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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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Is there any limit on how much bonuses can be given before filing for bankruptcy in the United States?

I read on https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/26/investing/hertz-bankruptcy-executive-bonuses/index.html (mirror): Hertz paid out millions of dollars in bonuses to its executives just before its bankruptcy ...
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Multiple payee check/draft and endorsements

Assume an insurance company Payor makes out a $40,000 check or draft Payable to the order of parties A and B and C, where C is the mortgage company on the insured property. The back of the check ...
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Using The Great Seal of United States in a Virtual Theme Park Game

I plan on do a recreate of my favorite theme park as a Virtual Theme Park as a game enter image description here one of the attraction sign has the great seal and I am wondering can I use before I get ...
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Copyright limits of a Collective Work

Let's say an organization asks a panel of volunteer judges to select the best short stories of the year. The judges select a set of stories, which are all available for free by a CC-BY creative ...
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Possible problems with obtaining F-1 visa

I am from a third world country who is possibly moving to US soon for studies. There is a funding provided by school and there is an acceptance so the only thing left is getting a visa. Let us assume ...
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Which US states penalize an employer if they withhold taxes for the wrong state for one of the employees?

Which US states penalize an employer if they withhold taxes for the wrong state for one of their employees? (withhold in California, but employee was in a different state: I'm interested in any US ...
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Can a U.S. citizen get into legal trouble if they tip off ICE as to the whereabouts of an illegal immigrant(s)?

I would like to know if a U.S. citizen, especially for those living in California, can face criminal charges from local or state authorities if they contact ICE instead of the local police to report ...
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Could there be legal repercussions to a minor viewing online pornography?

Now of days it's almost impossible to prevent minors from viewing pornography due to how readily available it is online, even ignoring all the ways one can get around porn blocking tools there is ...
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Is it legal in the USA to create sexualized pornography of underage teens if only breasts are displayed?

The federal definition of child pornography and what constituted sexually explicit depictions came up as part of a previous question of mine. Judging from that answer it appears that the definition ...
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California requesting extradition of fugitives from a foreign country

By reading up on the law stackexchange website, I know that for California to seek extradition of any fugitives from a foreign country, it needs to go through the State Department and the Department ...
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Does this Restrictive Covenant apply to new purchasers?

I am considering buying a house. There's a restrictive covenant attached to it that begins as follows (emphasis mine, blanks contain the original husband and wife who were the developers): _____ ...
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Does pleading guilty circumvent the 'corpus delicti' rule?

The corpus delicti rule states, if I understand it correctly, that there must be evidence that a crime occured (other than a confession) before anyone can be convicted of that crime. I have found ...
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Who is responsible when an image was incorrectly published under a permissive license?

Assuming the following: Alice has drawn a painting. Bob has somehow (legally) gotten a photo/copy of this painting, but does not have any additional rights. Bob then goes on to publish this image on ...
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Can you be added to a watch list for asking?

So the federal government (and possibly state and local governments) of the United States of America keep watch lists, for criminals, terrorists, suspects, and sometimes non-criminals. I understand ...
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Could a judge sentence someone who isn't on trial?

A somewhat common TV trope is for a judge to sentence someone who isn't actually on trial - for example, the real culprit bursts into the middle of a trial and confesses, and then the judge says, "In ...
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Can Michigan's attorney general take legal action against Trump?

I read from a CNBC news article how Michigan’s attorney general said Trump has a “legal responsibility,” under state law, to wear a mask as a precauion when visiting factories. Trump refuses to wear a ...
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Are healthcare service employees required to notify anybody (in general or particular) of a HIPAA violation?

I was notified by one of our patients that they received a "Summary of Today's Visit" in the mail, however, it wasn't their own "Summary of Today's Visit", it was that of another patient. Knowing ...
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Impersonation/False portrayal of character - maximum punishment?

There are 2 individuals, Person A and Person B. Let's say that A is hellbent on ruining B's life, but not in the way some/most people would think. A has stolen pretty much all of B's personal ...
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Where is Arizona's [and other states] timezone defined?

Where is the timezone defined for Arizona? Is it in the Arizona constitution? Is it in Arizona Revised Statutes? Is it in the United States constitution? Is it in the United States Code? Where is ...
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Could you theoretically sell financial assets in the US without coming under the jurisdiction of the federal government?

So let's say you were some financial market that operated solely in a US state so all of your transactions never crossed state lines. Would federal government agencies like the Commodities Future ...
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What legal precedent exists for states blocking their governors extended stay at home orders?

Several states now have had their extended Sam home orders challenged by lower courts, before they were advanced to their state supreme courts. What constitutes this? I would assume that during any ...
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Is Rock Paper Scissors considered gambling?

Consider I run a rock paper scissors matches online, where users buy in and cash out money if they win. Would this be legal in the United States? It is somewhat similar to esports tournaments, where ...
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Is usage of a still frame from a video considered a derivative work/adaptation?

Let's say that Alice makes a video and releases it under the CC-BY-ND license. Bob now wants to use a still frame from the video in his work (maybe to showcase or aggregate thumbnails of Creative ...
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Can a person or business be charged for shipping something that is prohibited in one state but is federally legal?

New York state is banning all flavored nicotine products and nicotine base for making e-juice tomorrow. What would happen of somebody in say, California shipped one of these banned products to New ...
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Under what law, can the U.S. forbid other countries and companies from selling products to Huawei?

Under what law, can the U.S. forbid other countries and companies from selling products to Huawei? https://www.wsj.com/articles/huawei-warns-u-s-chip-ban-will-damage-operations-globally-11589801706 ...
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Not able go back to China with a B2 Tourist visa

My relatives came to America from China (not Wuhan) in the middle of January, and they have a B2 tourist visa, meaning that they can only stay in the US for 6 months. They had planned to return at the ...
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Ecommmerce Tax Law

I am looking to host my ecommerce website in an another country (UK) but only expect customers to be in my native country (US), am I liable for taxes in the hosting providers country?
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Do historical software revisions impact the licensing terms of the latest version of the software?

Hypothetical situation: Our organization developed closed-source commercial software that used open-source libraries whose terms only apply on redistribution. At some point, we decide to open-source ...
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Is there any american law which ensures a lesser penalty to a pawn than to the mastermind of a crime?

I'm writing a story and I would like a more realistic approach on the plot. The point is: there is a lawyer doing bad things (because a mix of love and money) and he must (following orders) write all ...
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Is employment discrimination crime, or tort, or what?

I just learned that, in the US, literally asking certain questions on a job interview (as opposed to making discriminatory decisions based on the answers to those questions) is illegal (as found here ...
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Job interview according to the laws of Washington State, USA

According to the laws of Washington State, USA; 1) Is it legal for a person to be asked their preferred pronouns during an candidate job interview? 2) Is it legal for a company to ask anything that ...
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Retroactive benefits cut

My company just announced that they will no longer award paid time off, effective 15 days before the announcement. I’m concerned that such a change may not be legal. I am paid monthly. My job is at-...
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Can you refuse to rent to students in Texas?

I was recently looking for a new place to rent in Richardson, TX when one of the places I had contacted took me by surprise by opening with “no students” amongst a few other requirements. Is this ...
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Why don't US courts use numbered paragraphs?

Many, if not indeed most, jurisdictions' (eg Germany, the UK, Australia, Canada, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the European Court of Human Rights) courts make use of numbered ...
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Are US government agencies required to disclose whether or not they record conversations?

Let's say I'm inside a US government building, which houses a government agency, and I'm speaking with an employee (or agent) of that government agency. If I directly ask them whether they recording ...
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Are U.S. mailboxes federal property?

A common claim seems to be that mailboxes in the United States are federal property (example, example, example). (To be clear, some mailboxes are owned and maintained by the USPS, typically cluster ...
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Can someone sue me over this?

I have an idea to develop a app i basically was ready to make it with everything , but that is when i come across an app which has a similar function and also has the same color theme (orange and ...
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How on earth is this legal?

I live in Pennsylvania. Recently the counties of Lancaster, Dauphin, and I believe Schuylkill and Cumberland have expressed that they are going to violate the state supreme court and governor by ...
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Does antitrust law allow for a monopoly that strictly benefits consumers?

Antitrust law has long existed under the premise that more competition is better for the consumer. But what if a monopoly were to eliminate competition, and then use the increase in efficiency of an ...
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Are passengers allowed to record the audio of their interactions with the US immigration officers when clearing the immigration as they enter the US?

Are passengers allowed by law to record the audio of their interactions with the US immigration officers at the airport when clearing the US immigration as they enter the US via air travel? If state-...
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Questions regarding distracted/drugged driving in US

I'm doing some research regarding the criminal justice system in the US. I have a few questions about sentencing when it comes to either distracted driving or drugged driving. For the sake of this ...
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Does “insider trading” apply to private companies?

In America, "pitching" to investors is how capital is often raised. What I don't understand is why this is legal: You supply private information to the investor, who decides to buy stock in your ...
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Is it legal to short a company's stock and then blog about why you did it?

In America, is it legal to short a company with which I never had any affiliation and then write a negative blog post about it affecting the company's stock price? More specifically, suppose ...
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How can I find cases where the DOJ Civil Division was plaintiff?

I am not looking for defense, or for criminal investigations. I am trying to find out what sort of civil cases the DOJ brings.
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Is Elon Musk's child name valid in California?

Elon Musk and his partner want to name their child X Æ A-12. Is that name allowed in California, US?
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How to convince Google to fix a problem that caused few thousand $ damage?

Edited for less mystery. Sorry Google, I wanted to keep your name out of it. I'm an independent software developer, a solo entrepreneur, publishing apps at Google Play. About a month ago, Google ...
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Is it legal to ask in an interview “ ”Do you need any special accommodations?" [duplicate]

I've just read a question on a sister site here, and a comment to one of the answers say: Are people asking you that ("Do you need any special accommodations") in interviews? IANAL, but that seems ...
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Verbal contract involving illegal act: was a law broken?

A friend and I were discussing a hypothetical situation (taking place in the U.S.). It seems like one party has committed a misdeed, but we were not able to identify the specific crime or tort that ...
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Is it illegal to advertise another entity's product?

I'm a retailer of products. One product in particular needs more attention, but the manufacturing company doesn't advertise their products in the media which my customers reside (mainly YouTube). I ...
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Hypothetical: “War as Text” lawsuit in Cryptonomicon

In Neil Stephenson's book "Cryptonomicon" there is an account of legal battles over a poster that was designed for an academic conference on "War as Text": [The artist] started with a black and ...

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