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What's the difference between a single solid white line and a double solid white line?

What's the difference between a solid white line and a double solid white line on the United States? I read on https://www.wwinjurylaw.com/blog/2016/november/can-i-cross-over-the-solid-double-white-...
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Independent contractor, feeling like an employee - Will California's AB5 change my classification?

I have been an independent contractor in California for a number of years with a business. Some of my tasks include graphic design, ad creation and management, search engine optimization, product ...
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Is it legal to hire someone to witness a situation (i.e. workplace bullying)?

I'm hoping to get some insights about the legality of hiring a witness to gather evidence. This person would be an unaffiliated third-party that simply listens in on a co-worker conversation from an ...
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Expensive Child Support Contracts Signed Before Conception

A woman convinces a man to sign a contract before sex granting her $4,000 per month for 18 years (or the lifetime of the child if smaller) of "mother and child support" in case the woman becomes ...
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County of Sacramento v. Lewis - who owned the motorcycle?

In County of Sacramento v. Lewis oral arguments, as found on Oyez, Justice Scalia said, questioning the counsel for respondent Philip Lewis And he owned the motor cycle, didn't he? And he ...
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Can I sue my landlord for failing to mark the dangers of something under construction?

The two jacuzzies in my complex are out of order and smell/look like human cesspools. The two signs that used to be on them, "out of order" are no longer there, but the jacuzzies remain in the same ...
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Can a governing body be held accountable for defamatory statements?

San Francisco just passed a resolution declaring the NRA to be a domestic terrorist organization. Agree or disagree with the NRA, it can hardly be defined as a domestic terrorist organization, at ...
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Overly Broad Sports Facility Liability Waiver

The University of California, Berkeley introduced a new liability waiver this Fall Semester. If students refuse to sign the waiver, they'll be barred from using the campus gym and other sports ...
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How does equal pay for substantially similar work (as per the California Equal Pay Act) apply to commissions?

I'm curious about the following scenario. If a business hires people and pays them a commission, is the employer obligated to be neutral in how it directs sales to each employee, in cases where the ...
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How to prepare for early termination of 12 month lease

I am planning to enter into a 12 month lease in California. However, circumstances may arise which require me to move out before the lease ends. I looked at what typically happens with early ...
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Speed bumps on private non-hoa road (California)

I live on a private non-city-maintained road. There are ~30 houses, and I'm roughly in the middle, it's a dead end road. There's no HOA and since we get snow there's one neighbor who has done the job ...
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Can pay be witheld for hours cleaning up after closing time?

The bar in California, where I work, closes at midnight. We start cleaning (bar, kitchen, bathrooms, dishes) before we close, but only if it's not too busy. Once midnight hits, it takes 30 minutes ...
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Can the government force you to change your license plate?

There was an interesting story on hacker news today: A man with the vanity plate NULL ended up gettings thousands of dollars of parking tickets because of a computer glitch. When he complained about ...
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Keeping a Weakness Secret

If a company invents a padlock with some obscure weakness that most criminals would not guess, is there anything the company can do (before or after selling it to the public, or within some "user ...
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At what point does a local garden produce exchange run into legal barriers?

I have an idea for a local garden produce exchange. Assuming two neighbors swapping lettuce has zero legal restrictions, at what point would we run into legal barriers while expanding in the ways ...
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Can I enter a rental property without giving notice if I'm afraid a tenant may be hurt?

I rent a “Mother-In-Laws quarters” (guest area) that is on the side of my house. It has a private entrance. If I'm concerned something has happened to the tenant, am I legally allowed to enter the ...
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What if I don't recycle in SF?

What are the legal consequences to me if I, as a San Francisco resident, fail to throw a given recyclable item in the blue (recycle) bin, and instead throw it in the black (landfill) bin? Will there ...
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Is it legal for private citizens to “impound” e-scooters?

This recent article from The Verge claims that two men in San Diego have create a repo company that impounds e-scooters from companies like Lime, Bird, Lyft, Uber and Razor. However as far as I can ...
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Communal vs separate property, California divorce

I have opened a bank account shortly after getting married, solely in my name, and we never mixed our funds. I funded it initially with money I earned prior to marriage. My husband did the same with ...
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Over-serving an intoxicated customer

I work for a cafe in Southern California. Recently a guest purchased five mimosa cocktails over an hour time period, three of which were ordered within 20 minutes. The guest was by themselves the ...
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What does “resting on” mean in Vehicle Code 27400 VC (drivers aren't allowed to wear headphones in California)?

The California state law Vehicle Code 27400 VC (mirror) states that: A person operating a motor vehicle or bicycle may not wear a headset covering, earplugs in, or earphones covering, resting on, ...
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What do I do if someone forged my name on bill of sale to transfer title?

Hello I need help with advice on where to go with the situation I'm in. I made a deal with the guy to trade my Dodge Durango and my Mustang for his Suzuki street bike and a $2000 digital water pump. I ...
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Must shoppers show receipts if they don't want to?

Scenario Alice, a manager at Big Mart, observes Bob leaving Big Mart with three large flat panel plasma screen television sets. Alice asks Bob to produce his receipt. Bob refuses. Alice calls a ...
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In California, can landlords take money out of a security deposit for a “cleaning fee”

After doing some cursory research I've read that landlords cannot deduct damages for "normal wear and tear" from their tenants'. Does a "cleaning fee" that was stated in the rental agreement violate ...
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residency in california [closed]

I am 22 years old. I am self-supporting. In 2017 - 2018, I lived in San Jose and paid my rents and expenses,In 2018-2019 I moved to Davis and stayed with my aunt. Because I have been living with my ...
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Can a medical provider be paid to display some advertisement for medical services/treatments/products in their office?

Can a medical provider be paid to display some advertisement for medical services/treatments/products in their office? If so, does the medical provider have to disclose that they had received ...
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Reimbursement for business use of personal phone

I work at a small company located in California. The company has indicated that they would like to begin forwarding all calls outside of business hours to my phone. In actuality there would be very ...
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Can I use a corporation name that has been “Merged Out” as my new corporation name in California?

I did the search on California Secretary of State - Business Name site, and it shows the status as "Merged Out" (more than 20 years ago). I also searched the US Official Trademark Db site for the ...
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Do companies violate California labour law by not giving uninterrupted 10 minute breaks for each 4 hours of interviews?

In the software engineering industry, it's very often that the final stage of the interview is an onsite in California, where you spend a minimum of 3.5h doing the interviews; expenses are normally ...
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Distinction between a dinner party and a pop up restaurant

Background: I live in Alameda County, CA. I spent the last three years intently pursuing a cooking hobby, and believe I have gotten pretty good at it. I am interested in practicing cooking for a ...
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Powers of California District Court in Bankruptcy Court Appeal

What powers or authority does a California District Court have in an appeal to a Bankruptcy Court decision concerning a nondischarageable default judgment secured through extrinsic and criminal fraud ...
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California Penal Code, Section 800 Statute of Limitations

California Penal Code Section 800 states "Except as provided in Section 799, prosecution for an offense punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for eight years or more or by imprisonment ...
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Ordered to hand over all messages with Plaintiffs name, though not being used in defense. Is this really allowed and enforceable in CA?

My friend (Jane, NY resident) is being bullied by a high net worth person (John, father of her child) in family court(NY) but she is doing fine in that case despite having very little money and going ...
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When can you no longer submit evidence in a civil case?

I was wondering if there was a point in a civil case where parties are no longer allowed to submit evidence, to my understanding all evidence is submitted at a pretrial, and after that it is ...
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Can the plaintiff in a civil case change the requested damages after the defendant has already been served the summons?

I have a very oddly specific situational question; In a civil lawsuit where a plaintiff is attempting to gain a sum of money from the defending party, is the plaintiff and their counsel allowed to ...
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EB-3 (Green card) case in different county from the company's current address

I work for a Marin County based company as a foreign self-employed freelance contractor (software developer), and my client wants to open an office in Los Angeles and invited me to work there. How ...
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California: “For quality assurance, this phone call is being recorded”

In California, it is illegal to record phone calls without the consent of all parties involved. However, when you call corporate phone number, you often get a message to the effect of "For quality ...
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Compensation for working more than contract states

The employment contract that I signed specified that I work a maximum of 20 hours a week. For the past two years I've been scheduled more that, around 24-40 hours a week. Does this entitle me to ...
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Liability from selling car if buyer does not complete title transfer : California

Suppose one sells a car (California registered) to a person (suspected after the fact to be an illegal immigrant) who does not complete title-transfer. Suppose that the seller completes and submits ...
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California: Is it okay to use the center left turn lane to merge right?

In California if I'm at a stop in (1) and want to turn left on a busy street, is it okay to use the center left turn lane in (2) to merge right with traffic (as long as I don't use it more than 200 ...
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Does reporting reckless drivers do anything?

Unfortunately, in my neighborhood (in California) a lot of drivers roll through stop signs and red lights, while turning right, sometimes almost hitting the pedestrians. Do the pedestrians have any ...
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Can a neighbor point cameras at our backyard and the back of our house?

We live in the hills. And the way our neighborhood is designed is as you go up the hill, there will be a house below you, and a house above you (which are side by side to your property). The elevation ...
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Landlord Gave Me 30 Days Notice to Move Out

My landlord gave me 30 days notice to move out of my room that I am renting as she is selling the house. She told me a couple days in advance (2 days ago) when she gave me the notice. I have a month-...
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When listing the price of parts on invoice for car repair, must the price be the one that the garage paid to obtain the parts?

When listing the price of parts (e.g., tires) on a work order or invoice for car repair in the United States, must the price of the parts be the one that the garage paid to obtain the parts? Or is it ...
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Rental payments [duplicate]

The property management company is now requiring credit cards or ACH accounts for paying rent. Is this legal to require or are renters still legally able to pay by check?
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Register an inherited Trophy of War handgun?

My grandfather recently passed away. He was a veteran, and owned a Nazi P38 Luger handgun, registered as a Trophy of War, manufactured in 1941. It appears I may inherit the Luger. We are both from ...
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Practicalities of suing California-based business from abroad over minor but strong case

Bob, residing outside of the US, has installed a mobile app run by a California-based business and paid a one-year subscription worth under $200. The app happens to have a showstopper bug: basically, ...
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Is it very difficult to collect a debt if the defendant cannot be served? [closed]

Small claims generally do not allow service by publication. If the defendant cannot be found you have to pursue a real lawsuit. This will not be worthwhile unless there is tens of thousands of dollars ...
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House burned down and insurance company is trying not to honor recently updated policy?

Back in November my home burned down in the Camp Fire in Norther California. A few days before the house burned down I updated my policy to have a lower deductible and more coverage. Now that it is ...
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Someone forged my signature in the bill of sales

I brought a used car from Mr. A. However it was not his car. He went with Mr. B, the real owner, to an office dealing with auto registration and sign the paper together without me being there. I did ...