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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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Can I sue my gym for over charging me?

They have refused to correct the mistake. I have asked them about 3 times and finally given up and just cancelled my membership.
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Can a person be civilly liable for an action that was criminally deemed “de minimis”?

I want to know that, if a criminal conviction is dismissed due to it being considered "de minimis", can the person still be considered civilly liable for the actions that took place? Examples would ...
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Can suits be filed in small claims courts from overseas?

I often see freelancers suggesting to other freelancers to use the small claim courts to get paid when the client is in another country. Already with the small claim court, there's a maximum amount ...
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Is there a reason lawyers are hesitant to use the media against an adversary?

I'm not a lawyer, so I'm only familiar with a small cross section of civil suits, but it seems to be a general trend that lawyers are very hesitant to publicize any part of a case. Even when the ...
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Is there a way to resolve a tort discovered after a divorce is finalized?

Say divorce procedings have been finalized and there is shared custody of the child. If it is found that one of the partners has been unfaithful, can the other then sue for full custody of the child ...
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What are the circumstances that require disclosure of an old legal name, when the name change case has been sealed?

I've previously had my name changed in a district court in the state of Utah. The case was filed as an adult name change and the case itself was order sealed by the judge who heard it. All of my ...
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Can an apartment complex force place insurance on a renter's account? [closed]

Some apartment complexes require renter's insurance in accordance with their lease terms, but can the apartment complex force insurance on the renter's account?
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Is a barber liable for messing up a haircut?

If a barber accidentally gives someone a bad haircut, causing them to miss a meeting and contract, can the person sue for damages?
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How is a settlement agreement in a civil case approved?

While reading a very informative answer to a previous question: Plaintiff didn't respond to discovery - and later settled - can I get any legal fees back? I came across "the court may need to ...
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Does the 14th Amendment give people the liberty to break laws and constitutions?

Are laws and constitutions themselves a violation of the 14th amendment? Can the government deprive people of their liberty to use drugs for recreational use, hire prostitutes, gamble, etc? Any law ...
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Is the bible used by judges?

When making a decision, can a judge use the bible or must he go strictly by the statutes?
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Is there a cause of action if a contest sponsor leaked my personal information?

I entered into a free contest in Canada but I did not win. But when I searched for my own email address, I found a public Google docs that contains the address, date of birth, email, name, and phone ...
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Can evidence produced in a civil action be excluded from a criminal trial?

Following this question, which is part of a chain of interesting posts exploring the use of civil actions to force liability insurers to pay for unintentional torts of their insureds: Suppose a ...
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Can you sue yourself for wrongful-death without admitting manslaughter?

Prompted by a comment in another question, the story of a woman suing herself came to my attention. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/02/19/utah-appeals-court-allows-woman-to-sue-herself-over-fatal-car-...
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Can I sue an appraiser for assigning a low value to my property?

Due to the low value assigned to my home by an appraiser, I didn't get a loan and it did cost money. However, when I went to another bank, two new appraisers gave a higher value and I was able to ...
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Class action lawsuits and opting out

If I am notified that I'm a member of a proposed class-action lawsuit, could I opt out, wait to see how the class action lawsuit turns out, and file a claim if the plaintiff wins? It seems like this ...
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Obligation to respond to written interrogatories requesting personal information

I received a letter form an attorney, resembling this template. (Header of that template for posterity): SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF BLAH PLAINTIFF'S NAME ) ...
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Can I sue Volkswagen for damage to my health?

Hypothetically, what legal standing would an individual who does not own a Volkswagen car have to sue Volkswagen for damage to health? As someone who suffers from respiratory issues, it seems that ...
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Implied insults

What are the legal differences between an explicit insult, that qualifies as slander, and an implication of the same insult? I am a German citizen, so I'd prefer answers applicable to Germany. But ...
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Under what circumstances can a debt lien on real property be satisfied by foreclosure?

Under what circumstances can a debt lien on real property be satisfied by foreclosure? For example, let's imagine a debtor fails to pay a debt, say a car loan on a vehicle that is now missing or ...
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Can I teach those careless kids a lesson and destroy their ball?

As we learned from the hypothetical In California, if a baseball lands in my yard, is it legally mine? I could face detinue for not returning the baseball upon request. But what if: I accidentally ...
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Recording a phone conversation with customer support/sales

I understand the law about private communications in person and over the phone not allowing recording. However, in cases where a consumer records a conversation between him and a company offering them ...
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Usage-Based Insurance Devices (Like Progressive's Snapshot) - Evidence of Liability and Public Policy

In the United States, the biggest auto insurance carriers such as Progressive, Allstate and State Farm, have all begun offering optional potential policy discounts if the covered driver agrees to ...
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Can I keep my last name if I get married?

Can I keep my last name the same if I get married? I don't want to hyphenate it either. Is this possible? Is it a MUST that I change or hyphenate it? I am in New York City, New York.
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Did Zoey Tur assault Ben Shapiro?

Alleged Facts On this video (at time marker 5:32-5:36), Ben Shapiro alleges Zoey Tur committed the crime/s (and/or tort/s) of assault and/or battery against Shapiro. (I believe) the incident occurred ...