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Questions tagged [united-states]

For questions specific to the United States as a whole, or that span multiple state jurisdictions.

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How can a copyright liccense be irrevocable under US law

The various creative commons licenses and various copy-left and similar licenses all claim to be "perpetual" or "irrevocable" -- to last for the term of the copyright. For example, the CC-BY 4.0 ...
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Can I legally make a website about boycotting a certain company?

Located in the US. Can I make a website which is specifically aimed at boycotting a certain company? There is no lawsuit between myself and the company. There would be no defamation on the website ...
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What happens if an individual exceeds the maximum to be donated to a presidential candidate?

For 2020, the maximum donation is $2800. What trouble will someone be in if they break that rule, either on accident or purposely?
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In case of using what communication channels a person does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy?

In what scenario(s) a person doesn't have a reasonable expectation of privacy? sending a traditional letter or parcel via the U.S. post using work email account for sending private emails making a ...
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Is it illegal to have two over-the-counter pills in the same jar?

Is it illegal to have two over-the-counter (Tylenol and Ibuprofen) pills in the same jar? A cop in Oklahome USA one time took my jar with everything there was in it because "it's illegal to have ...
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Should I put a my businesses copyright on my client's website?

I wasn't sure where to ask this, so apologies in advanced if this isn't fitting for this stackexchange. I co-own a web design agency, we're finishing up our first three jobs this week for some ...
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Is recording a neighbors yard legal in Colorado, USA?

In my neighborhood, the neighbor has about 3 dogs. At least one is outside and barking, seemingly all the time. (Earliest is 5-6am. Latest is midnight.) The only "authority" in the community is the ...
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Is it considered as double-edged knife or not?

So let's say we're in a state where folding knives and balisong (butterfly knife) are legal to carry while double-edged knife (such as a dagger) isn't. Then will the following knife consider as legal ...
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For products shipped across state lines, who gets the taxes?

Let's say a company registered in Delaware manufactures its products in Texas and sells them around the country online, and in person in New York. What taxes, and from which state(s), apply when ...
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I am a judgment creditor. How do I use the court to enforce my rights (without a lawyer)? [on hold]

This is for New York City. I am a judgment creditor, having won my judgments solo through small claims, and am aware of my rights now that I possess a judgment. I wish to compel the judgment debtor ...
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What are the implications of US LLC state and foreign entities?

Let's say I'm a confetti enthusiast. Confetti for parties, confetti for halloween decorations, confetti for everything. In this hypothetical example, I want to sell confetti online, and in person when ...
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Is it illegal to infringe copyright if your boss or your client ordered you to do it?

The first possible scenario is this: suppose you work in a company, and you need to install some software for a client. The software needs to be purchased, but the boss tells you to just download it ...
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Does this image with a subject containing graffiti in the background infringe on the graffiti artist's copyright?

Here's the image in question: Basically, the subject in the foreground is showcasing a company's product for an advertisement. The graffiti holder has argued that the image infringes on their ...
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Licensing an idea to public?

With my research, it looks like a patent doesn't really make much profit from it due to the high maintenance fee. So I'm thinking is it possible to license my idea to public (for free or way less ...
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FAA medical certification and the American with Disabilities Act

I'm in my early thirties and a recovered addict with a former diagnosis for bipolar disorder with psychotic features. However, I've been sober for five years, off all medications for four, and ...
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Do teens have to pay tax for the funds they get from crowdfunding?

So Kickstarter allows non-adults to start a fundraising campaign with parents agreement. But how about the taxes after they (teens) received their funds? What type of taxes does Kickstarter's funds ...
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Recording Conversations at Work

We have a problem employee who we found out is recording phone conversations with other employees, including their manager, without knowledge or consent. The employee is in the US state of Georgia, ...
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Does a bail-jumper have any recourse from being apprehended with the help of illegally obtained information?

Say that a person is a bail-jumper, that is, someone who fails to appear in court after being let out on bail. If they are apprehended by a bail bondsman with the help of illegally obtained ...
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Amending Motions

CM/ECF (The Electronic Filing System used by federal courts) has a section for "amended motions". What are the circumstances under which a party could amend a motion? In federal court, can one amend a ...
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being forced to use Express Scripts (mail order delivery) on perscriptions

Insurance policy set up by the workplace requires us to fill prescriptions through a specific mail order vendor and denies coverage of prescriptions through other retail vendors (Walgreens, CVS, etc) ...
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Why receiving mail at address is important legal factor?

I've seen several times on this site and elsewhere (and on one of my own questions) that when it comes to housing questions/disputes often it's being asked "Have you received mail addressed to you at ...
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Can an immigration law firm in Bulgaria sue me in the US?

Two months ago I started to conduct an investment-based immigration program to Bulgaria with the aid of a Bulgarian law firm. After two months, I found they were extremely unprofessional (the ...
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Is this a case of improper entry into the US?

Occasionally there have been televised interviews with reporters and border property owners that have demonstrated the ease of 'stepping across the border' into Mexico and then stepping back into the ...
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Living Above a Restaurant

If I wanted to save money by living in the floor above a restaurant I opened, would this be legal? A friend brought up the problem of districts (commercial, residential, etc)... would this prevent me ...
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Can reporting illegal income be used as incriminating evidence? [duplicate]

As we all know, in the United States it is required to report and pay taxes on income obtained illegally. Can the fact that this income is mentioned on a person's tax return be used as evidence that ...
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Is it perjury lying to a Med. Examiner. & Funeral Dir. about being next of kin?

Is falsifying a state document (Medical Examiner Report)and lying to the medical examiner along with the Funeral director about being next of kin to a loved one considered perjury and can that person(...
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What other ways are used to record court proceedings other than “stenographers?”

Nearly all court proceedings are accompanied by a written record, generated by court stenographers. From what I understand, courts occasionally use "sound" recordings in place of stenographer records....
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Are witnesses evidence?

Are witnesses evidence? and if so, cant a person just bribe/pay a person to be a witness so he can win a case? In some countries especially Islamic countries they are counted as evidence as they ...
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What can I not call my store?

I want a name that creates a reaction from the public. At the beach they have a seafood place called Dirty Dicks. When I left the beach that name stuck with me. How far can I go to having a profane ...
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Is it legal for employers to ask for social media handles?

is it legal for employers to ask for social media handles in job application or pre-employment forms? If it is unrelated to the job? I understand for jobs like marketing, modeling etc. where a large ...
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Can NGROI defense be argued after a guilty verdict?

tl;dr: In the U.S., can a "not guilty by reason of insanity" (a.k.a., NGRI or NGROI) defense be offered after a guilty verdict but before sentencing? In criminal prosecutions in the U.S. it is common ...
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If someone tells you to trespass, can you trespass?

Sometimes I watch encounters where a person tauntingly but clearly telling another person to come here,[here as in his own property], or come here if you are a man, etc etc.. Is it legal to go on to ...
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Is it common to have both a criminal case and a civil case for the same incident?

Sometimes for the same incident there will be two seperated court cases. A famous example is the Simpson's case. He won the criminal case but lost a civil case after a few months. Both regards to the ...
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Are cops required by law to have “reasonable suspicion” in order to detain a person? If so, do they have to inform the detainee about the suspicion?

I was stopped while cycling on hwy 59 in Texas, about 50 miles south of Huston. Officer started asking me questions about my travels. I asked: "Have I done anything illegal? Officer: "No, but I ...
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Can a former employer (U.S.) use/withhold owed commissions as leverage?

I am in "negotiations" with a former employer. There are written (text message: "You will be paid on X and Y when/if they close) agreements in place for 2 of my deals. One just closed, the other in-...
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Criminal Liability for judges under 42 USC 290-dd2(f) and 42 CFR 2.63 [Confidentiality of Substance Abuse Patient Records]

42 USC 290-dd2 establishes heightened confidentiality requirements for certain (really most) substance abuse treatment records. The statute grants authority to HHS to interpret the law and create ...
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Legal Limits for damage reparation

In the 2004 German movie The Edukators, part of the characters motivation revolves around a damage reparation: "Jule is a waitress struggling to pay off a €100,000 debt she incurred a year ago when ...
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Is it legal to unlock artificially limited hardware yourself?

Some companies sell hardware that is limited by some means, so that they can charge for upgrades. For example some Tesla cars have batteries with some capacity unavailable to the user unless they pay ...
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Is the National Enquirer guilty of the crime of blackmail?

According to this Guardian article, the National Enquirer has written to Jeff Bezos threatening to publish nude pictures of Bezos unless he stops his investigation into how the Enquirer obtained some ...
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Do arrestees have the right to private communication with a lawyer?

One of the foundational rights of an arrestee in US criminal law, as stated in the Miranda warning, is “the right to an attorney”. But if all communication with an attorney is monitored, it can be ...
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Facial Recognition Data of Minors

I have a cool app a couple of high school librarians use. It's pretty simple: students scan their IDs when they enter and leave the library. Librarians then can then see who's in the library at any ...
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Bank is not depositing my promotion bonus

I opened a bank account in response to a promotion in a big bank (I'm in the US). Originally it was saying "if I keep my money (50K) for 60 days, I get $600". The agent at the branch didn't say ...
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Could leaking insider information eliminate insider trader concerns?

Suppose I possess some non-public information about Company X. I want to trade Company X's stock for reasons unrelated to the information (e.g. I believe the stock market as a whole is going to tank ...
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Are Protected Classes Bi-directional?

In the US, are protected classes "bidirectional"? For example, it's illegal to discriminate against veterans. Does that also mean that it is illegal to discriminate against non-veterans? In my ...
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Is employer liable for theft of personal property

If I bring say my headphones to my work, and they are stolen under the following circumstances, can I legally sue my employer and prevail, i.e. they have a duty to provide reasonable safety and ...
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Convert document/e-book to audiobook

Customer gives me an e-book or a document, I record audio of that document and send it to the customer. I am not redistributing that work, I only charge the customer. Will this infringe the copyright ...
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Is a lie by ommission to make it seem like a legal offices services are required legal?

A friend was researching using a sperm donor she knows to do IVF. she got concerned when she read this website's legal 'advice' They basically say that unlike most states PA has no law that says a ...
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What makes laws against wearing masks constitutional?

Related to this question, "Does a statute of limitation apply to Virginia's mask law?"; how does the law in question pass constitutional muster? The law states: It shall be unlawful for any person ...
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Defendants terminated v. dismissed

Suppose a civil lawsuit with multiple defendants. Some defendants are dismissed before judgment and some are not. Why would the docket list some of the dismissed defendants as "terminated" and ...
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How is the burden of evidence distributed between parties?

I'm curious as to how the US legal system determines who should present evidence and how much evidence is required by them to prove one side of an argument against a counterargument. Here's an ...