Questions tagged [united-states]

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Will indians be annihilated by changes in h1b laws?

Trump is deporting all the indians. Is this going to be a major problem for h1b and what is their legal remedy?
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Is the suspicion of unnecessary travel during “shelter in place” statutes sufficient probable cause for a traffic stop?

Many state governments have declared temporary "shelter in place" statutes due to Covid-19 that restrict unnecessary travel by vehicle. I know this will vary by jurisdiction: but generally, is the ...
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Voting and policies during emergencies

What are the different mechanisms, procedures, and protocols in place by states' board of elections to handle voting during emergencies? e.g. Hurricane, health, and riot. I am under the assumption ...
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What happens if a vehicle is reported sold and never registered again?

I understand the registration is suspended after x days if the buyer fails to register. But what if they never register, does the registration never get un suspended?
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Is it illegal to change one's personal name to one derived from a published fictional work?

In particular, I wonder about this because I believe most published works tend to have statements to the effect that "all characters, ... are trademarks of ..." and from what I've heard, it is not ...
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Can I use my StackOverflow profile to release the contents of my questions and answers under a secondary license?

As I understand, when I post something on StackOverflow (or other StackExchange sites), I have copyright on the contents of the post and I've licensed significant redistribution and re-licensing ...
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How novel does a Stack Overflow answer need to be from a copyright perspective?

As I understand, when I post something on Stack Overflow (or other Stack Exchange sites), I have copyright on the contents of the post and I've licensed significant redistribution and re-licensing ...
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Who owns the washing machine?

This scenario is based on a real life event but is a purely hypothetical question (because this isn't remotely worth going to court or even arguing over). The situation seems surprisingly complicated,...
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Are there any restrictions on the taxes or duties a U.S. state can levy?

The U.S. Constitution's "Commerce Clause" (Article I, Section 8) grants the federal government authority to regulate interstate commerce. The same section contains the "Taxing and Spending Clause" ...
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Intellectual property after leaving job

I am a software engineer. While I was working for a previous employer I built a software system from scratch. Part of my employment agreement was anything made for that employer on company time or ...
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Bank manager withdrew funds from my account without my authority can I sue her and the bank

I deposited a large cashiers check payable to myself into my account this morning. I tried to buy eyeglasses but I only had $100.00 available in my account. I called the bank and the Mgr clms there’s ...
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My job seems to be ignoring a state executive order to suspend activity. How can I best protect myself but also report them to the authorities?

Michigan has issued an order titled "Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life". In it they reference Homeland Security's own guidance about what ...
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Can I sue my employer if they terminate my employment while I'm laid off during the Coronavirus outbreak?

I am currently laid off from my job due to the Coronavirus outbreak. My employer informed my coworkers and I in a group meeting on the day before the lay-off that we would all be brought back to work ...
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As a young foreign lawyer that wants to work on U.S firms, what kind of jobs can someone have? What kind of processes are required to work there? [closed]

In short, I want to emigrate to the US and work there as a foreign lawyer. I intend to work as an advisor or help companies with legal proceedings but I have no idea if this is a "good idea". What ...
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How are US departmental policies enforceable?

I don't understand: what's the point in all those numerous policies issued by departments for their staff if, as I understand it, they are not enforceable? There is no legal punishment for not ...
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U.S. Technology - Is it legal to scrape freely accessible data then charge to be able to filter that data?

Would it be legal for me to sell a service that scrapes and filters the freely accessible data from sites and also provides a link back to them? I essentially want to create a scraper that collects ...
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Is the FBI acting independently?

Can the FBI indict someone unilaterally? Or do they only recommend their boss, the Attorney General, to take one action or the other? For instance, in 2016, the FBI recommended not to press charges ...
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Does a K-1 Visa Holder have to submit a form I-693 (Medical Examination) when applyting for Adjustment of Status I-485?

I am a K-1 visa holder. I had my medical examination done in Jakarta, Indonesia back in December 2019 (medical plus all vaccines). All tests are healthy, all vaccines are done properly (standard ...
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Does the current ban on evictions apply to expiring leases?

My friend is currently in a pickle. Their lease expires in a couple of weeks and they were originally planning to move to a different property. However given the lockdown in California, moving is no ...
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Can someone be punished with death penalty for other reasons than murder?

In the states that have the death penalty, can Jon Doe be sentenced to death if he did not commit murder or a national security crime? I'm not asking if he could be wrongly sentenced. Let's say Jon ...
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What are the legal repercussions of ignoring US Census 2020?

I got a mail saying "your response is required by law". They ask me to go to my2020census.gov and fill out survey. I understand it is important. Yes it helps community yadayadayada. From the legal ...
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Can my gym charge me monthly dues even though it shut down due to the coronavirus epidemic?

My local gym shut its doors on March 16th due to a government decree requiring all non essential services to be closed until further notice. Today (March 18th) I was surprised to find out that the gym ...
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When do you have to register as a foreign agent in the US?

Do I understand correctly that you can't do anything, even talk to someone or make a TV appearance, on behalf of a foreign government/entity without violating the FARA law, even if you are not ...
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What prevents laws from being interpreted pedantically?

In some discussion on another StackExchange, 18 US Code §1464 came up, which states: Whoever utters any obscene, indecent, or profane language by means of radio communication shall be fined under ...
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Implications of Failing N95 Fit Test During COVID-19 Pandemic?

I am a Registered Nurse and have documented evidence in my NY hospital that I failed the N95 fit test for years. What are my rights surrounding this and the COVID-19 epidemic? I have a NIOSH compliant ...
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Reporting poor privacy practices in a mobile app

I found a vulnerability in a paid Smartphone app. It is supposed to contain a lot of private details. There is a logging option for support that you can switch off and on, to extract the part that ...
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IRA Contributions NOT Deposited

I have been working for this company that has less then 50 people for several years and back in Aug 2019 the accountant walked out. Since then i have been contributing to my IRA account $112.00 by ...
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I'm a trans woman. When can I deregister from the American draft registry?

When I was 18, I received a scary form from the Department of Defense telling me I had to sign up for something called “Selective Service” (or face prison time and other things). Not knowing any ...
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Gathering bans and Churches

With bans on gatherings due to the virus, can the government close churches or are they exempt due to seperation laws?
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Tax Implication of COVID-19 Induced Remote Employment

A U.S. company has instructed it's employees to work from home for a period extending 4 weeks following city and state guidelines as a necessary precaution in response to COVID-19. Subsequently ...
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Do American states have the power to close their borders from other states in a health emergency?

Right now there are large American states which have 50 times more Coronavirus cases in ratio/proportion than others, with hundreds of cases close to a thousand, and there are even small states where ...
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Fifth Amendment and Mandatory Shelter in Place

Several counties in California have issued a shelter in place order due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For example, see a Santa Clara’s order here. The order states that individuals have to ...
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How are social security numbers protected when someone has a judgment?

Creditor can order the debtors 1099, w2, income statements etc with a court order. How are the debtors ssns going to be protected?
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Statutory authority to order business to close their doors

In Maryland, Governor Hogan just ordered with "the full force of law" all restaurants, bars, movie theaters, gyms, etc. to close their doors to the public starting at 5 p.m. What is his statutory ...
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Can a worker capable of performing job functions from home be terminated for avoiding office due to COVID–19?

There's a popular thread on Twitter in light of COVID–19 that brings attention to all the workplaces where people could work from home (due to being tech/knowledge workers), but, for one reason or ...
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Mail for Nonexistent Person? [duplicate]

Suppose I receive a piece of mail addressed to my house with my last name, but with a first name I have never heard of. (I don’t know anyone with that name.) It is from an organization I do have a ...
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Is the weight of the container included in the weight of drugs?

In this video a suspect has a can of soda with a bag of cocaine inside. While trying to get the guy to admit to possession, a police officer tells the suspect that the weight of the entire package ...
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Did Thomas Jefferson write the Virginia Constitution in such a way that parts of the state can leave the state?

Jerry Falwell, Jr, president of Liberty University, appeared on Fox and Friends on 13 March 2020, being interviewed about, among other things, "Vexit", a plan proposed by some West Virginians and ...
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How can the date for the 2020 US census legally be changed?

The next US census is scheduled for 2020-04-01. In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic it might become necessary to delay this. How can this legally be done (since the census is required by the ...
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How long can I be out of the US on a TN (Traveller NAFTA) visa? [migrated]

Due to the spread of the coronavirus my organization is recommending (essentially mandating) that all employees work from home (WFH) until further notice. I was planning on traveling to Canada from ...
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What laws apply to Visa holders in the US?

I'm a French citizen currently staying in Los Angeles for studies under an F1 Visa. I was told that in the US, only federal law applies to foreigners which is why despite Pot being legalized in ...
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Does the First Amendment permit the Ohio governor to ban indoor sporting events? [duplicate]

The Ohio governor recently banned sporting events (although several more recent articles are now referring to this as a recommendation rather than an outright ban). However, the First Amendment ...
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Can pest service provider cancel contract without reason and keep payment in excess of $1000?

The issue is two fold, I overpaid this pest control company by mistake (4 years worth), the first phone call, they said it shouldn't be a problem but no one called back. I called 7 times before ...
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Does a U.S. District judge's decision set binding horizontal precedent in the same district?

Suppose a U.S. district judge in, say, the Southern district of New York writes a decision regarding some legal procedure. Can a different U.S. district judge in the same district write a ...
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Bypass SSN Requirement for Independent Contractors

I work in a sales organization, knife selling, and we hire pretty much anyone who is interested. We got a guy walking through in a college, who was interested, but did not have a social security ...
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Is the banning of large events in the USA constitutional?

Recently several US cities banned large gatherings of events such as listed here. Given that the 1st amendment of the US constitution states Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment ...
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What US laws currently impede the fight against COVID-19?

There must be current US laws that forbid actions which, if taken, would help slow or stop the spread of COVID-19. What are they? EDIT: in response to comments asking what evidence there is that such ...
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Looking for recommendation for legislations in the tech sector

I am new to the law field. Currently I am a Software Engineer, who is interested in new legislation in the tech sector. I am primary interested in topics concerning the EU and US, as this are the ...
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Does the Trump campaign have standing to sue over defamation against Trump?

The NY Times, the Washington Post and, most recently, CNN, are being sued for defaming Trump. However: As with the other two cases, this one is being brought on behalf of the campaign, rather than ...
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have a LLC in Albania, but be an employee in another EU or US country

I'm a US citizen in Albania and I work remotely as a regular full-time employee for EU/US companies. In order to get a work permit here in Albania, I was told to open a LLC as a self-employed business ...

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