Trib Total Media - Give a Widow Mom her Business Back!
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State Rep. Joseph Markosek
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State Sen. James Brewster

Trib Total Media - Give a Widow Mom her Business Back!

    1. M B
    2. Petition by

      M B

      Pittsburgh, PA

Hello!  

    My name is Maria Borrasso. I'm a 66 year old widow who owns and operates Borrasso Landscaping for 37 years, established in 1977.  My late husband, Anthony, Sr. and I started the business with a prayer and a dream. It was a struggle since we had 2 small children at the time. We worked very hard for years to build a successful business. Anthony Sr. died from cancer and I decided to keep the business operating since I had worked it from day one and I hoped our son would keep the business running in the event that I retired or died.

Our son, Tony, Jr.  worked for us since he was a teenager. When his dad died. Tony was trained in Sales and was also my foreman.  We worked hand and hand with the business. We were very, very close. His girlfriend, now wife, Jodie started working in the office. Jodie advanced to my personal secretary.  I was also training Jodie for when I retired, for the business would eventually be Tony's.  My relationship with my son changed, he felt Entitlement.  His dad died and he believed the business was his, not mine. 

After unsuccessfully trying to take over my business in many ways, one by telling my customers that he owned the business, and that I kicked back and just answer the phone.   Tony started Borrasso Construction Co in 2006 doing the same Identical work, in the same areas as my company.

Since 2006, I've been given the run around by the legal system and was told that I had to live with it.   I tried to operate my business,  but I was Competing Against Myself and My Business Reputation.  Thus making it's impossible to have 2 Borrasso businesses... less then a mile apart doing the Same Identical work with the Same Name, with the Same Identical Advertisements.   Both Borrasso Landscaping (my company) and Borrasso Construction (Tony's) had the Same Salesman. To add insult to injury the phone number now used by Borrasso Construction- Tony Borrasso, is the Same phone number used to call my customers from Borrasso Landscaping.   Hard to tell one Borrasso company from the other.  Can't tell they are Two Independently owned businesses, causing Customer Confusion.

With Tony's weekly Mass advertising (Full Page Display Ads) through Trib Total Media (Pennysaver),  he literally Moved my business to "His Home Phone Number" a phone number he used for Sales & Service to call my customers for approx. 13 years.   My business is now living with Tony and he reaps 100% of the income, benefits of my 36 years in business, etc....

Tony’s 43 years old.  He was 6 ½  when his dad and I started Borrasso Landscaping.  I've tried everything to bring Tony to the table to discuss this but he ignores all calls, etc. He's taken everything my late husband and I worked so hard for and has left me with No Income other then SS.. which is not much.

I advertised with the Pennysaver, and TTM (presently called  Trib Total Media with Pennysaver Classifies) since 1977 so they know the history of my company.

Please understand that the TTM (Pennysaver) is the ONLY Weekly publication that a contractor can do a full page, 1/2 page, etc. display ad in my area.

Customers think that Borrasso Landscaping (me) and Borrasso Construction Co (Tony) are affliated and owned by me. The confusion is unbelievable, all customers see is the name Borrasso which they’ve seen for over 36 years.  My Rights have been violated by Tony, Trib Total Media and by THE SYSTEM who allow this LEGAL THEFT.

Trademark Infringement Attorney,  Matthew Pritchard sent Trib Total Media letters.. stating that  I own the service mark "Borrasso" in the Greater Pittsburgh area under the PA Common Law Trademark Rights and requested that the Trib Total Media stop the Misuse of my service mark  "Borrasso"  by stopping all further advertisements of Borrasso Construction (Tony Borrasso) in any Trib Total Media publication. 

Trib Total Media (TTM) refuses to stop the Misuse of my service mark “Borrasso”.  

TTM’s attorney - H. Yale Gutnick wrote in a letter dated June 29, 2012 stating::::: “Trib Total Media is Continuing to run the Advertisments for  Borrasso Construction”. 

Thus violating my ownership rights of the mark.  TTM is violating trademark law.

``````````I'm tired of  the slow legal system, especially the outrageous amount of $ 30,000 that they want to go before a Federal judge to show proof  that I own my own company, Borrasso Landscaping since 1977?   Documentation that is registered with the State and Federal Government?   The State of PA gave my business away,  they can give it back!  

I have Common Law Trademark Rights in PAThis law states that  "Federal registration is not required to establish trademark rights. "Common law" rights arise from the actual use of a trademark without federal registration. Generally, whoever first uses a trademark in commerce has the ultimate right to use that trademark in that way."

````````Borrasso Landscaping 1977 comes before Borrasso Construction in 2006.  

That's why I'm doing this petition, first.  Then my entire story goes to the Media.  I can't believe this can happen in the United States of America and by my own son.  It's time the Public knows that Your business can be STOLEN,  right from under your nose as mine was without notice.

The State of PA..... for $ 70 will do a fictitious name search and register your new business.  When it's too late and the state approved the New Business. The Existing business finds out  that  the New business is Infringing on their business, then the State tells the Existing Business to .... "Hire an Attorney".  

The Sad thing is there is a "Commonlaw" database search, of which PA refuses to use.  PA is a state who does not stand behind Sole Proprietors.. the Commonlaw search would have pulled up my company trademark name "Borrasso" and would have stopped Tony from using it.  The state of PA is an accomplish to theft and because they don't protect Sole Proprietors by enforcing the Commonlaw Trademark Law.. they sold me out and I'm sure I'm not the only business who's business name and reputation was given away by the state of Pennsylvania.


Why isn't the PA Fictitious Name database
Linked to other State and Federal agencies where they can catch this "injustice" before it helps destroy an existing business that have worked years and years to build a successful company.

I am licensed with the PA Dept.of Revenue for payroll state tax deductions and paying company sales tax.  I am licensed with the Federal Gov. for deducting Social Security  and Witholding taxes from employees paychecks.  I am licensed with the Unemployment Compensation Bureau for paying benefits for my employees.  I've been filing Borrasso Landscaping Tax Returns with the Internal Revenue Service since 1977. 

By 2005,  I had filed my 28 th Borrasso Landscaping Tax Return.   But in 2006, the history of Borrasso Landscaping's existence was not found in the fictitious name search done For Tony Borrasso, who didn't need to do a Borrasso name search. Tony knew his parent had a business using the name Borrasso in the same field, in the same locale.  He also knew that my business, Borrasso Landscaping would not be in the database, since I was NOT using a Fictitious Name.   I am using my surname, Borrasso- and a descriptive name- Landscaping.. thus NOT making it a Fictitious Name...  therefore I'm Not in the database.

Fictitious Names have CO, INC, LLC, etc. behind their name. Tony intentionally added CO to his company name (Borrasso Construction Co) to make it a Fictitious Name knowing that another Borrasso in the same field (me) would NOT be shown in the Fictitious Name Database search.......for  Borrasso Landscaping is NOT a Fictitious Name and not in the State's Fictitious Name database.

WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD THE  "STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA"...  RELY SOLELY ON A  DATABASE CALLED  "FICTITIOUS NAME DATABASE'... TO GRANT NEW BUSINESS APPROVAL.. WHEN THEY KNOW  THAT  "ALL"  BUSINESSES ARE  "NOT"  LISTED IN THEIR DATABASE?  Guess this will be my next petition.

*** In my conquest for justice against Tony taking my business...I went so far as to write the Governor of PA.. only to get a letter from one of their attorneys, requesting that  " I hire an attorney ".   I wrote the Attorney General of PAcontacted my PA State Representative.. only to be told  "Hire an Attorney".    ****Funny!  the State of PA, gives my business to someone else then tells me to hire an attorney!!!!

For Now... Please join me by signing the Petition against Trib Total Media, Inc.(TTM) requesting they Stop the Misuse of my service mark “Borrasso” by stopping all Borrasso Construction’s Advertisments in any Trib Total Media publication. 

In the petition is a letter to TTM written by my Trademark Infringement Attorney, Matthew Pritchard which explains why I own the service mark!  Attorney Matthew Pritchard's expertise is Trademark Infringement and he's a Law Professor at the University of Pittsburgh who teaches "Trademark Infringement Law".

It's a shame that I have to fight for what's mine to begin with.    

A female in a male prominant construction business is not taken seriously.  Trib Total Media and the legal system would be taking this more seriously if I were a man.  But I'm not and I still own my business service mark no matter what my gender is.

 

http://westernpennsylvania.bbb.org/Find-Business-Reviews/name/borrasso/15239/

http://member.merchantcircle.com/BorrassoLandscaping 1977

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT_iVmtD7OI   Borrasso Landscaping video

 

 I Thank You

 

Maria A. Borrasso, Owner/Operator

Borrasso Landscaping  *1977*  

 

Recent signatures

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    1. SCREWED BY MY OWN ATTORNEY!!!

      M B
      by M B
      Petition Organizer

      Recently brought to my attention is the letter that my attorney J. Matthew
      Pritchard of Web Law Firm, wrote to the Trib Total Media on May 24, 2012- the one in the petition- that states that I own the service mark, BORRASSO. That letter was "NEVER SENT" to the Plaintiff and his attorney. I sent it to Tony and his attorney, Charles Hergenroeder. Had it been sent in March, 2011 when Matt took the case, my case would have been resolved. J. Matthew Pritchard resigned from my case after this letter and wasted 19 months of my life, totally sabotaged my case with neglience, etc.. He sent 4 letters to Tony Borrasso over the 19 month period, very strong letters. Matt never backed up his letters. He wanted a "minimum" of $ 30,000 to go to court to show the court proof that I Own my business that was opened in 1977. The state of PA has documented proof of ownership and so does the Federal Government. Why do I have to pay such an outrageous fee to prove what's already proven?

    2. Need more Signatures, Please Help Maria get her business back!

      M B
      by M B
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for signing the petition.. We need to reach a wider audience and was hoping that maybe you could recruit a few people to sign the petition too? If you have a social network page then please could you post the link on there? It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you once again for your support, Maria.

    3. Reached 100 Signatures..

      M B
      by M B
      Petition Organizer

      Reached 100 Signatures... Thank you to all those who supported me.

      Need more signatures, Please help by signing and sharing. Help me Right this Wrong and gain control of my 35 year business!

      I Thank You,
      Maria

    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. Reached 83 Signatures!

      M B
      by M B
      Petition Organizer

      I'd like to thank all those that supported me by signing and sharing my petition. I need more signatures to beat this discrimination. I know if I would a man, I would Not be going through this.

      A female in a male prominant construction business is not taken seriously. Trib Total Media, the legal system would be taking this more seriously if I were a man. But I'm not and I still own the business mark no matter what my gender is.

      Please join me by signing my petition to regain control of my business of 35 years.

      Thank You Very Much!

      Maria

    6. Reached 50 signatures
    7. Petition is About Theft ....not Family!

      M B
      by M B
      Petition Organizer

      My petition states Facts.. Please..... don't get stuck on the word "Family" and not look at the Real Problem, "My Business was Stolen" does it matter by Whom?

      Yes, it's ugly when it's the son who robs his mother, but a real son would not do that. Therefore, there's nothing family about this, outside of the having the same last name. I have done everything possible to communicate with Tony without and with a lawyer.. He doesn't respond. He hides.. behind voice mail, etc. He doesn't respond to anything. It's truly sad... when communication is the key answer here.. but it takes two.

      I want my 36 year old business back with me where it belongs. It's like taking someone's child when they're fully grown, when all of the hard work is done.

      Please Help Me by Signing and Sharing my Petition.

      I Thank You,

      Maria Borrasso

    8. Reached 25 signatures

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    • jennifer james KINGSTON, JAMAICA
      • about 1 year ago

      This is a cruel act from a son, he should be ashamed of himself! I’m a mother and this story have touch me and the justice system should do the right by this mother!

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    • D S Cruse LAFAYETTE, LA
      • about 1 year ago

      That this woman is having to fight for what is clearly hers is appalling. What about this situation is difficult to understand - this is theft! Why is she not

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    • kelly birosh NEW WESTMINSTER, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      this business was started by mrs Borrasso and her husband so if one of them passes away then the business legally should belong to the other partner-co-owner!he so should have no legal right to take this from his mother,the only was he shpuld be able to assume ownership for the company or its name is if his mother fully signs ownership to him.Morally this is just wrong,children should not be be able

      to get away with taking over their parent property,finances,or rights unless the parent is deemed unfit which is clearly not the case here. tony jr should show his mother the respect she deserves for all the hard work his parents did for him.

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    • Claire Greene BRILLION, WI
      • almost 2 years ago

      children shouldn't be able to rip of their parents and get away with it

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    • Anthony Conti APOLLO, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      I can't believe this son can be so heartless. How in the world does he think he has the right to rob is own mother? He should be in jail for this was intentional. Pathetic excuse he is.

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