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US domestic flight crosses into Canada - what is the legal situation?

It's common for US domestic flights to cross into Canadian or Mexican airspace. For example, a flight from Alaska to New York, Seattle to Boston, or Hawaii to Texas would likely cross into foreign ...
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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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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 dignity ...
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Transfer of US Presidential power when both the President and the Vice President are incapacitated

According to Article II, section 1, clause 6 of the US Constitution, in the case of death, removal, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers of the office, both of the President and the Vice ...
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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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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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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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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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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 an employment agency enforce a clause forbidding those who work for it disclosing for which companies they have worked?

This answer on S.E's "the Workplace" says The employment agreement might prohibit disclosing the names of specific clients. To what extent is that legally enforceable? I can understand that I ...
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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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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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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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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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Does U.S. law require reporting of suspected child abuse by unrelated citizens?

I happened to notice someone commenting that there is a legal requirement to report suspected child abuse for a non-guardian relative of a child suspected of abuse. I obviously would encourage the ...
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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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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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Can typical US employers legally fire green card holders for refusing to apply for naturalization?

8 USC §1324b(a)(3)(B) makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against permanent residents, unless said permanent residents have failed to apply for naturalization within 6 months of becoming ...
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Parental rights and other legal implication of a marriage of convenience for a lesbian couple in MD

My friend is considering a marriage of convenience with another women, as both will gain a sizeable discount from their 'spouses' place of employment if married, in addition to sharing health ...
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Is threatening to share copies of an online discussion with an employer, in order to stifle opposition, illegal in any way?

Some political groups use the practice of threatening people with sharing screenshots of an online discussion to the debate opponent's employer, to get the debate opponent fired. This seems like an ...
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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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In the US, what federal codes govern the operation of a shooting range?

I'm trying to understand what laws and codes give guidance for the operation of a shooting range. I'm particularly interested in the laws regarding hazardous materials (lead from the backstop(s)). ...
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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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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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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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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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Evidentiary presumptions of gratuitous labor from family caregivers, varying by state?

Quoting from Claims Against an Estate for Care Rendered to a Decedent: Many states have an evidentiary rebuttable presumption that services rendered to a family member are gratuitous in nature, so ...
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What will a Judge do if a witness refers to an event previously stricken from the record? (USA)

Some context. Suppose the prosecutor enters into evidence body camera footage from a police officer. On the tape, the suspect makes a lewd remark, and another officer offers a witty comeback. The jury ...
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Protect against an wrongful violation strike at apartment

My apartment complex(GA, USA) has a 3 strike violation policy. Today I received a strike. Very vague description, just the reason being: "disturbance". I left work early to speak with staff in ...
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Can I use confidential information provided under an NDA for other work?

Let's say that ABC Inc provided me some confidential information (CI) for a potential contract that never went through. Now XYZ Inc has approached me and asked to work on this contract with them. ...
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Why was the decision to make a non-traditional prosecutorial judgement unclear at the start of the 2017 Special Counsel Investigation?

Background One comment on this question about Robert Mueller's 2017 Special Counsel Investigation inquired about a specific aspect of the investigation. This aspect related to the prosecutorial ...
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Can a minor file for a Business Certificate in Massachusetts?

I am a minor living in the state of Massachusetts and I am interested in getting a "doing business as" / Business certificate. I am already doing business in my town (online sales), however, I wanted ...
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Do lawyers have to prove their claim that they represent an entity?

I got a threatening letter from lawyer Y the other day. They claim they are representing company X. Since I wasn't sure, I wrote back, asking for documentation of their retention by company X. I also ...
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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 ...