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Good Morning. Thanks for submitting your question. Generally, any offer to purchase a business must be in writing, signed by the purchaser and accepted by the owner before it has any legal effect. None of those requirements seem to be present in your situation. Likewise, a verbal discussion about the general operation of a business does not qualify as intellectual property in the slightest degree. It would thus appear that you have nothing to worry about. I wish you good luck in your new business. Please rate my Answer so that I will be credited with assisting you.
So if she goes to a lawyer they will tell her she doesn't have a case?
I KNOW I WOULD.
Seeing her books doesn't mean a thing. Even if you had signed a formal confidentiality agreement, you are not using her information for anything and you haven't disclosed her information to anyone.
There's nothing illegal about opening up a business that is similar to another one that you have been shown the operation of. The lady is blowing smoke
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