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Why is it legal to look at pending stock orders for some participants

another question indicates that market participants can take a look at the orders for a stock, option or futures. An ordinary investor can only look at the BID and ASK, but not the entire series of ...
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How is it legal for the US miltary to decide to help a film maker based on the script?

According to this article on TV Tropes and this article in The Guardian, the US military will provide facilities to film makers, as well as advice to help them get the details right. However this is ...
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Is there a database containing all court cases publically available in the UK and or US?

I am a Cyber Security student just starting on a course the depends heavily on the use of court cases that used electronically stored information to determine the verdict of a case. Are there a few ...
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what was wrong with 2010 Flash Crash

While looking for recent market crash, I came upon 2010 Flash Crash, but I am unable to understand what wrong did the alleged Navinder Singh Sarao did. Entering an "order to sell stocks( or shares)" ...
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What can a parent do with a child's birth certificate?

In particular, anything harmful? I'm (legal adult) aware it's a gateway to obtaining other forms of identification such as SSN and Passport, but doubt s/he can do it with a birth certificate alone. ...
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Am I obligated to provide information which is publicly available?

If I am involved in a civil case and I am served with a discovery motion to provide certain information, but this information is publicly available (such as employment history, residential address, ...
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Why some US software companies ban their free products for some countries?

I'm a developer from Iran and I know Iran is under US sanctions. I have a few questions. First let me start with an example. If you reach Docker Hub website from Iran you get this message: Since ...
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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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USA apartment rent application: is it legal to require employment?

When applying to rent an apartment in any state of the USA, is there any federal regulation that prevents the landlord from requiring the applicant to provide a proof of past/present employment, while ...
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Is it true that a suit of defamation could require “very little effort”?

A recent comment at SE Meta stated: my reading of US law is that under certain circumstances, the plaintiff need make very little effort to successfully bring a suit of defamation. This strikes me ...
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Document unregistered trademark?

I've created a company, and I am using unregistered trademarks in my documentation (and soon, products). I've already checked the USPTO and these words are not already trademarked. I am using the (tm) ...
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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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International Sweepstakes with No Purchase necessary [on hold]

We're a startup based in USA with very limited resources (self funded) getting ready to launch first product on Kickstarter. To generate excitement and leads, we want to run a Sweepstakes for the ...
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Practicing medicine across state lines

An answer to a question on MedicalSciences.SE prompts my question. Suppose I live in Wisconsin and I fly to Texas to undergo a procedure with a specialist there (I chose the states arbitrarily; I'm ...
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What enforcement is there for lack of lawn care in Minneapolis?

I live in Minneapolis, and my landlords are not properly maintaining my yard, which is shared with the other unit. In Minnesota, lawn care is the landlord's responsibility, unless the lease ...
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Can I record my life to avoid false allegations later?

Assuming I had the resources, could I make audio & video record of every minute of my life. Then if anyone ever falsely accuses me years later, I can just pull up the video and say "see look - the ...
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paying debt collector's invalid rent claim, then suing landlord for money back [on hold]

TLDR: terminated lease after continued upstairs noise, landlord sent debt collector, trying to decide if should pay debt collector and sue landlord for money back. We had been renting an apartment in ...
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Why are in-house counsels not allowed to defend a defendant?

In the last John Gotti trial, the prosecutors successfully argued Bruce Cutler was an in-house counselor for John Gotti. The result was Cutler was not allowed to defend John Gotti at trial. Why are ...
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What are the limits of religious freedom in the workplace?

Federally in the US, only race, sex, and religion are protected classes, i.e. it's illegal to make employment decisions (hiring/firing/salary/promotion/etc.) on the basis of a worker's race, sex, or ...
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Are homeless people protected by antidiscrimination laws?

I was in a restaurant in New Jersey (USA) recently and witnessed the owners telling a (possibly) homeless person that he couldn't come inside because he smelled too bad. Is this legal? More generally,...
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How much is intentionality relevant to specific crime(s) in the US?

Let's say, person A who is not fluent in English, calls somebody else (B) by a derogatory or racist name or names, which might generally fall under some law restricting such speech (eg. hate speech) ...
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Would a confession obtained via Wonder Woman's Magic Lasso be admissible in US court, or any court?

There's a scene in Justice League (the movie from 2017) where a policewoman is taking down the stories of three criminals who are wrapped in in Wonder Woman's magic Lasso. The Lasso does a couple of ...
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criminal v. civil litigation what are the differences

hypothetically speaking Someone is in civil litigation and the defendant says that their actions are justified because the plaintiff committed a crime and the civil judge dismisses the civil ...
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Cases where a educational non-profit organization was successfully sued for violation of copyright/Fair Use (US)

I am looking for cases where a educational non-profit organization was successfully sued for violation of copyright/Fair Use (US). I am particularly interested in borderline cases (i.e. cases where ...
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What happens if my spouse won't attend court for divorce procedure?

Going through divorce process with my wife, she signed the notice and acknowledgment of receipt but she refuse to attend divorce proceedings, arguing that the documents I filled using online divorce ...
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Does US federal law prohibit the possession of an uncontrolled prescription drug without a prescription, and if so, according to which provision?

What specific provision in US federal law, if any, prohibits the possession of an uncontrolled prescription drug without a prescription? I've had a lot of trouble finding the answer to this question, ...
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Does my phone company have the right to charge me later for a service that I never requested?

I have a phone service that charge a flat rate every month providing 30GB data at high speeds and then unlimited data at 2G. Now I noticed that as I finished my 30GB data quota, the company never ...
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What would happen if an illegal immigrant's country of citizenship can't be established?

Imagine a person is detained for being an illegal immigrant in the US, fully admits it, and makes zero attempt to contest their deportation. However, this person refuses to state what country they're ...
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What happens to somebody returning from ISIS, who did not commit crimes inside ISIS?

Individual people from American or European countries have joined ISIS over time. Such a person may decide to returns home. If it was never recognized that the person had the intention to join ISIS,...
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USA - Can business deny service to individuals who have views on a protected class?

This question is probably a bit broad, but on what basis is an individual's views taken into consideration whether they should be provided service from both brick and mortar/websites? For instance, ...
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Are parolees required to report major changes of appearance?

This question is primarily about the United States, Oregon if a specific state is needed. Generally, parolees gain their parole only under a certain set of obligations that they must follow, a common ...
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Does USA have a law similar to GDPR that gives you the right to a copy of the information a religious organization has on you?

For some background: the EU "Data Protection Directive" is a European Union directive which regulates the processing of personal data within the European Union, as explained in this Wikipedia article. ...
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Does the US Executive Order 13884 (August 5, 2019) target the Property of the Government of Venezuela only or of all Venezuelans?

Does the US Executive Order 13884 (August 5, 2019) (mirror) target the Property of the Government of Venezuela or of all Venezuelans? https://helpx.adobe.com/la/x-productkb/policy-pricing/executive-...
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Service of Process to the Deceased

Hypothetically speaking; One party to a lawsuit is dismissed. A year later Notice of Appeal if filed and service of same is sent to the dismissed party via standard mail. Then a month later the ...
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Is a list of the most common English words copyrightable under US law?

I am currently interested in doing some research performing various measurements and algorithms on the most common words in the English language. I have found a few good word lists online that would ...
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How to start the “streamlined procedure” with the IRS?

I am a USA expatriate. I just learned about the IRS requirement to file tax returns no matter where you live. After some research, it seems the way forward is that I enter the "streamlined procedures" ...
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How can a company compel a W2 employee to sign a non-compete agreement?

Assume the company is in Delaware and been taken over by a larger corporation: If one already has the job, is it possible to for the larger corporation to compel existing employees to sign non-compete ...
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How can you enforce repayment of a loan with no due date?

Suppose you loan someone money with an informal but written agreement. No due date is specified. You know they have since obtained a large sum of money, and could pay you back immediately. However, ...
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Copying job ads from top brands

Is it illegal to copying job posting from top brand's websites ie: Facebook, Google, Amazon, TCS, Tesla, SpaceX etc? Such brands always post open job position: Is it illegal to spider/crawl or ...
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GDPR on Proxy Users

I believe I have a good overall understanding about the GDPR legislation, in terms of what needs to be protected, etc... My questions here are about the scope of GDPR. Does GDPR apply to people who: ...
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Car parked at my residence was made dirty by neighbouring building construction: can I get compensated?

My car parked at my residence was made dirty by some neighbouring building construction. Can I get compensated in some way (e.g., paying for car wash)? I live in California, USA.
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Is it good legal strategy to consider public opinion (USA)?

I read an article in which the police asked for information about a motorist. The motorist had run a motorcycle off the road, although after the motorcyclist decided kick their passenger side door. ...
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Cyclic definition of “US Person” by the IRS

The IRS classifies taxpayers into categories of "US Person" and "Foreign Person" based on their immigration status. However, the definition appears to be cyclical: According to the IRS: The term ...
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Who is responsible for environmental clean up?

Suppose you bought a property that had serious environmental problems (lead, gasoline, etc.). An environmental authority calls you on it and orders you to clean it up. Can you shift part of the cost ...
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Landlord changed the locks but is demanding rent

Hello and thanks in advance! I was/am in a two-year lease on a house in Denver, CO. I found a new apartment and submitted a 60-day notice to vacate. A friend picked up a package on the last day of the ...
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Hold Harmless-Want on half of LLC and NOT self

I recently applied to a position to teach yoga, as an independent contractor. I have formed an LLC, and now the gym would like me to sign a hold harmless agreement. I want to make sure the LLC is ...
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Is it legal to OWN a machete in New Jersey? (Decor purposes only)

I bought a machete online about 2 hours ago because I thought it looked cool and I figured it would be nice to display it on my wall. I have no intentions to carry it, use it for illegal purposes, or ...
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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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Can an employer require employees to cash a check?

In Arizona, United States, can an employer require an employee to cash a check? This might be useful, as if an employer writes a check for labor/services rendered, the employer has an unfulfilled ...
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What Supreme Court cases, other than Nixon v. United States, have directly applied or interpreted U.S. Const. Art. I, Section 3, Clause 6?

Background Impeachment in the United States is mostly handled by the legislative branch alone. Hence the Courts have not typically applied restrictions or said much about impeachment other than Nixon ...