What to do if if I was duped by a supposed client into using my business and contractors licensing information to obtain permits/financing?

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What to do if if I was duped by a supposed client into using my business and contractors licensing information to obtain permits/financing?

I am a licensed builder in VA. I was approached by a group of investors to work with them to build out their new restaurant. They had paid a deposit and signed a contract with another contractor for the build only to find out that he is not licensed in the state. I agreed to provide the license for the project and to work in conjunction with the other contractor. My information was used for the partners to obtain SBA backed financing for the build. I have tried to contact the partners to get a contract set up with them and the contractor but they have already begun construction – without me.

Asked on June 23, 2011 under Business Law, Virginia

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You need to get an attorney and ask about getting a cease and desist order - also known as an injunction - in to place as soon as possible.   Your contract was oral, correct?  Well those details need to be addressed with your attorney and you need to lay out all the facts so that the attorney can start to formulate a breach of contract cause of action.  You really do seem to be in the driver's seat though, especially with the issue of the loan based on your license.  If you pull your license they lose the backing, no?  That is a big bargaining chip.  Try it.  I am sure that they will sit up and pay attention then. Good luck.


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