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What legal action can a US-based company take against a foreigner for scraping their website? [on hold]

Background: Acme Corporation hosts an online discussion forum that's used by worldwide users. Acme is registered in the United States. As you would imagine, online discussions sometimes turn ... ...
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Elements of bribery: what is a “thing of value”?

There is lately some suggestion that a US president who withholds aid to a foreign country on the condition that the foreign country investigate a political opponent constitutes bribery. The ...
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Filing US tax returns over bank account-related interests

I do know that in the US, bank-account interests are taxable as passive incomes, but what I don't understand is the point of filing tax returns on bank account interests, since the government (or the ...
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What is the speed limit in a school zone the moment it becomes active?

Let's say a vehicle enters an inactive school zone going exactly the speed limit of 30mph. Then the school zone (20mph) turns on while the vehicle is still inside. What is the current speed limit ...
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Are international US REU candidates considered “independent researchers” under B-1/B-2 visa category?

US REU programs sometimes accept "self-funded" international students. Such international candidates do not receive any financial assistance from the host university but participate in research. ...
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A UK scammer frauded money from US victim

Could this US victim accuse this UK scammer? Since uk and us has different legislations, how should the victim accuse the scammer?
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Employer withholds last paycheck in Virginia

I signed my exit interview form that stated I gave back my property that I had from the company during my employ and that I was receiving my last paycheck. The employer only put the check number on my ...
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Buying a home in NYC as a non-citizen with no previous ties with the U.S

If a person wins, let's say, the equivalent of US$ 300 million in another country, goes to New York City and buys a house there, they certainly need to report their own residence in order to live ...
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Does “solicit” mean the solicitor must receive what is being solicited in context of 52 U.S. Code Section 30121?

Background The impeachment of Trump over the Trump-Ukraine scandal has been all over the news as of late for the public hearings. One of the things under scrutiny is the fact that President Trump ...
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Mental Health Mass Shootings Schizophrenia [on hold]

Australia gun regulations took into affect after a mental health mass shooting with Schizophrenia. Has something similar occurred in the United States that the 2th amendment is here to stay?
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What kinds of sanctions would be applied if you wrongly invoked the Fifth Amendment?

Under the Fifth Amendment, one might say at a hearing, "I refuse to answer on the grounds that it would incriminate me." Suppose the subject matter were embarrassing, but not necessarily criminal. ...
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Can a president be evicted from the White House?

Currently, there are impeachment investigations going on for the POTUS. Lets say the POTUS is formally impeached and Trump is removed from office. However Trump refuses to leave the White House on ...
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Conflict between a religious belief that accounts for the existence of transgender people vs. one that doesn't

Country: US State: Michigan Example: Ann belongs to a denomination that accepts the existence of transgender people as what they claim they are. Ann starts a company that grows to over 25 employees,...
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If I don't patent my invention, how closely can a competitor copy my product?

Introduction: I had an idea for how to make a certain product much better. I'm currently in the prototyping stage for a product based on that idea. That idea (the solution to the problem of improving ...
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How to find/choose a criminal lawyer in another state?

I am seeking an attorney, in a state other than my own (in the USA), to provide me with guidance in the area of criminal law. (I have some specific questions.) How might I go about finding such an ...
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Can one be prosecuted in the US for buying stolen goods if one was unaware that it was stolen?

I have a practical example question that this applies to, so I'd like to know the answer in general, but specifically how it applies here. Let's say I find something I'd like to buy on Craigslist, ...
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Legal status of corporate nondiscrimination policies

I work for an organization that has a standard nondiscrimination policy. They state that they are an Equal Opportunity Employer and list about 20 protected classes on the basis of which they ban ...
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Is there any law that requires private companies to divulge the information they know/posses about you when formally requested?

In the U.S., Is there any Federal or State law that compels private entities to hand over the information they have about the requester? If there is, what would be the penalties for not complying with ...
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Using screen recording of client's products in promotion

I work at a company that creates software that developers use in their frontend. We have a free and open source version of our software and a paid, non-open-source version. It is easy to detect if a ...
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Aliens voting in Federal elections

I've read that a Federal law prohibits non-citizens from voting in Federal elections. I'm not a lawyer, but from reading the original Constitution and all the amendments, I don't see anything that ...
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What provisions exist for stateless people in the US

How does a stateless person (one who voluntarily renounced their citizenship while in country) provide identification, arrange travel visas, and get back into the US?
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Is it illegal for a family member to keep a U.S. certificate of naturalization or passport from its adult owner?

In the U.S. is it legal for a family member to withhold certificate of naturalization & passport from another legal adult? What can be done to retrieve the documents?
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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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Trademark: “Lyft” and acquired dictinctiveness

I want to understand why "Lyft" was trademarked for "transportation of passengers by motorized vehicle". When Lyft Inc originally filed for "Lyft" trademark in 2012 (serial# 85/743120), the use was ...
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USA, why the trial decision based completely on jury?

Watching the series about O.J. Simpson I was wondering “why in almost every case the decision based on jury?” and I personally think that this case is a good example to cast doubt of that legislation ...
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Is process service on an old address valid?

Pick your favorite jurisdiction in the U.S. Hypothetical Facts A wants to serve B with a complaint and notice to appear in court. The address on B's ID card is address C. B does not live at nor have ...
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Could a Doctor Refuse to Treat a Patient in an Emergency?

Suppose a man commits a hate crime against (Hypothetical Church), and in the midst of the crime, the man is critically wounded by the police and rushed to the hospital. Suppose there is only one ...
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Prevent lawsuit from slip on ice

I am a homeowner and water tends to pool on my sidewalk. In the winter months, I do the best I can to remove the ice, but there's so much of it that it's difficult to control. Am I liable if someone ...
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Is Java (JRE) still free for commercial use? [migrated]

United States here. I have a client that I would like to build a small suite of Java 8+ applications for to be installed on their office desktops and servers. This requires the Java Runtime ...
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Is the following nondiscrimination policy itself discriminatory against Christians? [on hold]

Country: US State: Michigan Situation: I work for a large employer in Michigan. We have over 10,000 employees total. My employer bans discrimination on the basis of an incredibly long list of ...
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Is a state issued ID required to see a doctor with insurance?

Suppose there is someone who has insurance but they do not have a state issued ID card, let's say they only have a school ID. If this person goes to a doctor's office and shows their school ID and ...
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Given SCOTUS precedent, how do I legal counter specifically religious solicitation? (USA)

USA Supreme Court has ruled that politicians, religious groups, the Girl Scouts and others have a constitutional right to go door-to-door promoting their causes without first getting permission from ...
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Can an American material witness be forced to “learn” what s/he does not know?

My understanding is that a witness is supposed to prepare for a deposition. My first concern is how well prepared or knowledgeable for a deposition. Suppose a material witness made a point of ...
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Can a landlord ask a tenant to sign an addendum to the lease that changes the terms of the first lease?

If a landlord asks a tenant who signed a 12 month lease to sign an addendum after they have already moved in that changes the terms of the lease to move out within 3 months of the landlord's death, ...
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Is it legal for a cop to ask for my ID if he pulled up to me when I'm checking my car

I thought I could smell something burning while driving so I pulled over and popped the hood of my car. I was checking my engine when a police officer pulled up. He had me drive over to a parking lot. ...
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Trademark Company Name for branding [closed]

hope all are doing well. I want to Trademark my Company name and use that Trademark name to build my brand in the Business, Entertainment and Book Publishing industry. As I am getting ready to ...
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What legal protections exist for people entering into polyamorous relationships in the United States?

Polyamorous relationships exist when at least one partner in a relationship has additional partners. Consider the following hypothetical arrangement: Person A is married to Person B. Person B has a ...
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Can I fly a rocket of any size with just an FAA waiver?

Can I fly a rocket of any size with just an FAA waiver? Could I fly a rocket on an orbital trajectory, like the SS-520? (Although for that I realize there are FCC and NOAA licenses on the satellites.)...
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Can the US Senate disqualify a former President?

In summary, the answer to "Can a US President, after impeachment and removal, be re-elected or re-appointed?" was "Yes, unless the Senate votes by simple majority to add the penalty of ...
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Are only citizens “at the time of the adoption of this Constitution” eligible to be President?

While reading this answer, I noticed some odd wording in Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution (emphasis mine): No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at ...
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Paying to leave without notice in at-will employment state

Checking up here on a question that appeared on workplace.stackexchange.com: Someone signed a contract saying "If you leave the assignment without giving 15 days prior notice you will be liable to pay ...
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Can impeachment proceed after a resignation? [duplicate]

Can a federal official be impeached and convicted after he has resigned or otherwise left office? (For example, could the impeachment of President Nixon have proceeded after his resignation? Or could ...
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How do I object to the FTC and Equifax settlement?

The FTC has a press release with some court documents at Equifax to Pay $575 Million as Part of Settlement with FTC, CFPB, and States Related to 2017 Data Breach. The release includes the link to the ...
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Is a notarized signature required on a title search?

I've noticed that in preparation for closing on a house, a title search is done. What is the name of the document that is produced when the title search is complete? And does that document need to ...
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Amending a Defective Irrevocable Trust

By a defective trust, I mean a trust that meets the definition of a trust for estate tax purposes but not income tax purposes. Consider an irrevocable defective trust that is setup without going to ...
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We sold a salvage car as-is. The buyer can't get it Titled. Do we have to fix it?

We recently sold a car that we weren't aware there was a salvage title on. The money has already been exchanged and the title signed over to them. The buyers, discovering its salvage status, are now ...
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Cobra medical benefits life event

My employer has several health ins plans. My employer is required to provide Cobra coverage as it has several dozen employees. If I were to choose one during open-enrollment, then get laid-off, the ...
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What are my options to ensure equity in the yet-to-be-registered company, I am freelancing for?

To begin with, I am a college student and I don't have much understanding of the law in US and of India, of which I am a citizen. Now, I have been approached by X, who is going to start a company Y. ...
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Is there a legal professional who can be hired to assist with insurance for patients with complicated medical needs?

Is there a specific category of legal professional that could be hired specifically to assist with the filing of the paperwork and management of insurance claims on behalf of an individual? I am not ...
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Are there any Social Security loopholes I can use to justify my inability to pay rent to my parents?

I received $750 in SSI until May 2018, plus $130 in SNAP, and every year, they ask if I'm paying room rental. Then my mother usually signed an 801 form. However, this was the first time I heard about ...