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How does the law know who owns a lease?

Imagine this scenario: I find a vacant unit in an apartment complex, pick the lock, and move in. Eventually the complex inspects the property and tells me to leave. I lie and say I am a tenant at ...
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Life insurance for security guards

From here, death rate of security guards is 1/1000 per year. Of the armed, professional guards its maybe 10x higher. An average life insurance policy is $100 per month for a 30 year old, with a about ...
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Can a co-tenant sublet in LA without permission from other tenants?

I am a co-tenant on a lease in LA. I want to sublet my room. My lease says a subletter can move in upon landlord approval, but it does not say anything about co-tenant approval. I’d like to sublet to ...
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How can private businesses compel the government to collect tax?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kirimasters/2019/08/08/california-lawsuit-says-amazon-should-pay-billions-in-back-taxes/ Apparently an obscure business forced the California government to collect tax ...
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Can I avoid a tax foreclosure by evading service of the summons?

Help me understand how property tax works. If the property tax has to be served as a lawsuit- correct me if that is wrong- then I see problems. I buy a huge amount of property in an area. I live in ...
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Are the legal claims and observations made by the medical examiner in the Ronald Opus fictional story legally accurate?

In the story of Ronald Opus, a medical examiner makes a number of observations on an apparent suicide: On March 23, 1994, a medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus and concluded that he died ...
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How can a person sue oneself?

Either in USA California or in India (choose whichever you like) can a person sue oneself back for damages? Has anyone ever defamed themselves and then sued themselves for defamation?
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Can people of California amend laws?

In the US state of California, if someone feels an existing law gives excessive punishments or is unconstitutional, what can they do?
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Help with the laws of inheritance as pertaining to a Home

Recently I learned that my Grandmother left her home in Visalia, California to her grandchildren in her will. There are 6 biological grandchildren. I do not know the specifics of the will and whether &...
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Can my parents, who owned my home, enter it while I'm at work and move me out without any warning?

I was renting a home from my parents when my husband got arrested and went to jail. I had no eviction notice. I am in Tulare County, in the city of Visalia, in California. I was unable to pay my rent ...
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Is it legal to publish a third-party server software that allows people to host their own dedicated server for a game?

One of our favorite online games recently got all its servers shut down so that it isn't playable anymore. As a few friends and I are quite experienced at programming and reverse engineering, we have ...
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How do executives pay themselves $1 per year without running afoul of minimum wage laws?

Many executives, especially chief executives, receive nearly all of their compensation in stock. Both for public perception, and for tax reasons, Elon Musk, Eric Schmidt, Jack Dorsey, Larry Page, Mark ...
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Can a person be charged above the ammount of damages by laws as a fine?

The jurisdiction is : USA -> California The law used as example is: CCPA The CCPA states that if someone fails to respect a user's privacy rights, the website owner may be charged $7,500 per ...
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What actions can I take for discriminating against me (a right wing conservative) on job applications?

Say, I was denied several Jobs because of my beliefs as a right wing nationalist. I have made some comments in the past with regards to certain groups (mostly on Immigrants and Muslims). I've deleted ...
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Does a victim being asked questions by police need a lawyer?

First, this is not a situation I or anyone I know of is in. It's a hypothetical, and an attempt to clarify common legal advice in the USA like "never talk to the police without a lawyer." ...
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Is it possible to bypass CCPA using EULA

Is it possible to avoid CCPA by using an EULA that explicitly bans users with residence location or relation to California? By writing that the app is not intended to target californians and that ...
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Third party responsibility in CCPA

The CCPA seems to demand $7500 for every user from California in the event of a data breach. Now my first question is with respect to the following case: A company uses Google's in app purchases. The ...
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I'm trying to find what the 197 penal code was in the 1930's

For a project on the book ''Of Mice and Of Men'', I have to prove that George is innocent of the murder of Lennie. My goal is to say that George didn't commit murder, but that it was a justified ...
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Search of deceased person's residence following fatal incident at work

I am a British writer trying to get law enforcement procedure right in a thriller set in San Diego, CA. (There are numerous plot reasons that prevent me placing this action in e.g. the UK where I am ...
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Could someone be found guilty of hit-and-run in Calfornia if they didn't know they hit something?

Suppose someone were accused of hitting another vehicle with their vehicle. Suppose that the vehicle were sufficiently loud, bouncy, and difficult to maneuver (for instance, a 1970 Ford F250) that the ...
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Roommate Got Their Name off the Lease by Misleading

This is a major edit of a question which had number of ambiguities. Hopefully, the edits will clear the ambiguities. So, A, B, and C were co-tenants on a lease in an apartment in California and A, B, ...
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If an unofficial ballot “harvesting” bin is left in a public area, could it and its contents be considered abandoned property?

There are reports of unofficial ballot drop boxes appearing in California. I'm wondering if legally ballots deposited in such bins could be considered abandoned by their owners. I understand that an ...
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If a New Mexico anonymous LLC must register in California as a foreign LLC (for doing business in CA), does the LLC lose its anonymity?

If a New Mexico anonymous LLC is required to register in California as a foreign LLC because it does business in the state of California, does that company as a whole lose some or all of its anonymity?...
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Who is responsible for an AC unit provided “as is”: tenant or landlord?

I'm renting a place in california, and damaged the AC unit. The landlord provided it "as is": the previous tenants installed it and he wouldn't repair it if it stopped working, it was just a ...
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Unauthorized online banking personal identity compromised

My father in law recently died. I have just found out that his girlfriend has been accessing a trustee account utilizing an old user ID and password. No funds were withdrawn, but the bank's cyber-...
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Has a pedestrian ever been fined for not wearing a mask in California?

California has a statewide mask order. However, I see people violating it all the time: pedestrians getting closer than 6 feet to each other while not wearing masks. (Occasionally, I also see people ...
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Can public schools solicit donations directly from students?

I have a daughter in a public school in California in 1st grade. Her school is getting ready for a walkathon where each student is expected to bring in donations. This strikes me as inappropriate: the ...
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Can I right-turn on red if all cars must turn right but bicycles can go straight?

In this intersection, if the sign is red, can cars turn right if safe to do so? Location: 150 E San Carlos St. , San Jose, California, USA. https://maps.app.goo.gl/KEw3BWtFLXMZGGiG8 Notes: There's ...
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How to avoid inflated/bogus settlement demands in auto accident in California [closed]

Involved in an accident in California, and the other party has hired an atty to request policy limits. Other party was not seriously injured (paramedics left after thoroughly inspecting the other ...
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Can a California ballot initiative prevent its own repeal except by an unrealistically large legislative majority?

Background: an upcoming ballot initiative in California, Proposition 22, contains as part of its text the condition that the law it brings into effect can only be amended by a 7/8 legislative majority....
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Do the words “100% Money Back Guarantee” or “100% Satisfaction Guarantee” have any legal significance?

For example, say Acme Corp, a California Corporation, sells a free digital audio book on their website for $30 to Bob, who lives in New York. On Acme's web site, next to the payment button, they have ...
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Does procuring cause in real estate apply when you have to change an agent

I found a property for sale online and I toured it with an agent a week ago. There was no signed agreement between the agent and me. However, the agent is not willing to write an offer for me as they ...
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If a (US-based) website repeatedly allows users to post my copyrighted material what legal actions can I take?

I'm a university lecturer in Australia teaching mathematics. I produce question sheets for my students. It takes significant effort to produce high-quality questions. These question sheets are ...
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Do I (witness) have to respond to email from defendant's lawyer?

I witnessed (heard) an alleged crime a long while back and was recorded as a witness by the police. Recently, I received an email from the defendant's lawyer requesting contact information and asking ...
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Is it illegal to restore a car in my own driveway in Orange County, CA?

Long story short, I live in Anaheim, CA. I can't find any mention of laws regarding this, so here goes. My father has had a classic Camaro in our driveway since the 90s. It has been parked and ...
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Is not having a valid car insurance a misdemeanor in Orange County, California?

My doubt arises after having received correspondence back from the Superior Court of California County of Orange. I pleaded guilty on a traffic ticket I had pending since three years ago only after ...
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Out of country court case related to employee / employer financial claim

I am a contractor in Ontario, Canada. However, I am not a citizen of Canada or the US. I am contemplating a court case against my contract-employer in the US, regarding non-payment of my salary ...
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What exactly did Harvey Weinstein do to be convicted of rape in the third degree? [closed]

If a man puts gun to a woman's head to force her to engage in sex, that's rape in first degree. So what is rape in the third degree? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Weinstein_sexual_abuse_cases#...
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Are there any rules in California that govern what space can be counted as “living area” by agents when advertising property?

It seems that County Assessors under livable square footage use only legally permitted area. And Assessors use it to determine property taxes. However, are there any laws in California that would ...
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Meaning of word “remodeled” in California seller disclosure?

On California C.A.R. TDS forms sellers have to disclose any unpermitted work properly so that buyers would not later sue seller for misrepresenting property. On disclosures I have seen words "[re]...
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California Fires Evacuation Eviction

I'm renting a house in Santa Cruz mountains where the CZU fire is. Our 9 day evacuation was lifted on Saturday and our lease was up yesterday (Monday). We were in the process of moving when the evac ...
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Is home buyer allowed to back out from purchase in case seller sent materially different disclosure form after buyer removed contingencies?

Before visiting a property seller sent C.A.R. TDS form via email that stated that "guest house was remodeled without permits". Since guest house was advertised as part of property and ...
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Stove was replaced but old stove was not removed from premises

The stove had issues recently and it was replaced by the landlord. The worker who moved the stoves placed the old stove on the side of the house. I assumed the landlord would have it removed but that ...
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If I pay a disputed amount to my landlord, can I later sue in Small Claims Court?

California Small Claims/Landlord question: My landlord has withheld my security deposit upon move out, and claims I owe additional charges for cleaning the apartment. I've disputed these and plan to ...
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Am I interpreting “Removal of Contingencies With Offer” clause properly?

C.A.R. purchase agreement has following paragraph that has a checkbox next to it: C. REMOVAL OF CONTINGENCIES WITH OFFER: Buyer removes the contingencies specified in the attached Contingency Removal ...
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Section 2870 of the California Labor Code - Can former employer claim ownership of former employee's project?

Silicon Valley tech companies in California require employees to sign a contract that assigns all inventions to the employer. The only protection employees have are in the form of Section 2870 of the ...
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Has anyone ever been fined for not wearing a mask in California?

California has a statewide mask order. I wonder if anyone has ever been fined for violating it?
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What's the impact of this late fee typo?

My landlord has a late fee clause in our lease, which says that if the lessee is late with the rent, the lessor must pay a (poorly defined) late fee. What would be the effect of this clause? The ...
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When the Director differs from the script

Let's assume Alice wrote a bestseller. Then she made a script from it. This script is then given to the movie studio in Hollywood, who contracts Director Bob to make the actual film. The studio doesn'...
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Vehicle Registration and Tickets

I reside in California, USA. I drive a small pick-up truck that is insured and owned by someone else. If it's not registered (doesn't get tags), but remains insured who is responsible to for any ...

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