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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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New manager will not accept renewed lease

Suppose thsat a tenant in Dallas Texas was sent a lease renewal form via email for the tenant's electronic signature on February 28, 2022. Suppose that the form came from the tenant's previous ...
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restricted access to navigable waterways in texas

Quoting https://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/nonpwdpubs/water_issues/rivers/navigation/riddell/navigability.phtml (emphasis mine): In Texas a stream is navigable if it is either “navigable in fact” or ...
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In Texas, can prosecutors be defense attorneys for free outside the job?

In another thread, I was told that DAs and other prosecutors are typically prohibited from engaging in volunteer, pro bono work. However, I've now come across the following Texas Bar statement, which ...
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Can you sue yourself under the TX anti-abortion law?

The text of Sec. 171.208. CIVIL LIABILITY FOR VIOLATION OR AIDING OR ABETTING VIOLATION. reads (emph. mine) (a) Any person, other than an officer or employee of a state or local governmental entity ...
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Can I get reimbursed if police shot the window of my car during a standoff?

My car was parked in the parking lot of a large chain grocery store, upon returning to my car I found the police in a standoff with a suspect with my vehicle right at the center. I asked if I could ...
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US-Texas: Landlord having to pay for troubleshooting of home issues when no issue is found

I have a rental property in Austin, TX that I have rented out to a single tenant. My tenant frequently reaches out to me with various requests, worried something is wrong with the home that can affect ...
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Most recent case in Texas where Spanish colonial law cited

I understand that some real estate cases in Texas relate to deeds that may have been granted prior to even Mexican independence. Have there been any such cases and if so when was the last one?
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Is there any legal action I can take after my company discouraged me from calling 911 after a workplace injury?

I fell at work causing me to have 6 compound femur fractures. I begged my boss to call 911 because my leg was broken . They laughed at me saying there's no way it was broken and that I was ...
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Who can stop a member of the public from peacefully protesting a private club who rents their space?

Assume a private club located in a shopping plaza in Austin, Texas and they rent their space from the plaza's owner. Also assume a member of the public, let's call him Larry, intends to stand outside, ...
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Which state has jurisdiction in a case of online identity theft?

Facts directly pertinent to the question A supervisor takes the case over from subordinate 1 at the arbitrator to not be compelled to admit that it failed to carry out its statutory and contractual ...
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My degree was removed as on option at my college [closed]

I attended Our Lady of the Lake Universery in San Antonio, TX and was seeking an RN-BSN degree. I took a year off when I had a baby but when I returned, I found out that my degree was no longer ...
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Do Texas municipalities have to go to small claims court to collect on their civil fines?

From this answer in a related question I'm told, This makes parking violations under municipal ordinances civil offenses punishable by civil fines imposed in administrative hearings before a "...
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Can you contest a parking citation in Houston and get a jury trial?

I've always wondered aside from a "hearing" to contest a citation, as described here is there any way to get an actual Jury Trial for a parking citation? There is a mention of an appeal if ...
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In the US, can a person openly refuse to obey regulations that have been ruled to be against the law?

As an example, some school districts in Texas are openly disobeying the ban on mandatory masking in schools, which was recently confirmed to be legal by a Federal appellate court. So we have a ...
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How many times can Jane be sued for $10,000 for helping women in Texas get an abortion? [duplicate]

Suppose that Jane lives in Illinois, and she provides help to 30 women in Texas in obtaining abortions. Now suppose that 20 people in various states sue her under Texas law, which says that you can be ...
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Can a professor ask for private medical information?

I was excused from an exam on the basis of a doctor's note and after the exam took place my professor reversed his decision, saying that he does not have adequate information to excuse me and needs ...
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Double Jeopardy in Texas v. Young?

According to this Texas Tribune article, in Texas v. Young, Clinton Young was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. Fifteen years later, a Texas court of appeals has thrown out his ...
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Physical Copy of Vehicle Title(Texas)

I'm in Texas right now and I'm possession of a title for a friend. Long story but I was helping him move at the time and I have the title for vehicle in my storage unit. My friend has found a buyer ...
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What is the name of the type of real estate fraud/scheme I'm describing?

I'm writing a mystery story right now that takes place in Texas and currently the motive is that the victim - a real estate agent - typically leases property to people (particularly people starting a ...
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In Texas, can one's rental application be rejected after previous acceptance and collection of deposit?

I need to know if it is legal and on what basis can a landlord do such.
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Would Georgie’s “Teddy Bear Casino” from Young Sheldon actually be legal?

On the TV series Young Sheldon, Connie secretly runs an illegal casino (slot machines and card games where you can earn cash), which is shut down by the police. Connie’s grandson Georgie thinks she ...
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Is refusing service to unvaccinated equal to a vaccination mandate?

Yesterday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-40 that says: No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who ...
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Can I be charge with burglary of habitation for giving someone a ride? [closed]

I recently gave smy friend a ride to his uncles house and he ended up stealing. They trying to charge me for it because my friend is saying I helped him but I only gave him a ride.I live in Texas.
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Am I liable to pay new fees after a lease ends?

So I moved out of my old apartment recently. Unfortunately the move-in date for the new place was too close the move-out date so I had to leave some stuff behind. I couldn't clean it all up. On the ...
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Castle Doctrine as it applies to unruly Guests

If you have a guest at your house in Texas, United States that has started acting in an unpredictable and threatening way that will not leave, does the castle doctrine apply in getting them to leave? ...
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Can a restaurant deny service to patrons for wearing masks?

I understand that restaurants need not follow the government mandated mask policy for their private place. But here a patron is willing or has opted to wear a mask. Can a restaurant deny service for ...
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Is the new Texas law on social media invalid on first amendment grounds?

I have just seen this video on Youtube: "Republican Texas governor Greg Abbott has signed a law that forbids social media companies from banning people from their platforms based on their ...
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What would happen under Texas civil procedure law if multiple claimants file against the same defendant for the same SB.8. incident?

According to provision 171.210 of SB.8, Texas residents may sue the defendant in the plaintiff's county of residence. So what would the procedure be if multiple suits are filed for the same incident &...
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Under Texas SB.8 can physicians immunize themselves by paying damages to the person of their choice?

If a physician performs an abortion in Texas, then immediately makes a payment of $10k to the person of their choice for violating SB8, are they immune to further damages under the bill?
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Does double jeopardy apply to the Texas abortion bill?

Suppose Alice performs an abortion, and Bob files a suit based on Texas SB8. Can Charlie also file a suit against her? Could a million people file suits asking for $10k each?
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Is calling abortionist criminals defamation?

According to well-established precedent, Texas' heartbeat bill is not valid law. Is it therefore defamation to claim that those who violate it are "breaking the law"? Also, even if the bill ...
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Texas: Standing

Citizens can sue abortion providers for alleged violations, and plaintiffs will receive $10,000 from the accused if successful. The law also impacts anyone who "aids or abets" an abortion, ...
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Could a declaratory judgement be used to nullify the Texas abortion law?

Could TX SB8 (the controversial abortion law) be nullified by a declaratory judgement? Suppose a would-be abortion provider were to file suit against Texas Right To Life, who are running the ...
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Could the Texas Heartbeat Law (S.B. 8) be used by a mother who had an abortion and then changed her mind?

Thinking about the risks imposed by Texas Heartbeat Law, it occurred to me that a potential plaintiff with the very highest chance of winning a case would be the mother herself if she later regrets he ...
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Does Texas S.B. 8 actually "ban abortion"? [closed]

Note: I voted to close my own question. I agree, the way I asked it was too opinion-based. I've not read the Texas statute exhaustively, but as far I understand, it is not a criminal statute. ...
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What standard of evidence is used in suits related to Texas SB8?

If someone sues another person over a claimed infringement of Texas' new professedly anti-abortion bill, what standard of evidence is used? The bill itself calls its enforcement provision a "...
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Can a state governments outsource actions that are illegal for the state government to perform?

There is some history behind oppression by proxy: both Nazis and Communists sponsored pro-government militias that committed violence on the respective governments' behest while the governments denied ...
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Did Texas and other US states actually execute people with intellectual disabilities just because they were disabled?

I have many times heard how Southern US states used to (or maybe still do) execute retarded/mentally challenged people. I always thought that this sounded crazy, because I assumed that they did this ...
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Contract to hire in Texas

There are a lot of employers who normally hire people only after a period of time as a contractor. They seem to hire people as contractors and they go through a contracting agency that is separate ...
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Texas - Regional Jail Facility Regulations

DFW Metroplex. Some of the smaller municipalities don't have jails. They outsource to regional jail facilities for imprisonment. So arrested by 1 non-jail city, you get jailed in a neighbor city ...
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Can Texas jail illegal border crossers?

From recent news: Texas Begins Jailing Border Crossers on Trespassing Charges (5 NBC Dallas-Fort Worth) I was under the impression that immigration and border protection were the exclusive domain of ...
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How to avoid in-person schooling in Plano, TX for 2021-22 school year?

Texas legislature killed funding for remote learning in the upcoming 2021-22 school year, meaning that children will have to do in-person schooling again. Because of the increased spread of the delta ...
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Removing deceased spouse from mortgage - TX | USA

A couple years ago, the lender on my mortgage approached me about refinancing the house to lower my payment, but my wife passed away several years ago. Being in our early 30s, and poor as could be, a ...
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Can two people put their driver licenses in the same wallet?

I was wondering if two people can put their driver licenses in the same wallet. For example, could two spouses keep each of their licenses in the same wallet? Another example could be a parent and ...
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Is it illegal to give my friend money for drugs?

I live in Texas and my friend wants me to give them Bitcoin in order for them to buy drugs online. I will not ever see these drugs or partake in them, I would simply just give the money to my friend ...
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I abandoned my bicycle in the parking of the apartment I was living (Houston, Texas), what will happen?

I was in Texas(Houston) and lived at a place where my name isnt on the lease. I had to rush a few places and go back home and my bicycle remained locked to a small corner in the parking spot. My ...
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What is the average cost of attending law school?

What if an 18 year old wanted to go to law school as cheaply as possible? How mutch could he manage it for? What about an ivy league school? What about the university of Texas? He is a dependent of a ...
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Would it be legal for a minor to participate in social gambling?

Someone is holding a poker game, would it be legal for a minor to participate? This is in Texas.
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auto ownership but not a resident

I intend to move overseas for a few years. I expect to return to the US periodically and will need a car when I do. Can I purchase and license a car for my use in the US? Can I use a post office box ...
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