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What's the legal term for a law or a set of laws which are realistically impossible to follow in practice?

As an example, at one point during New York's COVID vaccination campaign Governor Cuomo issued the following rules: If you vaccinate someone who is not eligible, you're getting a huge fine If you don'...
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Document says “A and B” have some authority — does that require unanimity or not?

If a governing document says that "A and B" have the power to act on behalf of Company X, does that mean that both A AND B have to sign e.g. a contract to bind the company? Or does it mean ...
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distinction between law maker and law interpreter like 'Law maker should not be law interpreter'?

The following could be answered simply by the separation of judicial and legislative branches in places such as the US but here goes: I could swear I once heard this legal maxim/quote/aphorism/idk ...
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Term for obligor that breaches his duty

I'm looking for an appropriate term for an obligor that breaches a duty. It should apply to tort and contractual duties and to substantial as well as procedural law. I would also be interested in a ...
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What is it called when someone suspects an outlawed behavior has been committed so asks for confessions?

I am looking for a legal term in the case where a particular behavior is outlawed. The governing body suspects someone has conducted the behavior but has no proof. The governing body then addresses ...
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What might be an “analog” for “frustration of purpose?”

In a contract, frustration of purpose occurs when "unforeseen" events prevent the operation of a contract from achieving its intended results, even if it can technically be fulfilled. For ...
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What's the origin and reason for abbreviating “contract” as “K”?

Googling showed some answers, but none of them look authoritative. This post alleges that even Charles Fried doesn't know for sure. Some common law school abbreviations are "P" or "Π&...
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What does this mean in this engagement letter?

I am looking to break a lease with my landlord and am looking to hire an attorney. What does "Client assigns to counsel all rights conferred by statute or rule to recover attorneys' fees and ...
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Pretending to be from the “Freedom to Breathe Agency”: impersonating an officer?

There's a woman going around claiming to be from the federal "Freedom to Breathe Agency", telling store workers that they can personally be sued for telling customers that they need to wear ...
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What is the term for when a leader being responsible when they suggests something and someone acts on it?

I recall there was a term for a very specific thing that can happen when the person in charge - king, president, dictator, etc - suggests something be done and someone does it, that might make the ...
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What is the meaning of “provided that” in the following context? It i the same as, or similar to "condition precedent?

In an earlier question, I asked about the "condition precedent" of an investor investing money in a company being the investor's being shown a demonstration of the company's new product to ...
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Terminology for a change in a state's status without a change in its constitution

This will be a terminology question, but first I have to explain some situations. In the U.S., each state has a written constitution that is higher than any act of the state legislature and is what ...
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What, if any, is the legal meaning of the term “benefit of the doubt?”

One instance that I am familiar with is "innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt." So if you think that someone is "probably" guilty, but have a "reasonable ...
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What does “severability” mean in the following context?

Parties A and B signed a contract governed by New York law. There were three "conditions precedent" for the contract to take place.None of these conditions precedent had been fulfilled on ...
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Use of the words “losses” and “damages” in an indemnity clause in a medical education course participation form

I'm a pharmaceutical translator, and I'm proofreading a Russian-to-English translation of a form to be signed by a participant of a medical education course. The text includes the following sentence: ...
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Have I to specify the sentence and paragraph when referring to the law?

Asking for Ukrainian Law system (if there is difference). For example, there is a law; in the law there are an article; in the article, there are few paragraphs, and I need to refer only to one of ...
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What is a “family group” as it pertains to quarantine orders?

New York currently has travel restrictions in place, which require individuals coming in from specific states to quarantine for 2 weeks. They use the definition of "quarantine" as defined by ...
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Meaning of “Compensation for Damage” in a clinical trial; vs. “Compensation of Injury”

I'm translating a document that is presented to clinical trial participants prior to their enrollment. One section is titled "Compensation for Injury": Compensation for Injury Will you ...
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What does “may” mean when used as a verb in a text of law in the US? Possibility or guarantee?

What does "may" mean when used as a verb in a text of law in the US? For example, if the law say "X may do Y", is it guaranteed that X can do Y, or does that mean that perhaps the ...
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Register a domain name of a modern generic term conflicting with a Pending Trademark

I'd like to register a domain name that is a modern abbreviation like LAN,WAN,WEB... My registrar told me that the Domain is a registered Trademark ! I managed to find the registration status and it'...
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What are “cooperation in perfecting rights” and are they enforcable?

Bellow is an example "Perfection Rights" provision from a employment contract. To me it seems to be saying 1) you agree to do paper work we may need you to do, even after you are no longer ...
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How to refer to Supreme Court cases by just one name

I'm writing a paper for my high school U.S. History class, and I want to refer to certain Supreme Court cases by just one name after my first naming of the case (for example, I want to refer to Rucho ...
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Is there a legal term for the following kind of “estoppel?”

There is the old tale of the miscreant who killed his parents, and threw himself at the mercy of the court because he was an orphan. "Relief" on the basis of his being an "orphan" was denied because ...
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What is a gratis basis?

From DistroKid's Lyric Agreement (emphasis mine): a. For good and valuable consideration (including any consideration set forth in the Distribution Agreement) you hereby grant to us, on a ...
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Does the surveying term “right-of-way line” refer to a single line, or to a strip or swath?

I'm taking a class in real property law. We have many exercises where we read a survey map and write a legal description in metes and bounds. Many of the maps use the "centerline" of a road but some ...
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What does “rule of construction” mean?

I was looking up a legal term, and found this sentence: An anti-lapse statute is a rule of construction in trusts and estates law. What does "rule of construction" mean (here, and in general)?
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Term for reviewing a legal document describing procedures to see if they match those procedures implemented in a computer system?

I was just reviewing some legal documents which need updated to describe procedures implemented in a computer system to see if they match. Is there a legal term to describe this action?
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Term for reading a legal document describing procedures and implementing those procedures in a computer system?

I was just reading some legal documents which described procedures which would be implemented in a computer system. Is there a legal term to describe this action?
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Is “prima facie case” only used in the context of criminal law?

Is "prima facie case" only used in the context of criminal law? Or can it be used in administrative and/or civil law?
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What does “object to the form” mean?

I've been reading the notes for a recent prolific court case, and in the records of what was said the phrase "Object to the form." comes up quite a lot. What does this phrase mean? (If it is ...
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What is my relationship with a service company contracted by my insurance company?

I am wondering about the legal terminologies that define a relationship that I have with a service company. Some maintenance work was needed for several appliances at my home, so I contacted my ...
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What is meant by “right, title and interest”?

In contracts what exactly is meant by the words (both collectively and individually) "right, title and interest"? Example from Docracy Assignor exclusively owns all right, title, and interest in ...
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What does μ mean in law?

Google Books shows just one other use of μing by the same author. Wikipedia evinces no use of μ in law or philosophy. But I read on Phi - Wikipedia that In philosophy, φ is often used as shorthand ...
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Suspicion of crime = theory or hypothesis?

Suppose a person is found dead, and it's investigated as a possible murder. How would such a case be characterized in criminal law - a murder hypothesis, murder theory, murder mystery? EDIT: As ...
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What is the legal term for coerced indecent acts (not including rape)?

Say that a person were coerced into performing indecent acts of a sexual nature, such as nudity, masturbation, oral sex, etc. If intercourse occurs, that would be classified as "rape". What would the ...
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Opposite Title of a case

All the cases have the plaintiff's name first and and defendent's name after it ( as in Mohiri Bibi v. Dharmodas Ghose). But there's a case wherein the defendant's name comes first ( in: Khwaja ...
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What is the opposite of the legal concept called ‘textualism’?

The concept of Textualism has as its main focus the precise letter of the law. What is the name of the opposite concept? An opposite concept would be where focus also is given to non-textual sources,...
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What is the difference between a private exhibition and public performance with regards to showing films?

Most films for home video in the US begin with an FBI warning that includes some variation of this message: Licensed only for non commercial private exhibition in homes. Any public performance other ...
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What is it called when a pre-defined penalty is specified in a contract?

In contract law, what is a pre-defined penalty for non-performance called? For example, if the contract says something like: "so-and-so will do xyz by May 5, 2021, and if so-and-so should fail to do ...
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Equivalent of “illegal” for violating civil law

If "illegal" is typically used for criminal law, what adjective or adjectives are generally used for breaking civil law?
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Is there a term denoting definitions that are contrary to a term's plain meaning?

Legislation sometimes defines a term so that it is contradictory to its plain meaning, or contradictory to the term's meaning in another context. For example, 52 USC 30121 defines "foreign national" ...
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Are there any legal terms to use for charging the client for downtime hours at reduced full-time rate?

Normally, when working as a contractor, the bench time — when the client fails to provide you with the work to do, and no explicit work hours were assigned, either — is not compensated. This could be ...
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The “compact” in “Agreement or Compact” (U.S. Constitution): legal terminology

The word compact is used in the "Compact clause" of the Constitution of the United States: "No State shall, without the Consent of Congress [...] enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State ...
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What exactly does it mean when someone “represents” you?

What exactly does it mean for a lawyer to represent someone? I thought it means assigning someone to argue for you and they would reply to all messages concerning the case. As mentioned in my ...
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What exactly does “without prejudice” mean and how does it work?

According to businessdictionary.com without prejudice means Law phrase: Without abandonment of a claim, privilege, or right, and without implying an admission of liability. This sounds pretty ...
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How did 'consideration' semantically shift to mean 'something given in payment'?

What semantic notion connects the bolded meaning beneath with all the others that aren't related to recompense? To me, nouns like remittance or solatium (if we prefer an uncommon term) fit the bolded ...
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What is the name of the transverse white line that separates different time-limited parking zones?

I parked on a street that has 2 parking zones: all-day (with bi-weekly street sweeping) and two-hour. Painted on the street is a single six-inch-wide six-foot-long transverse white line that, I ...
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Need help on Jargon Terms of Life Insurance Products

I am studying some documents on life insurance product, but I kept bumping into the jargon terms like "amount exposed", "policies exposed", "expected death QX7580E by amount", "expected death ...
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Plaintiff / Defendant terminology in demand letter

As I understand the terms are used to described opposing parties in court. When referring to opposing parties in a demand letter, they are not in court (yet) so I am not sure that this pair is the ...
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Character, Record and Associations = Evidence?

As I understand it, the prosecution must establish a motive, means and opportunity before a person can be convicted of a crime. However, none of these are considered evidence. To put it another way, ...