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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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Under what circumstances is the writ of mandamus normally used?

Currently the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia are pursuing a case against the President of the United States regarding alleged violations of the emoluments clause. As described by ...
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Is it legal to include verbatim exercises from a book in videos/on a blog?

I live in Florida, U.S. I recently purchased a math book that I really like, and I am thinking about making a video series or a blog where I would succcessively resolve the exercises from the book. ...
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Can I object to a flight attendant praising TV characters for 5 minutes?

During a domestic flight, one of the flight attendants started making rather annoying praises of them being a fan of Disney and Mickey Mouse, Mickey Mouse' birthday, and asking whether anyone was ...
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law about ethical hacker using pirated software or gadgets?

Is there any law if a ethical hacker is invited to our company and he used pirated software? Can we take any legal action or its normal in this field?
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Closed Source License with No Liability?

I’m writing a closed source program with a small group of people. We will be distributing it without the code, but I’m worried about two things: If my program deletes the user’s files or causes any ...
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Private companies asking for Social Security Number?

I thought that the privacy act (HIPAA) forbade use of the Social Security Number, or even asking for it, except by banks and federal agencies. Nevertheless, I frequently get asked for my Social ...
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Same game company name, but in a different country

I finally came up with a good name for my game studio, however after searching for it there appears to be another game company with the same/very similar name. They were founded this year, have an ...
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is there any law for using unlicensed or cracked software?

Is there any law for using unlicensed or cracked software for our personal use? Can we use cracked versions of software in organization?
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Can women also go shirtless in public legally?

Do women have the same rights as men to walk on the beach or sidewalk topless where men are also walking bare-chested without being discriminated against? If a woman is arrested or asked to leave by ...
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does law defines any hacker rules? [closed]

does law defines any limitation that tells how much can a hacker use his knowledge in different way? Any boundary that tells about hacker and cracker.
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Procedure for Trial if Defendant Does Not Have a Visa To Attend Trial?

I am interested in both civil and criminal cases. Suppose a defendant is charged with a crime or has a civil complaint is filed against that defendant. However, the defendant is granted bail or just ...
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Do legal tender laws prevent “no cash” restaurants?

This story about restaurants that only accept electronic payment set me wondering. I know that under legal tender laws a business can set a policy on what forms of payment it will accept, but that ...
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At what point is it breaking the law during an online scam

Generally speaking, at what point it becomes illegal to be pretending that you're a Microsoft tech support (or better yet a random tech support not affiliated with any well known company) OR pretend ...
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Legal meaning of “to the greatest extent possible”?

I'm reading a policy document and it frequently uses the term 'to the greatest extent possible'. Is there a standard legal interpretation of this phrase in U.S. law? How might it differ from the ...
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Do the HIPAA regulations in the United States prevent medical providers from disclosing relevant health information on patient A to patient B?

If a medical provider is aware of some health information on patient A that can affect patient B, do the HIPAA regulations still prevent the medical provider from conveying that information to patient ...
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Could a municipality be punished for extortionate enforcement of speed limits?

It is a common sight on American highways. You are driving down a highway with, say, a 55 mph speed limit, and upon entering a town it rapidly drops to 45 or 35 mph. Then right around the next corner ...
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Lie about US citizenship

If I tell a lie about my US citzenship (I am actually not), but not to a governmental agencies, I get no benefits, and I don't have the purpose to get any benefits from it, what code will specify the ...
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What law designated the U.S. Marshals as non-military?

What is the code that says that the United States of America Marshals will not be seen as the military anymore?
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At what point does a shady business practice become criminal fraud?

I recently bought a house which required getting oil service started for it. The oil company I called (which had already been servicing the house previously) insisted on inspecting the oil tank first. ...
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Is it unlawful to receive a photocopied book?

In the following, all parties live and all actions are taken entirely within the United States. Let us say that a person (Bob) has purchased a book from the book store. Bob likes the book enough ...
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Can the federal US government use any other powers to ban FGM?

A federal law against FGM was ruled unconstitutional today on the grounds that the powers under which the law was written were not applicable to the activity being criminalized. Are there any other ...
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Can courts do anything to prevent criminal trials being delayed for many years?

You may remember in the news some time ago a fatal shooting allegedly motivated by the victim texting in a movie theater. Well, a date for the trial has finally been set - more than 5 years after the ...
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Renting in Michigan former tenant and rental agreement

I bought a house in Saint Clair Shores. Closing took place 10/1/2018. I’m friends with the previous owner, who had a tenant. We agreed that she could continue to rent for a couple months. I drafted a ...
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Can I claim unemployment benefits if I already have a new job lined up?

Imagine that I live and work in Massachusetts. I am being laid off by the end of the year. I already have a new job but it won't start until a few months after the end of my current employment. I know ...
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Religious exemption to vaccines that relies on preservation of life

Almost every US state allows a religious exemption to vaccination requirements in schools. Some religions are opposed to vaccination as a basic principle (maybe because healing is reserved for God or ...
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Blumenthal v. Trump Do Senators have standing to bring suit?

In the Complaint filed today Blumenthal v. Trump (for text see [https://www.law.com/nationallawjournal/2018/11/19/senate-democrats-sue-trump-challenging-whitakers-appointment-at-main-justice/?slreturn=...
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Are Native American tribes considered part of the United States?

What is the principle of Tribal Sovereignty? Does it mean that Native American tribes are not part of the United States? Thank you.
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Cash only inheritance process

My father passed away with no will. He had no property and a smattering of random stuff my sibling and I are sorting through. The only thing of real value is a checking account of about $100k. No ...
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Does the FMLA cover mental health visits for franchise employees?

I have a friend who's tried to commit suicide a couple of times. He works at a fast food franchise that insists on scheduling him during the only time he can go visit with a counselor. I know FMLA ...
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Can I recreate the Risk board game for personal use?

My friend wants to make a 'risk table', which would have the risk board carved into it, as part of a larger game board challenge. He would be making all the pieces and the board himself. I'm ...
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What is the Mississippi Law and Federal Law against incest?

What is incest legally and what punishment applies?
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Why would a company with a market cap over $100 million choose to be a non-limited, general partnership?

Why would such a significantly profitable company choose to have unlimited liability? What benefits would still be afforded by the non-limited, general partnership structure? United States especially.
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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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Do California process servers typically try phone calls before resorting to ambush?

I've reason to believe that someone might be planning to sue me (it's unclear). Last Sunday night I got a knock on my apartment door at around 9:30pm from a stranger who tried to talk me into opening ...
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Copying programming problems (with proper citation) in order to write explanations on how to solve them in a blog/website.

I will be doing two things: Make a blog/website and copy and paste algorithmic questions and other programming problems word by word (could be from books or other websites) and properly cite them. ...
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Is an unsolicited email about job openings from a government office considered commercial under the CAN-SPAM Act?

As per the title, is an unsolicited email about job openings from a government office (consider, as the specific case, a military recruiter) considered commercial under the CAN-SPAM Act?
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What are “non-union states”?

I'm watching a lecture by Robert B Reich. He's talking about a hypothetical case in which Bob, a CEO of some corporation, wants to "move the US plant to a non-union state" to reduce wages. I ...
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What exactly does the law say about bias in court/does it cover unconscious biases?

If possible, what is the specific wording for the law(s) about bias in court, what are the repercussions for someone who is found guilty of bias in court, and do the laws extend to unconscious bias (i....
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What has been the largest class suit action in the USA by payout?

What has been the largest payout in a class suit action against a corporation in the USA due to deliberate corporate malfeasance of whatever kind?
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Daily Caller, Bob Menendez-possible prosecution of online news provider?

Hypothetically, suppose it were possible to prove that the Daily Caller paid women in the Dominican Republic to make up stories about Senator Menendez patronizing underage prostitutes. Could the Daily ...
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Is it illegal for someone to view my private Instagram through someone else’s account?

Is it illegal for someone to view my private Instagram through someone else’s account? I recently found out that someone who I did not allow to follow me sent me a screenshot of one of my posts. I ...
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How can one verify a purportedly freely licensed image on a user-content site?

Based partly on comments to this question, how can a person who finds an image on a site, such as flickr, that hosts user-uploaded images verify that the it is in fact free to use. Suppose that the ...
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Is the Acting Attorney General in the Presidential Line of Succession?

The Attorney-General is seventh in the line of succession to the Presidency of the United States. Does an Acting Attorney-General replace the former Attorney-General in the line of succession?
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What is the value in learning a dead gunman's motives?

Last night a gunman shot and killed 12 people in a California tavern. The gunman was also killed. Interviews with law enforcement have stressed that they will work very hard to understand the gunman's ...
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Can a minor be “self-employed?”

I would like to sell web design services, but I don't know where to begin with the legal details. Is there anything that I have to look out for? Do I have to pay taxes? I am 17 years old.
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Is it legal for a restaurant to take back your food and cook it again?

Example 1. You are served a burger, but it is not cooked enough for your liking. Does it violate any food safety regulations for the server to take the plate back to the kitchen, disassemble the ...
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How can universities legally discriminate against a sex when filling dorms?

Landlords are not allowed to discrimate against a sex when renting to tenants as this is one of the protected classes. How do universities get away with discriminating against a sex when filling ...
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Does HiPAA allow for the use of cloud services to store encrypted backups?

Considering a service allows for the communication of PHI without persistent storage. If the user takes responsibility for storing their own data, and they choose to store it in their google cloud ...
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Borrowing Firearms for Science?

Edit: we have an excellent general counsel who runs our legal team; I'm asking here firstly to get familiar with roughly the shape of this thing, and secondly to learn a little about how things in ...
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Is there any way a president could be voted in by popular vote more than two terms?

If everybody was to vote on their ballot for a United States president who had already served two terms and won the election what would happen?