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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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Definition of a Household or Device in the context of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) applies to a business if it meets one of: Has annual gross revenues in excess of twenty-five million dollars... Alone or in combination, annually buys, ...
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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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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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In California, who has right of way when two cars try to get to the same lane at same time?

In a highway with 3 lanes, if a car driving in the left lane and another car driving in the right lane decide at same time to change lane to the middle lane, who has the right of way? In Texas, ...
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California non-compete laws: where do they come from?

I once read that California non-compete laws come from the gold rush era, and yet I was not able to find any more information about the subject. It would be interesting to understand what ...
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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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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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Is it illegal to recommend to commit a crime, and to give specific instructions how to commit a crime?

I came across the rap music clip that recommends to burglarize the neighbor. It goes approximately like this: "Find the neighbor of race X, because they usually aren't too careful and more trusting. ...
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Can I legally wear a facekini in US beaches?

Can I legally wear a facekini on beaches in the United States? I am asking as there are sometimes regulations that prevent individuals from wearing some types of clothes (e.g., anti-mask laws). I ...
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If a doctor orders a Genome test from a patient

Does a patient have the right to obtain any data collected from a genetic test in the state of California?
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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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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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What kinds of crimes do not affect persons or property?

A crime is a public offense, so I would think that anything that constitutes a crime has some kind of influence on one or more persons or property, i.e. it changes the public universe in some negative ...
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What are one's options, if he is incorrectly listed as defendant in civil lawsuit?

A little background: Two employees working for a competing beauty salon left it and came to us to rent out two stations. Since day one we have had landlord-tenant and not employer-employee ...
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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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What is minimum that needs to be said in order to legally record a telephone conversation?

When dealing with unscrupulous companies (especially insurance companies), I have learned that it is essential to record telephone conversations. Many times, I have been provided with grossly ...
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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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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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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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Is it legal to own or operate a non-CA vehicle brought into CA?

When a person moves to California from another state, and brings their vehicle with them, are they required to register the vehicle in California? Or do they have the option of extending the ...
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Is a notice of intent to vacate legally binding in California?

I am in the process of moving to a new apartment. I paid the security deposit, and signed the lease. About one week before the agreed move in date, the landlord informed me that the previous tenant, ...
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What is the standard way to address written statements presented as evidence in a civil case?

A friend of mine is suing someone. I (and others) witnessed all of the violations that are claimed, but I'm unable to attend the hearing in person for various reasons (mainly that I've moved out of ...
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Would this be considered a hit and run?

Our vehicle was parked at our apartment complex and I noticed that there was a large scratch and dent on it. Would this be called a hit and run? The person who did it did not leave a note or ...
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Is an employee of a company personally liable if they violate the law on behalf of the company?

In essentially any interaction between customers and businesses, there are people on the business end who are communicating with customers on the business's behalf. This might mean customer service ...
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can you limit what an employer can disclose about you

I want to list a former employer in California that I resigned from as work experience on my resume but I will not include anyone from that company as a reference. I do not want anyone from that ...
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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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If a contract always uses the wrong name, is it still valid?

I was given a contract (NDA) that looks like it was from a template that was not retyped. My name is not stated anywhere on the contract, but rather someone else's name is on the contract. I do not ...
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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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Can landlord backbill 4.5 years worth of utilities that were never billed to us bimonthly as directed in the lease? (RSO rental)

My landlord has back-billed me for 4.5 years of water utilities and are saying I owe them money. The lease does state that the tenant pays for water (split as a percentage with the adjacent duplex ...
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Is it legal for a company to erroneously charge you and refund you in credits?

I was recently charged a $5 fee in error by a California based tech company. I disputed the charge via app and they issued me a “refund” in credits for future use of their service. I have not been ...
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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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If an emergency vehicle approaches from ahead while I am driving on a two-lane road with no shoulder, what am I obligated to do?

This morning, I was driving along a road that had one lane going each way. There was no shoulder; to my right was just a field. Up ahead, there was an emergency vehicle coming toward me.
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Can you pray for the opponent party to be sanctioned in California?

In California Superior Courts, what would be some common grounds to ask the judge to sanction the opponent party? Under what circumstances would such motions be granted, and how often do any such ...
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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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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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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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Clear FTA (Failure to Appear in Court) from my record

Went to the DMV to renew my driving license and I found it was canceled due to a Failure to Appear in court and Failure to Pay a fine that was imposed to me for scratching a car while parking three ...
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Is it legal for a business to store and use my payment information in a way that I can't edit, remove, or otherwise control?

I recently moved from a townhouse where I used Waste Management for my trash and recycling pick up. The apartment I moved into takes care of trash so last month I canceled the service, got a phone ...
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Retroactive Child support across country lines

Let's say the Family initially lived in Australia (NSW) in the mid-90s. After the divorce, the rate of child support was calculated and fixed. Sometime later the father (paying the child support) ...
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Are video consent forms needed for minors to participate in live video conferencing?

Since many classes are going online, do children under 18 require their parent/guardian to sign a consent form so they can participate? Would it be different from a video release consent form since ...
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Can an individual in California file a small claims case and NOT serve the defendant (or defer the serving)?

Does California allow a plaintiff to file a small claims case and either not serve the defendant or defer the serving until some time in the future (perhaps the plaintiff has 6 months to serve the ...
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Can a US firm legally hire someone as intern after they have graduated from school/university and aren't enrolled in any school/university?

Can a firm US based in the United States legally hire someone as intern after they have graduated from school/university and aren't enrolled in any school/university anymore? If state-dependent, I ...
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Michigan-Registered Car driving in California Front License Plate Question

I am moving from Michigan to California. I am shipping my car, it is in transit. The car is registered in Michigan and Michigan does not require the car to have a front license plate, so my car does ...
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Is customer list really a trade secret in California?

This is about the lawsuit where our tenants and we, the landlord, are being sued for misappropriating competing beauty salon's trade secrets (i.e. customer list). We are about to sign retainer ...
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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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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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Contract still valid after servicer changed name?

There is no clause in the contract about transfer of service (or whatever you call it) like if it's still enforceable even after the service has been transferred to someone else. I had a contract ...
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Can I demand partial deposit back on a joint lease?

I am living in California. I am currently on a joint lease of a house for a little more than two years. The lease is on a monthly basis (used to be a one-year lease but continued as month-to-month). ...
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Annoying neighbor abusing insurance claims [closed]

My mom's neighborhood was effected by the California wildfires. Her house was untouched, but it destroyed the fence that stood between her backyard and the backyard of a neighbor. Insurance has ...

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