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Couple Forced to Give Up Babies After Embryo Mixup

There was a recent story about parents who gave physically gave birth to children conceived through IVF, but through some kind of mix-up, gave birth to children who were not genetically related to ...
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Is it legal for a private business to require contact information to complete a checkout?

We were in a counter-service restaurant today. When we went to pay, their checkout system required a telephone number and email address. We asked if we could opt-out and just pay, and were told that ...
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US Patent Law: Can a consumer of patented technology be held liable?

Under US patent law, if a company releases a product or technology based on a patent which they do not have the rights to, can the end-user / consumer of this product or technology be held liable by ...
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Working online from abroad in a USA organization

Which states in USA have legislations that allow organizations in that state to recruit people living abroad (they are hence not authorized to work in USA) to work online for that organization? Or, ...
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Is discrimination based on job occupation legal in United States?

Recently some cops were asked to leave a coffee shop because other people didnt feel safe. In my country you can't deny service based on anything, as far as I know, they list a large number of reasons ...
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How is the passing of an estate's property handled when the recipient has also died?

This is a theoretical question so I may not have thought it through completely. We have a grandmother who has died, leaving behind a will that is several years old. In it, she has given an asset (...
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Does the law make any legal distinction between finding guilt and categorically establishing that someone committed an act?

Short of undeniable video evidence or multiple firsthand accounts, guilt is established "beyond a reasonable doubt". Is there any kind of distinction made where the legal system understands that it'...
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Is it legal to have unpaid volunteer moderators (or other types of volunteers) on a for-profit community website?

It seems like everyone does it. I've never heard of a paid moderator (though I'm sure they probably exist). From what I've gathered, however, it sounds like having any kind of volunteers is illegal ...
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Can an employer force all employees to open bank accounts in the employees' names?

[asking regarding federal law in the U.S.A. only] Recently I have noticed low wage employers such as fast food and retail requiring employees to open a bank account through the employer. Such ...
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Not paying property rent due to unlivable condition

I'm living in an apartment complex in Chicago suburbs. I was paying rent continuously throughout the course of the lease. But it has been 2 months that I'm surrounded with huge number of pests, mostly ...
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what is the minimum age or conditions to pick up a prescription on someones behalf in WA state

The title says it all: what is the minimum age or conditions to pick up a prescription on someones behalf in WA state. None controlled substance Particularly: Topiramate. It's a pretty cheap anti-...
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Would a parent leaving their child at safe haven to avoid paying child support be guilty of a crime?

Let me start by saying this is a purely hypothetical question asked only out of curiosity, I have no unwanted children nor am I horrible enough person to do this if I did. Still lets say ...
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Can a medical provider be paid to display some advertisement for medical services/treatments/products in their office?

Can a medical provider be paid to display some advertisement for medical services/treatments/products in their office? If so, does the medical provider have to disclose that they had received ...
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What is the legal background for confiscating cell phones of detained asylum seekers?

On the US southern border, some of the arriving people are detained currently. It is irrelevant here why and how that happens. Cell phones are confiscated when a person found to be an illegal ...
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Can a murder case be filed if that information gets classified?

Assume a member of the government murdered another individual over some unrelated matter. The attacker is an important member of the US government, so the President classifies this information. Now, ...
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Marshae Jones' case: Manslaughter when shot, would it make a difference when baby was born?

This is very specific to the reported case of Marshae Jones, from what I learned in the article from The Guardian: Alabama: pregnant woman shot in stomach is charged in fetus's death The given ...
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Reimbursement for business use of personal phone

I work at a small company located in California. The company has indicated that they would like to begin forwarding all calls outside of business hours to my phone. In actuality there would be very ...
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Would gambling money on odds of winnig a video game be legal in the United States?

I believe I read before that the US only constituted a situation as 'gambling' if there was luck based, which is to say that if there was a sufficient degree of skill involved then something was not ...
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Can I use a corporation name that has been “Merged Out” as my new corporation name in California?

I did the search on California Secretary of State - Business Name site, and it shows the status as "Merged Out" (more than 20 years ago). I also searched the US Official Trademark Db site for the ...
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Clery Act--Does it include reports of crime that occur off-campus to university members?

The Clery act states that universities in the US are required to collect (F) Statistics concerning the occurrence on campus, in or on noncampus buildings or property, and on public property ...
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Does the employee or employer decide how to satisfy the tax withholding requirement for restricted stock granted as income? [closed]

I'm currently working at a startup and am going to receive some equity in the company through a restricted stock grant. The CEO inserted this clause into the grant agreement and it's giving me some ...
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Before the 13th Amendment, could people sell themselves into slavery in the USA?

Classical (non-racial) systems of slavery in Western civilization, such as Greco-Roman, Celtic, etc. typically included provisions for selling oneself into slavery. This might be as a way to escape ...
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How can new villages and cities be formed or incorporated within various states? [closed]

What is the process for creating new villages and/or incorporating cities within the following states? Colorado Washington Pennsylvania Kentucky Missouri New Mexico
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How can nicotine be legal for a pregnant lady? [closed]

If a Lady is tested positive for THC it is illegal and depending on location one can be arrested and the baby taken, but if they smoke cigarettes to cause the unborn baby to die there is no penalty? ...
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Two year home residency and citizenship under section 322

Background: I went to the U.S. on a J-1 Visa in 2014 and am subject to the two year home residency requirement. My wife is a U.S. Citizen born abroad. Our child, also born outside of the U.S. (in 2013)...
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Can US Supreme Court justices / judges be “rotated” out against their will?

In last night's US Presidential Debate, candidate and US Senator Bernie Sanders asserted the option of being able to "rotate" Supreme Court judges / justices to other courts. As quoted in The Hill: ...
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Possibility of credit card trolling strategy

Let's say I owe 100k in CC debt. The cc company goes to sue. Correct me but civil trials take months, more.for low priority crap like debt collection. Just before the trial date, I find one of the ...
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Do Credit card companies actually sue over large debts? California [closed]

I have 100k of CC debt I haven't paid for months. Would cc companies actually sue? The way I see it- They have no way to find me. Would have to be service by publication. A normal civil suit takes a ...
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Pulled over (graphic included) - Washington DC

I was pulled over in Washington, DC by DHS, FPS and received a moving violation for, as the officer describes on the ticket, “Wrong Way on one way.” Specifically, the ticket lists the infraction as ...
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If a USA citizen marries a foreign citizen who has a kid from a previous marriage

I have a niece who is divorced and we want her to get rehabilitated and one possibility is that she may marry a USA citizen. She has a 11-year-old son from a previous marriage. I looked in Google ...
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Do companies violate California labour law by not giving uninterrupted 10 minute breaks for each 4 hours of interviews?

In the software engineering industry, it's very often that the final stage of the interview is an onsite in California, where you spend a minimum of 3.5h doing the interviews; expenses are normally ...
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Is it legal to wear human skin?

Can human skin or parts that is legally obtained be worn as jewelery or clothing in public? What about having a dehydrated body in your bar?
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Is it illegal in the United States for a journalist to take photographs of a letter of correspondence with a foreign official?

This was inspired by this question asked on Politics.SE here: https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/42357/can-a-us-president-have-someone-sent-to-prison and the linked incident: https://www....
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Assessments for Condo [closed]

Seller said no assessments and within 6 mo I had an 8700.00 roofing assessment. I tried calling the Management company but she never returned my call . Do I have a legal recourse to go after them? ...
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If a security guard wrongly physically stops you, is that assault?

Suppose you are a law-abiding citizen, but a security guard wrongly thinks you stole something from a store. Without warning, the guard physically restrains you. Could you press charges for assault? (...
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Which supersedes the other, laws or treaties?

The Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution states that the Constitution, laws and treaties are the supreme law of the land. Obviously, the Constitution supersedes both laws and treaties, but which ...
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How do fast food chains get away with selling fake chicken?

Subway chicken only about 50% meat, according to Canadian study What's in your chicken sandwich? (Subway's "chicken" is 50% chicken, and Wendy's is 88%. The rest is non-meat additives) Subway ...
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Would working for a marijuana distributor remotely from outside of a legal state be open me to criminal charges?

I saw a job opening for a software developer position working in the marijuana industry. This is a job where I would not be directly handling or distributing marijuana. The company would be based in a ...
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Taking Leads from a Company I quit

If Im a 1099 (independent contractor) at a cash advance firm and I left (quit). Can I take the leads I sorted through and became "my list" and take those leads and start my own merchant cash advance ...
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Can I serve my ex spouse an eviction notice before he signs a quitclaim deed?

My divorce is finalized and I was awarded the house. Obviously I will need to refinance it and pay him his share of the equity to get the deed solely in my name, which will take time. My ex is ...
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Is Sword and a Shield a doctrine in the US?

I'm working on a complaint to US federal agencies. One of the arguments I need to make is, a company cannot use existing laws or policies or instruments as both a sword and a shield. That is, they ...
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What is the distinction between “reduce” and “suspend” in the context of government action?

I am curious about the distinction between the term "reduce" and "suspend" in the context of government action, specifically as to whether or not the term reduce would require permanence. For example: ...
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Apart from trademark protection, what kind of intellectual property protection may logos have according to US law?

Apart from trademark protection, what kind of intellectual property protection may logos have under US law? Could a logo be considered a graphical "work", therefore copyrightable? If it could, how? ...
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American citizenship that got lost in the family

I am a non-American individual and think I have a right for American citizenship. The father of my grandma (dead) was American (he was born there), but my grandma (alive) did not get citizenship for ...
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Does the federal government have authority to impose tax laws at the state level?

I was reading IRS Stops Attempt To Bypass Trump Tax Law, MD Lawsuit Continues. The article states: ... The IRS said Tuesday that states cannot bypass a $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) ...
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How can the US president give an order to a civilian?

I remember reading that the US president can give an order to a civilian via some special letter. (The example given involved an IT company employee ordered to install a back-door in the company's ...
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Does downloading a ROM put me in legal trouble? [closed]

I am misled on the legal doctrine for ROMs. I am aware that I am using the word ROM, not emulator, because I am aware of the difference. My research has shown that one for sure way of being in legal ...
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What countries blindly protect their own citizens from extradition?

I was surprised to learn (in the background for the recent protests) that a Hong Kong resident can murder someone in Taiwan and go back to Hong Kong with no consequences (by the way, the murderer is ...
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Does preventing a murder justify breaking a “No Trespassing” law?

If I see a "No Tresapssing" sign on a house door, but I hear screems for help from inside. The window was left open by mistake and I see a big guy beating an unarmed man and getting ready to kill him. ...
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Traffic citation [closed]

So I forgot to turn my headlights on one night and got pulled over. He gave me a warning for the headlights but I didn't have my proof of insurance so I got a traffic citation for that and I went to ...