Questions tagged [liability]

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Are there laws in the USA that prevent news from reporting false information about a situation that could put lives at risk?

There has been quite a bit of misinformation flowing about COVID-19, some of it has even been reported on major news agencies, the one most heard about being Fox and Friends claiming, falsely, that ...
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Individual vs. corportate liability for inherently dangerous activities

These days a lot of people make their living on YouTube, doing inherently dangerous things and filming them. For instance, there's those people who climb up unfinished skyscapers without any safety ...
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Entertainer Delima with Performance Rights Organization Licensing

I am an entrepreneur who entertains patrons in bars and restaurants for profit similar to a DJ. I am very aware of the legal implications of playing copyrighted music/songs in public and the business/...
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Can you sell a program that breaks the Terms of Use of a website?

I want to sell software that automates user activity on a website. Automated interaction is against the website's Terms of Use, as you would expect. Is it possible to legally sell someone a tool to ...
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Why does MirOS licence have liability exception?

MirOS licence has this warranty disclaimer: This work is provided “AS IS” and WITHOUT WARRANTY of any kind, to the utmost extent permitted by applicable law, neither express nor implied; ...
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Product Liability and Consumer Expectation Test Regarding Cannabis Edibles [California]

There's a case where a first time edible user takes a gummy and incurs permanent health damage. I have to argue the stance that the consumer expectation test fails and there's a design flaw with the ...
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When does liability and actions defer to the corporation

This question arises from the following question: WorkPlace_Refusal If you are requested by an executive to perform a task that you believe is illegal, the executive assures you that it is legal, ...
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Designating an individual or third-party as DMCA Agent gives extra protection? And is it liable?

According to the United States Copyright Office, https://www.copyright.gov/rulemaking/onlinesp/NPR/faq.html: “A designated agent may be an individual (e.g., “Jane Doe”), a specific position or ...
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Can one company sponsoring or advertising on a website cause liabilities for the sponsoring company if the website has problems?

I've always been curious how this works. Say there's Company A and Website B. Website B does things that are in the grey area of law. Company A tries to operate fully legitimately as an actual ...
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How might I hold neighbor liable if a hazardous tree falls on my property? [duplicate]

My neighbor has a tree planted near the fence, and it overhangs my property. Branches have fallen but have not caused any damage. I want to ensure that the neighbor would be held liable should there ...
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Over 3 years to put me back in my house after a fire at the personal cost of over 90k. Who do I sue?

Over 3 years ago I had a fire in my home that is still not ready to move in. After the abatement (6 months) the first contractor decided not to do insurance anymore. Decided not to take the contract, ...
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Does fraudulent conveyance only apply to bankruptcy?

Say creditor has a judgement and before the judgment I transferred assets to someone else. Can the creditor go after the fraudulently conveyed assets? Or is that only for bankruptcy?
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Am I legally responsible for being a developer of a code, if my customer uses it illegally?

I am from an Europe country, I work online and get orders on freelancer websites. Few months ago, I had a customer hiring me to do some Bitcoin-related coding, I'm one of their developers for 6-7 ...
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Liability from conflict of interest

There are two co-owners, A and B, of a federal corporation C in Canada. B has a side job at a Canadian company D which has a non-compete clause in the contract. C and D do in fact compete. If a legal ...
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Who is liable when a consumer sues a company?

Recently, a vegan customer sued Burger King because a plant-based burger he bought at a Burger King franchise was cooked on a grill also used for cooking meat. This got me thinking: who would usually ...
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Can a website incur liability for linking to a funding campaign for a lawsuit against it?

A large website that hosts user-created content has recently announced that it is redacting links to a fundraising campaign for a lawsuit against it "under direction from [its] legal team." Is there a ...
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Liability for fire

I caused a fire in my building by disposing of a cigarette in a trash can (the building is in New York City). Obviously a stupid and negligent mistake. However smoking is permissible and the reason ...
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Purolator Shipping Insurance “At Shipper's Risk” clause

I shipped personal items from Canada to the US with Purolator. One package arrived significantly damaged (the delivery man also acknowledged and made note of this). I purchased 1200$ worth of ...
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Breaking stuff while doing someone a favor

Am I less responsible/liable for stuff that I break while doing someone a favor, and neither doing anything intentional to cause the break nor being negligent? For example: someone on the street ...
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Is it a HIPAA violation for a dentist office to print a patient's password on paperwork?

Dentist office just printed my password (to their portal) on their paperwork. Surely this is a HIPAA violation (or against best practices, HIPAA or otherwise). Can anyone confirm if so and point me ...
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Services liability for damages

If a service provider, such as a plumber, does a job incorrectly that directly results in extensive damage to your property, are they liable for the damages? New Mexico, US
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Does buying property on mortgage gives any sort of protection against future Compulsory purchase & massive devaluation

Background (inserted editorially) One of the risks of buying a flat / house is that the neighborhood will be declared blighted by the government which would then force property owners to sell their ...
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Hold Harmless-Want on half of LLC and NOT self

I recently applied to a position to teach yoga, as an independent contractor. I have formed an LLC, and now the gym would like me to sign a hold harmless agreement. I want to make sure the LLC is ...
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Can an employee be sued for gross negligence by reusing personal passwords at work?

An employee is using some easy guessable reused passwords well known to Have I Been Pwned. OUCH. Something bad happens. Can an employee be sued? Option A: An organization does not have password ...
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Do you loose liability protection if doing work for your LLC on your personal computer?

Do you have potential of loosing liability protection if doing work for your LLC on your personal computer (ie. a computer purchased with personal funds and not accounted for as being owned by the LLC)...
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Am I liable to my employer if I keep my notebooks past the term of employment?

As I work, I keep a notebook. At a high level, it is a list of things I need to accomplish on a given day, or within the next few weeks. Sometimes I also use it as scratch paper, which means that I ...
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Liability after accidentally breaking neighbor's sprinkler head

Imagine you are out for an early morning jog. Someone has their sprinklers on, so you cross the street to avoid them. Unfortunately, there was a malfunctioning sprinkler head that you didn't know ...
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Is it a violation to stop at a light in such a way as to prevent Cyclists from passing (USA)?

Hopped over to Bikes.SE to read the claim that "In some Jurisdictions, it is legal for bikes to pass on the right." Is this even true? If it is true, then I'd like to know if the following event I ...
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Can ignoring a person on the Internet make me responsible somehow?

A few days ago I got to know a person on a social network. We had a few days of innocuous conversations on WhatsApp, but then they started becoming intrusive and imposing and didn't respect my time. ...
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Has US law ever imposed liability for purely unethical behavior, unconnected to professional Codes of Ethics?

I'm familiar with the so-called ethics/law divide, where some acts may be lawful but unethical and other acts ethical but unlawful. This question is not about this. I'm also familiar with ...
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Working on code with uncertain licensing at another company's behest

so the situation I want to ask you about is as follows: The Client Company has a project that is made of three parts: A front-end web app A back-office An API (back-end) The front/back parts were ...
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Does US law have a notion of supply chain management?

I'm reading about a recent lawsuit filed by Delta Airlines against one of its vendors. Also see Delta Sues Software Provider Over Data Breach and Lawsuits target Delta and vendor for cybersecurity ...
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Legal liability for theft of credit card information left in my care with no contract?

Suppose your neighbor asks you to babysit their cat. The neighbor has to run an errand so they leave it with me. Someone else breaks into my house and steals the cat, along with its diamond necklace. ...
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Can I sue the U.S. Post Office for delivering Certified Mail that was open?

A couple of days ago, I went to my local post office and mailed a large envelope with paperwork inside of it and I had addressed it to me and my home address. The reason I did this was to do a 'poor ...
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Is employer responsible for tree damage to car parked in their lot (New Jersey, USA)?

During high winds a tree branch fell on my car while parked at my workplace. The cops were called, but the responding officer said that it was private property and my employer's responsibility. He ...
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Should car sharing company explicitly notify about accident liability when advertising?

On a car sharing company website, it advertises only benefits of its service but doesn't explicitly notify about insurance and liability in case of accident. Should car sharing company explicitly ...
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How long is a manufacturer liable for a product

Background: I'm an electronics engineer thats considering designing and selling guitar effects pedals in the UK only. This is only intended as a side hobby (unless it becomes financially viable). As ...
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Notary attested true copy of passport

Where one can notarize the copy of passport in India? Like mentioning A true copy and signed sealed verified by notary person.
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How do free-speech protections in the United States apply in public to corporate misrepresentations?

Last night, I was driving behind a truck that had a very official-looking sign like this: (Sign says, "WARNING STAY BACK 200 FT. NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR BROKEN WINDSHIELDS!") Some cursory Googling ...
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Liability from selling car if buyer does not complete title transfer : California

Suppose one sells a car (California registered) to a person (suspected after the fact to be an illegal immigrant) who does not complete title-transfer. Suppose that the seller completes and submits ...
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If I accidentally leaked my school's IP address and someone attempts a DDoS attack on my school am I at fault?

I found my schools IP address and if it accidentally got out and my school got a DDoS attack am I liable for damages? (I'm in Colorado if that helps.)
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Is there a law that says you have to care for a minor that isn’t your child?

If a minor that isn’t your child would die if unhelped, and you were the only one that could help them, is there any law saying you have to?
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Can I sell a Craigslist/FB Marketplace item in a local store?

I want to sell a high value cell phone but I also want to stay safe. Are there any issues with me choosing a local grocery store or restaurant to conduct the transaction (goods for money)? Does it ...
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Legal exposure in publishing stock predictions

I was told that there might be legal aspects that I'm not aware of so I'm asking this question. Since late November two AIs I've built have been generating predictions about stocks found on the ...
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Is it illegal to ask a company for money in exchange for information on a bug in their software?

Let's assume that I have a found a bug in a company's website/software which – if exploited – bypasses their paywall and allows me to use their website/software without any payments. I then inform ...
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Is a contract valid if it releases a party from liability for probable injury?

Suppose party A contracts with party B to release party B of liability for all possible injury resulting from party B providing party A a service in which there is significant risk of injury. If a ...
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Liability of online service provider for illegal user content?

Suppose someone develops a chat app where you can send messages and pictures. Messages are stored in a database. The developer, who is also the site owner, would have pretty much access to every ...
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Liability from attaching a note with tape to an improperly parked car?

I am a security officer for a private estate. I frequently deal with cars parking in a way that obstructs other vehicles. On a recent occasion I asked the various tenants of the estate and each ...
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Was anyone held liable/accountable in the 2018 Hawaii False Missile Alert?

On January 13, 2018, with belligerent threats and nuclear tensions between the US and North Korea on a knife edge, civil authorities in the US state of Hawaii sent out an alert to all cell phones, ...
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What happens to a company's negative value property if it is liquidated?

What happens to annoying burdensome assets during a company's liquidation? Perhaps a company owns a mine filled with deadly arsenic trioxide waiting to break out into the environment, or something ...

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