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Asked on: 5/01/13, 2:39 pm

Hello. Quick question. I would like to start a business under a specific name in Los Angeles. The CA Secretary of State indicates the name is not taken, but of course the SoS only lists corporations, not sole proprietorships, etc. Also the City of Los Angeles does not indicate anyone having taken the name. However, there is a LinkedIn user group using the name I have in mind. Can I register this name with the CA SoS and the City of LA and do business without the LinkedIn user group having legal recourse to the name? It appears from my research the LinkedIn user group is the only use of this specific name. Thank you for your help...

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