Questions tagged [united-states]

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Can I buy products in bulk and repackage and resell them?

Can I buy products in bulk and repackage them and sell them? And if so do I have to include any text from the original packaging like the name and ingredients? (It’s pet health products like syringes, ...
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How is damage calculated when infringing a copyright?

How is damage calculated when infringing a copyright? I am seriously wondering how it's calculated. Let's say someone post an image he found on Google without attribution on facebook or reddit, then ...
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Is it copyright infringement to make a derivitive work for personal use in the US?

In this comment user253751 writes: You cannot create derivative works without permission of the copyright holder (even if you create it and keep it to yourself) really? That seems unconstitutional ...
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Can one use evidence obtained in NY in an MA court - specifically about wiretapping laws

New York is a one-party consent state. This means that only one party must consent to the recording of an in-person or telephone conversation. It is an E felony under New York's wiretapping law to ...
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Why can the UK's Competition and Markets Authority tell Facebook to sell Giphy?

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) tells Facebook owner to sell GIF library Giphy. But since Facebook (now Meta) is an American company, what authority does the UK have to tell Facebook ...
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Can sharing an image on social media without attribution or permission be considered as being fair use?

Can sharing an image on social media without attribution or permission be considered as being fair use? For example, let's say you're posting the image of an eagle by someone, but you don't credit him ...
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Can you plead the 5th in a civil case?

There seems to be the idea that the right not to self-incriminate does not apply to civil cases. Is that true?
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Is Kyle Rittenhouse "out of the woods" or will he face Federal charges?

In the context of the not-guilty Rittenhouse verdict: is there any Federal law that may have been violated? I understand that verdicts are the results of process that take into account evidence and ...
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At a high level what are the differences in laws in Canada that make guns more restricted than in the US?

What laws make it so that guns are less used in Canada than certain US states? In both places a person is allowed to keep a gun with them in their home. Hypothetically they can use the gun in ...
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Why have Dominick Black's charges not been dismissed?

For providing Kyle Rittenhouse a gun, Dominick Black was charged with two counts of providing a dangerous weapon to a person under 18, causing death.. The possession charge against Kyle was dismissed,...
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Can a policeman be charged with "not arresting someone who should have been arrested"?

Background False arrest, false imprisonment and the like are crimes that do exist. But is the opposite also true? That is, can a law enforcement officer be charged with not arresting who should have ...
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Are there any "implied" conditions in commercial transactions?

Let's say that you go to a car dealer, select a car, and sign a contract with a down payment and monthly installment payments. Under ordinary circumstances, you would sign a check for the down payment,...
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Can the President serve as both President and an executive officer?

Suppose NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci is elected President. If he never officially resigned from his position as a director, and he was never forcibly removed from the same position by the former ...
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If you borrow something but can't contact the owner to return it, does it become yours?

Do I become the owner of a device someone lets me borrow if I can't return it? Say someone lets me borrow their iPad since I need an Apple platform for a project. They say I don't need to return it ...
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Why does U.S. government have civil liability for the Parkland shooting?

The U.S. federal government has apparently entered a 9-figure financial settlement of civil claims by victims of the 2018 shooting in Parkland, Florida. (The civil lawsuit alleged government ...
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What are the consequences of lying to US immigration authorities?

Application for a US visa now requires information about social media accounts. I know that intentionally omitting this information constitutes misrepresentation, but what are the potential ...
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What would be different if Kyle Rittenhouse were 9 instead of 17?

In the Kyle Rittenhouse case, I felt like he would be charged with possessing a weapon while under-age. But this charge was dropped. I looked into this and ran into this article: https://abcnews.go....
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Authority of opposite decision on international law of other U.S. court of appeals in state court in instant circuit court

Say the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decides that the provision of a self-executing, ratified-by-the-U.S. international treaty which provides for an individual right does not provide such ...
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Could a cell phone carrier sell this privacy plan?

Suppose Verizon offered a "privacy plan" (e.g., for $50 extra per month) in which they intentionally delete any location/ping/connection/dialing history data from their servers/towers such ...
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Is it legal in the US to leave a gun in the hands of a minor without oversight?

Reading about the detail of the trial of Rittenhouse I wondered how it was possible that a minor was allowed to go around holding a weapon. I searched on the internet and I read some blogs claiming ...
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Financial law - limited liability - use of personal balance sheet term

It appears that senior executives in China are using their personal balance sheets to help the property development companies they own make their interest payments on time as regulations and market ...
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Is a lawyer allowed to point an unloaded gun at the jury, if it's just for a demonstration?

I understand that sometimes arms have factual bearing on cases and have to be entered into evidence but how anyone managed to point a gun at a jury and not get rugby tackled by a bailiff is beyond me. ...
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Is mutual self defense a thing? [duplicate]

Given very similar facts to the Rittenhouse case, but where the other guy shoots first, could that guy as a defendant claim self defense and win? Imagine two sides in a conflict which hasn’t resulted ...
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Is it legal to use third-party apps to bypass Apple's Activation Lock?

I have a used iPad in my possession but can't use it due to Apple's Activation Lock. To prevent theft of Apple's devices, Activation Lock requires an ID and password in order to use the device. While ...
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What was the relevance of 'crossing state lines' in the Kyle Rittenhouse case?

It seems to be a common talking-point that the now exonerated Kyle Rittenhouse did something wrong by 'crossing state lines' to attend the BLM demonstration in Kenosha that led to the subsequent ...
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Can the defense claim that the defendant isn't the defendant? And if so, how is the case handled?

"I object, Your Honor. What precedent are we setting here? That the defendant isn't actually the defendant?" — An American Pickle (2020) Suppose that a man that society identifies as ...
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What actions can be taken against a trustee who won’t disburse funds from a trust on unjust grounds?

If a trustee was refusing to disburse funds to a beneficiary and a case could be made that they did not have any sound reason for withholding, what legal actions does the law provide, to lawyers or ...
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Would this constitute commingling of funds?

Question about IOLA accounts (IOLA = Interest on Lawyer Account Fund, see iola.org/about-iola). (IOLA is called IOLTA in some states.) Our client has to pay restitution to Walmart. It has taken me ...
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Is a revised version of a PD work with no indication of new authorship or copyright notice protected by copyright in the US?

This is a followup to this comment and the subsequent interchange. Suppose that a person A publishes a new edition of a work clearly in the Public Domain (PD) such as Conan Doyle's Adventures of ...
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Can parents be taxed for giving gifts to children?

Are there scenarios where parents would be taxed for giving gifts to their children, such as on birthdays, Christmas, etc.? Would gifts be subject to gift taxes if the amount exceeds $15,000/$30,000 (...
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Is there any comprehensive glossary of US legislative terms?

I'm currently working on a project that applies Natural Language Processing tools on bills and acts of the US state legislatures. I looked for glossaries of common terms in US legislation in order to ...
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May an invocation of spousal privilege support an adverse inference?

A sues B. At trial, B asks A about statements he made to his wife. A objects, invoking the spousal communications privilege. The court sustains the objection, so the statements do not come in. B then ...
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Can a judge be removed from a trial for bias?

Judges and juries are supposed to be impartial. Jurors are removed all the time for being potentially biased towards one side in a case. A judge in a case that is a current event as of writing , has ...
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Are there statistics on how often Mistrial with Prejudice happens in the US?

During the Rittenhouse trial I was surprised to learn there's a legal concept called Mistrial with Prejudice. Are there any statistics on how often this happens in Federal and State courts in the US ...
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Where is the line in regards to jury intimidation?

I have been closely following the Kyle Rittenhouse case closely. During a discussion on whether the jury could view video evidence multiple times, protesters with megaphones could be overheard in the ...
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Can a police officer, under these circumstances, enforce the following arrest warrant out of Jurisdiction?

A warrant is issued for the arrest of Jimmy Jones for crimes committed in Springfield County. Officer Bob is an officer with the Shelbyville Police Department, a city in Simpson County near the ...
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What is "income" for tax purposes?

I can find taxable income, which seems to basically be "income that is taxable". Okay. "Income" gets me something like "money received", but this seems vague for legal ...
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Finding record of jury selection (peremptory challenges and challenges for cause) on PACER?

I am looking for records of the jury selection process in federal U.S. cases. I am particularly interested in records indicating the names of prospective jurors and whether they were challenged ...
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Is there any law requiring public school to notify parents of Covid contact?

I have a son attending a public school. I learned from unofficial channels that a classmate is quarantining for COVID, someone my son was in regular contact with throughout the day. The teachers are ...
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Is bringing up playing FPS shooters in a trial to make defendant look bad common practice? [closed]

One of the more bizarre moments of Rittenhouse trial was prosecutor bringing up Call of Duty. Not sure what that was supposed to do, I presume to explain to jury that if you kill people in video games ...
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Is the plot of Fatal Attraction legally accurate?

Fatal Attraction is a 1987 film. The part of the plot I'm interested in is: Daniel "Dan" Gallagher is a successful, happily-married Manhattan lawyer whose work leads him to meet Alexandra &...
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When there is a hung jury, is it reported how badly it is hung?

I would think it would be important to the State to know how many hold-outs there were. It seems like it would effect the cost/benefit analysis the State makes when deciding whether to re-try the ...
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Can your previous employer force you to help them with something?

I got an aggressive call from my former manager, and he wants me to tell them how to fix something. The problem is that I don't remember and I no longer work for them, so can he sue me for not helping ...
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Is a USA employer required to provide worker's compensation insurance to a contractor if the contractor signed away the insurance?

Is a USA employer required to provide worker's compensation to a contractor if the contractor signed away that insurance and said such employer is not required to provide?
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Under what conditions are National Guard units subject to general orders/regulations in effect for the U.S. Military?

Related to and inspired by my prior question. The Secretary of Defense has issued a vaccine mandate for the Department of Defense, which includes all subordinate commands. Assuming that this ...
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Are lawyers allowed to lie about the law during closing arguments?

In his closing arguments during the Kyle Rittenhouse case, the prosecution said (full quote) that “You lose the right to self-defence when you’re the one who brought the gun, when you’re the one ...
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Why is marriage with a minor legal in the US while sex with a minor is not?

It seems that marriage with minor is legal in many states. Yet sex with a minor is not. So they can't consummate the marriage before the child is of legal age? In most cases, minimum marriage age is ...
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Does the Secretary of Defense's vaccine mandate constitute a legal general order under UCMJ?

10 U.S.C. includes the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) (near as I can tell), specifically I'm curious how the decisions made by the Secretary of Defense play into the (Section 891) Article 92 ...
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US Copyright Question

Let’s say I want to create a website that helps people troubleshoot a topic. I get my facts and information from site A, and use that info to write my own articles (Not copying word for word, but ...
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Lab work and laws regarding price-gouging

A patient goes to doctor. Doctor orders two tests, TestA and TestB. The insurance company only covers one. The EOB shows that the two tests were billed at $500 each. TestA is not covered, TestB is ...

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