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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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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 chalk on sidewalks/asphalt illegal?

I'm trying to determine if chalking a sidewalk or road is illegal, because deep inside my soul, I'm actually a six year old, and would derive no greater pleasure in life than from rolling around on ...
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Accident with borrowed car — whose insurance will apply to satisfy legal requirements?

Assume my friend and I are both licensed and have insurance for our own cars, but we're (obviously) not listed under each others' insurance plans. Let's say one of us borrows the other one's car (...
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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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Is it a crime to take out a loan with no intention to repay?

This question on Money.SE concerned a person who had taken out a number of loans. He didn't intend to repay these loans in full, planning instead to default and leave the country. Several posters on ...
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Can private schools in CA require a uniform?

California has what's known as Leonard's law that protects free speech when on a private school campus, whereas the rest of the country says private schools can control speech on their campuses. I'm ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Difference in severance package between 2 employees within a one month span

In my ex-company, there were 2 layoffs with in a span of 1 month. In the 1st layoff, the severance pay package was better than 2nd layoff. Will the employees affected in the 2nd round have any ...
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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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Purchase of alcohol with a minor present

Hello people who know a lot more about alcohol laws than me, So a general gist of my question is, why is it legal for certain stores to deny the sale of alcohol to me (who is over 21) with a minor ...
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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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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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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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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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Is a child car seat required in California cabs?

I have heard that it is ok to not have a child car seat if you are coming / going to an Airport. I googled it and found conflicting opinions. Is it allowed as per law to not use child car seat in a ...
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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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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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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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Contract requiring the signing of a statement that may not be true when signed

I found an employment contract, in which the employee promises, upon termination of employment, to sign a "Termination Certification" and present it to the employer. The text of the certification is ...
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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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Is this fraud in California?

There's an SAT academy that's been in operation for the past 15 years whose sole proprietor holds himself out to be a graduate of a distinguished university. In the Korean-American community, where a ...
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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 ...
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Parent dead without a will

A person dies without a will in California, US, and one of several children proposes to take control of real estate. Under what conditions is this legal? How can such action be challenged, if it can ...
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Is a commercial landlord liable for damage due to roof leaks?

A tenant has a modified gross lease of a small commercial warehouse in San Fernando, CA. During the rainy seasons of 2017-2018 and the very wet 2018-2019, the tenant reported, on multiple occasions, ...
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Owner Move In San Francisco

Can the owner of a residence in San Francisco sublease during the 60 months following an owner-movein eviction? The specific example I'm imagining would be if a single person purchased a 2 bedroom ...
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Legality of Sugar Rocket in CA

What is the legality of sugar rocket in CA? I have found a bunch of outdated answers, but nothing from 2019. If there is a restriction, what is the maximum propellant yield an amateur can make without ...
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Can a gym ban me without actual proof of me taking a picture?

TL;DR I have a gym membership that allows me to use multiple locations. Another location told me I'm allowed to visit only 10x per month. I pulled out my phone to write down the name of the employee. ...
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What's the next step if a debt collector doesn't respond to my debt dispute?

A month ago I received a debt collection letter about an alleged unpaid tax bill. I did not recognize the bill, and had definitely never heard of it before this, so I sent them a letter within a few ...
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What is the maximum length of a school bus and trailer combination in California?

I have a 40 ft school bus rv conversion and am wondering what kind of vehicle this is legally when it comes to towing. I found some good material saying semis and trailers can be at max 65' long (http:...
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If a medical provider refers a patient to another medical provider/business, do they have to disclose any financial interest they may have?

If a medical provider refers a patient to another medical provider or medical business (e.g., an imaging lab), do they have to disclose to the patient any financial interest they may have in the ...

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