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At what point can you walk out of a restaurant if they make you wait to pay the bill?

The other day, I ate at a restaurant; the food was fine, and I got to paying the bill. Their payment system went down. They couldn't accept cards; only cash, and I didn't have the cash on me for the ...
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Will Carbon tax be applicable to other emissions?

Will Carbon tax be applied only to carbon emissions, like Carbon dioxide & Carbon monoxide ? or can it legally be applied to other emissions ? Can non-gaseous emissions like Chaff(Chemtrail) also ...
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Can I legally guess my customer's new credit card expiry date?

As a merchant, I offer online subscription services to my customers. Often, my customer's credit card will expire, despite having an active subscription service to my product. Is it legal for me to ...
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Can an Amazon Seller Make Me Pay for Items I didn't order but they mailed me for free

This is different from other question because I always leave 5-Star reviews I am one of few people who purchases clothing from this buyer (it is ladies ethnic clothes) Return label was included I ...
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Import duty tax UK if the parcel goes back without being delivered

I ordered a parcel from US (I live in UK) and so I paid import duty tax before delivery. Now, for weird reason FedEx didn't delivered the parcel to me and send it back to US. Now, technically there ...
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Am I legally Required to Pay For Order I had done and Have not Picked Up?

I talked directly to an employee at a local manufacturing company, over email, about a custom small project. They wrote up a quote and I agreed to it. However, they never acknowledged my acceptance, ...
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Is it legal for a private business to require contact information to complete a checkout?

We were in a counter-service restaurant today. When we went to pay, their checkout system required a telephone number and email address. We asked if we could opt-out and just pay, and were told that ...
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Advertising Brand-name Products

What are the legal issues regarding online retailing of a branded product that was purchased from a manufacturer. Can this be legally done? If there are any specifics that would allow or not allow ...
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Can I use the EPL-licensed library (Paho) for a commercial project and NOT disclose the source code of the project? [closed]

Can I use the Eclipse Paho library (licensed under EPL) for a commercial project and NOT disclose the whole source code of that project? I'm not going to make any changes to Paho code, I just want to ...
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Covering a logo with your own and using the equipment in advertising

Can I purchase a branded digital screen and cover the manufacturer's logo with my own; and then use the screen for the purposes of advertising my products, creating my own digital look? The company I ...
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Selling my own second hand product that I bought off Amazon, using original Amazon images (UK)

I had bought a giant bean bag from Amazon that I would like to sell on Gumtree. Am I allowed to use the original images downloaded from Amazon, for my ad on Gumtree, in the UK? It feels illegal ...
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GPL Licensed code as separate process

We are going to use a GPL licensed application as separate process inside a docker. So here's how it works: Main app ships to client, it doesn't have any GPL code. Does have lots of things and ...
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Would it be legal for a US State to ban exports of a natural resource?

I am interested in whether a US state constitution could be legally amended to ban exports of specific natural resources (such as coal, lithium or copper) outside it's own state borders. If such a ...
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McDaniel Millitia Act

Okay, this is (I hope) proposed tongue-in-cheek, but having lived in Missouri most of my life I suspect it is seriously proposed. Introduced by Representative McDaniel HB1108 would have every MO ...
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Proving the contents of an item delivered via post

I have recently sold an item online of a moderate value (~$5k USD) that now must be delivered to the buyer. Short of personally delivering the item or using a neutral third party, I must rely on a ...
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Can I privately sell a patented plant?

We have around 15 plants on our balcony which are patented but planning to move overseas. So I was thinking to sell them on gum tree or eBay. Is that allowed? I did not breed them, just had the ...
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Are there any examples of selling unsealed videogame as “new” being illegal?

Contest: over the years, a mayor videogame reseller company that operates in many countries worldwide has made a practice to unwrap the games it sells, putting only an empty box on display. When you ...
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What responsibility do I have when exporting knives to other country?

Suppose I'm an online shop owner who sells knives, but I don't have the means to learn the law of other countries. Now suppose someone buys a knife from me, but the type of knife is illegal to own ...
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For products shipped across state lines, who gets the taxes?

Let's say a company registered in Delaware manufactures its products in Texas and sells them around the country online, and in person in New York. What taxes, and from which state(s), apply when ...
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Can I use this code in my own commercial projects?

I am reading a programming book that was written by an author that is not around anymore and published by a company that also does not exist anymore. This is the book. When I load in the CD-ROM, I ...
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Right to travel(transportation code definitions) [duplicate]

I believe we can all agree that there is no reasonable argument that anyone has the right to drive without a drivers license. The states have been granted in several court cases even up to the supreme ...
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Questions regarding laws on technology designed to avoid prosecution?

From my understanding it is illegal to operate a car with a radar detector installed in all states of Australia, but. Is it illegal to posses one if it's not being used? Would there be anything in ...
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If a broker (AKA man-in-the-middle-scammer) cheats a buyer, can the seller be held responsible?

For example, the deal is that BrokerSneaky mails a payment to Seller. Seller has placed something in escrow as required by BrokerSneaky. BrokerSneaky DOES NOT mail anything, but instead gets ...
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Copying programming problems (with proper citation) in order to write explanations on how to solve them in a blog/website.

I will be doing two things: Make a blog/website and copy and paste algorithmic questions and other programming problems word by word (could be from books or other websites) and properly cite them. ...
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Editing and selling 3D models licensed under CC BY-NC and CC BY-NC-ND

I love 3D printing and I am thinking of selling some of my prints but most of my print models are downloaded from a website. 3D models came with Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) ...
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legal recourse against a company with no contact information

I have an online account with a company that provides no contact information. The company is charging me for services I don't want and is providing no way for me to cancel the services or get in touch ...
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What happened to the anti-tipping laws?

There used to be many states, like Tennessee and Mississippi, that had anti-tipping laws. These laws made it illegal for restaurants, hotels and railways to allow their employees to accept tips and ...
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Using translated company type on website

Is it legal to display the translated the company type on a website in English if the site itself is English? Also, on a bill? My specific problem is that in my country (Hungary), the short name for ...
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Can a company legally disable a product on the basis it was acquired fraudulently?

I recently bought a product on eBay, that turned out to have been directly bought from the manufacturer with stolen credit card info. A couple months after the purchase, the hardware, which "calls ...
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Ecommerce website not registred as a company

I have a friend living in Germany, and he is going to launch a new ecommerce website (selling different staff). I am not a lawyer, I am also living in Germany and I know just a little about laws here, ...
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“Commercial use” clarification

This is something I've run into several times now. A lot of biological samples are shared for research with a caveat in the MTA that they are "not for commercial use". What exactly does this cover? ...
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Is it legal for a vending machine (company) to offer additional purchase options after currency has been inserted?

Would it be legal to have a vending machine which could, let’s say through a touchscreen, offer different purchase options. For example a $1 soda machine. You put in the dollar and push the cola ...
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Our company shipped product to an address that the recipient just moved from

The recipient moved and didn't notify us. He moved 1 mile away. Our tracking number showed delivery to his former address. The person said he went back and the new tenants said they didn't have it. ...
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Is it legal for a retailer to modify a product to remove best before dates and batch numbers?

We manufacture and supply to retailers in the US, via a distributor, a trademarked liquid animal feed product. Recently we have discovered that one of the retailers has been wiping off the best before ...
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What does “potential for abuse” mean in the Controlled Substance Act?

According to the DEA’s Denial of Petition To Initiate Proceedings To Reschedule Marijuana from 2011, one reason for the cannabis plant’s Schedule I status is because it has “no currently accepted ...
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Can a digital marketplace restrict access to download content you purchased?

Let's say a company created the video game console X and sells games on that platform through a digital marketplace. You spent $200 on 10 games for this platform. Then a few years down the line, the ...
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Is it legal to make two competing brands of the same product without making the public aware of the common source?

Suppose I create rocket boots and brand them as "Super Jumpers". After a couple months of selling them, I stealthily create a new brand of rocket boots called "Mega Fliers". I do not publicly reveal ...
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Must stores legally have lighting available and switched on?

I walked into a liquor store at 8:50PM. They turned the lights off at 8:55PM. I repeatedly asked to have the lights turned on, and stated that it is a risk to have no lights in the store, but ...
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Is a “Cash Price” sign legal in the UK (and Republic of Ireland)

Long story short we have a load of "Cash Price" sale tickets in stock (small tickets with "Cash Price" written on top, and then you can write the price underneath), but we have been told in passing it'...
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Can one sell allowed product and “give” unallowed product for free?

According to this: A student was selling paninis to other students. When campus police made him stop because it's against school rules to sell food outside of approved bake sales, he began selling ...
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Can I lable a product, “product of” the country where it was bottled

Can I lable a product, "product of" the country where it was bottled? For example if I buy barrels of oil from Spain, and bottle them in Italy , can I lable it "product of Italy"?
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Is there recourse for damages due to merchant reselling item after taking payment but before delivery?

We purchased a door at Home Depot. It was a display model, and therefore sold at a significantly reduced price. We also purchased installation service, and therefore left the door at the store so ...
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Using OFL SIL font to logo

I have a question. I download FontAwesome (SIL OFL licence 1.1). I took icon- bulb and expand it to curves in vector software. I edit that icon that the icon never look like original anymore. And I ...
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Searching license to allow commercial use but not selling

I'm currently distributing my software to create websites under the Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license. Now some people are selling my software as it is, which is allowed by this license. I don't like ...
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FOIA request and Commercial use - Sales Tax info

I was considering doing a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request and noticed the stipulation about putting the information gained to commercial use. That seems maybe a little broadly worded, ...
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Can a company charge two different prices for the same product at the same time?

Let’s say the company is called X. I have found out that there are two different links on X’s website which leads to the same product, one that has a price of $1000 and the other $800. The link for ...
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Could something like CyberBunker be legally ran in the US?

CyberBunker is the name of a company and Soviet-era nuclear bunker that has been converted to a datacenter in Holland. They made some news a few years ago when they were raided by a SWAT team, but the ...
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When is making and selling “snake oil” illegal?

There's an interesting story in the news lately about a company selling "Bio-frequency healing" stickers, made from "the same material used in NASA space-suits", that supposedly heal us using some ...
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Is it legal to develop a commercial player that a proprietary file format?

I managed to reverse engineer a proprietary file format enough to be able to 'play' it. I am working on a project where I am building an app that reads these such a file and play it. Where do I stand ...
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Salesperson misquoted price. Do I have to pay back the difference?

Background I purchased something from a local store. The salesperson made a mistake and quoted me a lower price than what should have been. I made a down payment since they didn't have what I want at ...