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Sham contest- does this work in practice?

Acme Co is putting together a big promotional mashup for something that's internal to the company, but they need images from outside that help illustrate the theme. So they hold a photography contest ...
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caused accident in company car - do I need a lawyer?

While driving a rental car provided by my company, I hit another car. The rental car (the one I was driving) was insured by my company. I just learned that the driver of the car I hit has started a ...
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Can I deny access to a jointly-owned property to protect my own property?

Long story short, I had a roommate and we broke things off in a very negative way. We jointly rent an apartment in Los Angeles, but she has since moved out and taken ALL of her things. The only ...
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What can I do about wiggly tables at the coffee shop [closed]

This morning I was at Starbucks Coffee Shop sitting down having a hot coffee. When I got up to go to get a napkin the table wiggled and I ended up burning my arm from hot coffee. From what I see, ...
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Selling someone a life estate in a house

I bought a property that has elderly tenants on it. They want to stay, but they can not afford to pay fair market value. For a bevy of reasons beyond the scope of this post, I don't want to be a ...
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If the damages from a lawsuit force the defendant into bankruptcy, are they forgiven?

Say Bob throws a pool party, and because he's secretly homicidal, he decides to poison the pool water, and many of his guests end up in the hospital. He hires a good lawyer to defend him in criminal ...
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Does my company need an escrow license if we are a marketplace website?

We have a marketplace website that allows buyers to purchase content from sellers. We then pay out the seller's balance after 30 days. Our payment processor is requiring us to have an escrow license ...
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For California divorce default what should the declaration about cohabitation state?

California family law. Request to enter default is rejected, with the statement of If both parties are still residing in the same residence then each party must submit a declaration penalty of ...
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My phone number used to belong to someone in debt, now I'm getting harassed by debt collectors

A few weeks ago, I moved to a new city, and got a new phone number. The process of finding all my accounts everywhere and changing my number in each was long and complicated, and it's not something I ...
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Can I not consent to a “call may be monitored” call and still record for myself?

Person A calls person B. Person A states that the "call may be monitored" and person B, then states "I do not consent to the recording of this conversation." Can person B still record on his/her own ...
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Can a California (Berkeley) landlord ask for an extra security deposit?

Just got an email from a non-residential garage space landlord stating that our current yearly rent increase is due. But it struck me as odd that they also added in a line that says "The security ...
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Can I track vehicles that drive around my property's roads?

I was thinking about putting an automated license plate logger near my mail box to track in-and-out movement of vehicles. It would have timestamps and license plate numbers. I just thought it'd be ...
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Why is it illegal to drive with only parking lights, even during the day?

According to the California Vehicle Code, "No vehicle shall be driven at any time with the parking lamps lighted except when the lamps are being used as turn signal lamps or when the headlamps are ...
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How long can the police hold a car that they're using for evidence?

My friend is going through the following in California: She purchased a car roughly three years ago and uses it for everyday tasks. The police towed her car and told her that it was possibly used in ...
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Do I have grounds for contesting this parking ticket

I live in Los Angeles, South Bay area. My brother was visiting from out of town, borrowed my car, unwittingly parked on residential street on street sweeping day at the stated hours, and got a ticket ...
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Can a non-California private resident transfer a handgun (used) not on the DOJ roster to a California resident? If so,what would the procedure be?

I have a friend in Oregon who has some 1911 frames that i would like to buy from him. Is this possible with me being a California resident. Also, can a non-California resident, who will be ...
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If I use my parents' address as my permanent address, can I get renters insurance at a different address?

Is it possible to have insurance at multiple locations? I use my parents' address as my permanent address, because I move quite often (within state - close to home), and it's a pain to have to change ...
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Do software developers typically retain ownership of work done OUTSIDE of work?

As a developer at a large software company, am I entitled to the right to work on my own projects, independent of my employer? I am referring to work completed on unpaid time, using only my own ...
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Insurance situation for unpaid babysitter [closed]

A friend of ours will be looking after our infant daughter for a few days. This will happen at her home with her family. She will do this without charge and we are also in no business relation to each ...
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Can a landlord countersue tenant after tenant wins regarding over-charge of cleaning fee?

Suppose a tenant T sues their landlord L because of unlawful withholding of T's deposit - the landlord did not follow procedures in charging T the cleaning fee, and deducted $125 without any ...
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How to stop an alcoholic from driving?

This scenario takes place in the USA. Suppose I have someone close to me who has a very serious drinking problem. This could be someone physically (living) close to me or someone emotionally close to ...
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Is my orchard property, particularly the house, able to become a restaurant?

The house resides in the middle of an orchard. I'd like to retrofit my "empty nest" home into a restaurant similar to this one, but I believe there may be zoning laws that could prevent me from doing ...
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Is it illegal for police officers to delete video evidence of an arrest?

With how common smartphones are these days, many people film encounters with police officers as evidence in case things go wrong. In stories that make the news, occasionally police dashcam videos show ...
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Can I drive my friend's car without having car insurance myself?

I haven't owned a car for months, and I'm about to go on a road trip with a few friends. We want to split the driving between ourselves, but I haven't owned a car in months, so I no longer pay for ...
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Can one make a right turn at the intersection if there is a right turn slip lane?

If someone didn't see the right turn slip lane in time, could they make a right turn at the intersection? I'd like to know whether this is legal in California.
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Software Development Contract and Inventions

The following is in a contract: For purposes hereof, the term “Inventions,” shall mean, without limitation, all software programs ... developed by Consultant, either alone or jointly with ...
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How do I find the correct fine/fee/bail for a municipal code parking violation?

I received a citation for San Jose Municipal Code 11.36.290 which is for parking a commercial vehicle over 10,000 pounds in a residential area. The fine was for $490, as well as the inclusion of a ...
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Does California Penal Code 1214.1 disallow the requirement to pay bail before Trial by Written Declaration?

California Penal Code 1214.1(b2) states: Payment of a civil assessment shall not be required to schedule a court hearing on a pending underlying charge. However, California Traffic Courts ...
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What rights do inmates have during natural disasters?

The water level behind Oroville Dam, CA, recently went way up due to heavy rain, and the rarely used "emergency spillway" was used for the first time in the dam's 50+ year life. It sustained ...
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How much can a landlord charge for overnight guests?

Here's the part of the contract: The Premises are for the sole use as a residence by the above-mentioned Tenant(s)(Item 1) only, not as physical exercising place or other business or political ...
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Can a minor legally sign an employment contract?

Let's assume that Example, Inc. (a tech company based in California but registered in Delaware) wants to hire a non-emancipated 16-year old minor for a full-time position (using the principle of at-...
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What crime is commited when a mechanic charges for an unneeded or non-existent service?

There a number of mechanics who take profit of people's ignorance of car mechanics to charge for unneeded or even non-existent services, like change the blinker fluid or perform an capacitive ...
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Do I have to pay an untimely electricity bill?

My gas and electricity utility company has not billed me for any of my use since I moved in to my apartment 6 months ago. To this day, I still have not gotten a bill. If they decide to bill me in the ...
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If someone is accidentally killed by someone who is texting and driving, what is the penalty and charge?

If someone is texting and driving and a pedestrian walks out in front of them on a side street and dies, what will the driver be charged with and what is the penalty?
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Is this termination procedure legal in California?

I live in California. I occupied a position for 8 months, where I sometimes worked from home (on a company’s laptop computer) sometimes on-site (on company’s desktop computer). Everything seemed to ...
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Can my manager use my picture without my permission after termination?

My photo was taken while I was a part of a company based in California. It was used on printed corporate documents and web pages. I didn't sign any document of image usage by the company, but didn't ...
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Can my landlord double-dip rent after my month-to-month lease termination?

I had a month-to-month tenancy with my previous landlord, which I terminated via written 30 days notice. The lease will terminate on the 21st of this month. I have already paid pro-rated rent until ...
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Tenant Law - Pay full rent for one day over 30-day notice?

I've been skimming over this trying to find if a landlord can demand rent for me staying a day over my 30 day notice. Specifically because the landlord is out of town that day. Can a landlord demand ...
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Is there any legal precedent for copyright to one's image when digitally recreated?

Note: This question includes slight spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story In the recent addition to the Star Wars franchise Rogue One, there is a scene depicting Princess Leia as she appears in ...
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Must a health insurance in the United States provide a listing of procedure and diagnosis codes that are covered upon request?

I wonder whether a health insurance in the United States must provide a listing of procedure and diagnosis codes that are covered, if requested by a policyholder? In my opinion, the listing of ...
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What is Hans Reiser's earliest release date?

This question is about Hans Reiser, a well known software developer who murdered his wife and is currently serving his prison term for that. His case has drawn significant media attention, mainly ...
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Do companies formed in other states require a separate registration in California?

Various online resources claim that if you register a company in another state while living in California, then under California law, you have to also register the company in California as a "foreign" ...
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Commercial autonomous (delivery) robot using sidewalks

Is it legal to operate a commercial autonomous robot on public sidewalks (and street crossings) to deliver pizza for example? The robot would not operate directly on roads or streets where it could ...
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Can I sue from California, in small claim court, someone in England who is British?

Can I sue from California, in small claim court, someone in England who is British? I live in California and this guy sometimes comes to CA for business. He stole money from me in the U.S.
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What are the best defenses to an unlawful eviction action by a landlord?

What are the BEST defenses to an unlawful eviction even when I am currently caught up on all my rent in rent-controlled West Hollywood California?
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Does a wife have to ask her husband to record their conversation without consent?

Just wondering, in California specifically, can a recording of a conversation by the wife of a husband and wife's conversation within their own home be submitted as evidence if the husband had no ...
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What instrument protects contractual interest in a real property purchase?

Jurisdiction: U.S., California Hypothetical Facts: A (buyer) and B (seller) sign a purchase and sale agreement for real property, R. After the contract is signed, but before the contract settles and ...
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CCP Section 209 (b) Ordered to Appear in Court, however, employer has declined to allow me to appear

My employer has declined to allow me to appear in court today. I missed two jury summonses and have been issued an order to appear to explain. I am due to show today, however, my employer has a lot to ...
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Firearm transfer between CA and WA

I recently had a grandfather pass away and he left behind a beautiful Colt Trooper MK V .357. He lived in Santa Barbara, California and me and my dad are flying down there tomorrow to get some ...
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If a person under the age of 18 is married in a state other than California, are they considered emancipated if they live in California?

The California courts website states: There are 3 ways to get emancipated: Get married ... Most sites seem to cater to the most obviously applicable situation, where a minor is ...

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