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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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Legal hurdles to providing personalized service based on protected demographics?

I am a computer scientist and UI/UX designer working on a fun project - perfect interface discrimination. Essentially, in the same vein as perfect price discrimination, I want to create a system that ...
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What does the US Constitution mean by “bribery”?

The US Constitution mentions several specific crimes as impeachable offences. Among these is "bribery". In the English language as it existed at the time of the framers, did this single term refer ...
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Legal status of photos of trademarks

The link below takes you to a photo of a sign bearing a registered trademark... North Dakota - Legendary Yet the photo is in the public domain. I would like to use the photo in a book about state ...
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Doesn't COPPA incentivize mislabeling Youtube videos?

My understanding of the current situation with Youtube and COPPA is that Google was collecting private data (comments, viewing history, email addresses) about kids, which is a clear violation of COPPA....
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Does an adult with a legal guardian have the right to see who they want?

For context- there is a family friend who has autism. This man used to live with his father, who was his legal guardian. Upon his father's death, a family member took over taking care of him. This ...
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well, I fell for the sugardaddy scam

So, long of the short. They offered to pay off my meager credit card debt. I was able to cancel all the payments but one. I called my bank and reported a fraudulent payment. It was for $211. So, am I ...
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Last Will and Testament

If you search for will services there are many that seem to do nothing more than fill your name and other details into a predefined format. These services also often charge money for it. Of course ...
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Perjury on Petition grounds for dismissal?

In a family court matter, a petitioner for more support funds completed a form, signed it (perjury?) certifying he was a resident in a county he does not live in. Is the readily provable false ...
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Mistakenly agreed with a scammer’s term of use

Say, someone was scammed by a false online bitcoin mining service. He invested some money to buy the scammer’s service, the service was said to produce bitcoins online at a very fast speed without any ...
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How can video creators on Youtube be fined under COPPA?

I understand why Youtube could be fined for COPPA violations, they collect data on all users, and some of them were kids. But this video asserts that the FTC could fine uploaders for mislabeling ...
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What is needed to start discovery on a civil conspiracy claim?

Say that a plaintiff alleges that defendants X and Y have engaged in a civil conspiracy, and wants to subpoena communications between X and Y regarding the plaintiff. If the plaintiff is already ...
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Property tax in NYC

How much do property taxes amount to in terms of their related asset worth in NYC? Are they delivered in form of bill or notifies?
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Does encoding constitutional rights in state law have any effect?

According to https://local12.com/news/local/student-religious-liberty-act-sponsor-says-it-protects-rights-critics-say-its-not-needed, Rep. Catherine Ingram argued that a recent bill in Ohio - ...
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How can different cases have the same case number?

I am trying to find the presiding judge's name for the Equifax databreach. I found the FTC's proposed settlement agreement and it lists the case as Case 1:19-mi-99999-UNA. I searched on the case ...
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Filing US tax returns over bank account-related interests

I do know that in the US, bank-account interests are taxable as passive incomes, but what I don't understand is the point of filing tax returns on bank account interests, since the government (or the ...
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A UK scammer frauded money from US victim

Could this US victim accuse this UK scammer? Since uk and us has different legislations, how should the victim accuse the scammer?
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Buying a home in NYC as a non-citizen with no previous ties with the U.S

If a person wins, let's say, the equivalent of US$ 300 million in another country, goes to New York City and buys a house there, they certainly need to report their own residence in order to live ...
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Employer withholds last paycheck in Virginia

I signed my exit interview form that stated I gave back my property that I had from the company during my employ and that I was receiving my last paycheck. The employer only put the check number on my ...
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Does “solicit” mean the solicitor must receive what is being solicited in context of 52 U.S. Code Section 30121?

Background The impeachment of Trump over the Trump-Ukraine scandal has been all over the news as of late for the public hearings. One of the things under scrutiny is the fact that President Trump ...
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Mental Health Mass Shootings Schizophrenia [closed]

Australia gun regulations took into affect after a mental health mass shooting with Schizophrenia. Has something similar occurred in the United States that the 2th amendment is here to stay?
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Elements of bribery: what is a “thing of value”?

There is lately some suggestion that a US president who withholds aid to a foreign country on the condition that the foreign country investigate a political opponent constitutes bribery. The ...
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What legal action can a US-based company take against a foreigner for scraping their website? [on hold]

Background: Acme Corporation hosts an online discussion forum that's used by worldwide users. Acme is registered in the United States. As you would imagine, online discussions sometimes turn ... ...
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Can a president be evicted from the White House?

Currently, there are impeachment investigations going on for the POTUS. Lets say the POTUS is formally impeached and Trump is removed from office. However Trump refuses to leave the White House on ...
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Legal status of corporate nondiscrimination policies

I work for an organization that has a standard nondiscrimination policy. They state that they are an Equal Opportunity Employer and list about 20 protected classes on the basis of which they ban ...
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What kinds of sanctions would be applied if you wrongly invoked the Fifth Amendment?

Under the Fifth Amendment, one might say at a hearing, "I refuse to answer on the grounds that it would incriminate me." Suppose the subject matter were embarrassing, but not necessarily criminal. ...
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Is there any law that requires private companies to divulge the information they know/posses about you when formally requested?

In the U.S., Is there any Federal or State law that compels private entities to hand over the information they have about the requester? If there is, what would be the penalties for not complying with ...
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Are international US REU candidates considered “independent researchers” under B-1/B-2 visa category?

US REU programs sometimes accept "self-funded" international students. Such international candidates do not receive any financial assistance from the host university but participate in research. ...
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USA, why the trial decision based completely on jury?

Watching the series about O.J. Simpson I was wondering “why in almost every case the decision based on jury?” and I personally think that this case is a good example to cast doubt of that legislation ...
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Could a Doctor Refuse to Treat a Patient in an Emergency?

Suppose a man commits a hate crime against (Hypothetical Church), and in the midst of the crime, the man is critically wounded by the police and rushed to the hospital. Suppose there is only one ...
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Is Java (JRE) still free for commercial use? [migrated]

United States here. I have a client that I would like to build a small suite of Java 8+ applications for to be installed on their office desktops and servers. This requires the Java Runtime ...
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Is the following nondiscrimination policy itself discriminatory against Christians? [closed]

Country: US State: Michigan Situation: I work for a large employer in Michigan. We have over 10,000 employees total. My employer bans discrimination on the basis of an incredibly long list of ...
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Conflict between a religious belief that accounts for the existence of transgender people vs. one that doesn't

Country: US State: Michigan Example: Ann belongs to a denomination that accepts the existence of transgender people as what they claim they are. Ann starts a company that grows to over 25 employees,...
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Prevent lawsuit from slip on ice

I am a homeowner and water tends to pool on my sidewalk. In the winter months, I do the best I can to remove the ice, but there's so much of it that it's difficult to control. Am I liable if someone ...
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Can an American material witness be forced to “learn” what s/he does not know?

My understanding is that a witness is supposed to prepare for a deposition. My first concern is how well prepared or knowledgeable for a deposition. Suppose a material witness made a point of ...
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Aliens voting in Federal elections

I've read that a Federal law prohibits non-citizens from voting in Federal elections. I'm not a lawyer, but from reading the original Constitution and all the amendments, I don't see anything that ...
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What legal protections exist for people entering into polyamorous relationships in the United States?

Polyamorous relationships exist when at least one partner in a relationship has additional partners. Consider the following hypothetical arrangement: Person A is married to Person B. Person B has a ...
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Is it legal for a cop to ask for my ID if he pulled up to me when I'm checking my car

I thought I could smell something burning while driving so I pulled over and popped the hood of my car. I was checking my engine when a police officer pulled up. He had me drive over to a parking lot. ...
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Paying to leave without notice in at-will employment state

Checking up here on a question that appeared on workplace.stackexchange.com: Someone signed a contract saying "If you leave the assignment without giving 15 days prior notice you will be liable to pay ...
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Can impeachment proceed after a resignation? [duplicate]

Can a federal official be impeached and convicted after he has resigned or otherwise left office? (For example, could the impeachment of President Nixon have proceeded after his resignation? Or could ...
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Can a landlord ask a tenant to sign an addendum to the lease that changes the terms of the first lease?

If a landlord asks a tenant who signed a 12 month lease to sign an addendum after they have already moved in that changes the terms of the lease to move out within 3 months of the landlord's death, ...
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What are my options to ensure equity in the yet-to-be-registered company, I am freelancing for?

To begin with, I am a college student and I don't have much understanding of the law in US and of India, of which I am a citizen. Now, I have been approached by X, who is going to start a company Y. ...
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Trademark: “Lyft” and acquired dictinctiveness

I want to understand why "Lyft" was trademarked for "transportation of passengers by motorized vehicle". When Lyft Inc originally filed for "Lyft" trademark in 2012 (serial# 85/743120), the use was ...
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Is a notarized signature required on a title search?

I've noticed that in preparation for closing on a house, a title search is done. What is the name of the document that is produced when the title search is complete? And does that document need to ...
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We sold a salvage car as-is. The buyer can't get it Titled. Do we have to fix it?

We recently sold a car that we weren't aware there was a salvage title on. The money has already been exchanged and the title signed over to them. The buyers, discovering its salvage status, are now ...
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How to find/choose a criminal lawyer in another state?

I am seeking an attorney, in a state other than my own (in the USA), to provide me with guidance in the area of criminal law. (I have some specific questions.) How might I go about finding such an ...
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Is there a legal professional who can be hired to assist with insurance for patients with complicated medical needs?

Is there a specific category of legal professional that could be hired specifically to assist with the filing of the paperwork and management of insurance claims on behalf of an individual? I am not ...
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Credit card debt after the death of the cardholder

Question pertains to United States: California. I am including as much information as may be pertinent. My mother died a few weeks ago. I was estranged from her as my parents divorced when I was a ...
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What remedies would be possible/likely in a successful defamation suit?

This question is related to another one I asked recently: Is it true that a suit of defamation could require "very little effort"?, so please review that one first -- thank you. Let's say ...
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Is or isn't it illegal to reveal a/the whistleblower's name?

According to Politico: But [US Senator Rand] Paul told reporters Tuesday he is "more than willing to and probably will at some point" name the whistleblower. "There is no law preventing ...
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Cobra medical benefits life event

My employer has several health ins plans. My employer is required to provide Cobra coverage as it has several dozen employees. If I were to choose one during open-enrollment, then get laid-off, the ...