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Answer: Unless it's for an entirely frivolous reason, anyone can sue anyone at any time. The thing is, one has to prove one's case.
From what you have told me so far:
1. There has been no harm to anyone;
2. You could also send a letter of apology to the competitors' company.
If you have a going business that you want to grow and mature, you need to ALWAYS, always use a contract, and the contract should always say that your client will hold you harmless in case of any lawsuit arising from work you do for them. A business law attorney can help you draft a template of a contract and work orders; your client should sign both.
While we're at it, in this particular situation, if you do think you may want to write your own apology, run it by your attorney first.
So, botXXXXX XXXXXne - again, anyone can sue anyone, but the Complaining party must prove a case, which would include proving harm/damages. It's very unlikely you will get sued unless there were damages that could be proved in court.
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Anyone can name anyone in a lawsuit, and subcontractors, such as yourself, may be named.
Obtain malpractice and/or errors & omissions insurance as part of your business plan/budget, and they may even be able to cover you for this (unless they don't cover the equivalent of "pre-existing conditions.). The insurance plan you purchase should include a free defense attorney.
1. A lawyer won't sue unless he or she thinks there is merit and damages to the case. However, a competent attorney will sue both contractor (business) and subcontractor.
2. Only 5% of all lawsuits that are filed ever end up in court. Most are settled or withdrawn.
3. If you are sued, have an attorney defend your business. The first thing you'll want to do is a motion for summary judgment, to get your business released from the lawsuit. This is not something too many lay people can handle themselves.
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