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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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Can I use this code in my own commercial projects?

I am reading a programming book that was written by an author that is not around anymore and published by a company that also does not exist anymore. This is the book. When I load in the CD-ROM, I ...
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Can a family member evict another without formal lease or being household owner?

Gist of the situation: I've had hard time finishing university and my previous job was tied to that (i.e., I have to be enrolled in minimum 6 credit hours in order to work at my university); my ...
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Is there a difference in “termination of employment” qualifying event trigger between group health insurance and 401(k)?

My job uses a Professional Employer Organization to handle payroll and benefits. This is a coemployment relationship, not temp/staffing, nor subcontract. The PEO is the issuer of my W-2 and listed ...
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For USPTO trademark purposes, can the printing of artwork on non-paper substrates be filed under class 16?

If I am printing designs or artwork on a metal or plastic substrate, no paper involved, would that be listed under class 16? It doesn't seem to fit anywhere else. I considered class 40, but that's ...
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Using recorded music for a light show

I'm in a band and we have a concert coming up. We play our own music, and even though we include some covers in our performances, I'm aware of venue blanket licenses and that I should not worry about ...
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Charging someone with theft of virtual currency

I've done some reading about gruesome tales of folks spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on video game currencies only to have their accounts irreversibly stolen or lost due to a bad in game ...
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Hypothetical code leak frame up - how to defend?

I imagined the following scenario, where how to mount a defence for the lowest cost (without settlement, in order to clear one's name) wasn't clear to me: The hypothetical case Vocal code critic ...
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Does statute take precedence over case law (in the US)?

Hypothetical situation: An US court decides a case for which there is no statute nor previous court decision (precedent) which would provide how the case should be decided (resolved). So the court (...
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Exclusionary Rule and testimony

Let's say a police officer searches a property without a warrant, and discovers a couple of people imprisoned there. Would their testimony against the owner later be inadmissible as it's a result of ...
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Can a Federal Actor, through coercion, or by the omission of information, force a U.S. citizen to waive a state-given Constitutional right?

Can a Federal Actor, through the use of coercion, or by the omission of information, force a U.S. citizen to waive a state-given Constitutional right? Specifically: On the date of March 19, 2010, an ...
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Can a woman sue a person who informs her child about the abortions she has had?

If an adult has knowledge of how many abortions that a woman has had in her lifetime and that adult was to inform a child of that woman about her abortions and this leads to that child suffering ...
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Auto Body Shop Repair [closed]

I am a auto body shop, I have a total loss vehicle here. Adjustor came to shop gave us an estimate, along with labor and storage charges. We started work on vehicle with customer and insurance ...
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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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Email commitment possibly broken by big company

So here is the story: I email company A asking for a specific service they provide. They tell me to describe my idea and I ask explicitly for confidentiality (but not NDA just expressed) which was ...
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United States: Can an insurance company sell a policy that pays fines and costs incurred by the policyholder knowingly breaking the law?

Is it legal in the United States for an insurance company to sell a policy that pays fines imposed on a person or corporation as a result of the policyholder knowingly breaking the law? An example of ...
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Is there a procedure that takes place if it is determined (retroactively) that a law is impossible to implement to comply with it?

What if it is determined retroactively that a law is literally impossible to implement or comply with? For example of something being impossible to implement, let's say the federal government passes ...
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Can an abutter park on my property if they have a right of way easement?

I have a private road that goes around the perimeter of my property and is on my property. The abutters that use the road do so via a "right of way" easement. Sometimes people, especially contractors,...
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Trading card booster packs, loot boxes, the lottery, and your interpretation

I'm a prospective law student currently conducting research on the legality of loot boxes in the United States, and I find Magic the Gathering very relevant. (Reference for Loot Boxes and Booster ...
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Ticket Wording - tag

I received a $170 ticket for a 6 month expired tag on my car in Sandy Springs. (Miscommunication in my family about my tag - realize in the end that it was my fault for not making sure my tag was up ...
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If Two Different Companies Have Sold the Same Product Under the Same Name, Is Trademarked Name Enforceable? [duplicate]

I'd like to manufacture a product, but I'm curious about my naming options. Here's my scenario in a nutshell: In 1960, a company patents a wallet design and sells them as Zark wallets. In 2006--...
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Could US President use the Secret Service to gain entry into the Capitol Building for the SOTU address?

If US President was to go to the U.S. Capitol Building for the State of the Union Address, and he was met at the door by the U.S. Capitol Building security personnel with orders to deny him entry, ...
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If police collected evidence based off of a call they suspected, but couldn't prove, was fruadulant would the evidence be upheld?

I'm asking this hypothetical situation mostly as I was considering writing a story with the premise and want the story to be legally accurate, but also because I'm frankly curious how the law would ...
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Would there be any legal risk to informing bank that you have been given an account number your believe is compromised?

This question was asked on the financial stack exchange. The basic premise is that someone is giving another individual 'their' account number and telling the individual to take money out of it to ...
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Why would someone get a fine when using a disabled parking space when the disabled person is not in the car?

An article in LA Times about someone parking on a disabled parking space without the disabled person being in the car: (...) I saw a woman pull into a disabled parking space and begin to exit her ...
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Can a search based on evidence obtained illegally be a legal search?

I was watching a TV programme last night and the main characters broke into a building to look for something however they didn't find anything. While receiving a dressing-down for their actions from a ...
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When did the speed limit on this road change?

Here is a diagram of a section of road I drive on to work (traveling top-to-bottom) The last sign on my way out of town (shown in the top left of the picture) says "SPEED LIMIT 45". A couple of ...
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Why would rescinding DACA privileges be illegal?

The Supreme Court recently refused to hear a lawsuit regarding the constitutionality of the DACA policy. This supposedly prevents Trump from rescinding the DACA program. But why would cancelling DACA ...
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Legality of importation of Insulin from Mexico

NBC Nightly News (1/22/19) carried a story about people purchasing insulin (which may or may not require a prescription) in Mexico because the same drug costs approximately 10% of the US price. One ...
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Could the USA force all porn sites onto .xxx domain?

I've been working on various methods to block content from my home network and realizing all the holes in my schemes. But it occurred to me that it would be pretty simple if all the porn was on .xxx ...
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Traveling abroad with expired green card

I'm a Taiwanese national with a green card that's about to expire in March. I've already applied to get naturalized and my expected date of that coming through is this November; this means I'm left ...
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Would it be legal to have an infinitely long middle name?

In the United States, would it be legal to have an infinitely long middle name? It appears that it would not be a problem, since most of the time people only use the first letter of the middle name. ...
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Can I be assigned hours after promised a week off?

I'm asking this for a friend who has been extremely sick over the past few days, and contacted her manager at her workplace, which assigns weekly schedules to each employee. The manager in question ...
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Who actually enforces the bill of rights

The US bill of rights was constructed to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public ...
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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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massachusetts 272 section 99 (c)(1)

What does the prosecution in Massachusetts need to prove in chapter 272 section 99(c)(1) case for wiretapping. Also, doesn't the December 10, 2018 Veritas Ruling that you can secretly record ...
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Why are legal motions so formal in language?

I just received a motion from my spouse which begins: NOW COMES Petitioner, XYZ, by and through her attorney, ABC, and Petitions this Court to Enter an Order directing the parties to... I have two ...
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How long can one be detained without a court hearing?

A journalist was detained in the US on January 13. According to CBS, Ricardo J. Bascuas, a professor at the University of Miami School of Law says she should have been granted a court appearance by ...
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Will company with product with ® sue me if my company name is the same as their product?

I have purchased the company name Xxxxx Media in a province in Canada, but I recently realized that the product Xxxxx® is trademarked in the United States. I wish to sell my products in the US soon so ...
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What does “lived together as man and wife” mean?

In a divorce complaint, there is a line that says "they separated and have not lived together as man and wife since that date." What does that mean? Not actually living together? Living together but ...
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Is it illegal to influence an on-line poll by creating false responses?

We don't know enough of the details of the current news reports that Michael Cohn hired a contractor to cause an online poll to report incorrect results. If the mechanism of this deception was the ...
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Is it permissible by law to charge tenants for additional roommates?

Preface: I plan to purchase a single family home and rent it out to university students. Originally, it was expected that there would be one student per room (as communal areas would be sized ...
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Does the sixth amendment protect the right to compulsory process for other types of evidence?

As an example, would it protect the right for a defendant to get a subpoena for phone company records to try an establish an alibi? Read literally, the compulsory process clause only provides "...
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Was Aaron Burr a lawyer of the Southern District of New York Federal Court? [closed]

The question was inspired by watching ep 1 of "For the People".
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Can a landlord charge an addendum fee to add/drop a name on an existing lease

Can a landlord charge an addendum fee of $250 to add/drop a name on an existing lease in Washington State, USA?
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Can a non-indian spouse claim rights/share in Indian properties on divorce?

I am a divorced Indian citizen in USA and have grown up kids in India. I am going to get married to a non-Indian citizen in USA. She has German citizenship and will still have her German citizenship ...
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Can a realtor take marketing photos of the interior of a rental for selling the property?

Can a property manager allow a realtor to come into your place to take photos of the interior - including your furniture and personal items - to publish these online to sell the property?
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Photo Moving Violation Tickets in DC [closed]

I was driving my Out of State car in DC last year ( actually the car is in my Wife's Name but we are both listed as drivers on the Insurance Policy) when a Photo Camera issued 2 tickets for moving ...
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E-3 visa sponsored by own company

If I was a part owner of an LLC incorporated in the US but did not have working rights there, could this entity be used as the sponsor for an E-3 visa (to work for that entity inside the US)? Although ...
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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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Can Congress authorize suits against states in pursuance to the Fifteenth Amendment?

In Fitzpatrick v. Bitzer, 427 U.S. 445 (1976), the Court held that Congress may, in determining what is "appropriate legislation" for the purpose of enforcing the provisions of the Fourteenth ...