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Can a president be evicted from the White House?

Currently, there are impeachment investigations going on for the POTUS. Lets say the POTUS is formally impeached and Trump is removed from office. However Trump refuses to leave the White House on ...
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Legal status of corporate nondiscrimination policies

I work for an organization that has a standard nondiscrimination policy. They state that they are an Equal Opportunity Employer and list about 20 protected classes on the basis of which they ban ...
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What kinds of sanctions would be applied if you wrongly invoked the fifth amendment?

Under the Fifth Amendment, one might say at a hearing, "I refuse to answer on the grounds that it would incriminate me." Suppose the subject matter were embarrassing, but not necessarily criminal. ...
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Is there any law that requires private companies to divulge the information they know/posses about you when formally requested?

In the U.S., Is there any Federal or State law that compels private entities to hand over the information they have about the requester? If there is, what would be the penalties for not complying with ...
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Are international US REU candidates considered “independent researchers” under B-1/B-2 visa category?

US REU programs sometimes accept "self-funded" international students. Such international candidates do not receive any financial assistance from the host university but participate in research. ...
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USA, why the trial decision based completely on jury?

Watching the series about O.J. Simpson I was wondering “why in almost every case the decision based on jury?” and I personally think that this case is a good example to cast doubt of that legislation ...
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Could a Doctor Refuse to Treat a Patient in an Emergency?

Suppose a man commits a hate crime against (Hypothetical Church), and in the midst of the crime, the man is critically wounded by the police and rushed to the hospital. Suppose there is only one ...
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Is Java (JRE) still free for commercial use? [migrated]

United States here. I have a client that I would like to build a small suite of Java 8+ applications for to be installed on their office desktops and servers. This requires the Java Runtime ...
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Is the following nondiscrimination policy itself discriminatory against Christians? [on hold]

Country: US State: Michigan Situation: I work for a large employer in Michigan. We have over 10,000 employees total. My employer bans discrimination on the basis of an incredibly long list of ...
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Conflict between a religious belief that accounts for the existence of transgender people vs. one that doesn't

Country: US State: Michigan Example: Ann belongs to a denomination that accepts the existence of transgender people as what they claim they are. Ann starts a company that grows to over 25 employees,...
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Prevent lawsuit from slip on ice

I am a homeowner and water tends to pool on my sidewalk. In the winter months, I do the best I can to remove the ice, but there's so much of it that it's difficult to control. Am I liable if someone ...
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Can an American material witness be forced to “learn” what s/he does not know?

My understanding is that a witness is supposed to prepare for a deposition. My first concern is how well prepared or knowledgeable for a deposition. Suppose a material witness made a point of ...
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Trademark Company Name for branding [on hold]

hope all are doing well. I want to Trademark my Company name and use that Trademark name to build my brand in the Business, Entertainment and Book Publishing industry. As I am getting ready to ...
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Aliens voting in Federal elections

I've read that a Federal law prohibits non-citizens from voting in Federal elections. I'm not a lawyer, but from reading the original Constitution and all the amendments, I don't see anything that ...
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What legal protections exist for people entering into polyamorous relationships in the United States?

Polyamorous relationships exist when at least one partner in a relationship has additional partners. Consider the following hypothetical arrangement: Person A is married to Person B. Person B has a ...
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Is it legal for a cop to ask for my ID if he pulled up to me when I'm checking my car

I thought I could smell something burning while driving so I pulled over and popped the hood of my car. I was checking my engine when a police officer pulled up. He had me drive over to a parking lot. ...
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Paying to leave without notice in at-will employment state

Checking up here on a question that appeared on workplace.stackexchange.com: Someone signed a contract saying "If you leave the assignment without giving 15 days prior notice you will be liable to pay ...
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Can impeachment proceed after a resignation? [duplicate]

Can a federal official be impeached and convicted after he has resigned or otherwise left office? (For example, could the impeachment of President Nixon have proceeded after his resignation? Or could ...
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Can a landlord ask a tenant to sign an addendum to the lease that changes the terms of the first lease?

If a landlord asks a tenant who signed a 12 month lease to sign an addendum after they have already moved in that changes the terms of the lease to move out within 3 months of the landlord's death, ...
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What are my options to ensure equity in the yet-to-be-registered company, I am freelancing for?

To begin with, I am a college student and I don't have much understanding of the law in US and of India, of which I am a citizen. Now, I have been approached by X, who is going to start a company Y. ...
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Trademark: “Lyft” and acquired dictinctiveness

I want to understand why "Lyft" was trademarked for "transportation of passengers by motorized vehicle". When Lyft Inc originally filed for "Lyft" trademark in 2012 (serial# 85/743120), the use was ...
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Is a notarized signature required on a title search?

I've noticed that in preparation for closing on a house, a title search is done. What is the name of the document that is produced when the title search is complete? And does that document need to ...
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We sold a salvage car as-is. The buyer can't get it Titled. Do we have to fix it?

We recently sold a car that we weren't aware there was a salvage title on. The money has already been exchanged and the title signed over to them. The buyers, discovering its salvage status, are now ...
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How to find/choose a criminal lawyer in another state?

I am seeking an attorney, in a state other than my own (in the USA), to provide me with guidance in the area of criminal law. (I have some specific questions.) How might I go about finding such an ...
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Is there a legal professional who can be hired to assist with insurance for patients with complicated medical needs?

Is there a specific category of legal professional that could be hired specifically to assist with the filing of the paperwork and management of insurance claims on behalf of an individual? I am not ...
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Credit card debt after the death of the cardholder

Question pertains to United States: California. I am including as much information as may be pertinent. My mother died a few weeks ago. I was estranged from her as my parents divorced when I was a ...
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What remedies would be possible/likely in a successful defamation suit?

This question is related to another one I asked recently: Is it true that a suit of defamation could require "very little effort"?, so please review that one first -- thank you. Let's say ...
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Is or isn't it illegal to reveal a/the whistleblower's name?

According to Politico: But [US Senator Rand] Paul told reporters Tuesday he is "more than willing to and probably will at some point" name the whistleblower. "There is no law preventing ...
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Cobra medical benefits life event

My employer has several health ins plans. My employer is required to provide Cobra coverage as it has several dozen employees. If I were to choose one during open-enrollment, then get laid-off, the ...
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AR Code § 21-8-402 (2018)

I am concerned the wording that appears in 21-8-402 5.B.vii may be too vague. Included below for your convenience. (vii) (a) Anything with a value of one hundred dollars ($100) or less. (...
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HIPAA user names and emails in logs

We are developing software and interested in the following matter: Is having email addresses and usernames of our users in file logs a HIPAA violation or not? NOTE: 1. We are not going to store ...
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Does Halocene have a case against The Masked Singer Australia?

Halocene is an American Indie rock band. In early 2019 they made a cover song of Billie Eilish's song "Bad Guy". Halocene say that they did this legally by contacting Eilish first and paying any ...
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Roommate agreements

I am renting a 3-bedroom townhouse with 2 other people. Before we renewed the lease, I told them that my fiancé would be moving to this country and would need to move in. I agreed then to pay a ...
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Amending a Defective Irrevocable Trust

By a defective trust, I mean a trust that meets the definition of a trust for estate tax purposes but not income tax purposes. Consider an irrevocable defective trust that is setup without going to ...
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Could members of a minority use collective action to negotiate with racist employers?

Some employers are more frequently accused of committing unlawful discrimination. Since union membership can encompass multiple businesses and since union membership does not have to include every ...
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Does an out-of-state (U.S.) business broker or advisor need to be licensed in the state where the business is to get paid a finder's fee?

If I am based in a state that DOES NOT require a business broker or real estate license to sell a business but I work on a deal in a state (WA, OR, CA, CO, FL, etc.) that does require that license, ...
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Is there a (US-)legal case for forcing the government out of Syria?

Recently, US president Donald Trump said that the US was ending its involvement in the local internecine fighting in Syria, and staying there - military - to "keep the oil". Regardless of the blatant ...
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How are employer pay statutes enforced against offending employers?

An employer recently made some strange demands as a part of a job offer. On advice from The Workplace Stack Exchange I'm going to look for work somewhere else, but I'm concerned the employer is ...
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County Government: Titles and differences between states

I am seeking information on the structure of county/parish governments in the United States. I am specifically seeking information on those bodies that are comparable in nature and authority to the ...
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Legal age of adulthood

If current law establishes that a fetus is considered life at it's first confirmed heartbeat, shouldn't life start then? At which point does one's age begin. Example: "a delivered baby" on 5/1/0000 ...
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Can a landlord use the delivery of U.S. mail as a method of surveillance?

This is an on-going struggle for me with the management of my apartment building. In the past, the manager has instructed the USPS mail carrier to return-to-sender my mail, because it was addressed ...
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payments received in one year paid out the next year (US IRS tax question) [migrated]

If you have an agreement that 70% of the profits from an activity will go to a contractor, and you receive the 100% of profits in year 1, but to protect against credit card fraud, you hold those ...
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Car registered in MD, stored in MD, but I live out of state

I lived in MD a year ago, own a car that's registered in MD, but now I live out of state. It's a utility van I am converting into an RV to go on a long road trip next year, and it's currently in ...
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Form I-130: Does a sponsor having a medical marijuana dispensary on their employment history risk rejection?

Simple question, will my sponsor having employment history with a medical marijuana dispensary cause her application to be rejected? Follow-up: Will the sponsor be required to take a medical ...
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Chicago Teachers Strike

Who has the power to force teachers back to work at their old salary? Chicago mayor? Illinois governor? USA president? For how long can this be forced? E.G., is a 5-year effective suspension of ...
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Is D&D homebrew necessarily a derivative work of the SRD?

Wizards of the Coast, makers of Dungeons & Dragons, fifth edition, has made a subset of the game's core rules (known as the System Reference Document or SRD) freely available under the copyleft-...
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Can I buy a housing development lot and not build a house?

Around the suburbs of Kansas City, there's no shortage of housing developments where you can buy an empty lot and are expected to use the land to build a house. Would there be any zoning law ...
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Are legal precedents or tests ever created outside of a traditional trial?

Layperson question ahead. My understanding is that laws as passed by federal, state, and local bodies are often open to interpretation. When a question arises during a trial, a judge's logic and ...
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What is the recourse for defamation?

I came across this question today https://interpersonal.stackexchange.com/questions/23296/i-was-mistakenly-identified-as-a-criminal-and-this-has-caused-rumors-how-can-i and I think OP is taking the ...
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Law In CA for driving with expired registration

Okay I can’t seem to find what I’m looking for. Everything comes up as expired tags when searching for expired registration. My tags are good through this month. I only have expired registration, I ...