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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How to show an officer your insurance card?

When a police officer pulls you over, they always ask for the standard trifecta of documents; license registration, and proof of insurance. In ye olden days of yore, insurance companies used to mail ...
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Wife gave somebody keys to apartment

My wife and I are going through a divorce. After she asked for separation, she left the country without telling me. She gave somebody the keys to the apartment we were living in to move mail. She sent ...
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Can you use someone else's idea in your own youtube video without citing it?

If I were to watch a video on how to do something on youtube, is it legal to post that same method in my own video? Say, for example, I saw a minecraft video on how to create something. Would I be ...
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Is it legal to make a contract intentionally confusing?

Suppose a company drafts a user agreement that is intentionally hard to understand in order to confuse its customers. Maybe it's needlessly long and wordy, maybe it unnecessarily cross-references ...
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TikTok/WeChat bans and open source software

The executive orders dealing with TikTok and WeChat don't apply to just those particular pieces of software, but "any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the ...
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Would injecting employees with thiomersal be an osha violation? [closed]

The osha limit for occupational mercury exposure is 50 micrograms per cubic meter. Vaccines are way more. Would injecting your employees with thiomersal be an osha violation?
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Do police officers in the USA have to carry the law/code book?

I have seen several videos recently where police officers in the USA approach or detain someone, and then open a binder with laws/codes of the area and show the people what they violated. Question is, ...
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Posting copyrighted images on a government complaint

Imagine that I want to file a complaint against a candidate for public office in Washington State who I believe has violated campaign laws. If I file a complaint with the Public Disclosure Commission, ...
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If a parent takes an infant across state lines during lockdown, can the court consider it an act of Domestic Violence?

My professor is giving us this question for class with the following prompts... Suppose the following of Victim (child) is true: born premature due to the mother not going on bedrest as recommended ...
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Can POTUS make FDA approve a drug (such as hydroxychloroquine), or make it available over the counter?

President Trump is known to have taken hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a prophylactic against COVID-19. Some prominent medical scientists also came out in support of HCQ for outpatients (as opposed to ...
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What US state was this purchase made in?

I wish to file a claim in a class action settlement in the US. However, eligibility is dependent on what state you made a purchase "in" (the purchase being an item from an internet app). If ...
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Can a J-1 postdoc start a remote job abroad?

I am a postdoc in a US university on a J-1 visa. I have found a tenure-track faculty position in Europe, and would like to start there soon. However, it's not clear if I will be able to travel in time,...
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What exactly is banned if the US TikTok and WeChat bans go into effect?

On August 6, 2020, President Trump issued two executive orders, one banning TikTok, and one banning WeChat, in 45 days if they are still owned by their original companies (as I understand it). If and ...
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How does [arbitrary attorney] have standing?

As I understand it, Judge Sullivan has a conflict with the executive branch and appointed an attorney to plead his case. But how can one delegate power one doesn’t have? Either the power is delegated ...
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Do obviously spurious claims of trademark infringement help in cases of genuine infringement?

Several times when discussing obviously spurious claims of trademark infringement I've seen an argument that companies, in order to keep their trademarks, must threaten to file suit over trademark ...
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How will anyone know if an employer fires an employee for an illegal reason?

From wiki: At-will employment is a term used in U.S. labor law for contractual relationships in which an employee can be dismissed by an employer for any reason (that is, without having to establish &...
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Killing pregnant women vs murder

Abortion is not considered double murder, but killing a pregnant woman is. How is this contradiction resolved?
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When Is it OK to Break a No-Contact Order?

Location: Indiana, USA Background: A friend of mine has a temporary no-contact order placed against him for his girlfriend. His girlfriend didn't want the order, but the state placed the order anyway. ...
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question about choseing the right open source license [migrated]

My goals for the open-source license is credit for contributions like I get credit for the code I write and I would like if a person shows me a concept of how to do something and I implement it I want ...
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On U.S. Treasury getting a percentage of sale of TikTok to Microsoft

Regarding the potential sale of Chinese company TikTok to Microsoft, Trump "says he told Microsoft’s Nadella that U.S. should get a cut ‘because we’re making it possible for this deal to happen’&...
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Are these unsolicited seed packages illegal?

I recently came across an article with the headline "Some mystery seeds illegally sent from China identified." It struck me as odd because obviously sending unsolicited junk mail isn't ...
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Federal statute of limitations for sex crimes with a child or minor

I am studying Law and find the United States of America very interesting, with state and Federal Laws. I understand that there is sometimes a statute of limitations, and it is normally five years, ...
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Forcing a reporter to disclose details of possibly illicit phone conversation

This question expands on a question I asked the other day (Can a reporter or journalist record your phone conversation without your notification?). Imagine the following scenario: A reporter working ...
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Did Saddam Hussein having his remaining charges dropped, equal an admonishment and not guilty verdict?

This is part of a bigger question being asked elsewhere. But i require to know what the law would say is meant by hanging someone before they have stood trial for the main offence. The Anfal trial ...
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Could a US state allow non-citizens to vote in presidential elections?

On July 30th, President Trump suggested in a tweet that the US presidential election should be delayed due to COVID impeding in-person voting. Every news article I've read since (Vox, Slate, ...
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Dropservicing business in the US - is this legal for industries like law, accounting/bookkeeping and other regulated industries?

I am looking to get into the business of dropservicing - finding a white label provider of certain services and then re-selling those services to retail customers. For myself, I'm sticking to ...
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What will happen to all the pending green card family based applications (brother, sister etc..) if the RAISE Act is implemented?

What will happen to all the pending green card family based applications (brother, sister etc..) if the RAISE Act is implemented? Will all those years of wait and hope get slashed all in a moment?
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Can a reporter or journalist record your phone conversation without your notification?

In particular, suppose a reporter or journalist calls a candidate for public office and starts asking questions. Is the reporter allowed to record the conversation? If so, is he required to notify the ...
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What is the punishment for buying ammo after being involuntarily mentally hospitalized?

It seems to me this could be misdemeanor or felony but I'm not sure. So states have background checks which seems like the right answer.
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If a contract always uses the wrong name, is it still valid?

I was given a contract (NDA) that looks like it was from a template that was not retyped. My name is not stated anywhere on the contract, but rather someone else's name is on the contract. I do not ...
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Is onetoughnerd.me protected by the 1st Amendment?

I saw a website that appears to be making fun of Rick Snyder, and specifically his handling of the Flint Water Crisis and his Twitter handle. As the following log shows, it redirects to a URL ...
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How does Judge Sullivan have standing?

As I understand it, Judge Sullivan is appealing a writ of mandamus in the Flynn case. As the Supreme Court has interpreted the Federal Constitution as having a case or controversy requirement that ...
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How will Trump ban TikTok? And are there any restrictions on these mechanisms being arbitrarily applied to other companies?

Whats happening? Recently, the Trump administration has announced their intention to ban the popular social media application TikTok. The Trump administration claims this is on the grounds of national ...
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Why is the manufacturer of a wireless radio device responsible for preventing end-user modifications?

One of those things that irks me about the FCC regulations is that manufacturers are responsible for preventing, and can apparently be held liable for, end-user modifications to wireless radio devices ...
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Does the US president have the authority to ban TikTok?

Donald Trump, the president said that he wants to ban TikTok. Would such a ban violate the first amendment? If not does he have the power to act via executive order or does it have to go through ...
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If the US Supreme Court were to hold a US President in contempt, what could happen next?

What happens if the President defies a Supreme Court decision? Can he be found to be in contempt? What happens then? What enforcement actions can be taken, and who can take them? I am asking because ...
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If not pictures are exchanged at all, is it ok to have sexual conversations with people who are over the age of consent in their country over phone

If someone 18+ in the US wanted to have sexual conversations with someone who was 17 in the UK (over the legal age of consent) So long as no pictures are exchanged would it be ok to write a "...
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Do countries that are not in the Berne Convention enjoy the benefits it provides?

The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, usually known as the Berne Convention, is an international agreement governing copyright, which was first accepted in Berne, ...
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Is informal written consent in the form of text-messages/email legally binding?

For the purpose of this question, let us assume the contract is for common goods and services. Lets say I meet a Plumber over some online marketplace (e.g. Facebook, Craigslist, etc) and he writes ...
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How to assemble the U.S. Green Card Application [migrated]

I'm new to the law Stack Exchange. I'm writing with a question on filing and assembling a U.S. green card application for USCIS. My husband and I are filing an Adjustment of Status application (for ...
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is it illegal to throw away someone's license/ID?

Subject is arrested while at work, unrelated to work, and not in civilian/street clothes which has ID. Held for a few months, employer throws away property, incl. ID. In order to throw it away, it had ...
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Can a lawyer take a ridiculous case?

The situation: A wants to sue B for some money. The reason why B should pay the money is totally ridiculous. Any judge seeing it would just laugh and send A home. But A goes to a lawyer, who tells A ...
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If there's no majority candidate, does the incumbent or newly elected Congress choose the President and Vice President?

If no candidates get a majority in the U.S. electoral college, are the President and Vice President chosen by the incumbent Congress or the ones just elected?
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Consequences of failure to exclude something in the “limitation of claim” field on US copyright application

I'm filling out a US copyright application, and wondering what the potential consequences would be if I fail to exclude something in the "limitation of claim" field. The work I'm registering ...
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Can the supreme court enforce its rulings on the executive branch?

I've just read this article on Slate. In it, they describe how Trumps administration has ignored deadlines imposed by the U.S. District court, after losing a case to SCOTUS (I bolded the most relevant ...
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Is there a way to make amazon refund an incorrect charge?

Amazon (US) has charged me incorrectly (shipment cost was calculated incorrectly), but the support refuses to refund with money, it only offers "promotional credit" that can be used on next ...
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Is It Legal to Marry a Jew?

Let's say an Eastern European woman is in Israel on a work visa and a Jewish man, for whatever reason, wants to marry her. Since it is practically speaking illegal to mix in Israel, could they ...
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The “self defense” defense but for pets

If you were to be walking with your family down the street, and a kerfuffle with a stranger were to break out, risking the safety of yourself or your family, in both federal and state courts for just ...
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Is there a legal theory for criminally negligent pandemic damages?

Like most Americans, I am economically harmed by the current restrictions in place to cope with the SARS-nCov-2 pandemic. However, the variety of outcomes in different countries around the world show ...
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USA: Do 911/PD phone operators have a 'duty to rescue'?

As I understand it: 'duty to rescue' does not generally exist for regular citizens in the USA. (Some exceptions apply!) Let's say I'm in Europe and I call the general inquiry phone number of a local (...

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