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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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Would it be legal for a US State to ban exports of a natural resource?

I am interested in whether a US state constitution could be legally amended to ban exports of specific natural resources (such as coal, lithium or copper) outside it's own state borders. If such a ...
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What is the difference between a private exhibition and public performance with regards to showing films?

Most films for home video in the US begin with an FBI warning that includes some variation of this message: Licensed only for non commercial private exhibition in homes. Any public performance ...
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May a college remove a degree plan without letting students graduate without that degree?

I attended an art school that is part of the UT System, and they removed my degree plan a year after I joined and started removing the classes required to graduate. They informed that I would be able ...
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Which countries grant extraterritoriality to US citizens?

Some countries have ceded, to the United States, some control in the application of their own laws within their own borders. A historical example would be the Treaty of Wanghia, signed with China in ...
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Is it a crime to falsely claim to have committed a crime to someone not a legal authority?

I've been wondering about this. I know that, say, it is generally a crime to file a false police report, and the motivation for this seems logical because that it wastes police time and resources - ...
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Can a city ban a person from filming in their own house?

Jake Paul was apparently banned from filming in his own LA house, and it seems like ice Poseidon, another Youtuber has been banned filming (or in his case, streaming) outside and from within his LA ...
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Do Legal Documents Require Signing In Standard Pen Colors?

I have a question as to whether or not legal documents signed in non standard pen colors (Anything other than blue or black) are valid. I carry a purple pen around that use for everyday writing tasks,...
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Is the U.S. Code copyrighted by the Government?

The age of the internet has brought all of human knowledge to our figure tips, this is only possible because of companies finding profitable reasons for storing all of this information for ...
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Can I sign legal documents with a smiley face?

The signature on my driver's license is a unique and identifiable smiley face :-) I use this signature to sign all legally binding documents. A lot of the time, people reject it, and request an "...
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Title 53, why is it reserved?

Title 53 is currently 1 of 54 titles that make up the United States Code, each title is marked with the topic of law it contains, but Title 53 is marked as reserved. The listing of Title goes: ...
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How do you file a criminal complaint when the police refuse to file the complaint?

Lets say that Bob has a problem with a high ranking member of the local government (Mayor, Police Chief, etc). After several protests of the local government and encounters/arrests by the Police, Bob ...
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Can the Supreme Court perpetually deny petitions for certiorari?

What, if anything, prevents the Supreme Court from perpetually denying all petitions for certiorari?
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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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Is it considered breach of contract or advertising laws if a developer markets their game as releasing on digital store A, but then chooses store B?

Recently, there's a lot of commotion in the PC gaming market over the Epic Game Store, a new digital-only PC games store and platform which is trying to break into the market. A lot of PC gamers are ...
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If a medical provider refers a patient to another medical provider/business, do they have to disclose any financial interest they may have?

If a medical provider refers a patient to another medical provider or medical business (e.g., an imaging lab), do they have to disclose to the patient any financial interest they may have in the ...
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Is it legal for CVS to sell CBD in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, or Tennessee?

According to many news articles, including this one here: CVS said that it is selling CBD products in Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and Tennessee. ...
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“Set aside” vs. “vacate”

Is there a difference in legal terms between "setting aside" or "vacating" an order or judgement? Related: Are the process to revise a judgement vs. order different? In Maryland MD Rule 2-535, ...
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Why does a word like “homemade” not constitute false advertising?

I've been wondering why, when a restaurant says something is "homemade" but it's clearly not made in somebody's home, that's not considered false advertising. If homemade doesn't imply made at home ...
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Why do cops make up funny stories when detaining people?

In case cops are decent human beings, and these answers are true and the nature of their stop just does not allow them to truthfully tell their victims the reason for the stop, why do they make up ...
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Would a judge release a potential Juror who's only complaint was that he didn't want to be a juror?

From what I have heard of the selection process for jury duty it seems as if anyone who makes an argument for why they can't or shouldn't be a juror is excused by the judge, no matter how flimsy the ...
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Could I apply for a job at Hooters with the intent of suing for a settlement when they don't hire me?

The highest ranked answer to a previous question states that BFOQ exceptions (probably) would not be a sufficient argument for allowing Hooters to discriminate against a protected group. In fact the ...
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Is it legal to flee the scene of an accident to get help?

Let's say that I'm in an car accident in which the driver of the other vehicle is injured. I originally stop to render aid and do what little I can to help the other driver, but they appear to have ...
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Is it legal to watch or steam region-restricted shows or movies?

I know some websites that offer some shows and videos legally and free. The only disadvantage is that they don't offer it in my area or region. According to U.S. law, is it okay or legal to use VPN ...
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What is the point of filing a case with an absurd damage/loss amount?

In light of recent college admissions scandal, a woman has sued Loughlin and Huffman for $500 billion. Here is a man who filed for $2 undecillion dollars, in case you need to look it up, it is more ...
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What laws did Lori Loughlin (and friends) break?

I watched the college admission scandal articles go by earlier in the week without much interest. Today I read College admissions scheme: How Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin allegedly participated, ...
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lying to lawyer illegal

It's against the law to lie to a lawyer, isn't it? This will vary by state, but I understand that almost any attorney admitted to practice in at least one court (that would be most attorneys by far) ...
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How a criminal speeding citation of 104 mph in a 75 mph zone will affect my immigration status (F1 visa)?

I recently received a criminal speeding citation for driving at 104 mph in 75 mph zone in Arizona. I have clean driving history without any prior citation or accident. I am an international citizen on ...
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What does “contact” mean in US law?

I spend some of my time battling telemarketers. I wrote a program that opens the modem and snoops Caller Id. If the advertised number is in the FTC's Do Not Call complaint database, then the program ...
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McDaniel Millitia Act

Okay, this is (I hope) proposed tongue-in-cheek, but having lived in Missouri most of my life I suspect it is seriously proposed. Introduced by Representative McDaniel HB1108 would have every MO ...
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Was anyone held liable/accountable in the 2018 Hawaii False Missile Alert?

On January 13, 2018, with belligerent threats and nuclear tensions between the US and North Korea on a knife edge, civil authorities in the US state of Hawaii sent out an alert to all cell phones, ...
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AG's and indictments

I'm curious, let's say that a prosecutor has taken a case before a grand jury. That grand jury has chosen to indict. Can the AG withdrawal those indictments? I've been trying to find out here, but I'...
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For a homeowner, is foliage a fence?

My city regulates fences to be no more than 6' in height. In many cases, the fence as a support for growing tall hedges that could exceed this height. I can't find a definition of a fence in my city ...
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What is it called when a pre-defined penalty is specified in a contract?

In contract law, what is a pre-defined penalty for non-performance called? For example, if the contract says something like: "so-and-so will do xyz by May 5, 2021, and if so-and-so should fail to do ...
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Pseudo-double jeopardy in the US?

Long story short: If you plead guilty to a charge from some specific state (say Alaska) and accept a plea bargain in exchange, can the federal government then come in and charge you separately for ...
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Can an unfinished Integrated Master’s qualify for an H-1B? [closed]

I’m at the last year of an integrated Master’s degree in the UK. This means that if this was a normal degree, I would have earned a bachelor’s at the end of last year. Because it’s integrated, I ...
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In loco parentis

Is the school district under in loco parentis, permitted to seek and hospitalize a child who is in a mental health crisis, when the school cannot reach the parent ow without contacting the parent. ...
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Does a company or an employee have to pay income tax?

Here is a hypothetical situation: A person worked in company A for first 9 months in a year. They paid income tax for him. The remaining 3 months he worked in company B. This company assumed that the ...
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Does Seattle tenant enjoy the right of first order when rental is for sale?

In Seattle, can I enjoy the "Right of first order" (ROR) to buy, when the property I am renting, is put up for sale?
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How can I tell whether my 4th amendment rights have been violated?

From what I understand, a police officer can stop and harass (detain and ask questions with zero apparent "probable cause") all their hearts desire without being required to tell the detainee what the ...
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When does new US legislation come into force?

After the US Congress passes a new bill and the president signs it into law, when does this law come into force (become effective and binding)? Does the law need to be oficially published somewhere?
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Why weren't these affidavits in Miller-Jenkins v Jenkins accepted?

The case involed two ex lovers (one supposedly ex-lesbin) arguing about who gets custody of their adopted daughter. The ex-lesbian had several affidavits written up from suppoters saying her ex abused ...
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Most cited contract law review article?

What is the most cited Legal review article about contract law on a federal level in the past ten years? "cited" in this sentence, refers to citations of the article in other published works (not ...
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Is a Florida corporation that shows no profit or losses required to file taxes?

A company is incorporated in the state of Florida; it was formed by a wantrepreneur. This company has no employees, no location, no profits, and no losses; the only proof this company exists is on ...
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Must multiple class action lawsuits on same claims be combined?

As a casual stock investor, I purchased some shares of ATVI late last year. The company has performed very poorly since then. I'm now being inundated with announcements of class actions lawsuits ...
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Would it be legal for a diabetic person to extract and use insulin from pig pancrea?

Ignoring all considerations of efficiency and possibility, would the FDA restrict a diabetic person from buying slaughterhouse scraps (pancrea), extracting insulin from them, and using that insulin to ...
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Can a police officer lie?

In the unfortunate event, someone finds themselves being questioned by the police in the US, and they ask for a lawyer, but in an unlikely event the police officer says "you don't need a lawyer you're ...
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What is the legal structure of online “TOS”?

TOS, also known as "terms of service" or "terms of use", is an agreement entered into by a user, usually before the user is allowed to use the company's product but is it an agreement(contract), or ...
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Facebook contract Vs Minors

A minor's ability to contract at face-value is straight forward, any contracts with a minor that is not for necessities (food, medicine, clothing, and lodging), and was not approved by the parents/...
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Is currency trading legal in US?

I am trying to open a business where a client can trade their currency to me. For example, if a client has money in their PayPal, they can send it to me, then I will give the the equivalent in their ...
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Suits: How can Simon Lowe, with Daniel Hardman, sue Harvey Specter in connection with the doctrine of unclean hands?

In the last 2 episodes of Suits Season 8, Simon Lowe sues, via his attorney Daniel Hardman, Harvey Specter for breaking privilege. What happened was the lawyers Harvey Specter and Alex Williams who ...