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Does a country have the legal right to shoot any military or spy planes down as long as it flies in its airspace?

Does a country have the legal right to shoot any military or spy planes down as long as it flies in its airspace? I am wondering about this, what about suspected planes from private companies or other ...
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How can we attribute an invention to a natural person if an invention was fully invented by an AI system?

Can Computer Systems Using AI Patent Their Own Inventions Increasingly, companies are using AI to invent new methods and products. But can such inventions be patented given the requirement that each ...
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Is a filing in the public domain?

Apparently, a Comic book shop filed a complaint as a comic book. The third amended complaint in the case has, in part, the style of an illustrated novel. But it is also a court filing. Court ...
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How accountable are dog owners for their animals' actions?

I realise that if I forget that the garage door is open and my dog gets out and bites someone I'm in big trouble. What would be the case if I'm sleeping in my house and someone breaks in and my dog ...
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Discovery process and evidence in a “foreign” language

During the discovery procedure, the parties can obtain some evidence from the other party(ies) or non-parties. In the situation that interests me, one of the parties has evidence that is in a language ...
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Held liable for negligently allowing counterfeit?

Suppose Alice runs a bar in the US, so patrons must be 21 or older. Bob comes to the bar with a fake ID, and Alice allows him to order drinks. Normally if Bob were caught, it seems that there would be ...
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I returned an order to a business online that has a “typical” return policy, and they have not issued a refund. How can I take legal action?

I ordered an item from business online that has a "typical" return policy, i.e., a full refund will be issued in, say, two weeks upon receiving the returned item, assuming that the item has ...
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Is it possible I open a business in the U.S. (sell legally) and run it from another country? [closed]

Thanks for taking the time to read this. So I want to have a business that can sell a product or offer a service online to people in the U.S. which can be managed remotely. Is it possible? And if so ...
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Are anti BDS laws in the USA violating the doctrine of separation of church and state and/or freedom to assemble?

Many state and federal lawmakers support anti BDS laws. BDS is a movement about boycotting Israel for alleged human rights abuses. (It stands for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions.) The US constitution ...
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Can “obscenity” be used to forbid a political sign?

According to a New York Times story "She Hates Biden. Some of Her Neighbors Hate the Way She Shows It." a woman in the Borough of Roselle Park, N.J has been ordered to take down a political ...
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How many time can a company apply for the same patent after it was rejected?

How many time can a company apply for the same patent after it was rejected? Can you apply as many time as you want as long as you pay the fee to apply for a patent, or is there a hard limit on this? ...
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When will Pfizer et. al. be liable for injuries caused by the covid vaccine?

According to the PREP act, the companies developing and administering the covid vaccines cannot be sued for unintentional injuries resulting from the vaccine. I have seen enough commercials ...
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Legality of prescription and schedule 1 drugs in first aid kits

Is it legal to keep small quantities of prescription and/or schedule 1 drugs in a first aid kit? In this situation there would be no prescription or doctor involved. Examples would be: morphine ...
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What rights does one have to license their autobiography?

If any such right is based on a copy right theory, obviously, that would require first the writing of an autobiography. Is there a right that you may reserve relating to your story?
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Can senators meet in secret to discuss impeaching the president or do all such discussions need to be done in public?

Can senators meet in secret to discuss impeaching the president or do all such discussions need to be done in public? I am wondering if meeting in secret to discuss impeaching the president can be ...
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Landlord penalty for law enforcement calls

The town where we own a rental property had a meeting for landlords (by which I mean owners of rental property) recently. Those who attended reported learning that there are some new laws regarding ...
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Serving summons on a defendant who is a U.S. Federal Government official: original or copy?

A civil lawsuit against federal government officials is served by certified mail. This is in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 4 (i): (i) Serving the United States and Its Agencies, Corporations, ...
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Proof of service when serving by certified mail a defendant who is a U.S. Federal Government official [closed]

A civil lawsuit against federal government officials is filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of VA, and is served on the defendants by certified mail. Regarding proof of service, ...
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Can you seize a company's intellectual property if it was created using your platform?

Can you seize a company's intellectual property if it was created using your platform? Can you put something in the user agreement that allows you to seize any intellectual property created using your ...
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Making Money and not filing an Income Tax Return

I have a friend who works as a teacher. He claims that for several years he has made money and paid all the income tax that he owed and maybe a bit more. He has not filed an income tax return. I do ...
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Power of the IRS

Imagine that the IRS is auditing somebody's tax return. The auditor thinks something is wrong with the return. However, he/she is not sure and does not have any hard facts on what is wrong. The ...
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Can I legally use the Windows licenses listed on the back of devices I purchased?

I purchased some second-hand laptops from various sources. On the underside, I noticed there are stickers with Windows Vista and Windows 7 license keys listed, which I assume were there from the ...
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Can you avoid paying taxes on the Bitcoins you've sold by using a shell company outside of the U.S. and transferring the coins to it before selling?

Can you avoid paying taxes on the Bitcoins you've sold by using a shell company outside of the U.S. and transferring the coins to it before selling? I am wondering if there's a legal flaw in the ...
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Does a company have to buy a license for a technology if the technology was developed simultaneously?

Does a company have to buy a license for a technology if the technology was developed simultaneously? Let's say that a company A and a company B developed technology C at the same time, but company B ...
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Can the U.S. self identify as a “developing” country within the WTO organization?

Criticisms of the WTO by the United States and others, such as the European Union and Japan, fall into three major categories: the ability of WTO members to self-identify as “developing” countries in ...
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Can awareness of other crimes be used as part of a self-defense argument?

Daniel Perry shot and killed Garrett Foster at a protest/riot last year. What is not disputed is that Foster approached the window of Perry's car with a rifle, when Perry shot him. Could Perry's ...
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Can a soldier be court-martialed for revealing intelligence while in duress?

Can a soldier be court-martialed for revealing intelligence while in duress? Let's say a soldier is captured and then tortured by Russian agents to reveal critical top-secret intelligence to the ...
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I Need a .gov Link Saying That it's Illegal to Charge After Service [closed]

I need a document document from a official USA gov website saying it's illegal to charge extra after agreeing on a final price.
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Can a company in the US that developed a technology, and kept it secret without patenting it keep other companies from patenting the same technology?

Let's say company A developed a technology, but didn't apply for a patent in the US. Ten years later, Company B applies for a patent for the same technology. Can company A void the patent saying ...
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Do corporations have any constitutional rights?

An existing answer establishes fairly well that corporations in the United States do not have Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. That leads me to wonder, do corporations in the US have ...
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Why are real estate records public? [migrated]

The government is very restricted on what information it may disclose about you and under what circumstances. For example, I can't look up your car's license plate number to find out who you are. I ...
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Is it legal to film someone and upload it to YouTube?

Is it legal to film someone and upload it to YouTube? I keep seeing videos of people throwing racial slurs or doing something bad on YouTube. I am wondering if it's even legal to post people doing ...
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Aren't there first amendment issues with the way the Biden Administration is telling Facebook et. al. to delete “covid misinformation”?

We have recently learned that the Biden administration is flagging Facebook posts for vaccine-related misinformation, with the expectation that FB will delete them. Doesn't this run afoul of the ...
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Concept of fraud in investment

Let's say Elon Musk knew from reserve estimates, as well as basic physical reality, there wasn't enough lithium for his plans to work. This eventually resulted in battery shortages and collapsed the ...
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Do I need an FDA license for 510k exempt devices?

I work under a medical manufacturer business and need to know if I need a USA FDA license for selling in the USA and Canada? My manufacturer is already registered with FDA along with the products ...
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Use of a trademark instead of a business name

Can a trademark name be used instead of a business name in legal information such as web-site and product copyright notices, EULAs, Terms Of Use, Privacy Policy, etc., provided that the actual ...
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Can constitutional matters brought to the Supreme Court be deferred if Congress has yet to fully determine its stance on the matter?

I saw at the following wiki page, that the supreme court has decided not to hear a constitutional matter while admitting there is a constitutional issue in need of addressing. Saying the following... ...
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Is it a felony to drive a car that was recalled and poses a danger?

Is it a felony to drive a car that was recalled and poses a danger? Let's say a car was recalled due to faulty brakes. Is it a felony to still drive that car without having it repaired by the ...
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Why aren't anti-militia laws enforced? [migrated]

All 50 states have laws against militias and paramilitary groups, but most don't enforce them and there are large militias in many parts of the US. Why not? It seems like a fairly important state ...
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What does “third party” mean in this context?

Recently, McCormick announced that they are hiring for a position named Director of Taco Relations. The job description and application requirements states that you should submit a video explaining ...
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How should I properly give credit for an image I will use in a software application?

I am making a computer application that I will receive payment for. I have found an image online with a creative commons license (CC BY) allowing it to be used for any purpose with attribution, and I ...
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Will a New York Small Claim Court Allow Claiming Twice the Security Deposit Penalty If the Security Deposit Was Returned Beyond the Legal 14 Days? [closed]

Section 7-108 of the New York General Obligation (GOB) (titled, "Deposits made by tenants of non-rent stabilized dwelling units") states under 1-a (e): Within fourteen days after the tenant ...
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Can I sell a rhino horn carving?

Suppose that a son inherits a rhino horn carving from his father. Assuming that the father acquired the horn without violating any laws that were in force at the time it was acquired. Can the son ...
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Legal basis for arresting a person not actively committing a crime?

Originally the purpose of an arrest in English common law, meaning a deputy of the state seizing and holding a suspect against their will, was to apprehend the suspect to confirm their identity. In ...
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Is it racial discrimination - company wide email disparaging white people

A friend of mine works at a religious organization as an employee. They are also a naturalized citizen, who is white, but is of a minority ethnic group (for background). The org has sent out several ...
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Can a defense attorney switch the defendants in court? [duplicate]

Can a defense attorney switch the defendant in court to prove that a witness can't recognize him? (Like Saul Goodman did.) What would be the consequences?
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Quotes from Public Speech or book with POD business?

Please note, This question is a bit different than this one: Intellectual Property Issues associated with a Public Speach? I am trying to sell some T-shirts online by adding my artwork. At the same ...
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What happens when a federal government Defendant who is sued in his official capacity is being replaced shortly after the civil complaint was filed?

A civil lawsuit is filed against several federal government officials. The officials are specified in the complaint by their names as defendants, however they are sued in their official capacity. What ...
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In a Civil Cover Sheet, what would be the right “Nature of Suit” Code for lawsuit due to Fed Gov't's failure to adjudicate Naturalization Application?

In a civil lawsuit, the cover sheet that accompanies the complaint usually requires to select the "Nature of Suit". The US Courts website provides a document called "Nature of Suit ...
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Perfect tender rule vs (disclaimed) implied warranty?

Context: This is a question I have while studying for the BAR exam. In Question 2 of this practice exam (page 26), we have a contract for a good valued at $15,000 with an express warranty on its ...

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