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For questions specific to the United States as a whole, or that span multiple state jurisdictions.

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Evil Wifi Terms of Service

It's a well know fact that very few people read the Terms of Service when accessing a public WIFI network. The internet is full of hilarious stories like: 22,000 people agree to clean toilets for ...
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Can a refugee use the Refugee Convention to defend against a charge of illegal entry?

Following up on Is criminal prosecution of asylum seekers who entered the US illegally a violation of the Refugee Convention?: Suppose someone were prosecuted for illegal entry, having admittedly ...
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Would economic and healthcare-related pressure constitute duress in the annulment of a marriage?

I've found the legal definition of duress to be quite well-specified in the case of criminal law, but little of that seems directly applicable to the civil domain. That said, I'm unsure as to if a ...
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Am I Required to Pay to Receive a Certification I Earned on Company Time?

I worked for a company that payed for my first aid and CPR training. I have since then quit the job and am working elsewhere, however I need to show I was re-certified. The prior company is now ...
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Can I forbid a patented invention from use by the government?

(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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is it legal to jump a fence when one side is a public school and the other side is a condominum common space? [on hold]

Is it illegal jump a fence when one side is a pubic school and other side is common grounds in a condo complex?
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Damage to rental property after abandonment/final checkout with landlord

We recently moved from one rental to another. Due to finding our new place rapidly, we submitted our 30 days notice on July 15 which was also our starting day at the new place. We had nearly moved ...
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Washington v Davis in How To Get Away With Murder

In How To Get Away With Murder S04E13, a character says In Washington v. Davis, your predecessors decided that even if a law has a discriminatory effect, it is unconstitutional if that was not ...
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What establishes the U.S. as a common law country?

Its well known that the U.S. is a common law country, but I'm not sure if that's codified anywhere (like the U.S. constitution) or if just happened organically because that's the way its always been. ...
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Did the “9 out of 10 doctors” people have to ask exactly 10 people?

Let's say I were an advertiser trying to come up with a scientific way to back my gum company's "9 out of 10 doctors recommend xyz gum" claim. Do I need to ask exactly 10 doctors and hope that exactly ...
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Was the banning of Alex Jones a violation of 18 U.S. Code § 241?

18 U.S. Code § 241 - Conspiracy against rights If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or ...
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Are state marriage records publicly accessible online?

Are state marriage records publicly accessible online? Is there a database (free or subscription-only) where such information can be found?
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Does the digital will need to be separate from the regular will?

Do I need to maintain two separate wills, one for my digital life (accounts, passwords, etc.) and one for my regular life (assets), or I can I bake my digital will into my regular will?
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Is there a legal definition of race in the US? [duplicate]

As an example, let's say someone with 1/16 of African American heritage applies for a minority scholarship at a US university. Can the university then proceed to sue the scholarship recepient on the ...
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Can employers fire someone for “lying” on personality questionnaires?

Many employers, typically those offering minimum wage jobs, have applicants fill out a personality quiz. They usually probe whether the applicant believes stealing is justifiable, if they value their ...
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Can I establish a “one person company” in USA?

Can I establish a one person company(with no co-founders) in USA? Will this company be restricted or face barriers to grow regards to law?
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How do rules of conduct apply when acting in a pro hac vice role in another state?

A lawyer's client sent me a mild threat via text message. I have contacted the attorney on 4 separate occasions requesting an explanation/response from the attorney. They have not responded. Are there ...
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How much are partnerships and LLCs really taxed?

Based on the IRS website, partnerships and LLCs being taxed as partnerships appear to only file (at the federal level) 1065 forms with schedule K-1 forms (for each partner/member). If I'm reading ...
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Are there legal labelling requirements regarding the “moisture-wicking” property claimed for certain fabrics?

Or can I just claim that any fabric is moisture-wicking? Could I sell a garment advertising that it wicks moisture into outer-space, using technology developed by astronauts? While protecting the ...
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Likelihood of jury selection procedure in this story

I had some questions about how jury selection works upon reading the following story that was shared to Facebook: A couple of years ago I got called for jury duty and made it through a couple of ...
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Do any states provide legal authority for administrative agents to perform official state actions when they are “not working”?

Context: A state OSHA compliance officer drives onto private property in an unmarked vehicle, exits their vehicle, announces "who's in charge?", then states that they are "not working"; that they just ...
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a non-law firm almost all whose work is by its in-house lawyers

In the United States, a law firm (companies whose remit is to practice law) has various restrictions. For example, in Missouri, if I'm not mistaken, it must be owned by a lawyer and is restricted as ...
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Do I have to pay movie licensing fees if I rent DVDs along with outdoor pavilions with movie projector/screen setup?

I know that if I were to show movies to a public audience, I would have to pay a licensing fee. But what if I were renting DVDs to customers along with renting out to them a small, private outdoor ...
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Which comes first: contracts or subpoena orders?

Example scenario If I am a reporter and I write an article from a source who did not want to disclose his identity and I signed a contract to never disclose his identity. But the court now demands ...
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No evidence is required for an indictment by a grand jury?

I just read the indictment of Christopher Collins, a congressman, for relaying insider information on a company with publicly traded stock, and for "lying" to a federal agent, ie for denying he ...
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Would overturning Raich affect Filburn?

If SCOTUS decided that Gonzales v. Raich abuses the commerce clause to ridiculous proportions and overturns it, would they necessarily have to overturn Wickard v. Filburn also?
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Is it legal to put a billboard on residential property?

A billboard is put on top of a person's roof or on his vacant land. It is zoned residential. This person lives on a main road and the billboard is visible to cars travelling on it. He hasn't received ...
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Can I prevent co-owners of my house from making modifications without my consent?

I live in the US (Massachusetts) and I jointly own a house, along with my wife and her parents (who live with us). I have noticed a frustrating trend recently with the other co-owners making repairs/...
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I hit a car and left a note. Few hours later, I am getting random texts from an unknown number. How should I proceed? [on hold]

Today afternoon, I hit a car while parking my own car. It was on a street and not in a parking lot. I left a note with contact info and an apology since nobody was there. I don't mind paying for the ...
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Can I retain my story's title if it has been trademarked by a large company?

I had a brief comic on a forum that I drew, let's say it is titled "Gourd Lord", several years ago. It has since been a minor thing I reference occasionally in my other work, but I've not had the ...
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Fictional Character Copyright?

Person 1 creates a fictional character and said character fits guidelines to pass both the Well-Delineated test and the Sam Spade test. The character has a well-detailed description, personality and ...
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Who has ownership and rights over this work? [on hold]

In the event where Person A creates the setting for a work and Persons B, C and D create characters for the work, determine the personalities and appearance details of the characters, and determine ...
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Can a judge put me under oath for closing statements?

For a municipal traffic ticket trial in USA, can a judge put me under oath as I am about to give a closing statement? I declined to testify and accepted to give a closing statement instead. The judge ...
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Is it illegal to sell tobacco online without a license, and can you grow it on your balcony legally?

Wanted to know if it is illegal to sell products that contain tobacco online in the state of Maryland, USA. Let’s say I was starting up a cigar shop. I’m growing tobacco out on my balcony, and decide ...
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Is it illegal to post a picture of someone without their permission?

If I took a potentially embarrassing photo of someone and posted it on a social media site without the person’s permission, such as instagram, could that person take legal action against me? Also, ...
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Can I get my money back from a collections agency if I can prove that the initial company was negligent with notifications?

I am not sure if this was a technical error, but I ported a Frontier phone number which was being used for Fios. That caused the account to be closed. A few days before, I had paid that account in ...
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What does Gonzales v. Raich mean for property rights?

In 2002, Angel Raich had her home raided by federal agents who seized her six cannabis plants. At the time, medicinal cannabis was legal in California, so Raich claimed the federal government didn’t ...
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Requirement to disclose information during jury selection

During jury selection and you are a potential jury member, are you required to answer the question if asked whether you own a firearm or are a member of the NRA?
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What recourse does an ex-employee have when commission/wages are being withheld by employer?

I recently left a position while still owed commissions for a deal that closed after my departure. My activities, duties, etc. on this deal were completed. I simply needed to wait for the other ...
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Can a police officer ban a person from a public park?

Can a Utah police officer ban a person from a public park even if the person is only suspected of breaking the Law?
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How can I provide proof of residency

So I am moving to another state (pooler, Ga.) and I need to enroll My son into school. I would need to provide proof of residency But I will be staying with my mother in law until I get more familiar ...
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Does a person have legal recourse if a drone is trespassing

I have a 10 foot privacy fence around my property. There are no trespassing signs on all four sides. One of the neighbors keeps flying a drone over my yard like they are casing the place. Do I have ...
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Is a president bound by employment contracts entered into by one of his predecessors?

The implication of the US Constitution is that the executive power is vested in the President, but where the laws overlap with this power it seems to be a gray area. For example, it would be plainly ...
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Does HIPAA apply to independent doctor with no links to Medicare or other medical organization?

When I spoke with my family doctor he was under the impression that HIPAA privacy rules applied to EVERY doctor or health care provider. Also a professor who teaches classes for emergency medical ...
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Who can legally sign an easement in the event of the death of the land owner?

I own property in Snohomish County, Washington, United States (MY PROPERTY) that requires use of a driveway on a neighbor's property (NEIGHBORING PROPERTY) for access. The owner of NEIGHBORING ...
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What role does the person who signs post incorporation paperwork have in the company?

I am a minor and my mother would be signing both the incorporation documents, I am under the impression there is no problem there as she would have no role. Since she signed these documents, does she ...
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Got duped for $2.3k buying a Car in CA; can we return the car? :(

tldr: Manager of a dealership ended up changing the terms of our car loan in a manner that has us paying $2.3k more and I need to figure a way to cancel the car purchase agreement if I can, or redo ...
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Is doing business where you live all it takes to pierce the corporate veil?

If an LLC operates from someone's home, I read (can't find source at the moment) that they want a place in their home where they exclusively work on the business (like a home office) to keep business ...
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What documents and testimony establish identity and what happens if they're lost?

Birth certificates, social security cards, and driver's licenses identify a person, but what happens if these are all lost? Say a homeless person loses all of their documents in the shuffle, what ...
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Status of the Act for the Protection of the Industries of the Indians of New Mexico

It would like to know if the Act for the Protection of the Industries of the Indians of New Mexico approved 18 March 1909 is still law or if not under what circumstances it was repealed. It shall ...