Questions tagged [united-states]

For questions specific to the United States as a whole, or that span multiple state jurisdictions. If your question is related to a specific state then you should use that state's tag instead (or as well).

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Does my own company also need to be EU-US Privacy Shield certified if we use AWS to store data of European customers?

We're based in United States. We understand that any sub-processor that we use should be EU-US Privacy Shield certified and GDPR compliant. So, we can use AWS and Google Cloud. Both of them are EU-US ...
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Do VPN providers really operate under single jurisdiction, even though their servers are located in many different countries?

For example, ProtonVPN claims in many places (e.g. Transparency Report, Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy) that their service operates "under Swiss law", which, among other things (based on their ...
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Is it legal to retaliate against an employee who answered falsely when asked an illegal question?

Oftentimes due to public policy considerations or for a multitude of other reasons employers can not ask particular questions during an interview or just in general in the workplace. Suppose that an ...
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Can one become an attorney without a law degree?

Can one become an attorney without a law degree in the United States, such as by passing the state bar exam? Which States in the U.S. allow this?
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I live in one state, work for a company that is headquartered in another, and go to work in a third state. Whose overtime laws apply to me?

I'm located in Virginia (though I'm almost positive that doesn't matter). The contracting company I work for is based in Maryland. I work in a federal building with federal workers in Washington, DC (...
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Canadian's car in USA

I live in Boston MA with a TD visa. I don't want to buy a car in USA. Can I drive my Canadian car (car registered in Canada) here? How long can I drive it? How about car insurance? Any detailed ...
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Is it legal to have a two driver’s licenses if one is from another country?

In the USA, in almost every case, possessing two driver’s licenses from different states (e.g., California and Georgia) is illegal. I’m wondering about a related situation - is it legal to have two ...
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Is a letter from a non-US licensed physician legally valid to use prescription tint windows in California?

I read in the California Assembly Bill no. 1303 (September 2017) – amended medical exemptions: (10) Sun screening devices meeting the requirements of Section 26708.2 installed on the side windows ...
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Will my landlord fix a leaky faucet?

I just got a lease to sign, but I am confused by some of the language. My question in short is: what does "public mains up to the point of entry" mean? More information: It reads: ... Landlord ...
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Can American citizens legally patronize Pyongyang (restaurant chain)?

Can American citizens legally patronize Pyongyang (restaurant chain)? I am aware that, according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism_in_North_Korea#Restrictions_and_warnings: In July 2017, ...
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How has James Madison's term 'infamous crime' typically been defined?

James Madison in his speech to Congress in regards to what eventually would become the 5th amendment talked about 'infamous' crimes and how they should be handled. As far as I know he did not define ...
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Can a manager kick you out for being trans in North Carolina

36 minutes ago They kicked me out for being trans and going to my preferred bathroom. I get not using the lady's restroom if I had a big beard but I don't have a beard I wasn't doing anything in there ...
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Does the subject of subpoena have to give a reason when refusing to testify?

If a person receives a subpoena and does not want to testify, do they have to give a reason? For example, let's imagine a person who was driving a car when it was involved in an accident that resulted ...
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Freedom of speech vs freedom of the press

Are there any substantial legal distinctions between the First Amendment's right of freedom of speech compared to freedom of the press? I'm specifically looking for any distinctions officially drawn ...
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What do, “X speed limit while children are present”, street signs mean, specifically?

while I'm driving near schools I often notice street signs that say something like, "speed limit 15 mph while children are present". I am curious what this means specifically. Does it still count if ...
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Bank negligence, checkings account compromised by id thief and bank on purpose holds me responsible to further my debt with interest

I been a victim of id theft. On the same day that there were two fake checks deposited that were bounced, money was withdrawn physically within a branch of the bank, that day and another time four ...
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Rhode Island and Connecticut

My real property instructor wrote, "Connecticut and Rhode Island are divided into geographic regions called counties, but they do not have functioning governments, as defined by the Census Bureau." I ...
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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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Drivers licenses:What States is it UnConstitutional to use fees to suspend DL's (beyond VA, TN)?

Drivers licenses:What States is it UnConstitutional to use fees to suspend DL's (beyond VA, TN)? 2018-12 VA lawmakers vote to eliminate driver's license suspensions over fees www.whsv.com/content/...
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Exploratory: discrimination against character trait

What is the rationale for the scope of what EEOC prohibits discrimination against? More precisely, I have been fired for a trait of character (pessimism) that seems to me to be as much an integral &...
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Is it illegal to use $ dollar to indicate in game currencies?

I'm creating a game where the player earns money while playing, my question is, could it be considered illicit or misleading to use the dollar sign ($) after the current amount of money in-game. I'm ...
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Issues with Changing Legal First Name

Are there any legal problems that could arise in changing my legal first name that I may not consider? For example, I'm a US citizen and how difficult would it be to get my passport and social ...
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USA: Fair use for scholarship, copyrighted code

Take for example the Numerical Recipes code distribution. They have copyrighted their work and do not allow for general public use of their code. http://numerical.recipes/aboutNR3license.html Would ...
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Can a U.S. President undo an act of clemency or a pardon of his predecessor?

Can the next U.S. President undo the current President's pardons?
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Can sitting US Senators violate the Logan Act?

The Logan Act (18 USC 953) is pretty stark in its language: Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or ...
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Is it legal for a business in the US to charge to make change?

Is it legal in the US, for a business to charge a fee to make change (cash to smaller denominations, e.g., taking a dollar bill and giving back coins) or the reverse (e.g., taking coins and returning ...
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Are open letters protected by freedom of speech? Any court precedents?

I would like to know if there is legal precedent protecting the freedom of speech in distributing an open letter or something similar. A friend owns a unit in a condominium, and since day one she has ...
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Can a US citizen be denied reentry - COVID-19

The UCLA states uncategorically that no US citizen can be denied re-entry. US officials notified passengers aboard the Diamond Princess that they would be denied re-entry "until you are no longer at ...
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University preventing staff from taking trips with students?

My university recently put a staff member on leave of absence after the staffer took a weekend kayaking trip with several students, citing "unprofessional conduct". The staffer is a kayaking ...
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Contract for deed purchase with existing tenants

When purchasing a property contract for deed with an active month-to-month lease and tenants on the property, does that lease typically transfer to the purchaser? Or, is that something which has to be ...
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Punitive Damages in Default Cases

If a defendant does not answer a lawsuit he defaults. As a default litigant the defendant would be denied the right to argue the facts presented in the complaint. However, the default also acts to ...
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Can a university legally enforce a policy preventing students from creating their own wireless networks?

I attend a university in the United States where the school policy states that "Students are not permitted to setup or use their own wireless networks." This includes personal hotspots that come with ...
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Court appoints executor; the will found in safe box names a different executor (USA)

Someone dies and their will cannot be found. Two people petition the court to be the executor. They do not get along and do not want to be co-executors. The court appoints one of them to be the ...
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When does a fan game fall under parody?

Apparently there was a case in 2013 where the fan game My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic got taken down by Hasbro. This makes me wonder, why did it not fall under fair use in terms of Parody? This ...
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Must the defendant be addressed by the prosecution during trial by their chosen name?

There are many forms of a name, some of them are informal, some are more formal than what is used commonly. For example, with the name William, there's William itself, Will, Billy, etc. If the ...
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Is firing for unionizing legal? (The Office, S2E15)

In Season 2, Episode 15 ("Boys and Girls") of The Office (U.S. series), the warehouse workers in the Pennsylvania branch of the New York-based company begin deciding to unionize. Vice President of ...
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Has the selective draft been tested constitutionally and how has it been defended as being fair gender discrimination?

This question is related to this one. What is the history of the selective draft and how has it's constitutionality been tested and defended? It is not as if women cannot be drafted, it is the case ...
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Can land lord prevent room sharing overnight due to religious reasons? We both pay rent separately and have two separate rooms

Landlord is trying to prevent bf and I from sleeping in one room overnight. We both have our own rooms. However I mostly just use it to change and store my stuff. He made a written agreement after I ...
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New Internet Company is trying to make me pay double for the same service

I've been a customer of NewWave Communications as my home internet provider in Sour Lake, Texas for 10+ years. We are in a rural area and don't have many options in providers, so I'm pretty much stuck ...
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Is it legal to sell suspected or proven counterfeit US currency?

If someone ends up with suspected counterfeit US currency, what can they do with it? Obviously tendering it for goods or services would be illegal. Handing it in for analysis and eventual ...
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Is there any legal form of cannibalism?

Is there a legal form of cannibalism anywhere in the U.S.?
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Does Evidence Have to be Legal in Both the State Where it is Created and Where It is Adjudicated?

Suppose Suzie in Alabama calls Bonnie in Arizona, and records the call without telling Bonnie. Alabama and Arizona are both one-party consent states, so this recording is legal. Suppose that for some ...
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Does one have legal right to access possessions “land locked” in a co-tenant's room?

Alice has possessions in a storage closet that requires traversing roommate Bob's bedroom to access. There was a preexisting oral agreement granting Alice reasonable easement. Bob eventually decides ...
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Life insurance and taxes: Does a sole beneficiary need to tell other heirs? (Utah)

Situation Updated A sibling died. There are several heirs. One heir was named the sole beneficiary of a life insurance policy, who received and deposited the check. There is no will or other ...
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Does having an absentee ballot request approved mean it's legal to vote using that ballot?

I'm an American living abroad and I'd like to register to vote. I'm trying to figure out in which state I can vote. I was born in Pennsylvania and lived there until the age of 21, then moved to ...
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Is ETL or UL necessary to retail AC chargers?

Theoretical: I wish to import and sell wall chargers in the USA. I realize it is a good idea to get a safety certificate that signifies my product meets national safety standards to avoid being sued....
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Does Prepaying the Last Month of Rent Lock in the Rate?

Suppose A rents a property to B for six months. Initially, the rent is $500 per month, but A requires first and last upfront, so B pays $1000 plus deposit to move in. During month 4, A raises the ...
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Does an E2 visa allow someone to work in the US unrestricted

I have an E2 Visa for the USA, this has a named company on it. What I’m unclear about is - does this allow me to work in the US for anyone? Or does it restrict me specifically to that company.
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Who is responsible if a minor drinks alcohol leftover by a restaurant patron?

Let's say you walk into a restaurant and order a meal with some alcoholic beverages. At the end of the dinner you pay for your meal and exit the restaurant, leaving some leftover alcoholic drinks on ...
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Are there any legal theories under which New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation state primary law could be upheld or struck down federally?

With the 2020 Democratic primaries underway, the role played by the early states (particularly Iowa and New Hampshire) is again under scrutiny. Let's suppose that in 2028, one of the parties decides ...

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