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Can I sue a multinational company from another country from which the incident happened because I relocated

My son was wrongly diagnosed with HVC (Hep C) by a multinational laboratory in my home country. I am planning to relocate soon and would like to know if I can sue from another country on a different ...
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In what circumstance would a holding company be legally liable if a subsidiary is sued or involved in an legal issues?

In what circumstance would a holding company be legally liable if a subsidiary is sued or involved in an legal issues? Lets say you have a holding company that holds 10 companies then one gets sued. ...
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If I jointly own a piece of land in the UK and the other party starts a business. Would I be liable for the business

I jointly own a piece of land with my sibling on which we have built stables. They are planning to rent out a number of the stables to another party. The business will be their interest only (I will ...
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Liability of joint bank account owner (U.S.)

Say that persons A and B have a joint bank account, with A as the primary owner, and assume that A gets sued. I understand of course that all funds in the account are exposed in the suit even if B had ...
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Is an automatically generated link to an illegally copied file legal? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of writing a decentralized (not fully peer to peer, but I don't think that matters here) file sharing network program. Servers can inform other servers of files they have available; the ...
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Liability as a project manager [closed]

I am offering project management services to a group of people wanting to buy some property.I would like to say something like this: "Any advice I will give to the client will either be based on ...
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Am I responsible for accidental damage done by an electrician?

If I hire an electrician to do some job, and he caused a fire at the house. Am I also somehow legally responsible for the accident because I hired him and not another electrician, who might have been ...
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Would I be liable for damage caused by a vehicle fault, if a mechanic has told me the fault doesn't exist?

Hypothetical situation: I notice my car's brakes are making funny noises, so I take the car to my mechanic to have it checked out. The mechanic inspects the car and informs me that the noise is ...
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Would I be liable for damage caused by vehicle failure during a test drive?

I recently purchased a vehicle via an online dealer that offers a 7 day test-drive period. While on a test drive, I heard a familiar "Knocking" noise coming from the driver's side front ...
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Liability for a driver hitting a concrete-filled pumpkin on purpose

This YouTube short video describes a man (let's call him Peter) who has placed Halloween pumpkins at the end of his driveway, only to have the pumpkins intentionally run over by car drivers, so as a ...
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Liability for explosive theft prevention

A man in New Orleans, USA, developed a method to prevent thieves from breaking into his car by rigging a flashbang to detonate if someone broke in. A flashbang is an explosive device that triggers a ...
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City responsibility for vehicle damage due to road condition?

If I don't maintain the sidewalk in front of my house, and someone falls and gets hurt, they can sue me. Seems reasonable to me. If the street has a big pothole, and it damages my vehicle, is the ...
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I paid a fradulent bill via venmo, canceled payment with supporting bank and venmo, bank stopped payment, venmo didn't. Am i liable ro venmo?

Suppose a person A canceled fraudulent transaction that A made via Venmo with both venmo and A's bank. Suppose the bank stopped payment, but Venmo didn't. Suppose that Venmo now wants payment from ...
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Are you vicariously liable to someone you hired to carry out a negligent act?

Vicarious liability holds that when an employee is negligent and causes damage in the course of work, the employer is held liable. What if the "work" itself is negligent, and the damage ...
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Is an individual liable for administrative costs when backing out of an employment contract accepted via email?

A non-EU citizen accepted an offer of employment in writing via email for a company based in the Netherlands. They sent their passport and other documentation to the company to begin the process of ...
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does LLC liability insurance offer any protection against piercing the corporate veil?

I have seen a fair amount of information about operating an LLC and steps to take to avoid potentially piercing the corporate veil. I am wondering if liability insurance carried by an LLC plays any ...
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PLLC protection still intact if using personal credit card for expenses

Would using a personal credit card to buy things for a single-member PLLC risk weakening the protection it offers over personal assets, or is it fine as long as proper accounting is maintained? It ...
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Can I make a restaurant from a game and make it into a real business?

Is it illegal to make a restaurant from five nights at Freddy’s and make it into a real life Restaurant? It‘s just a thought that randomly came to mind.
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Could Mark Rober be liable if damage occurred due to his holiday prank on package thieves?

For several years YouTuber Mark Rober has posted videos where he builds a device that can record video, play sounds, flash lights, spray fart spray, and shoot glitter when opened. He puts them in ...
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Kids climbing fence to pass through yard - homeowner's liablity?

Suppose a property owner does not mind if children, say aged 11 to 13, climb over their fence to use their property as a shortcut. What would their liability be if one of these children hurt ...
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Insurance law, DIY improvements gone awry

I have watched a few videos online where DIY projects went awry. For instance, tree removal with tree winding up on a homeowner's roof and auto. What are the general insurance rules regarding such ...
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California: Bob is going on a trip. Mechanic is fixing his car. Bob reached out to get it back, but M is unresponsive. Can M charge for storage?

This is a follow-up to California: A mechanic serviced Bob's car, has it in his shop, and verbally agreed to buy it from him. Is Bob liable for accidents before it's sold? and it contains a ...
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California: A mechanic serviced Bob's car, has it in his shop, and verbally agreed to buy it from him. Is Bob liable for accidents before it's sold?

TL;DR Bob took his car in to a mechanic (M). After M worked on it, Bob decided to sell it to him. It's currently in his shop but it'll take Bob over two weeks to sign over the title. In the meantime, ...
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Can a person be held liable in California if an intruder falls into their pool which didn't have a fence?

According to the Municipal Code of Santa Monica: The swimming pool or spa, or the entire parcel on which it is located, shall be walled or fenced from the street or from adjacent properties; and ...
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In UK law, are cladding product manufacturers and property developers, civilly liable for dangerously combustible cladding products? If not, why not?

The UK cladding scandal is a well known problem. Essentially it sounds like manufacturers either knew/should have known of product fire risks (or at least in some cases they knew/known about them over ...
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Property Owners & Injury Liability w/ Signage (US, WV)

Scenario The image above is an aerial view of one of our vacant estates. The area in red depicts our property while the blue dots indicate a path that pedestrians often take to avoid the dangers of X ...
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Can a parent company be forced to pay for the liabilities of a spin off company in the U.S.?

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/21/1047828535/baby-powder-cancer-johnson-johnson-bankruptcy The health products giant used a quirk of Texas state law to spin off a new company called LTL, then dumped all ...
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Does someone have liability for selling a vehicle that later fails and causes an accident?

Suppose Alice wants to sell a 20 year old car with some structural issue that she knows about. Alice discloses the issue, along with the disclaimer that she is not a mechanic and doesn't claim to know ...
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Does a web application ToS or privacy policy need to be in "legal" text?

I created a web application where users can create content online. The data that they created is stored in an online database and others can see it with the link to their content online. I want to ...
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What are the refund rules for a global digital service where the user will be charged later?

Suppose that someone makes a global online service where people can create bounties of certain amounts of money for a specific task, which can then later be claimed by a "bountyhunter". The ...
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Suing an American company from outside US?

I ordered some merchandise fṟom a USA based company via its website and it mistakenly put my login ID as my name in the invoice and shipped it. I caught the mistake before the items were shipped by ...
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What happens if there is no formal agreement between two app developers

Suppose two people, A and B, developed an ios app together doing equal amounts of work. Suppose that they don't have any written agreements and never registered a company. A registered himself as an ...
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Leak Damage: Can sue for damages covering only damaged floor or floor in the entire property?

Apartment owner B, claims a leak from apartment owner A above, supposedly damaged a very small portion of B's hallway floor. Owner A offered to replace the hallway floor. Instead owner B insists that ...
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Can I make furniture from a video game and sell it?

The video game is not centered around these furniture items, however i have made some of the items from said game and would like to sell them. everything i make is purely my measurements as there is ...
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Public liability in the UK during building works on house

When building works are done on a house in the UK (specifically England, if it makes a difference), is the contractor who erects scaffolding required to have public liability insurance? If the ...
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What prevents a business from separating the liability and revenue into two separate entities?

I know holding companies are a common way to separate the liability of business operations from the assets of a company, but is there any legal reason why businesses don't take this a step further? ...
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Has it been Legally Confirmed that A Website is not Liable if passwords stolen from it are used on other sites?

Security Experts the world around all agree that you should not reuse passwords across sites. This is simply a matter of best practice, and it protects you such that if your StackExchange password is ...
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How can I protect myself of building a university review website

Suppose that a developer builds a website that let students write reviews of their university. It seems possible that such a site might get lawsuits from the universities if there are some negative ...
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Contractor liability (in U.S.)

Say that you enter into an agreement with a contractor to fix something in your house. He assures you there won't be any repercussions until he can get to it in a couple of days, but before he comes ...
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Could someone avoid legal responsibility by transferring crypto coins multiple times between wallets before making an illegal purchase? [closed]

Suppose the following scenario. Someone creates two different crypto wallets without leaving an online trace that links their real identity back to the wallets in any feasible way. Then purchases some ...
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does gaia.com break the law?

Gaia.com is pushing conspiracy theories about reincarnation and aliens which would hopefully be fake to a normal folk robbed by a gaia.com ad, this is another way of making money using lies, is this ...
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Can my employer ask me to return sick pay if I claim loss of earnings?

I have been employed by the same employer for a number of years, and they have recently provided a revised 'terms of employment' document which includes the following new paragraph It is a ...
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How accountable are dog owners for their animals' actions?

I realise that if I forget that the garage door is open and my dog gets out and bites someone I'm in big trouble. What would be the case if I'm sleeping in my house and someone breaks in and my dog ...
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Does replacing a gated fence with a gateless fence reduce backyard liabilities?

When I put in a pond, the city engineer warned I must have it built within a fence, to reduce liability, e.g. if a child entered the backyard and fell in the water. Though there is a fence, I'm sure ...
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Do not understand Liability Release paragraph

I participated in a data science competition. I won and in order to claim the prize I need to sign a DECLARATION of ELIGIBILITY, PUBLICITY AGREEMENT, & RELEASE OF LIABILITY. There are three main ...
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Does a warning sign absolve legal liability? [duplicate]

I saw a dump truck that had one of those signs that says "Keep 100 feet away. Not responsible for broken windshields", and it got me thinking. While I'm glad they have the sign (gives me a ...
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How do trademarks apply to Open Source?

How do trademarks apply to open-source? Hypothetical: In the early 1990s, there is a company operating under the name Portable Network Graphics, who brands their products with the mark PNG. They ...
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Why limiting the liability in the Terms of an App to 150% service fees?

A language learning app from a German company states in their Terms the following in their "Limitation of Liability" section: We shall be unrestrictedly liable for (a) injury to life, body ...
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How to relinquish copyright for hired help [closed]

I have a small video game that I will be selling. Some people volunteered to translate it into different languages. I also paid for assistance creating some music for it. Everything is done already ...
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Do pedestrians have the right of way in parking lots?

Consider a parking lot, such as this one: specifically, its one-way lanes. If a pedestrian is crossing them, does he have the right of way? If a car hits a pedestrian there, is there a conceivable ...
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