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What licenses and registrations are required to start a home business repackaging food in NY?

I'd like to start a home business repackaging food in New York State in the US. For example, let's say I'm buying 10kg bags of rice from the supermarket and I want to put them into jars each ...
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Would it be legal to shut down functionality on users phone?

This would be US jurisdiction, say NYC. Note this is a question about the law only; not a question about technical feasibility. Could Apple or Google of their own volition legally shut down ...
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Are there any circumstances where the court could order authorities to seize subpoenaed materials in a civil suit?

As the title. I am aware that there are a number of punitive measures courts can take when parties do not comply with discovery. Is there point where the court can order the collection of materials by ...
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Can you be charged for breaking US laws abroad?

Say you commit a robbery in a country outside of the US. However robbery is legal in that country. If you come back to the USA, can you be charged?
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Is it legal to donate directly to Ukraine's military?

Is it legal for private U.S. citizens to donate directly to Ukraine's military on this page? https://bank.gov.ua/en/news/all/natsionalniy-bank-vidkriv-spetsrahunok-dlya-zboru-koshtiv-na-potrebi-armiyi ...
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Are citizen-recorded videos catalogued as evidence by the police exempt from public records requests?

Presuming videos recorded in public, are such videos generally open to public inspection? If not, are such videos open to public inspection in non-criminal proceedings, for e.g. in traffic ...
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Is it legal to refuse to let a student test out of classes in Michigan?

I am an aspiring mathematics student at a public high school in Midland, Michigan. I have studied over the summer 8 AP courses, and filled out a variety of paperwork in advance to test out of these AP ...
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Sharing pricing information as a customer

I am getting pricing quotes from two companies, A and B. The sales representative of company A asked me to send them the quote from company B, so that they can talk their management into offering me a ...
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Was William Bruce Mumford convicted of treason?

Wikipedia says When the Union Army occupied the city on May 1, Mumford was arrested and charged with "high crimes and misdemeanors against the laws of the United States, and the peace and ...
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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 legal for a retailer to modify a product to remove best before dates and batch numbers?

We manufacture and supply to retailers in the US, via a distributor, a trademarked liquid animal feed product. Recently we have discovered that one of the retailers has been wiping off the best before ...
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How can immigrants in the US get paid as owners of companies when they can't be paid as workers?

I have been interested in starting a company as an immigrant but don't understand what the law is for paying myself from the company or in what capacity I could legally work in the company. I have ...
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Does the repeal of net neutrality remove monopoly protections from ISPs?

The repeal of net neutrality was done (in part) by declassifying ISPs as title II common carriers. As I understand it, being a title II common carrier implies being treated like a utility under a ...
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If one person on a phone said they would record the call, do I need to tell them that I record the call if I decide to do so?

In the United States, some states require consent to record if one party decides to record the phone call. A person I'm talking to told me they would record the call, do I need to tell them that I ...
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US Copyright Status of Software Source Code Created Prior to 1980?

I've been unable to find an answer to this even after doing extensive searching and I'm pretty good at searching if I do say so myself. Does US copyright apply to software source code which has been ...
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Can one use evidence obtained in NY in an MA court - specifically about wiretapping laws

New York is a one-party consent state. This means that only one party must consent to the recording of an in-person or telephone conversation. It is an E felony under New York's wiretapping law to ...
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Can consular security staff carry firearms in New York City?

Can the security staff (equivalent to the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service) of the various Embassies/Missions/Consulates/etc located in New York City carry (concealed) firearms as part of their ...
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Do I need to post a notice in beauty salon if surveillance camera is on premises (California)?

My friend's beauty salon and beauty product shop was inspected some time ago and in the inspection report it is noted "Surveillance camera in the shop". Now I am wondering what the inspector might ...
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Can Rand Paul be sued for negligent transmission of COVID-19?

Note: I am not wanting to make this political. Please do not attempt to address political aspects of this situation or rail one way or the other. My question would be exactly the same if the facts ...
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Do I need a disclaimer for a camera in a private restroom?

I will be leasing an apartment. Because maintenance personnel will be entering when I am not home, I plan to setup cameras throughout the apartment. I have confirmed this is not a lease violation to ...
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Can an indemnification clause be satisfied by personally representing the company if the user is an attorney?

This question about indemnification clauses in ToSes made me wonder what happens if the user is an attorney. The Tower of Fantasy ToS (using that example because it was used in the original question) ...
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Tax Responsibility - American Remote Work in Toronto

I'm an American software developer working for an American financial services company that only services American citizens and permanent residents. I am a remote worker who lives and works in Michigan....
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Can deportation be reversed?

Suppose, for example, that a US permanent resident is convicted of an aggravated felony. They will probably go to prison and then be deported once they are released from prison under INA 237(a)(2)(A)(...
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What is the copyright status, in the US, of the old USSR textbooks?

The textbooks published in the USSR had their copyright listed as "The Ministry of Education of the USSR." I am not interested in the "author rights." I am only interested in the ...
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Could Mark Rober be liable if damage occurred due to his holiday prank on package thieves?

For several years YouTuber Mark Rober has posted videos where he builds a device that can record video, play sounds, flash lights, spray fart spray, and shoot glitter when opened. He puts them in ...
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Under what conditions are National Guard units subject to general orders/regulations in effect for the U.S. Military?

Related to and inspired by my prior question. The Secretary of Defense has issued a vaccine mandate for the Department of Defense, which includes all subordinate commands. Assuming that this ...
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When bounties are offered for information leading to a conviction, how is it decided who gets it?

Inspired by this article, how exactly is it determined who gets the bounty? Surely the police get many tips, do all informants get paid? Is the bounty split or do they all get the full amount? If ...
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How can a US lawyer ethically work in the cannabis industry?

I live in California and I have seen ads for "cannabis attorneys" who specialise in helping the "legal" (under state law) cannabis industry/business (they often have names and ...
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Remotely working from France for a US company (repost asked by mod)

I'm French, I live in France and I'm considering applying for a remote job in a US company. Are there any legal issues that would prevent me to do so? How would the time spent working in a US company ...
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Can a denied motion to intervene be appealed in itself?

From Wikipedia's article on intervention: Rule 24(b) provides for permissive intervention, which is subject to the discretion of the judge hearing the case. If the judge hearing the case denies a ...
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Is an employer rule mandating face coverings on their grounds enforceable even when employee is off work?

My employer (a private college in the US state of Maine) has a new rule mandating face coverings for employees, including in outdoor settings on their campus. The campus is open to the public to enjoy ...
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Are there specific charges for personal injuries that were caused by deliberate public property damage?

I recently saw a video that shows several people destroying a statue in a public space. In the process of tearing it down, the bulk of the statue fell and struck a bystander in the head. It's clear ...
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Why weren't the US Navy and Marines added to the Posse Comitatus Act in 1956?

The Posse Comitatus Act was originally enacted in 1878 to restrict the use of the United States military in many domestic matters. Originally, the act only covered the Army, which doesn't seem ...
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Which US states penalize an employer if they withhold taxes for the wrong state for one of the employees?

Which US states penalize an employer if they withhold taxes for the wrong state for one of their employees? (withhold in California, but employee was in a different state: I'm interested in any US ...
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What weapons can I legally carry for self-defence in New York City?

I've been on the receiving end of racist verbal attacks regarding COVID-19. I've already reported this to the police; they advise me not to engage with the offenders. However, I suspect that things ...
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Does the FDA have authority to regulate medical devices which aren't marketed?

I'd like to know if there is anything in US law that gives the FDA authority over medical devices which aren't marketed; and where that is in the law specifically. I did a quick search of Title 21, ...
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In a civil infraction case, does the defendant have to turn over evidence to the prosecution beforehand?

Recently I heard about the proceedings of a parking ticket infraction in the state of Georgia which had me scratching my head. A person I know filed an appeal against a parking ticket because they ...
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Is There a Default Position on Beverage Refills?

This question was inspired by a 2014 case in South Carolina, where a man named Christopher Lewis was given a $525 ticket (later reduced to a warning) for refilling a drink at a VA Medical Center. In ...
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Can I sell unofficial "names" for bathroom stalls at a public university?

For a $20m+ donation, you can put your name on my university's new recreational facility. This got me thinking, could I do the same thing? As a satirical joke I'm thinking of setting up a website ...
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What standards must US ISPs currently uphold in the quality of their speed and ping?

I'm curious. After a generous amount of googling, I couldn't find any laws or codes from the FCC regarding the standards of quality regarding internet speed and access. What laws are currently in ...
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Legality of manual counterattacks vs counterattacks executed autonomously by a self-defense bot

There is a new twist on the DDOS (distributed denial-of-service) attack vector which has been used for taking down servers on the internet. This newest version sends data packets targeting memcached ...
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Can my employer expend more of my PTO than is necessary to meet 40 hours?

I am an exempt employee. A few weeks ago, I worked worked a lot of hours between Monday and Thursday due to a project deadline. I had already planned to take off the day on Friday and informed my ...
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If a misdemeanor crime happens on a plane, where is the jurisdiction?

If a misdemeanor crime happens during a plane flight, where is the jurisdiction? For example, suppose a plane is flying from New York to California and while the plane is flying over Idaho, one ...
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California non-compete laws: where do they come from?

I once read that California non-compete laws come from the gold rush era, and yet I was not able to find any more information about the subject. It would be interesting to understand what ...
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How well can one know the rules in gambling before it's legally fraud?

A Wired article from earlier this year describes how a regulatory change in Russia (suddenly prohibiting most gambling) flooded the market there with old slot machines. Some technically skilled ...
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Scope of powers for special counsel?

Citing "unusual circumstances", the deputy attorney general of the US has appointed a special counsel. What are the tools available to this role and what limitations are in place regarding those ...
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Qualifications or exceptions to a requirement to report to a port of entry

Wikipedia's article titled Canada–United States border says this: It is illegal to cross the border outside border controls. Everyone crossing the border must be checked. There appear to be some ...
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Who is responsible for an intra-hospital ambulance?

Several months ago, I went to the emergency room. I called an ambulance, which took me to Local Hospital (Branch A). While there, the hospital said they did not have the facilities to treat me, and ...
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What could I be charged with if I went around uprooting "<X> for public office" signs?

This is not something I'm actually doing or thinking about doing; I'm just curious about this slightly absurd hypothetical scenario. Suppose that I get really mad at those signs people stick in their ...
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Any recourse for a rental under lengthy maintenance that impacts my use of said rental?

I'm renting half of a duplex, and for the past two-three months the roof, siding, and balcony have been in they process of being replaced. Contractors show up with no warning, including Saturdays. ...
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