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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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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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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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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 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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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 there a minimum speed limit on US hwy 60 in OK? Are bicycles legal on US hwy 60 in OK?

I had this experience about 4 years ago (which actually culminated a series of many similar experiences) where I was cycling my way back home (Missouri) from a bicycle trip to Cancun MX. In ...
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Document proving date of receiving U.S. citizenship

I am currently trying to obtain a German passport, my mother is German and therefore I have a right to citizenship. However, German citizenship laws say that you can lose German citizenship if you ...
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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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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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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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Legality of space colonization

Let's assume that I have all the resources to be able to travel to Mars or any other celestial body and colonize it. It is legal to colonize celestials bodies in space? I think I read once that by ...
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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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Paid to write software, contract not signed. Who owns the software?

I was hired, on a 1099 basis, to write a piece of software for a client. I created a contract to specify the work to be done and the cost. I was paid the full amount owed to me. However, the client ...
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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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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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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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Does an organization that recieves public funds have to abide by the constitution like a government does?

I frequently see comments by semi-anonymous people stating that if an organization receives public funds then they have to respect people's freedom of speech, or they can't discriminate on the basis ...
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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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“Not for individual resale” - really?

In at least the US and UK lots of items that are sold in multipacks come with a notice on them that often reads: Not for individual resale That always strikes me as slightly odd - it looks like it'...
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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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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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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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Why can't federal courts issue advisory opinions?

In the United States, federal courts are not allowed to issue advisory opinions under the "case or controversy" requirement specified in the Constitution. Many states also do not allow their courts to ...
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What should you do if you mistakenly charge personal expenses to a company debit card?

If someone accidentally uses the business (LLC) bank account for a personal expense, what does he/she need to do rectify the problem from a tax/legal perspective? Is it as simple as having the person ...
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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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Does a black belt have to tell the police that he/she is a black belt

Someone I knew told me that if a black belt in martial arts is pulled over, he/she has to tell the police that he/she is a black belt because he/she is a deadly weapon. I told him that I didn't ...
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If the US President is sued, do the taxpayers fund his defense and any settlements?

If someone sues President Trump for slander, do the taxpayers fund his defense? I would consider having the Attorney General as counsel would qualify. Also, would the taxpayers be on the hook for ...
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Can officials enjoy immunity for any crime by asserting they acted in official capacity?

Government officials in the United States enjoy broad immunity from personal and criminal liability for "official" actions. However, even the sitting U.S. President is not immune to being tried for ...
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Police reporting the crimes of police

A supreme court decision says police do not owe a personal duty to individuals. However, police do have an oath of office and duty to the laws of the state. If a police make an unlawful arrest: ...
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Are officials shielded from implementing an executive order later considered unconstitutional?

Suppose that the President of the United States issues an executive order that violates the constitution. Can officials carrying out the executive order be considered guilty of violating 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 acceptable to send flowers to a judge after a routine administrative proceeding?

I recently filed a petition in my county court. While I'm aware it's a routine proceeding for county judges, the judge's grant of my petition means a lot to me personally, and I would like to send a ...
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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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Can a university require me to use hardware authentication to pay bills?

I am a graduate student at a university in California. The university is planning a policy change which will require me to use a "hardware token" (a little device which generates one-time passwords) ...
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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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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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Standing to sue the President for injunction to stop National Emergency Powers

Who would have standing to seek permanent injunction stopping the President from declaring a national emergency and redirecting funding from Military Construction or Civil Works under 10 U.S. Code § ...
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Why US apostille is not valid for use in US?

I've got an apostille and bottom line says: "...this apostille is not valid for use anywhere within the United States of America..." What was the reason for this? Is it applicable for all countries ...
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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 ...