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Can I forbid the government from using my patented invention?

(this is a purely hypothetical situation, for literary research) I've filed a patent on a certain technology for facial recognition/analysis, and as the patent holder I want to use my exclusivity to ...
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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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Is it legal to go take my license plates off a car I sold, without realizing I should keep my plates?

I sold a car a year ago in TX and didn't realize that I should take the plates off. The buyer has taken full advantage of this and is racking up lots of tolls in my name. Fortunately I'm able to get ...
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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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Can a trans man get an abortion in Texas where a woman can't?

Texas has an anti-abortion law, Health and Safety Code 245 which states: the act of using or prescribing an instrument, a drug, a medicine, or any other substance, device, or means with the intent to ...
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A sitting judge is claiming to represent a client against me. Should I file a bar complaint?

We recently had to fire an employee for cause. After we sent an email to the former employee asking for a password to an account that belonged to the business, we received a reply from a person who ...
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Is it legal for a company to enter an agreement not to hire employees from another company?

Is it legal for ACME Corp to enter a reciprocal agreement with another company to not hire from their workforce. This seems like it may have ramifications for price fixing the labor market.
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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 self-defense mutually exclusive of murder?

A Dallas man is charged with murder. The narrative indicates that the man shot the intruder in his back yard as the intruder approached with a pickax. Assuming that the homeowner does not have a ...
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Looking up a Texas land title case from 1901

I'm a historian, not a lawyer. I would like to get the documents, including the plaintiff and defendant's filings, the witnesses' depositions, and the judgment, for a civil land title case from a ...
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Do the police need probable cause or a search warrant to search a rental car being driven by someone who didnt rent the vehicle?

I'm not seeking legal advice, but rather I'm seeking others thoughts and reasoning on a case that has been disposed of already, which seems to be a violation of constitutional rights afforded to ...
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What options are there for executor when no close family member is available?

What alternatives exist for finding and appointing an executor for one's will/estate for a person with no close family or qualified friend? Are there pros and cons?
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Personal Misconduct That May Result in a Lawyer's Censure or Disbarment

Is there some type of Code of (Personal) Conduct that lawyers in the United States must abide by under the penalty of either censure of disbarment? What personal kinds of personal misconduct might ...
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What kind of civil action is created by the Texas Heartbeat Act?

Section 171.208 of the Texas Heartbeat Act of 2021 allows "[a]ny person, other than an officer or employee of a state or local governmental entity in this state" to "bring a civil ...
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Karen sues a workshop for damages as she was trespassing and disregarding mandatory safety gear. Does she have a case?

Let's paint the scene: We work in the back of a metalworking workshop in Austin Texas. Huge machines make lots of noise, at times there are steel panels on the floor with access holes to access the ...
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Extent to which a will is holographic

"Albus" and "Severus" are making a will together. They do not want to bother with an attorney or witnesses, so Severus handwrites it, under the assumption that doing so will make ...
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Is rent acceleration legal in Texas?

Texas Association of Realtors' Sample Lease has the following: B. If Tenant fails to timely pay all amounts due under this lease or otherwise fails to comply with this lease, Tenant will be in ...
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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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Divorced mom pays mortgage. She wants to get title in her name

A divorced mom pays the mortgage on and lives in a house, but the house title is in both parents' names. The father is gone. The mom wants to move, but can't sell the house. How can the mom get the ...
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Expungement of Arrest and Court Records after Death

If someone with a few criminal arrests and deferred sentences passes away, can a friend or family member have these Misdemeanor and Felony arrest records expunged on behalf of the person who passed ...
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Are cops required by law to have "reasonable suspicion" in order to detain a person? If so, do they have to inform the detainee about the suspicion?

I was stopped while cycling on hwy 59 in Texas, about 50 miles south of Huston. Officer started asking me questions about my travels. I asked: "Have I done anything illegal? Officer: "No, but I ...
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Retroactive lack of testamentary capacity

"Juan" makes his will. A year later, he is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and so loses testamentary capacity. Often, the medical diagnosis for Alzheimer's comes well after the victim's ...
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What are the legal consequences for serving in a jury if you are not eligible because you are not a citizen?

I got a jury summons letter last week and was asked to be in court Monday. I went and was there for 5 - 6 hours deliberating with other jurors whether or not this guy should've gotten a speeding ...
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Are Texas schools required to display posters with an Arabic translation of "In God We Trust"?

There's a story going around the Internet of an activist donating posters to Texas schools with an Arabic translation of "In God We Trust". The claim is that Section 1.004 of the Texas ...
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US laws of firing an employee

This is a follow-up from my previous question. Following my discussion with HR about the ethical violation of my manager and some colleagues, I was suddenly fired without any prior notice from my ...
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Does any state force recognition of common law marriage on couples if they do not want it?

I will use Texas as an example, but I'd be interested in any others... Per this link, a couple is considered married under common law in Texas if they: 1.) Agree to be married, 2.) Live together as a ...
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Is there legal precedent for judges require marriage as a condition for probation?

So apparently in East Texas a judge has ordered that a man marries his girlfriend because he assaulted her ex-boyfriend. The conditions for probation were: Marrying his girlfiend within 30 days ...
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Is it legal for landlord to prohibit subleasing, under Texas law?

It's quite common that plans change, and a residential lease must be broken. Of course, since one has agreed to pay the full price of the lease, they're on the hook for it, unless they can find ...
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Should I get a PO box for a will / transfer on death deed?

I'm to be a beneficiary on a will for my father and I was asked for my address. The address I provided is in an apartment complex. Maybe I'll be in that same apartment complex when my father passes or ...
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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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When a PI is conducting surveillance, why is audio enhancement considered wiretapping

Most Texas PIs seem to consider the use of audio enhancement technology to be wiretapping. But they do not seem to consider video or photography enhancement technology to be the same. A Texas PI will ...
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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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Can a renter retake posession? [closed]

In Texas, a renter rents a house with a one year lease term. Renter is not late on rent and is currently paying rent on time. Renter lived in the house for 7 months and moves out, but continues to ...
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Imbler v. Pachtman and Texas prosecutor Ken Anderson

In 2013 Texas (Williamson County) District Attorney Ken Anderson served a 10 day jail sentence for prosecutorial misconduct. Quoting https://innocenceproject.org/news/ken-anderson-michael-morton-...
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Is it legal to backdate an agreement?

On Workplace.SE, "My employer wants me to a sign an NDA that is backdated more than 2 years" describes the following scenario: OP is an employee working on a project OP has been working (for 7 years ...
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Hypothetically walking the line between pornography and prostitution

Throughout this question I will reference the Texas Penal Code for concrete examples as Texas is my home state. The Texas Penal Code clarifies explicitly what is considered prostitution in the state ...
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Is following the flow of traffic a valid speeding defence in Texas?

As per the summary at http://www.mit.edu/~jfc/laws.html, Texas is one of the three states where there are no absolute speed limits -- a speed in excess of a posted limit is prima facie evidence that ...
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Where is the Houston anti-Food Sharing Ordinance?

Accoring to this article about the anti-Food Sharing Ordinance in Houston, Mayor Anise Parker and city council passed an anti-food sharing ordinance that bans serving charitable meals on properties, ...
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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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Can landlords refuse to show you contract prior to application?

I've seen some landlords refuse to provide a sample residential lease contract prior to making an often non-refundable application, in California and other states. Is it legal? Aren't you supposed ...
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Under what circumstances can the police detain you?

after watching the video about the recent fiasco in Mckinney Texas I was curious about whether any of the teens that the officer pulled over had the legal right to just walk away. Under what ...
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What happens if I buy a stormwater basin from a property tax auction?

I've recently been reviewing property that is available either at auction or for immediately for purchase from the various counties in the state of TExas. Most of them are simply what you would expect,...
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What Constitutes Possession in a Shared Living Space?

I am currently a college freshman living in a suite style dorm. As freshman like to do, two of my three roommates like to party and drink. At first there were just small gatherings, but as of late ...
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Who would actually have claim on the buried treasure in the film Holes?

I have two questions, assuming real-life Texas inheritance and property law: Who is the rightful owner of the chest of treasure? Regardless of who the ultimate rightful owner is, did Stanley's lawyer ...
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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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Is there a recourse against UPS for not delivering packages on time?

I have a "new" address and ZIP code that appears to confuse UPS and consistently causes them to delay delivery of packages to me. I've tried filing complaints with UPS itself, but to no avail: I ...
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What sentence would a person "hypnotized" into committing a crime get?

I'm a writer and, in this murder mystery I'm writing, I'm trying to see how sentencing laws would apply in this scenario. If a person was arrested for killing somebody but then it is later found out ...
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Is it legal to let people search for professionals by gender?

Prompted by the list of injunction demands from a recent lawsuit against Uber, I'm curious whether or not it's legal in California, Texas and elsewhere to discriminate on a profession such as a barber ...
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Did the judge try to order me to pierce the corporate veil?

In a legal proceeding a couple of months ago, I was unfortunately at the disadvantage of not being represented by my attorney. (There is a reason which is unrelated to this question.) I'm not a ...
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How can one go about amending the law?

If one feels that the law is not clear enough, or might have loopholes that should be fixed, how would one go about starting a process to possibly amend it? For example, in Texas, a lot of landlords ...
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