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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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Passport requirements for travel between a US territory and a US state

I am trying to find out what US law says about foreign travelers flying between US territories and the "mainland." For example, flying from Guam to Hawaii or from Puerto Rico to Florida. 8 CFR 215.1(...
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Did Alabama legalize gay marriage, or outlaw it?

On 4 March 2016, the Supreme Court of Alabama dismissed a petition by conservative activist group Alabama Policy Institute and a probate judge to halt gay marriages in the state. This was reported by ...
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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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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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Marital property in NJ: spouse have right to use car?

The question is simple, but the situation is anything but. The bare bones info: my friend's son is a new driver who just had a minor, but scary, brush with the law. There is an extra car in this ...
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I am looking for a Minnesota law similar to a California law about vehicles, trailers, and overhang

I don't know that you will be able to find the Minnesota statute or regulation on point. If you can, I will be grateful for sure but my search led me to a more general question. MN has a ...
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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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Is there a difference in “termination of employment” qualifying event trigger between group health insurance and 401(k)?

My job uses a Professional Employer Organization to handle payroll and benefits. This is a coemployment relationship, not temp/staffing, nor subcontract. The PEO is the issuer of my W-2 and listed ...
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Which jurisdiction applies in an international case around a missing package?

Let's say a company in Mississippi send a package to a customer in the EU (Germany). The item has already been billed, including shipping costs. Due to mishandling at the customs, the package is sent ...
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Is “No, I got your IDs” a valid reason to hold individuals during a voluntary stop?

Last Friday night me and some friends were in the process of exiting a park (walking, not driving) in our neighborhood (in North Carolina). We were stopped and questioned by a cop. We (not quite ...
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Why *must* a defendant be present during a criminal trial?

The Sixth Amendment guarantees: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury.... I recently discovered that, in general, these ...
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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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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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Can I legally recreate public Japanese buildings in a 3D game?

I'm wanting to make a game set in Tokyo, specially Asakusa. I want to loosely recreate some of the streets and buildings to really nail the feeling of being there. Is it legal to recreate buildings ...
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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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Copyright IP of own effort and the boundaries of “Capital asset” in IRS tax law, wrt. donations

In "Instructions for Form 8283"1, it says you can donate and deduct: Intellectual property. The FMV of intellectual property must be reduced to figure the amount of your deduction, as explained ...
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Could an American slave own intellectual property over things they created?

Say that an individual were a slave in the United States before the passage of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, abolishing slavery. Could such a slave own intellectual property over things ...
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How does separation of church and state apply to the military academy choir singing Christmas carols?

During the holidays West Point military academy has a "holiday celebration", where their choir sung many traditionally secular holiday songs, sleigh bells, marshmallow world etc. However they also ...
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Are there any restrictions regarding the use of a GPS device while driving a car in the U.S

More specifically, are there any distinctions between using a smartphone, dedicated GPS device, or a built-in system (similar to the car radio), while driving (i.e. car in motion on a public road), ...
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Can I resell diesel to a trucking company's fleet during a price hike?

Say I have a container of diesel which I purchased at a low rate and got a discount for a bulk purchase. Can I resell it to a trucking company's fleet of truckers at a competitive rate in a high-price ...
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What is the purpose of a Money Mortgage Deed of Trust Affidavit?

I'm recently divorced and in the process of closing on a house, and was given the option by the title company of either having my ex sign a Subordination of Child Support Lien or executing a Money ...
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Volunteer work while on F1 visa in the USA

Can an F1 international student in the United States who is employed 20 hours per week as a teaching assistant or research assistant perform some volunteering work that potentially grant him/her some ...
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(NC, USA) Employer promised in interview (and verified by email) that time off was paid. Now saying it isn't after I came back

This actually happened to my wife but she's under too much stress to deal with it and I'm not a citizen so I'm less sure what to do. Timeline: In October she did an interview, having already booked ...
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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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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 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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Partially Paid by US entity under B1/B2 Visa or Visa waiver. Is it legal?

My EU employer is an affiliate company of a US company. Whenever the EU company’s employees are required to travel to US (under B1/B2 visa or a Visa waiver program) for some meetings with some US ...
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Landlord Slow on Critical Repairs

I moved into an apartment in northern New Jersey about a month ago. The apartment building contains 3 total units, one on each floor. I live in the 2nd story unit which was renovated right before I ...
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Familial exemption for investment advisor representative

My parents have asked me to trade for them and they offered me a fraction of any profit. My plan is to set up a limited trade agreement and then manage the account's trades. Before doing so, I want ...
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Can a US non-profit manage a for-profit fund?

Is it possible to have a for-profit fund, taking on money from investors who expect to see returns, with fund management by a non-profit organization, where excess revenue from management fees would ...
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Tear gases/chemical weapons for civillian use?

I was wondering if civilians can legally carry and use a chemical weapon/tear gas in an event where you need to protect yourself. I have found that pepper spray is okay for self defence in the USA, ...
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What penalties can a court martial impose?

This question on Aviation SE asks whether pilots in the US have to hold a driver's license (they don't). In a comment the poster explained why they asked the question: The reason and details cannot ...
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Is there anything I can do legally when my daughter lets her boyfriend in our home without our permission?

My daughter is 16, and my wife and I just found she's been sneaking her boyfriend (who is 17) into our house while we're not home. His parents don't seem to be doing anything about it. Does this ...
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Can a local police officer (or local DA) charge someone with breaking a federal law?

Can a local police officer (or local DA) charge someone with breaking a federal law or can they only charge suspects with violating state laws?
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May I perform medical experimentation on myself without licensure?

I'm a retired cellular biologist and medical researcher whose license has been revoked, but I would like to continue a line of research with myself as my subject/patient. The research involves ...
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Is the US federal executive allowed to misrepresent federal law?

The US Department of Homeland Security is misrepresenting federal law on its page of frequently asked questions about the biometric exit system that is currently being developed. In particular, they ...
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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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Must US public agencies accept electronic notarizations performed in other US states?

In the vast majority of the United States, notarizations are required to be performed on physical paper while physically in front of a notary. However, Virginia has authorized notaries within their ...
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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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Do public schools have the authority to fine parents money for being late?

My friend has a child in elementary school, and he goes to a public school. Apparently, at the end of the school day, if the parents are late picking up their kids, the school charges them $10/minute ...
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How hard is it to change a condo association name in Washington DC?

My wife and I just bought a condo in Washington DC. In DC, it is very common for a developer to buy a row home, gut it, and turn it into a 2 or 3 unit condo, and that's what we bought. Our building ...
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Is it illegal to claim an address as your “primary residence” if you don't live there most of the time?

I currently live and work in NJ. I am single and live with my parents. The apartment we currently live in is small and I want to buy a house, but my state is pretty expensive. My parents found a ...
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Why does there appear to be a difference between depicting vehicles in games vs. in movies?

I've been trying to wrap my head around trademark/copyright/trade dress law in the US as it pertains to the depictions of real brands in fictional works. As far as I can identify, it is legal to ...
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Do I need to register as a Money Service Business for a cryptocurrency trading platform?

According to the U.S. Department of Treasury FinCen: Money Service Business Definition. The term "money services business" includes; any person doing business, whether or not on a regular basis or ...
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How would the court handle a situation where evidence could be provided that presents minor justification but would take extensive time to present

Imagine a court case where an argument for a defendant could be made that is judged to give them only a very slight increased chance of being found innocent, but would take a disproportionately large ...
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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 ...