Questions tagged [civil-law]

For questions relating to non-criminal legal branch of [common-law] legal systems. Not to be confused with [civil-legal-system], relating to civilian or Roman law.

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Hotel charged me for damages, claimed I smoked in the room UK

I was going over my expenses and found a £200 charge from a hotel I stayed at over a month ago. I called to ask why, and they said that there was a "smell of smoke" and they "found something in the ...
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You must pay more just because you can

Suppose I win a civil lawsuit against two parties in California, one being wealthy and the other being poor (and unlikely to pay), but the poor party has clearly (according to the judge, any jury ...
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Can a man who owns a strip of land going through another's house extort the owner of the house with threat to build on the land?

There was a recent article on cracked.com discussing an individual who accidentally purchased a tiny strip of land, worth approximately 50 dollars, thinking he was purchasing the house it ran through. ...
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Missed flight, can we take the airline to court to claim money to rebook remaining flights?

A couple of weeks ago me and my partner went on holiday. We had booked with Thai Airways and had a multi-part ticket. London -> Bangkok, Bangkok -> Tokyo, Osaka -> London (via Bangkok) On the day of ...
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Does paying for other party's attorney fees have a chilling effect?

I understand and agree with the fairness in the losing party having to pay the other party's attorney fees. However, won't this foster a chilling effect on the "little guys" (we, the peasants) from ...
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What steps can common people take to be prepared to sue anyone that does something wrong to them? [closed]

Are there some things that we can make a habit of doing that are gonna help us in winning a lawsuit we file in case a situation unexpectedly arrives where we need to seek relief from the law? For ...
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How do I find more info about these cases on a county court website?

https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/search.aspx?q=kb%20homes I tried looking up the case numbers, but couldn't find anything
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Do corporations have any legal liability for XSS exploits that can harvest private/payment info?

So let's say there's a website that is made up of crowd sourced articles (let's say it's about politics). The website has users from around the world. All articles have to be approved by an editor, ...
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why is a person allowed to lie in court and get away with it?

In a court of law, the defendant can tell as much lies as she wants in order to vindicate herself of the charges. But if the court finds them guilty, the false explanations that the person had given ...
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Sued outside a country

What happens when you get sued for civil matters such as breaching employment contract in one country, after you have already left to another country for good? What is the general protocol for these ...
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Meaning of “costs throughout to” in a court case?

A judge said, "I would therefore dismiss the appeal with costs throughout to the respondent." Excuse my simple post here. I looked for an answer on google, but could not find any. I would like to ...
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Can I steal a car back that’s registered to me?

So I made the mistake of co singing for someone that isn’t making payments or even attempting to make payments. The car is registered to both of us so I was thinking what if I get them to pick me up ...
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Are criminal and civil cases pursued differently if the victim is a celebrity?

If a person attacks a famous footballer/soccer player, who is worth millions of dollars, by causing him severe physical damage, and the perpetrator happens to be identified and tried, will this ...
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Is it legal to OWN a machete in New Jersey? (Decor purposes only)

I bought a machete online about 2 hours ago because I thought it looked cool and I figured it would be nice to display it on my wall. I have no intentions to carry it, use it for illegal purposes, or ...
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What would happen if Protagoras v Euathlus were heard in court today?

So, I was browsing Wikipedia today, and I came across this article, detailing a lawsuit in Ancient Greece. Basically, what had occurred was that a man, Protagoras, had entered into a contract with ...
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Can I post email correspondence between myself and my apartment community Property Manager online?

I live in a fairly upscale apartment community in a major city in Florida. I've been having major issues concerning building security and another matters that I tried to address with our property ...
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tampering with food and drink

Is it illegal if someone put something in an ice maker at work. I brought it up to someone and we KNOW who did it. And can prove it. But there was a metallic taste to it and was stuff floating in the ...
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Can a real-life example be used to describe the difference between common and civil law?

I've done a lot of research into trying to understand the difference between the two systems, but their definitions are so verbose, and without examples it's more challenging. The only thing I was ...
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Does Double Jeopardy apply to civil cases?

Once upon a time I was issued TWO citations for the same instance of illegally parking my car. One citation came from the property owner (it was a private pay-to-park lot), and the other came from the ...
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Gag order in reference to a Criminal Investigation

Lets say you reach terms with a party "B" about a dispute and they specify a gag order. That is you cannot disclose the nature of the settlement, or disparage party "B". The settlement is in ...
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Total dollar amount of damages sought outstanding in US courts?

Is there any report that sheds some light on how much damages are sought in civil cases in total in the US (or another major jurisdiction, e.g. the EU, UK, etc.) at any given point in time in recent ...
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Speed bumps on private non-hoa road (California)

I live on a private non-city-maintained road. There are ~30 houses, and I'm roughly in the middle, it's a dead end road. There's no HOA and since we get snow there's one neighbor who has done the job ...
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I lent someone money then they moved out of state and stopped communicating. How do I track down this individual for prosecution?

Against my better judgement I tried to help a fellow renter, my housemate, in a time of need. I had him sign a promissory note and lent him $1200 in Virginia. After the deadline passed I followed up ...
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Would I expose myself to liability by verbally abusing a debt collector?

I recently started receiving calls from a debt collector about a debt that I disputed and refused to pay 13 years ago. All the other debt collectors gave up around 10 years ago. They told me right up ...
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When can you avoid libel by preceding a false statement with “Sources say” or “I heard”?

Suppose the New York Times writes "Sources say the celebrity John Doe raped his daughter" and they truly found two anonymous people (i.e., two sources) beforehand with that claim. How responsible is ...
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Is it legal to sell a used mattress in Westport, CT?

I live in Westport, Connecticut, United States, and want to sell my bed. As a consumer, am I allowed to sell my mattress, even though I've used it? If so, are there any restrictions/regulations I ...
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How can a person with a similar experience with the defendant, help the plaintiff in a lawsuit?

I lived in a house that was shared with the landlord and other tenants in common. I have now moved out and have a lawsuit started against the landlord. From "rumors" I heard that a previous tenant who ...
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Possibility of credit card trolling strategy

Let's say I owe 100k in CC debt. The cc company goes to sue. Correct me but civil trials take months, more.for low priority crap like debt collection. Just before the trial date, I find one of the ...
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How can new villages and cities be formed or incorporated within various states? [closed]

What is the process for creating new villages and/or incorporating cities within the following states? Colorado Washington Pennsylvania Kentucky Missouri New Mexico
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Giving live streamed video as date stamped evidence of an event in court (UK)

I am planning on serving a notice to quit directly to my landlord soon, and the plan is to live stream putting the letter in the envelope and posting it at their address, so it's very clear that the ...
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If a law doesn't exist prohibiting something, does that mean it's legal to do?

My question about is how does the law work in general. If someone does something, and no one can find a law that is being broken, then is the person free to do that thing? Or must a law give ...
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Triple Talaq Bill introduced in Indian Parliament

From an article in a leading newspaper: Mr. Shashi Tharoor said he was against triple talaq, already voided by the Supreme Court, but opposed the Bill as it conflated civil and criminal laws. How ...
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What are some possible law suits or civil actions the Las Vegas shooting victims could take?

I assume that many, if not all of the businesses, corporations and individuals who were operating and supplying services at the time of the Las Vegas Strip shootings (Wikipedia) - such as hotels, ...
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Value of parts on a totaled car [MO, US]

Suppose I was driving a totaled car and hit by someone, damaging one side mirror. The mirror was in good condition before this accident, although the car was totaled. Can I file a claim against his ...
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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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Impersonation - promoting contents to make it look like it's coming from someone else

We have 2 people, person A and person B. Let's say person A decides to fabricate contents and made it look like it came from person B and promoted it to anyone and everyone. Person A made it look to ...
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Are there any legal restrictions to practicing law over video conference like there is with medicine?

For example in medicine, you have requirements in many states for what constitutes a valid patient / client relationship and that this requires some in-person visits etc. does something exist like ...
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Is there a minimum speed limit on US hwy 60 in OK? Are bicycles legal on US hwy 60 in OK?

I had this experience about 4 years ago (which actually culminated a series of many similar experiences) where I was cycling my way back home (Missouri) from a bicycle trip to Cancun MX. In ...
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Big Data - Analysis from the entire population - Disparate impact

I am reading Barocas, S., & Selbst, A. D. (2016). Big Data’s Disparate Impact. California Law Review. https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2477899 Among other things, the article talks about the ...
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Saving a parking spot and legal recourse

I have seen others, and may have once or twice, stepped into an open parking spot to "reserve it" for my friend who is coming by, say within a minutes. What laws if any are those "saving a spot" ...
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Can I be sued if if the law says I am not liable?

A recent answer had this law quote shall not be liable for damages in any action brought in a Federal or State court and this explanation they cannot be sued over their actions I posted a ...
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How can one document a conversation?

When someone gets themselves into a situation where legal action is likely imminent, common legal advice is to document as much as possible. For example, to get copies of letters, to save backups of ...
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Public Trespass

The Town Adminstrator of my town has issued a NO TRESPASS order on me personally. I'm a Private Citizen with no history criminal past. The No Trespass order is telling to stay off of Senior Center ...
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NOTICE TO DEFENDANTS ABS-CBN Corporation, et al. v. Cinesilip.net, et al

My computer was showing some-pop that your computer is infected call on this number etc.. which is scam I know that but a few days back I was reading an article on domains and hosting and I click on ...
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How do I tell if a settlement offer is good enough?

Is there a formula to tell if an out-of-court settlement offer should be accepted for a civil claim, instead of taking the claim to a trial? (In economics there is something called an expected value ...
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Duty of care dilemma when reporting Web vulnerabilities to both Stakeholders and Web Service owner

Ok, I am going to ask this question with an Analogy. A Locksmith is walking in the street and comes across a door. The door seems to be well secured to a normal user and is actually a door to safe ...
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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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How to ensure that the order drawn by a party is checked by another party?

https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/civil/rules/part40/pd_part40b#1.1 Drawing up and filing of judgments and orders 1.1 Rule 40.2 sets out the standard requirements for judgments ...
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Liability of online service provider for illegal user content?

Suppose someone develops a chat app where you can send messages and pictures. Messages are stored in a database. The developer, who is also the site owner, would have pretty much access to every ...
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Tort of civil conspiracy

In Canada, the tort of civil unlawful conspiracy is laid out as follows: Two or more people acted in concert, by agreement, or with a common design or intention; The co-conspirators engaged in ...

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