suspect none...

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Answered on 10/29/13, 10:55 pm
Frank Natoli Natoli-Lapin, LLC
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You cannot protect ideas alone. If you had a written agreement with them and that was breached then you would have a remedy perhaps. If they violated some element of intellectual property like copyright, trademark, trade secret or patent the perhaps you may have a claim.

But unfortunately, noting prevents them from using an idea you present once you disclose it absent a contract.

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Answered on 10/30/13, 7:11 am

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