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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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Is there an “high altitude mountain climbing age” within the United States?

Recently, two teen record-holding climbers (one was 12 and the other 13) were killed in a small avalanche. This led to heated debate in (social) media if it is legal to allow children to practice high ...
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Can official information protected by attorney-client privilege be shared with personal lawyer?

During a homeowners association executive session, the board members were given a briefing protected under attorney-client privilege. A board member is now concerned about his/her personal liability ...
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Bodily Injury Claim Settlement after automobile accident?

My wife was in a car accident several months ago and a couple of our children were in the car with her. One of them (who happens to be two years old) saw a doctor and our insurance agency has been ...
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If a tenant is responsible for repairs, are they liable if they do not fix something?

Hypothetical: A single person rents a home, and it is specified in their lease that as the tenant, they are responsible for repairs and maintenance. The dishwasher breaks down. Since this person ...
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Can William Barr fully comply with the House Judiciary Committee's Subpoena?

Background Given the comments from the question of the same name on Politics.SE, I thought it would make sense to also ask it here. On April 19th, Jarrold Nadler, head of the House Judicial ...
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Passport Card Required to Accept

Passport cards are popular for those who frequently go back and forth across the border. Due to lack of address if you move frequently they tend to be less likely to be inaccurate or expired. Is ...
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Do drivers have a right to remain in their vehicle? [duplicate]

If stopped by a police officer, do drivers have a right to remain in their vehicle? I’m unable to find any specific RCW regulation for Washington state. I feel that a person, not the subject of ...
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Is there a Legal term to put before a definition to describe a comma separated list of items (i.e. “collectively”)

I have the following statement in a contract: I understand that as part of my job duties I may be asked to create or contribute to the creation of marketing materials, office documents, website ...
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Is any photo of a toddler without a shirt on child pornography?

The mother of my goddaughter's has many times insisted that her girls (3 and 1.5 years old) cover their nipples before she can take a photo of them if they are doing something cute or photo worthy and ...
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What are the US Federal laws on Shared VPN IP

There are Images uploaded to a certain website not linked to any accounts, just IP, linked in a case towards a federal case. can this evidence be inadmissible if the only proof is "IP : Picture". ...
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Do you have to follow all the orders a police officer gives?

Saw a video on YouTube where a woman is being filmed in Walmart. From what I understood, she was being accused of shoplifting (I guess rolled the cart beyond the registers without paying?), and then ...
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Amount of distance from the Jury?

Having observed many jury trials, it seems that lawyers are only allowed to stand behind the podium or walk around the direct area around the podium (within 2 or 3 feet) while addressing the court. ...
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Do sports figures control the right to use their name in a game?

In sports game simulations, do real people control the ability to use their name? I am not talking about their likeness, only their name. So, for example, if there is a game that uses generic figures ...
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How to change the law to raise the age of a minor from 18 to 21?

How would the age of a minor be raised now that higher education is a must. What the legislative procedure is to raise the age of minority? Alternatively, could a parent show that the child is ...
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Can a platform become a publisher through it's actions?

Platforms are protected under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, this allows publishers to avoid liability for most content posted by its users. Can a platform curate the content on its ...
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Notice of possible eviction, no reason given and notice doesn't follow state law [on hold]

I'm 19 had a roommate (older brother) who split rent with me on our apartment. Couple months go by and they decided to get 2 cats (sent me a text while I'm at work because apparently my opinion doesn'...
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Could I build a large rocket?

So I want to build a rocket from an aluminum pipe, with the inside coated with pyrolitic carbon, and filled APCP finocyl bore and an avionics computer conroling the parachute In the nose cone. I was ...
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Article 13 - Block countries within EU

This is more of a theoretical question, but have been having discussions with coworkers regarding this and cannot come to a conclusion. With the passing of article 13 in the EU, if a site chooses to ...
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Does accepting a pardon have any bearing on trying that person for the same crime in a sovereign jurisdiction?

In the United States, accepting a pardon is an admission to the crime. In Burdick_v._United_States, the majority opinion stated that a pardon "carries an imputation of guilt; acceptance a confession ...
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Why aren't foreign VPN companies forced to keep logs?

This link explains the inconsistency with what VPN services consider 'logging'. Certainly, there is no way for us to verify their claims without an extremely rigorous independent audit. But even that ...
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Get access to an account of someone living abroad

My brother opened a bank account a couple of year ago in Utah , now he lives abroad and wants to get the money out. He does not have an online banking or a current debit card, only an expired one, but ...
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Is it illegal to publicly share technical information discovered by tinkering, if information is used to modify the device?

I recently bought a product, let's say a car, with limitations intentionally introduced to the design, for example an electronic speed limiter. Being a bit of a tinkerer, I messed with my model until ...
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Can people get in trouble for investigating or charging the president?

Not word for word and please correct me. Is there a law like this? If so: Should any criminal investigation or legal action, investigation even a phone call that takes time from the president in ...
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Florida Home Renting - Can my lease forbid repairing my vehicle?

I received a letter by my landlord today stating that I have 7 days to vacate or remedy the situation - the situation being that I replaced the alternator I suppose in my car the other day? The title ...
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Can I get a patent for my software, not for any algorithm or feature, but for the marketing strategy and revenue model?

I have a software startup that is entering a very crowded space. We have many of the same features as the rest of the field, and a few unique ones. The main difference is that our revenue target and ...
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Lawsuits over fake social media content

Someone developed a social media network that permits users to post local news/events and information. What are the legal ramifications toward the developer if someone uses the platform as a way to ...
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Does disordely conduct apply when on private property?

Bob is in his home watching TV when he hears a knock on the door. It is the Police and they would like to speak to Bob. They claim that Bob is suspected of a crime and would like him to open the door (...
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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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questions about COBRA

I worked for a small business for 2.5 years. I recently resigned and put in my two weeks. I was told to clean out my desk and leave immediately. The business is in Michigan, USA and employs 7 people. ...
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How Can I Become A U.S. Patent Attorney?

I'm a engineer with a diploma from another country, How would i proceed to become a patent lawyer in the USA? Will I have to make a full undergrad course or there is a shorter way?
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Can a US cabinet secretary be criminally liable for a misapplication of federal law?

I am a bit surprised that this hasn't been asked yet, but it seems indeed that it has not. A few days ago, CNN reported: President Donald Trump told Customs and Border Protection Commissioner ...
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Is UPS allowed to take my money and business without intention to fulfill its side of the transaction?

I went to my local UPS store to send a package to a place in North Carolina that buys dishes, crystal, and flatware. I handed the UPS store the address and the clerk printed out the ticket because of ...
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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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Who gets the tax credit, if I say yes to “Would you like to donate a dollar to xyz” at the cashier of a shop in the U.S.A.?

I often get asked by some fast food restaurants and other businesses to make a donation to such and such cause when I try to pay at the cashier. If I say yes, who gets the tax credit? Me or 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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When and how is service by publication valid?

Sometimes a prospective defendant cannot be served because s/he is out of the country, or just plain is in hiding. In that case, a judge will sometimes allow service by publication. That is, after ...
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How are presidential pardons supposed to be used?

When and how are pardons supposed to be used? Why does the Constitution even grant the president the power to pardon? Can it be used to pardon any crime? On the surface, it seems to make the ...
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Can you sue the prosecutor in a criminal proceeding?

If someone went to a job interview, and the job was offered to said person immediately after the interview, but upon arriving at home the person receives a phone call from their potential future ...
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Plausibility of US Suit over Ownership of Photos of Slaves

Background As reported in this Washington Post news article and many similar articles in other major news organs, a lawsuit has very recently been filed against Harvard University and various ...
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Car Loan Company not providing pay statements

The relevant jurisdiction is Michigan. How often must a large loan company deliver statements of account? When a statement on an auto loan has not been received in some time (several months) and one ...
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Damages done while in the line of duty?

If a police officer was in pursuit of someone else's car, with their lights and siren on and there was a second police car following the first police car, but they did not have his/her lights, or ...
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Fair use of hardware/software configuration data

I’ve searched through the questions/answers here and after reading several, I’m still confused about this situation. Wile E. Coyote has purchased the latest and greatest Road Runner Acquisition and ...
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What is the effect of a pardon by the President of the United States?

An answer to a recent question stated: In modern, peacetime U.S. practice, the main use of the pardon power has been to restore the civil rights of people who admit to having committed crimes and ...
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Are there legal consequences if Trump's tax returns are not handed over?

In an April 13 letter that appeared to move Democrats closer to a federal court battle against the Trump administration, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal warned the IRS that ...
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Student Loan from years ago pops up and is taking my salary

Summary: For decades I had my student loans paid by automated payment from my bank without a problem; just take it out of my bank and there's a small benefit in interest for it. Recently, my ...
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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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Judicial Crimes

Who implements Article III, Section 1 in the U.S. Constitution wherein "The judges, both of the supreme and inferior courts, shall hold their offices during good behavior..."?
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Relative vs constant salary in US Employee and contract law

So I was listening to mathematician and economist Eric Weinstein, and he told an anecdote about salary in a hyper-inflationary economy. In the story, the employee and employer argue over the "fair" ...
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What is the priority of potential extraditions in Assange case?

Julian Assange has been arrested by the Metropolitan police for jumping bail and also pertaining to an extradition request from the US. Also the lawyer for one of the alleged victims of sexual ...
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Are there legal definitions of ethnicities/races?

I recently came across several unrelated articles discussing Afro-American topics in the USA. The topics were various, but generally around positive/negative discrimination, oppression (real vs felt), ...