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Original Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court via congressional abrogation of Sovereign Immunity

In United States v. Georgia the U.S. Supreme Court held that Title II of the ADA validly abrogrates sovereign immunity under the 11th Amendment. A Title II Plaintiff may name a state or one of its ...
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Does receiving a stipend for participating in GSoC constitute self-employment?

I participated in Google Summer of Code and received a stipend from Google. I worked with volunteer mentors associated with free/open source projects not associated with Google in any direct way. ...
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Is it legal to advertise private paid labor over academic email?

Is it legal for a public university employee to advertise private paid labor over an academic email sent to other university employees? Would this issue be university-specific, in the US, or is there ...
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Do firefighters contitute a legislative power?

According to this article ref here, ref here, ref here and ref here: ...History has just been made, as the first legislative body in the country officially announces their support for reopening ...
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What harm can my parent do with posession of my legal documents? [on hold]

I, a legal adult, am being evicted, and will live by myself away from my parent. My parent currently possesses most my legal documents, originals - some I may not even know I have. I intend to claim ...
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moving to dismiss a count in an amended complaint although “answered” in the original complaint

Hypothetical scenario: Plaintiff files a complaint having three counts A,B, and C. Defendant files an answer to counts A,B and moves to dismiss count C for failure to state a claim. On Plaintiff's ...
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What's the difference between a single solid white line and a double solid white line?

What's the difference between a solid white line and a double solid white line on the United States? I read on https://www.wwinjurylaw.com/blog/2016/november/can-i-cross-over-the-solid-double-white-...
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Deceased Parent's Unclaimed Property [on hold]

My mother passed away back in 2015 and we went through probate, and were named the executors and personal representatives of the estate via court documents I'm not too sure why this wasn't found by ...
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Export compliance and iOS

I want to release my first app to Google Play and App Store. I have a question about Export Compliance issue. Since I didn't even know this is needed I am struggling. I already posted a similar ...
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Are there successful ways of getting out of a reverse mortgage?

My father in-law took out a reverse mortgage several years ago. He later passed away. It wasn't until after his death that we learned about the reverse mortgage. He died approx. 4 years ago this ...
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Ability to Assist an Injured Officer (USA)?

Related Suppose Bob is walking down the street, and finds an injured LEO, who is attempting to shoot a third person, let's call him Charlie. The officer is too injured to complete this action (can't ...
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Solemnization of a marriage

In a marriage license, there is a section in which witnesses write their signatures and verify that such a marriage has taken place in their presence. Is it true to say,” I was a witness to ...
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Postpone the date for moving into a new apartment

In Oregon, tenants are usually required to provide a 30-day notice prior to moving out. My new landlord wants me to move in immediately after my background check. They don't provide a 30-day waiting ...
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Is a suit against a University Dorm for changing policies on a whim likely to succeed (USA)?

I'm going to be changing some identifying details here. Alice attends Omega University. OU has a policy which restricts guests’ access to dorms to only certain hours on certain days. The day ...
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Is a foreign indepedent contractor allowed to receive payment into a US bank account?

Suppose that I do work for a US company as an independent contractor, and I'm neither in the US, a US citizen or a US resident. As such, I would fill in a W-8BEN form for tax purposes. Would I then be ...
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How to say “ entangled parking space”?

As an official translator, I need to be loyal to the text in such a manner that no words are omitted. In translation of title deeds there’s a section which specifies the metes and bounds of the ...
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U.S. copyright law (revisited)

A revisiting of this question. Hypothetical facts Alice buys a hardback book from the publisher for $70. On Wednesday, Wanda pays Alice $10 rent for the exclusive right to use the physical book in ...
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Which Country's Law Should a Citizen abide when Travelling abroad?which state law when travelling between States?

Let's assume that an 18 Years Old(Adult) US Citizen Travels from US To Japan where the age of majority is 20 there ,does the 18 year old US Citizen automatically become minor because the age of ...
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Is it illegal to test someones abandoned DNA in the United States?

Let's say I suspect my friend (or spouse) has Huntington's disease. If I were to take their used tissue out of the garbage can and test it for Huntington's disease, would that be illegal?
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Can a couple be charged for spending $120,000 deposited to their bank account in error?

A couple is being charged for spending $120,000 which was deposited to their account in error. This is in Pennsylvania, USA. The facts are presented as follows: One day, couple wakes up to $120,000 ...
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U.S. copyright law

Hypothetical facts Alice buys a hardback book from the publisher for $70. Alice makes a digital copy of the book and posts it online to an account only Alice can access. For one week, Alice rents ...
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How long must an employer hold a paycheck?

I am unable to pick up my final paycheck from my employer immediately. How long do I have under federal law to retrieve my paycheck before my employer is no longer bound to honor it?
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Can a governing body be held accountable for defamatory statements?

San Francisco just passed a resolution declaring the NRA to be a domestic terrorist organization. Agree or disagree with the NRA, it can hardly be defined as a domestic terrorist organization, at ...
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Evidentiary presumptions of gratuitous labor from family caregivers, varying by state?

Quoting from Claims Against an Estate for Care Rendered to a Decedent: Many states have an evidentiary rebuttable presumption that services rendered to a family member are gratuitous in nature, so ...
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Would it be legal to change the functionality of your own software to do something apparently malicious if fullly documented?

This topic came up when discussing the infamous left-pad disaster from awhile back. To give a brief summary the author of a small package hosted on the npm repository that numerous other packages had ...
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Can the TSA still give you a pat down even if you change your mind about flying?

I recently discovered that the TSA will pull you aside and inform you that they have to give you a full pat down for failing to empty everything out of your pants pockets before going through the ...
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What will a Judge do if a witness refers to an event previously stricken from the record? (USA)

Some context. Suppose the prosecutor enters into evidence body camera footage from a police officer. On the tape, the suspect makes a lewd remark, and another officer offers a witty comeback. The jury ...
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Protect against an wrongful violation strike at apartment

My apartment complex(GA, USA) has a 3 strike violation policy. Today I received a strike. Very vague description, just the reason being: "disturbance". I left work early to speak with staff in ...
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Would a user expose themselves to legal jeopardy if they were paid to write a question or an answer for someone else?

Background After reading through several policies for Stack Exchange, I could not find anything that explicitly forbids or bans a user from writing a question or answer on behalf of someone else in ...
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How do I anonymously report the Establishment Clause being broken?

My daughter's public school principal has put up Christian symbols and quotes and also invited a public speaker to present during an assembly who told students that God and prayer was the answer to ...
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Where are Share Classes defined in an LLC?

Where are Share Classes defined in an LLC. For example, if I look at facebook's constitution at the link below, there are no definitions for share classes. I was thinking there would have been such a ...
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Could I go to jail for using someone else's credit card?

So I'm 13(thirteen) and I was on amazon and I looked up random card numbers not expecting it to work and to be used as a prank on my friends. It turns out, the number I was given was active and had ...
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Are there consequences for not filing a DMCA (any country)

Awhile ago, I linked someone to a fansite of people who read his indie fiction and he cursed me out because there were illegal copies to his work on it. He told me that he was legally bound to file ...
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Military Law and Double Jeopardy?

We all know, that Double Jeopardy applies in the US, stopping one from getting tried twice for the same act... by the same type of court. Double Jeopardy does obviously not apply to being tried by the ...
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Are there legal barriers to academic departments in the US choosing to act themselves in cases of sexual harassment or related incidents?

My understanding of Title IX is that it is a federal law that requires, among other organizations, universities, to ensure that women are not denied equal opportunities. In order to ensure ...
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Are there indian reservations in United States where you can't live if you aren't a tribal member?

I've read online that there are requisites for non natives to live in certain indian reservations. Is this true? Are there indian reservations in United States where you can't live if you aren't a ...
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Issues with a Guilty Plea [closed]

If I agreed to plead guilty to a charge and after pleading guilty the courts impose on me that I plead guilty to the actual crime, then what rights do I have in this case? Can they charge me with an ...
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Can multiple lawyers speak for the same party at trial?

I know that sometimes a party in a civil or criminal trial will show up with multiple lawyers. Can any of their lawyers speak at the trial? For example, if an objection is made to questioning of a ...
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Every few days specific websites remove explicit images uploaded by minors. Is having viewed this content illegal?

There's frequently stories about pornographic websites removing images from underaged users. The users of these sites use them with the belief that all material is of legal adults, but in the past ...
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Does Double Jeopardy apply to civil cases?

Once upon a time I was issued TWO citations for the same instance of illegally parking my car. One citation came from the property owner (it was a private pay-to-park lot), and the other came from the ...
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I was lead to believe I signed a housing lease, but read the contract and found out I signed a limited license housing agreement. Is this legal?

I was recently served a complaint stating I owe one year's rent on a housing lease I mistakenly renewed.I did not live on the property the whole year. When reading the contract, it states that this ...
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Can the sitting president do trade in the stock exchange?

Is there anything that prohibits a sitting president of being active in the stock exchange market while on office? If not, are there any know precedents for it?
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Can a non-us citizen grandparent apply for US citizen child's passport?

If US citizen's child's parents, are at work abroad. US citizen child is staying with grand-parent in US. Grandparents are on temporary 6 months visit visa. 1) Can grand-parent apply for passport of ...
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Florida: salaried exempt, holiday pay?

I had a qiuck question related to how salary and benefits work for salaried exempt employees, specifically in the state of Florida (If that changes anything) If an employee is salaried exempt, are ...
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Does a disingenuous defamation lawsuit constitute malicious prosecution?

Some defamation cases (in the United States) collapse when the discovery process produces some decisive piece of evidence proving that the supposedly defamed person did what the defendant had claimed. ...
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Can the US President exercise a power via Twitter?

My understanding is that senior government officials usually exercise powers by recording their decision to do so, such as by sending an email or signing a piece of paper. For example, the US ...
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Are NDAs enforceable if they require violating copyright?

As NDAs and copyright violation usually do not go together, I'll provide some background: Suppose that a company, we'll call them Olio, created a smartwatch that uses publicly available computer code ...
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How much authority do teachers get from *In Loco Parentis*?

I am concerned entirely with the issue as it relates to property. Let's say at Madeup Prep the cell phone policy allows for phones to be in pockets, but not out in class. Some teachers, however, ...
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Can a beer brewery and liquor distribution company have almost the same names, since they are different classes/categories?

If a beer brewery has already trademarked the name barrelhouse, and I own a liquor distribution company, for wine and spirits, that I wanted to trademark as barrelhouse selections would this pass?
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What are the conditions surrounding character witnesses in trials?

I'm interested in how certain trials work in US Law, particularly when it comes to Character Witnesses. How do defence teams go about selecting character witnesses, in particular when it comes to ...