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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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Under what circumstances can a man avoid paying child support for his "stepchildren?"

A woman marries, has two children, and gets divorced. She is awarded child support but the first husband is a "deadbeat," and basically doesn't have enough income to pay reasonable child ...
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How does the issue of premeditation factor in when the death penalty is considered for felony murder?

How does the fact that felony murder is at least in principle murder without premeditation, factor in when the issue of the death penalty is being considered as punishment for the crime? Surely the ...
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Is it possible for a non-citizen nor GC holder do crowdfunding inside the US?

Supose that a person A is an international student in the US. A has an idea and like to launch a company on that. I know A doesn't have a work permission but also believe that A can register a company ...
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Can a landowner charge a dead person for renting property in the U.S.?

Can a landowner charge a dead person for renting property in the U.S.? Let's say my grandma died 4 months ago and the landowner only discovered that she was dead just now, can the landowner charge my ...
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Filial responsibility laws across US state boundaries

So I just discovered that some states have filial responsibility laws and some do not in the U.S. https://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/health/NOA/30states.pdf My question is which states laws ...
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If a copyrighted image is used multiple times, how many infringements are there?

If I used a copyrighted image in 4 item listings on a selling platform (all using the same image), would this constitute 1 infringement, 4 infringements, or a number of infringements equal to the ...
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Can I copyright my home & yard to prevent online publishing [duplicate]

Since I built my house and designed my landscaping, can it be copyrighted? ie. Could I prevent someone from taking pictures of it and posting them online? I'm thinking of it like this... if there's a ...
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How to search for lawsuits where I know the plaintiff's name and a brief outline of the facts?

The Astronomy SE question Did a watch company really try to sue radio astronomers for using the word "pulsar"? If so, which astronomers? includes the following quote from Jocelyn Bell ...
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Can books about a public figure use that person's image without their permission?

If an author writes a book about a public figure, like, for example Tonya Harding, can the book author then put on Tonya Harding's picture on the cover of their book without Harding's permission?
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Can I get a DUI in my wheelchair?

I use an electric wheelchair. Upon leaving a bar, I notice I am pretty inebriated. Obviously I shouldn't drive an automobile, and I don't. But what about my wheelchair? I know some jurisdictions ...
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Does it constitute murder if the attempted murder fails but the victim dies anyway as a side effect of the attacker's actions?

For example, suppose an attacker is chasing a victim with a knife and the intention to kill. While running away, the victim falls, hitting their head, and dies. Assuming there is clear evidence for ...
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What legal recourse is available for a landlord trying to collect rent during an eviction moratorium?

What legal actions are available for a landlord who is trying to collect rent during the recent U.S. eviction moratorium? The eviction moratorium seems to challenge fundamental notions about property ...
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Can a divorced man win a downward modification of alimony and/or child support if he were tricked into a marriage by a child that wasn't his?

A man and a woman are dating, and the woman gets pregnant. The woman pushes the man into a marriage before the birth of the child, claiming that the child was his. A year or two later, he finds out ...
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Can a quorum call in the US Senate "annul" a pro forma session? Would this mean that the Senate would go into recess?

I recently watched CGP Grey's video on the Supreme Court nomination process, which discusses (among other things) the use of pro forma sessions of the US Senate to keep the President from making ...
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Why is it so hard to try Khalid Sheikh Muhammad?

Trials of major terrorists happen quite often in Europe, but in America, it has taken 2 decades since 9/11 for the trial of the confessed mastermind to even start in military court. (This is longer ...
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Publishing (non-commercially) a video-interview with a celebrity online, without written consent

Suppose that several years ago a non-profit organization made a short video-interview with one of the most famous US performers, who very rarely gives interviews. Suppose that it was recorded in ...
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Does Double Jeopardy prohibit prosecution, for the same event, in both Federal and State court?

The common understanding of the 5th Amendment's prohibition on being tried twice for the same offense is that no trial can be held which would put a person in a risk of loss of liberty if they have ...
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If someone commits tax evasion, what organization will arrest them?

If someone commits tax evasion, will they be arrested by local police, or the IRS’s CI and Justice Department?
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Is it legal to run a business where members subscribe for a chance to purchase a product each month?

Trying to determine the legality of a business idea in the United States. The business would offer a monthly membership for a set price. This membership grants the member 1 entry per month. Each month ...
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Community College forcing Covid Testing

My community college in Illinois will be requiring proof of WEEKLY Covid testing to engage in campus activities. This change is being made mid-semester, after all refund dates have passed. Are there ...
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Cannabis Payment Processor based in the United States

I have been doing some research on the cannabis industry over the past couple of months, and from what I have been reading it is a consistently growing market, and the barriers to entry are now ...
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What would happen under Texas civil procedure law if multiple claimants file against the same defendant for the same SB.8. incident?

According to provision 171.210 of SB.8, Texas residents may sue the defendant in the plaintiff's county of residence. So what would the procedure be if multiple suits are filed for the same incident &...
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If a pardon is specifically referencing a crime a person has been convicted of, can an individual sue him for a different crime?

Pardons, except for amnesties, are typically given after a person has been convicted of a crime, and they specifically reference that crime. In this respect, President Trump’s pardons of Scooter Libby,...
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Is Price Discrimination in the Software Industry legal in the US? (Sneakers resale software case)

There is a software manufacturer that advertises their product for $599 on their website. Conveniently, the software is always out of stock, while the manufacturer “backdoors” some licenses to a ...
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Can the US Federal Government Initiate Prosecutions in State Courts?

Does the federal government have the authority to file criminal actions in state courts?
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Can a court compel a particular doctor to treat a particular patient?

In episode 15 of the first season of House, Dr. House is served with a federal court order which specifically orders him to treat a particular patient who is needed as a witness in some kind of ...
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If someone erroneously places a sticker on my car, are they obliged to remove it and, if necessary, clean any residual mark left by it?

I parked my car in some parking lot and the security mistakenly placed a sticker in it warning that it may get towed even though I did have the authorization to park my park at that location. I don't ...
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What statute or case law provides a right to access by the defendant if represented by appointed counsel?

UPDATED BASED ON COMMENTS The public must be provided a reasonable access to all records public. Does the sealed documentation need to be unsealed even if only the defendant wants to inspect or obtain ...
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What barriers are there for states to challenge the announced federal mandate for large employers to vaccinate their staff?

In September 2021, an article reported the following. My job as president is to protect all Americans," Mr. Biden said Thursday. "So tonight, I'm announcing that the Department of Labor is ...
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How many people can legally contest a given mandate at the same time in the United States?

How many people can legally contest a given mandate at the same time in the United States? A lot of companies intend to legally contest the vaccine mandate that was announced by Biden. I am wondering ...
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Is there any way to stop a rogue jury from making a deliberately bad decision?

It seems to me that juries potentially have the ability to deliberately and maliciously make decisions they know are wrong. For example, a jury might happen to say, "We know he's guilty, but we'...
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Do sanctions prevent a US citizen from hiring someone in Venezuela?

I created a startup in the US. However, I would like to hire someone from Venezuela for seasonal employment work—it involves content creation and education. Considering that there are certain ...
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Can I make furniture from a video game and sell it?

The video game is not centered around these furniture items, however i have made some of the items from said game and would like to sell them. everything i make is purely my measurements as there is ...
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Does a duty of care arise from advertised functionality?

Credit card issuer advertises "account alerts" on its website and in other communications, e.g., to "receive a reminder when your payment is due". Customer sets up alerts, and ...
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What happens to a person's social security account if they die and have no survivors?

What law determines where the money goes? Where would it go if there were no survivors to pay the benefit to?
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Can a railroad bar a property owner from access to their property?

A 90+ acre tract of land has CSX railroad on it. The property owner in this rural area hunts on the property. In fact the back half of the tract of land is bounded on three sides by the rail main ...
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Is it constitutional for a state law to effectively mandate that a provision cannot be overruled by a federal court except the Supreme Court?

The Texas SB.8 law has this is obscure provision: Sec. 171.209. CIVIL LIABILITY: UNDUE BURDEN DEFENSE LIMITATIONS. (a) A defendant against whom an action is brought under Section 171.208 does not ...
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Which part of the Covid relief bill mandates to publish a UFO report?

It was reported that the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R.133) ($2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and government funding bill) signed on December 27, 2020 contains a provision which mandates ...
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What is the difference between "duress", and "perjury", and why doesn't "the coin with two faces" work? [closed]

I was defending myself once in a courtroom by myself, and I'm still scratching my head as to what went wrong in the case. When should you use duress, and when should you use perjury in a case where ...
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Can I deduct a repair/replacement cost from my rent if the landlord endlessly stalls on fixing it?

I have been living in a townhome in Philadelphia, PA for a little over 2 months. There have been endless repairs needed on the home (all due to previous tenants/times) which the landlord has gotten to ...
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Was the other person guilty of contributory negligence in the case below?

Some decades ago, I was making a left turn when my car stalled in the intersection. Prior to making the turn, I checked the ongoing lane and gotten an "all clear." That is, as far as I could ...
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How do I know if my idea violates any existing copyrights or patents?

I have an idea for a product that shares many characteristics with existing products, but that will have a few differences. I want to make sure there's going to be enough of a difference between my ...
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Now that the OPEN Government Data Act is law, can we request data for free?

Currently reading The OPEN Government Data Act is now law. Now that the measure is the law of the land, agencies will be called upon to maintain comprehensive data catalogs... I am pretty sure some ...
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Are there any federal penalties under current laws if a US state decided to discontinue its measles vaccination requirements for public schools?

I've read a backgrounder on US [state] vaccination laws in the US and (according to that) US states have fairly similar vaccination requirements for children attending public schools. (Grounds for ...
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Welfare and the Covid Vaccine

Could the Federal government say that if you are not vaccinated against Covid then you lose your welfare benefits? Would it be constitutional? What I am asking is, would a federal law (passed by ...
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What are the legal boundaries of a parent's right to direct their children's education in terms of a private school or homeschooling curriculum?

All states in the US have some form of compulsory education law with allowances for private schools and homeschooling for children roughly between the ages of 5 and 17. There are some existing ...
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Does a "temporary guardian" count as a "legal guardian" as mentioned in Proclamation 9984?

I'm a US citizen, and I want my young son's and newborn daughter's Chinese grandparents (without green cards) to be able to visit and take care of them in the near future. They don't speak English, so ...
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Can victims of defamation get restitution from people who acted on the defamatory statements?

Alice accuses Bob of animal abuse. She uses her moderate social media following to harass Bob and get him fired, by having dozens of people call his job and demand to know why they employ an animal ...
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Is calling abortionist criminals defamation?

According to well-established precedent, Texas' heartbeat bill is not valid law. Is it therefore defamation to claim that those who violate it are "breaking the law"? Also, even if the bill ...
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Do asylum seekers or those with a refugee status in the U.S. enjoy anonymity in any criminal charges?

This question is based on the reports on the attacker in Auckland, New Zealand who is currently prosecuted under an act of terrorism charge. “Neither his name nor the fact that he was a refugee could ...

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