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Arizona laws regarding ownership of ground glassware for chemistry usage

I was watching a YouTube video that included an interview with a Clandestine Chemist, and at the 8:50 mark, he states: In Arizona, mere possession of ground glassware is a felony, if you're not a ...
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How do I interpret a court judgement? What does it mean?

So I've figured out how to read a case citation and find the text of the judgement - maybe using some of the online resources. As a novice, I'm trying to decide when the judgement actually applies. ...
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Have there ever been examples of public school's restriction of community service being unlawful?

My school's community service policy (while ambiguous throughout the whole thing) Seems to me to discriminate against not only religions, but my religion specifically. The particular clause I'm ...
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Can a person be prosecuted for their thoughts?

Let's assume I'm thinking about ___ [1] - am I liable to prosecution? I assume that having thoughts of any kind is not illegal and therefore cannot be prosecuted. We are not in "Minority Report" - ...
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How do I read an Australian case citation and find the text of the judgement?

I want to know more about a particular case. I've seen it referred to a couple of different ways: Tame v New South Wales [2002] HCA 35 Tame v New South Wales (2002) 211 CLR 317 How can I access ...
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Is there a website that describes how to (or actually does) search small claims court cases?

I would like to search small claims court cases by name of defendant in several locations in the USA. Is this possible? How could I go about doing that? Is there a website (free or paid) that does ...
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Where can I find actual UK law paragraphs?

In case I want to try to check plain English interpretations of the law against the actual law.
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Can a country ban oversea biotechnology research out of an endemic plant that is only found in its territory?

This question was closed on biology.se and I was advised to ask it here. For illustration, say there is a plant that is only found in the Amazon rainforest. New drugs can be potentially invented ...
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Do lawyers actually use big bookshelves filled with texts?

Both on TV and in the offices of lawyers I've been in, they always have huge bookshelves with numerous volumes of law, rules of procedure, references, and I have no idea what else. Why do attorneys ...
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Is email verification for account creation in violation of GDPR?

Is email verification for account creation in violation of GDPR? I am creating a new website, and my account creation is incredibly simple, consisting of username, password (stored as hash), and ...
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High value domain taken by registrar

I registered a domain name with a large domain registrar. The domain is very unique. The transaction went through. My credit card was billed. I received an invoice. I set up the domain with my ...
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Was my house legally searched?

A couple of months ago, I overdosed on an illegal drug and called an ambulance. I was honest and told them what I took. Two cops came with them and while I was in the ambulance and also in the ER 20 ...
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Need computer forensic case citation (urgent)

My mother is about to attend court over a car which was written off by a lorry. The CCTV video recording of the accident was mishandled, such as the storage SD card not being imaged, it was also ...
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Where can I find barristers' or Solicitor Advocates' documents to courts in England and Wales, ideally online and for free?

I ask NOT about court opinions. The UKSC doesn't publish them, but what of lower courts? Can I get a copy of a party's 'skeleton argument' or case? The UKSC does not publish parties' cases. [.....
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What is the best way to search through session laws?

I've done a lot of digging through the codified statutes, at least in my jurisdiction. I'm wondering if there is an efficient way to search through the session laws to find where the related session ...
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What do you pay for Lexis/BNA/Westlaw?

How much do small firms or individual practitioners pay for access to Lexis, BNA, and Westlaw? These seem to be essential tools for effectively engaging with the judicial system, and something of a ...
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Difference between the term “law” and “legal”

In one document, I found Indonesian term "asas ketertiban dan kepastian hukum" translating into “the principle of order and the certainty of law”. Instead of "the principle of order of law" and " ...
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How to research tax law?

I have done legal research before, but mostly on criminal law and civil claims/torts. Tax law is a whole nother beast. First of all, most of it is not actually laws at all, but regulations. And it is ...
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Where can I find lawyers' submissions to courts in the US?

I ask NOT about court opinions. Downloading or online reading is more convenient and favoured than physical copies. Where can I read submissions to the court for both sides of a case, written by ...
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What are the different kinds of rules/procedures that describe what counts-as/constitutes a rule change and what kinds of problems can they cause?

This is a question about legislation, including constitutive rules and administrative law To give some context, I am interested in legal reasoning (as in a logic of law), but I am not a legal-expert. ...
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Relationship between PL (Public Law) and USC (US Code)

I am learning about taxes. In discussing the jurisdiction to tax citizens, my course cites: P.L. 86-272, Section 101(b)(1) When I search for this text, I only find this: 5 U.S. Code § 381 - ...
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Where can I find the progression of litigation?

I'll read a news article on a controversial arrest such as https://www.mtpr.org/post/montana-women-detained-speaking-spanish-sue-border-protection. But then I can't find the follow up. Sometimes a ...
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USC / MPEP / Guidance Docs / Cases

I'm new to the world of law and trying to get a high level picture of things. Am I right to think of the structure of information (at least in the patent realm) as: USC title 35 = high level source, ...
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Does a licensed driver need to be present while riding in the back seat of a fully autonomous car?

I have a friend that I fear will never have her driver's license. Now with the back seat type of fully autonomous cars does she have to be licensed to be able to use one?
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Can records of custody court cases be searched in NYC? If so by whom?

Person A has a need to find person B. They do not know person B's name or other identity, but know they are somewhere in New York City, New York, USA. But they know the following about B: within ...
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Where can I get example injunctions for inclusion in a pleading?

In legal guide books on making civil pleadings, they give example forms for the pleading itself, but they just say that the attorney should "include a sample injunction", but they don't give any ...
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How do I find a specific case in Delaware?

I've been reading about a patent case between BT and Valve Corp. From my reading I've found this complaint: https://search.rpxcorp.com/litigation_documents/12085257 I'd like to know more about this ...
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How to find case law for a particular subject

How can I find case law for a particular subject in my state (Massachusetts)? I have access to Lexis/Nexis, but my experience is that subject searches rarely work. For example, one topic I need to ...
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Contractor - incomplete, ineffective and a mess left with a huge bill

I hired a contractor to redo some drainage in my yard, simple straightforward with a contract. Verbal estimate 1500-1800 complete all in. After day one I knew he didn't know what he was doing and ...
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How to Cite Unpublished Court Orders

I have looked for this online, but have come up with inconsistent results. Here is one example from California: Tsukroff v. Hedgeside Property & Inv. Co., California Superior Court, Napa County,...
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Publish a paper on ligation support analytics

I am lead developer on the server side of some litigation support software. I want to publish a paper as an individual. I have talked to my company and they will review the paper and they have the ...
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Most cited contract law review article?

What is the most cited Legal review article about contract law on a federal level in the past ten years? "cited" in this sentence, refers to citations of the article in other published works (not ...
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Would there be affect on a person if family member used their address to obtain a valid license while staying with them temporarily?

Just moved to Colorado, US from the midwest. I am currently staying with my future brother in-law and his family. I will only be staying at his home temporarily as I am currently trying to get things ...
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Can a paratransit company refuse to reimburse you even if you had a medical situation?

I'm asking on behalf of a friend of mine who is not on this site. They are blind and have a guide dog. We are both in Oregon, and we sometimes take the TriMet Lift paratransit service. Last Sunday, ...
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Meaning of Florida statute history abbreviations

I'm trying to find out how to read the following abbreviations found in the short "history" section at the bottom of a Florida statute website. For example: "s. 54, ch. 88-1; s. 30, ch. 88-277; s. 36, ...
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Where can one go to find caselaw of US federal criminal statutes?

I'm interested in a website or other starting point where I can see an index of all the high level prosecutions undertaken under USC XX s.s. YYYY over the course of the given law's history on the ...
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Punitive Damage awards against a State in Federal Court

I'm prosecuting a federal Whistleblower action Pro Se against a Texas state agency charged with regulation of Oil and Gas Drilling and Production Operations in the state. This agency has been ...
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Are there resources that investigate a judge's personal life and opinions?

Preface: I ask this question for judges who lack (auto)biographies or whose (auto)biographies lack enough detail. I purpose to learn about the personal lives or opinions of judges, to discover ...
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How can one validate an assertion that “X” is not legal?

How can one determine if an alleged legal requirements in the form of "this is not legal" or the "law requires this" is valid? Is there a quick and effective spot-check similar to Google that would ...
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Does the United States legally not recognize phds from any specific country?

For example, If I got a PhD from a school in Pakistan or North Korea would the United States still legally recognize it?
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How to verify a US based company?

I have been recently hired by a US based company to code on their platform. Living in a different country, how can I verify that the company is legit and how do I find any information regarding the ...
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How can issues be solved with the IRAC method? [closed]

Can anyone help me showing the steps in IRAC method how to solve a particular problem?
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Is it legal to charge a percentage service fee?

The example is ACME Company has a payment processing system that companies X, Y, and Z can use. It enables more features than just "payment" processing, and it enables more than just "credit card" ...
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Where can one find authoritative answers and explanations of traffic laws?

Who can answer US traffic law questions authoritatively? Does someone in the government answer questions about laws or do we only find out in court? For example, can we expect answers from someone ...
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What is the legal limit of alcohol concentration in a person's sweat?

What is the legal limit of alcohol in the sweat of a person, so that it is deemed illegal for him to drive? Im more concerned about the legal limit in the UK, but any other country is also appreciated....
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How to find commercial litigation in state of California?

In the state of California, how could one find out if a commercial company had ever sued another company? How could one get the records of that litigation?
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What are the standard references for reviewing case histories involving lawsuits against school districts in Texas?

I am not a lawyer and am just learning the very basics of legal research. My county court has an extensive library open to the public, but I have no idea which books I should consult to read the ...
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if I use a meme in a video game can I legally profit off of it

If were to be building a video game that I would be profiting off of (through ads or some buying feature), could I use memes that are derivative of copyrighted materials. For example, There is a ...
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Non-ERISA Fiduciary Responsibility for New York State

I would like to know ERISA equivalent for a government organization in New York State https://www.asppa.org/Resources/Publications/Plan-Consultant-Online/PC-Mag-Article/ArticleID/5217
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Why don't YouTube take legal actions on YouTube downloader sites/applications?

if they don't/won't do,then why does some youtube downloader apps thrown out of the PlayStore (Tubemate, Vidmate etc ..)? if they do, why there are plethora of web sites/apps doing still doing it?