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What are the statutes of limitation for civil lawsuits regarding utility bills between roommates?

Are there specific laws governing statutes of limitation for utility bills between household roommates? If not, I assume it would fall under some other existing category. Are utilities bills between ...
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What rights do I have if my apartment neighbor is smoking marijuana and the smell is entering my apartment?

To preface this, I'm looking specifically for California Law. I'm aware that medical marijuana is legal in the state of California, and am wondering if any other laws apply, similarly to tobacco laws. ...
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Recording a conversation with a non-federal employee

I am considering recording a conversation or try to secretly record one between me and a non-federal employee. I am currently a federal employee, not FBI or CIA but am investigating on my own a ...
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How do I file for a Trademark or Service Mark in a US state?

How and where do I simply file for a state trademark? Should I do a service mark instead? I am trying to file a business name and a slogan, so I'm expecting to do two separate filings. I am in ...
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How can I free a service provider from estimate liability via disclaimer?

I want to ask for a quote, but I don't want the service provider to be legally bound to the estimate. What should I disclaim in my quote request?
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What is this called? E.G: Competition buys product, breaks it, and asks for a return

Say I'm selling at a swap-meet. A person who, unbeknownst to me, is operating another store in the same area approaches my stall and purchases an item (specifically an old, but still functional ...
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Legal definition of exempt employee's “own time” regarding creation of copyrightable content

I live in California, where CA Labor Code § 2870 states (emphasis added): (a) Any provision in an employment agreement which provides that an employee shall assign, or offer to assign, any of his or ...
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Did Cliff Booth commit crime by killing Tex and Katie?

In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Cliff Booth defends himself and his friends from intruders Tex, Sadie and Katie (the Manson Family killers). First, Tex fails to shoot Cliff as Cliff's dog takes Tex ...
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Rights to documents sent on your behalf by an insurance company

I recently had my insurance company file subrogation against a government entity for the recovery of my deductible (and presumably their expended cost) after my vehicle was damaged on government ...
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Do old buildings have to conform to “modern” building code in California?

I've only got the 2016 building codes on me, but there don't seem to be major changes in the relevant 2019 building codes according to what information I've been able to find. Section 402.5 (Chapter ...
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Should insurer ignore exclusions when extrinsic evidence contradicts allegations?

Commercial general liability insurance has exclusions that insurer doesn't have duty to defend or indemnify the insured in case claim arises of criminal activities, misappropriation of intellectual ...
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Can a California county restrict redistribution of its GIS products? (even if I FOIA the data)

Alpine County, CA makes a Parcel Map available for a certain fee. Many other counties make this data available for free but Alpine County charges some $1.3k to acquire it. This part is fine, and I ...
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Source for California citations in the form “vc” or “cvc” rather than the Veh. Code form

I have seen many citations of California codes that say things like 'VC § 1234', 'CVC § 1234', "vc sec. 1234", "cvc section 1234" etc, when referring to the Vehicle Code. I've also seen the same style ...
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Does California's Information Practices Act (IPA) of 1977 apply to individuals after death?

I'm in the midst of researching a person who was born in 1892 and died in 1969 in California. The subject has no living heirs. I've requested documents from the California Department of Consumers ...
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Real estate - Transfer Disclosure Statement and Disclosure of Repairs

This question pertains to real estate law in the state of California. I recently purchased a house and moved in this past weekend. Yesterday, the first rain event of the season occurred, and several ...
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I bought a car from a person who is licensed as a dealer and now they are asking me to pay tax days after the purchase

I bought a salvaged car from a person with a dealer number. I paid cash in full. He gave me the title and I went went through the process of getting it registered with the DMV. The car is now ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) impacts a non-Californian business?

January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect. The CCPA applies to any business anywhere in the U.S. or the world that does business in the state of California. Could ...
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Buying a house in a partnership [closed]

I am buying a house with a colleague in California. I am paying 80% and he is paying 20%. He is going to live in the house, and pay rent for my 80% stakes in the house. Is it at all legal? Can I ...
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Do California process servers typically try phone calls before resorting to ambush?

I've reason to believe that someone might be planning to sue me (it's unclear). Last Sunday night I got a knock on my apartment door at around 9:30pm from a stranger who tried to talk me into opening ...
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What is the name of the transverse white line that separates different time-limited parking zones?

I parked on a street that has 2 parking zones: all-day (with bi-weekly street sweeping) and two-hour. Painted on the street is a single six-inch-wide six-foot-long transverse white line that, I ...
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California Legal Ethics: Attorney Bringing On Co-Counsel w/o Client Knowledge?

Is is a breach of ethics in California for an attorney representing a client in a civil matter to discuss their client's case in detail with potential co-counsel without the client's knowledge or ...
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Can I legally buy a car in Texas, but register it in California?

I've got a quick question regarding vehicle registration in the States of California and Texas. I'm a full-time student at a public university in Texas, but am and remain a legal resident of the State ...
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Can CA public benefit corps be for-profit?

I'm interested in forming a public benefit corporation in California in 2018. As I understand it, these can be for-profit. But when I look at the California government website for information about ...
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question about abusive landlord

I recently got suckered into signing a lease on a room. I thought the place looked OK when I checked it out, and it was in a good area. The rent is $1,000/month and I put down a $100 deposit. The ...
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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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Is one legally required to do anything if not billed for utilities?

I live in an apartment complex in California where electric and gas service are the tenant's responsibility. When my tenancy began, I set up service with the local utility company. I went to their ...
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Can a public school “edit” a transcript from a private institution?

I've got quite the interesting story. Long story short, I'm enrolled at summer school with a private, nonprofit institution that has an agreement with my school district that allows grades from summer ...
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What is the maximum allowable building height in Mountain View, California?

Anecdotal evidence online suggests that the maximum height allowed by city code in Mountain View is 40 or 50 ft. Is there an authoritative source for this (or the correct) figure? I've looked at Muni-...
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Do doctors have the legal responsibility to inform the patient of services not covered by the insurance in the USA?

I wonder whether doctors have the legal responsibility to inform the patient of services not covered by the insurance in the USA. https://craighospital.org/resources/you-and-your-doctor-rights-and-...
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Who is legally responsible for the traffic signage of a drive thru that intersects a sidewalk?

So here is the setup: Drivers keep coming in through the oneway drive thru even though the "do no enter" sign is there. Although, to the credit of the people who do this, the sign is a bit high off ...
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How is Texas eviction process different from California's?

For people moving from California to Texas (the direction of the migration is paramount and hard to dispute), and who may be familiar with the eviction process in California, what would be the ...
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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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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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If Barefoot v. Jennings is upheld by CA Supreme Court, what recourse would disinherited child have against undue influence by unscrupulous caretaker?

Background My friend (plaintiff) has an open case against her mother's unscrupulous caretaker (defendant). Plaintiff is claiming that the defendant used 'undue influence' against plaintiff's mother, ...
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Inhabitance requirement for peeping

Under California PC647(i), Except as provided in paragraph (5) of subdivision (b) and subdivision (l), every person who commits any of the following acts is guilty of disorderly conduct, a ...
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Why all caps first and last names in id cards / passports?

I am wondernig what is the reason, if any, that in the national identification cards the names (first and last) are written in ALL CAPS?
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Is it legal for police in California to use a hidden microphone?

Is it legal for police in California to record suspects via a hidden microphone in police vehicles? If so, how can the information obtained be used?
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Can cops turn their siren on with no warning?

Okay so this just happened to me minutes ago,my mom was in the middle of a turn when a police car was coming head on, there was no indication or anything he was just driving like normal but before he ...
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Absurdly high painting bill deducted from apartment security deposit

I moved out of a 2 bedroom apartment in Los Angeles under a month ago and have just received my deposit back with ~$1200 taken out for re-painting. This is for a below average size 2 bedroom apartment ...
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Church / School / Religion / Disney! / California

I attend a public school in California, there is a voluntary field trip day, once a year, where you go to a church. In the church, they put on a Disney show, with nothing religious about it. The ...
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Can my boss promise a job to someone before posting it?

I work in California. I'm due for a promotion for a supervisory role. Before the more senior employees were considered and one was promoted. I got word that my manager promised the job to my coworker ...
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Is this considered “bad faith”?

In California, landlords cannot retain security deposits at the end of tenancy in bad faith. If a landlord provides an itemized statement of deductions but fails to disclose that it was written by a ...
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Serial sexual harassment from disabled person on UC campus

Recently, a post on Facebook from people at a University of California about a man, let's call him Joe, who is allegedly a serial sexual harasser has blown up. Here are the facts about the case: ...

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