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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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Opposing grants of permission for search by police

Hypothetical situation - a police officer knocks on the door of an apartment shared by two people. Both are home and answer the door. The officer asks for permission to enter and conduct a search. One ...
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Can I rent a unit out that has already been paid for by a past tenant? [closed]

This situation is occurring in Utah, USA. I rented a unit to a young couple in the middle of January this year on a month-to-month contract. They paid a full month rent and the prorating was going to ...
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Is it legal to pose as a competitor's customer?

If company X wants to find out information about company Y's online product, is it illegal for X to hire a contractor to pose as a customer using false details? Assuming no documents are signed, has ...
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Do you owe money to a company who is trying to charge a disabled/expired credit card?

A disposable credit card company from the US wrote 'recently' on their twitter Canceling a subscription can be difficult, time consuming, and frustrating. Or it can be as easy as clicking a button ...
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Are marketplace lenders subject to fair lending laws?

Are 'marketplace' lenders, such as those using Lending Club or Funding Circle, etc., subject to fair lending provisions, such as the Equal Credit Opportunity Act or the Fair Lending provisions of the ...
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Is it legal for websites to keep Logs of a persons billing information after it's deleted from an account?

For example, if I delete my billing info from my Microsoft account, is it gone forever? And if they keep it, is that legal?
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Dual sovereignty: Which sentence takes precedence?

If one is tried for the same offense in both state and federal court, and is convicted in both cases, then which sentence is enacted first? For example, Dylann Roof got multiple life sentences at the ...
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Can a child has different last name from both their father and mother?

So in US, you can change your last name as you could with your first name. So imagine as a father, you changed your last name from the one your family gives to you. Can you choose your child to use ...
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Is it legal for a car dealership to change the lender on your loan without notifying you and/or resigning?

Context: I live in Seattle and bought a car earlier last month, when we found the car we wanted and negotiated a price we got our loan financed through a particular lender. Fast forward a couple weeks ...
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Sue the Girl Scouts

Some Girl Scouts have rebranded their Samoa cookies into Momoas. Could Jason Momoa sue the Girl Scouts for using his likeness without his permission? Or would this constitute some fair use or public ...
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Are Fast Lanes Legal?

I've seen plenty of signs that say things like "Slower Traffic Keep Right," in fact some of them even threaten a fine if you disobey. So I think it is fair to assert that the US Department of ...
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In the United States,what does it mean for a website to keep records for legal compliance? And what is typically kept?

Mediafire claims they delete or do not store Logs of who access your account in their data retention policy. However, in there data retention policy they state they keep records for legal compliance ...
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What do you do when the truth is something that can be proven false beyond a reasonable doubt?

Suppose you firmly believe something to be true but you know that it can be proven false beyond a reasonable doubt. This can happen if, for example, you witnessed something that is incredibly unusual. ...
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There's a (potentially large) mistake in my contract, is there a need to address it?

A company that's using the contracting firm said they'd pay me $X per hour, and the same amount for hours over 40 in a given week. Apparently there's an exemption from the 1.5x pay for certain ...
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2002 or 2006 law on infanticide

I have heard that a law passed in one of the above years says a doctor is required to give medical attention to any born-alive infant. I'm just trying to find the law
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Can an insurance company drop you after receiving a bill and refusing to pay?

In June of 2018, I had a dental procedure done that ended with a total cost of about $1400. At the time, I was under my parents dental insurance. The dentist office confirmed my policy and claimed ...
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SVU Question: inadmissible evidence

If you do not have a lawyer but confess to detectives, does that make the evidence inadmissible? He later confesses to Ken, who protects Darius by refusing to reveal his confession and later ...
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What happens when an ISP who was subpoenaed for an IP doesn't have their IP logs anymore?

What if police wanted to find a copyright violator or someone who hacked or committed a worse crime in the United States and the ISP in question deleted there IP assignment logs. Then how would they ...
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What is the standard way to address written statements presented as evidence in a civil case?

A friend of mine is suing someone. I (and others) witnessed all of the violations that are claimed, but I'm unable to attend the hearing in person for various reasons (mainly that I've moved out of ...
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Do some U.S. states' constitutions interpret the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment differently?

Do some U.S. states' constitutions interpret the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment differently? If so, what do they say?
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Does the U.S. Constitution's First Ammendment protect false speech?

Does the U.S. Constitution's First Ammendment protect false speech? In other words, does it give a citizen or the press a right to spread falsehoods publicly?
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Proving the contents of an item delivered via post

I have recently sold an item online of a moderate value (~$5k USD) that now must be delivered to the buyer. Short of personally delivering the item or using a neutral third party, I must rely on a ...
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Is it discriminatory to operate a real-estate website catering for a specific non-English language in the US?

My understanding of US discrimination laws is that the wording of the real-estate listing must not discriminate by race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. If a ...
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Can defense request findings of fact before resting?

Hypothetical scenario: A victim is identified with documented injuries consistent with having been struck with a weapon. The police find and charge a person (now "Defendant") that they claim ...
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Can a minor file for a Business Certificate in Massachusetts?

I am a minor living in the state of Massachusetts and I am interested in getting a "doing business as" / Business certificate. I am already doing business in my town (online sales), however, I wanted ...
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Can tech companies wishing to prevent secret backdoors discriminate in hiring against Australians?

Australia has passed a law which apparently requires tech workers to develop backdoors which can defeat a company's encryption and security features, without informing their employer, if ordered to do ...
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Questions about PA Dangerous Dog Laws

I am the owner of a fear reactive/aggressive dog. I live in PA. Background I take responsibility for all that my dog does, and I'm embarrassed and mortified beyond belief when he bites other dogs. I'...
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Is it legal to point a domain to someone else's ip (website)?

The question is pretty straightforward: Is it legal to point a domain on the web to someone else's ip (website)? The domain owner is not actually copying the content, but just opening the website in ...
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I'm a Canadian Citizen and want to marry an American Citizen, but still live in Canada

I'm just wondering if I am able to marry an American citizen if I'm Canadian, and still reside in Canada, while he will still reside in USA. We are not able to move abroad for probably a few years, at ...
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Are there non-marriage legal arraignments with similar protections in Montana?

My brother-in-law lives in Montana with his son and the sons mother. For personal reasons he doesn't want to get married, and in part that has to do with divorce. On the other hand, if something ...
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In small claims court, can either party have a lawyer? Can decisions be appealed?

Many people assume that no lawyers are ever allowed in a small claims court, and that decisions in such courts are always unreviewable (final) because of their informal nature. Is this true in all US ...
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E-signing: legal ramifications of “identifying” a person

On several occasions I've found myself e-signing documents* (one such instance was consenting to a background check for a rental agreement). The companies that offer these services use questions to ...
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Is it required by law to have a prescription to get an MRI scan in the United States?

Is it required by law to have a prescription to get an MRI scan in the United States? If state specific, I'm interested in California and Massachusetts. I'm reading conflicting, unsupported ...
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Equivalents to California's Ellis Act

According to Wikipedia, The Ellis Act (California Government Code Chapter 12.75)1 is a 1985 California state law that allows landlords to evict residential tenants to "go out of the rental business"...
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Do lawyers have to prove their claim that they represent an entity?

I got a threatening letter from lawyer Y the other day. They claim they are representing company X. Since I wasn't sure, I wrote back, asking for documentation of their retention by company X. I also ...
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R. Kelly and Statute of Limitations

R (Robert) Kelly has recently been charged, in Chicago, with having sexually abused four females from 1998 to 2010. Three of the women were underage at the time this abuse is alleged to have occurred. ...
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Can a license agreement apply to a physical object?

I purchased this board from Digi-Key for $27.97. Later, I noticed on the ST website that there is a license agreement for the board. (To be clear, I did not agree to the license when I purchased the ...
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Death caused by (possible) oversight by doctor. What recourse is there?

Let's say we have a guy named Jack (Jack is definitely not a pseudonym for me, I swear). Jack is young and healthy, and was happily married to his equally young and healthy wife until recently. Then ...
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Does the 5th Amendment only apply to federal government

The 5th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States says No person shall be held to answer for a... crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury..., nor be deprived of life, ...
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When does a person lose diplomatic status?

Ahmed Ali Muthana, father of Hoda Muthana, "claims" that he was no longer working as a diplomat at the time of his daughter's birth, thereby insisting that his daughter was born a US citizen under the ...
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Is it truly illegal for the US army to hire someone with IQ less than 83?

In this video Peterson says that ... anybody into the Armed Forces if they have an IQ of less than 83... Is this true? What law is this supposed restriction based on?
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Can a LGBT person sue the parents of a child who refuses to sell lemonade to them?

According to Wikipedia, running a lemonade stand is a business. If a child has been instructed by his/her parents not to sell lemonade to a LGBT person, can the LGBT person sue the child's parents ...
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Legality of current salary question: which state's law applies

Some US cities and states have made it illegal to ask about a candidate's current salary. https://www.businessinsider.com/places-where-salary-question-banned-us-2017-10 However, in each interview ...
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Can an employer place someone on medical leave even though a doctor says they are ok to work?

Hypothetically, if someone has a chronic mental illness and their employer is already aware of it (and made accommodations for it) for the time they have been employed, does the employer have the ...
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Is it legal to record TSA agents?

Flying through security checkpoints in the US, I have seen and experienced passengers getting chewed out for choosing opt-out pat-down screening, with agents being extremely annoyed about the extra ...
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How to move out of a contract with my scamming landlord [closed]

I have a scamming property management where I'm renting a studio apartment with. I'm in Illinois, US. I have many issues with them. For instance, when I was renting with them, as soon as they got ...
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Is in-browser crypto mining legal?

Can I get sued when using an opt-in (prompt the user to accept before starting the miner) crypto miner like coinhive or mineralt on my website in the US/EU?
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Freely accessible work on the Internet: publication or public performance/display?

I have long been under the impression that making one's own copyrightable work available on the Internet for free does constitute publication for the purposes of copyright law in most/all Western ...
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Why is everyone afraid to give “legal advice”? What is the difference between legal advice and personal opinion? [duplicate]

Why is it illegal to give your opinion/advice about a legal problem or case if you are not licensed or do not have a lawyer/client contract? Findlaw.com says it's ok if you are just a friend, or ...
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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 ...