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Internet provider breaching a contract

During the beginning of this year, I've upgraded my internet and everything was perfect until May. I started noticing that it wasn't as fast as it used to be and that sometimes internet connection ...
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Can party be responsible for unintentional leak of confidential information

Under what circumstances can a party be liable when confidential information they are in possession of is leaked? For example I signed an NDA with my workplace. If they send an email to my personal ...
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Contract terms: If it isn't forbidden, is it implicitly allowed?

I know someone who owns a short term rental property and who requires incoming guests to sign a contract. Their lawyer covered several areas including early cancellation on the part of the guest. ...
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How long are schools allowed to confiscate items from students?

According to this question and the corresponding answer, schools are legally allowed to confiscate items from students. This is not considered theft, as the intent is not to permanently take the item ...
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In practice what kind of claims can't be brought to court after signing a settlement agreement?

A settlement agreement contains the following term: Parties agree that this settlement extinguishes all claims each party may have against the other. What affect does such a term have in theory ...
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Legal issues in hiring an artist the create artwork for commercial use

I am thinking of hiring an overseas artist from Upwork to do the drawings for me. Just wondering if there any legal issues in me doing this and using the artwork in YouTube videos that may generate ...
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6 month sub-contract was signed with contractor and client didn't' move forward after contracts fully endorsed [closed]

I'm new to freelance consulting and just recently signed a contract which was my first lucrative one which was guaranteed revenue for 6-months. I was subcontracted and all contracts were fully ...
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Can I use confidential information provided under an NDA for other work?

Let's say that ABC Inc provided me some confidential information (CI) for a potential contract that never went through. Now XYZ Inc has approached me and asked to work on this contract with them. ...
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Keeping a Weakness Secret

If a company invents a padlock with some obscure weakness that most criminals would not guess, is there anything the company can do (before or after selling it to the public, or within some "user ...
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What happens if someone knowingly accepts a contract with some invalid terms?

A dispute arose between me and my ex-landlord. Before any litigation, I told him the things I expected that he wasn't doing. His response was to agree to do them, provided I would agree to various ...
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Does consideration have to have value for someone who is a party to the contract?

Suppose person A tells person B, "If you perform (service X) for me, I will donate $1,000 to Save the Whales (but no other compensation)." Neither A nor B has any connection to whales and will not ...
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Being sued over a promissory note [closed]

Background: In April 2018, I was hired by a company A that outsources services. When I was hired, I signed two promissory notes for $25,000(local currency) for the concept of value of training for my ...
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I was verbally given a home yrs ago in N.H [on hold]

We had a verbal agreement 15 yrs ago that my family would live in the house and Maintain and improve the home and property. With the promise of it being given to us at some point. These are long ...
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Parking lot trying to charge for more than listed price

Not a duplicate of Collection agency trying to collect on parking ticket? (Is this advice accurate?) I recently parked in a paid parking lot, and forgot to purchase a ticket. The ticket stated an $80 ...
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Telecom fee that is mentioned in the lease but no mention of exact amount (U.S.)

My apartment lease says that the Internet has a telecom fee but there's no mention of how much the telecom fee is anywhere in the contract. In this case, am I obligated to pay this fee? Does it not ...
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What does Enurement mean in a contract?

Example: Enurement: This Agreement will enure to the benefit of and be binding on the Parties and their respective heirs, executors, administrators and permitted successors and assigns. I do ...
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Who owns my idea? Me or my company? [UK] [closed]

I work in a small, specific, applied software development niche. The industry I operate in is relatively small and everyone knows everyone. Recently myself and a colleague have been floating the idea ...
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When signing a contract, are modifications agreed to in seperate documents striken out or valid?

This is a follow up to If a party says something about interpretation of contract, is it binding? If the parties agree to a material change in a contract, but for whatever reason sign the original ...
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Is it legal to make a counteroffer without mentioning that the contract was altered?

This question is very similar to this one. It's about a hypothetical scenario in which: Party A (an individual or a company) writes a contract and sends it to party B Party B makes small changes to ...
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Assets, acquisitions, and creditors

Been doing a lot of research in a few separate fields of law, and I'm trying to understand how the peices combine in the following presenting what legal tools to solve the matter. Scenario: If a ...
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When does failure to pay become a material breach of contract?

As a follow-up to Work for hire as a contractor without payment, can you withhold IP?, when does failure to pay become a material breach of contract?
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Can some clauses of a contract be enforced when there is a breach of contract (caused by non-payment)?

My company, based in the U.K., had a software development contract with another company, also based in the U.K. The contract was mostly standard, as far as I could tell when comparing it to other ...
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When can a contract require the agreenment of another contract?

I have seen several contracts that have terms such as "by accepting this offer you agree to sign a NDA/Non-Compete/Anti-harassment/Etc". How can this be fair prior to even seeing the NDA? I work for ...
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Are unclear “take-it or leave-it” contracts interpreted in my favor?

In the accepted answer to this question, it's written that: Since this is (presumably) a take-it or leave it contract which they wrote up and you didn't actually negotiate, any unclarities are ...
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What is the equivalent for “Consideration” (English common law) in Spanish speaking countries?

Consideration is a concept of English common law and is a necessity for simple contracts. Consideration may be thought of as the concept of value offered and accepted by people or organisations ...
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Legal definition of a “few weeks”?

If a work or result is promised to be completed "in a few weeks", is there a legal definition of how long that can take the most? My gut instincts would say less then two months, but that is just my ...
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What does “in the course of” mean?

I'm trying to decipher the Proprietary Rights section of a contract I've been asked to sign. Does "in the course of providing services" mean "during the same time as providing services" or "for the ...
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Does a contract override explicit clarification after agreement to it?

I recently signed a car insurance policy. The actual policy is large at about 40 pages. After signing it I was curious about specific information, such as who can be considered a "permissive driver". ...
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Can contract text itself be subject to copyright?

I am a business owner and I have a competitor who plays dirty in general. My competitor is very greedy and does not want to spend money and pay lawyer. So she took my contract, I use to serve ...
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How to determine which court to apply to when parties are in different areas?

I am considering taking an employer to court. It would be regarding whether or not I'm a contractor or employee (and thus entitled to different benefits). I am not sure which court I would apply to. ...
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Wrong corporate name on employment agreement

I signed an employment agreement 6 years into a 7 year term. On the 7th year, they decided to not renew our agreement. When reviewing my agreement I noticed the corporate name was incorrect and wasn'...
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Is a contract between two third parties actionable?

Kickstart claims "Kickstarter's Terms of Use require creators to fulfill all rewards of their project or refund any backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."1 And it goes further ...
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What is the difference between personal contract, business contract and full-time contract?

I'm applying for an open vacancy and the HR is asking me: What type of cooperation are you interested in: personal contract, business contract, full-time contract? I spent some time searching ...
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UK - Working without a contract. I resign and guy wants to sue me

I am a foreigner from overseas I just arrived in UK 3 months ago. I have been working for a small startup in UK as CTO, my employer didn't want to give me an employment contract of any type, or ...
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Are parking lots allowed to ticket for a higher price than listed

I recently received a parking ticket when forgetting to pay at a parking lot. However, it seems they increased their ticket price without changing any of their signage. The sign at the entrance ...
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Is it legal for restaurants to not pay their courier the tips we pay them?

Is it legal for restaurants to not pay their courier the tips we pay them? I used SkipTheDishes and paid 15% in tip and the driver told me that the tip is given to the restaurant and not to him, which ...
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Is it legal to pay a potential political candidate to do something that would disqualfy them from running for office?

Before an election is it legal to pay someone to move out of a jurisdiction so that they will not be allowed to legally run for a specific office?
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What is a factual matrix?

How do we identify the requirements of determining what a factual matrix is in relation to answering problems in contract law?
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Can a contract alter a lease?

I rent an office in a small office building in Connecticut. I've leased this office for many years and currently don't have a lease. The owner of the building has decided to sell, and the new buyer ...
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Hiring part-time IT contractors who are under an IP assignment clause in their day contract

I plan to engage a contract developer part-time in the UK through his own Ltd. He's currently contracting in the day time for a software company. My project is in a very different area. However, that ...
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Are Text Messages Legally Binding Even If I Signed A Contract

I paid someone a lot of money for 3 different services. All 3 of these services were agreed upon in text message format but then I signed a contract that only explicitly mentioned 1 of those services (...
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Looking for any case that connects an assault and the signing of arbitration agreements, possible duress

Heading off the obvious response; I have already tried multiple search engines. There is so much "noise" from unrelated cases that I can't find what I'm looking for with a simple web search. I'm ...
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What does “rejection of an arbitration provision mean”?

Chase Bank/JP Morgan Chase recently added a provision to their terms for cardholders about arbitration. So customers are receiving notices about this change, but at the bottom of the notice, it says ...
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Contract terms are binding as long as services are provided on a mutually agreed-upon basis

Context: B2B Contract If one party chooses to discontinue future service, does this statement void the rest of the contract? Contract terms are binding as long as services are provided on a ...
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Must a mailing address be provided for return of damage deposit?

My ex-landlord isn't returning my damage deposit. He gave a crazy reason (e.g. decided after the fact to charge me for using his furniture and claims I didn't pay utilities). When I told him I ...
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Access to Small claims procedure [closed]

I had a Limited company UK contract, with an Agency and worked at their end-client. After working for a few months, my job was suddenly terminated by the hiring manager (i.e. the end client, no ...
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What is the best way to proceed with a legal action against US company from abroad?

Some time ago I have signed a contract with Premiere (Premiere Event, Rise of the Phoenix Inc, NYS Corporation) with Michael D Palance as Director, US company which is looking for young talents ...
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How binding are NDA's? [closed]

I live in South Africa, I have some research work that holds very good financial potential. This research to be conducted will be done in a group headed by me, how can I protect my idea from being ...
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What is meant by exclusive jurisdiction?

For example from lawinsider emphasis mine Forum Selection. Any litigation based hereon or arising out of, under or in connection with this Agreement, may be brought and maintained non-...
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did you consent because you could have seen a poster?

Instead of a signed release, in recent years I'm seeing posters saying that if you walk in an area you consent to the commercial use of your likeness for unlimited purposes without payment. At least ...