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What legal penalties may Twitter face as a result of the Eli Lilly fake tweet?

Twitter recently made it possible to get a verification check added to an account by just paying 8 dollars, causing a rash of fake 'verified' accounts. One of these accounts was for Eli Lilly, 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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Are extended magazines legal in chicago/cook county for ccw holders?

There are some different laws surrounding Chicago and Cook County's handgun magazines. Here is Cook County's law regulating handguns Here is Chicago's law regulating handguns. Chicago: "High ...
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What if someone goes on protected leave and their employer thus realizes they don't need them?

Say that Ash works for Big Co. and goes on some kind of legally protected leave (FMLA leave, parental leave, etc.) because of some protected characteristic (such as having acquired a disability and/or ...
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Can Rand Paul be sued for negligent transmission of COVID-19?

Note: I am not wanting to make this political. Please do not attempt to address political aspects of this situation or rail one way or the other. My question would be exactly the same if the facts ...
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Can a US state ban a drug that is approved by the FDA?

The more common scenario nowadays is for a US state to "legalize" a drug that is illegal Federally, namely cannabis. This scenario has been well-researched and it is well-settled that the ...
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Is there an example of someone trying to incite violence being found innocent because the speech was too ineffectual to pass the Brandenburg test?

As I understand it the Brandenburg test for deciding if speech is protected has two parts: The speech is “directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action,” AND The speech is “likely to ...
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US Copyright Status of Software Source Code Created Prior to 1980?

I've been unable to find an answer to this even after doing extensive searching and I'm pretty good at searching if I do say so myself. Does US copyright apply to software source code which has been ...
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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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Adding reflective tape to personal vehicle

Backstory: A few nights ago I was tailgated by a driver with unnecessarily-bright lights (likely stock, but still... when I can see my shadow on the road in front of me that seems excessive). I was ...
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Can a citizen's arrest be made for a purely Federal offense?

First of all, let me start by saying that nearly all lawyers and police agree that a citizen's arrest is a poor choice even when it is legal. I can find a lot of resources on the legality of citizen's ...
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Alternatives to affirmative action in college admissions

Suppose that a university wants to preferentially admit students with backgrounds correlated with, but distinct from, a racial group. Assume that the university accepts federal funding, and so falls ...
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when are attorney’s fees recoverable by a prevailing party?

In the American rule it is only in certain infrequently occurring circumstances that a prevailing party can recover legal costs. What are these circumstances?
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Can an indemnification clause be satisfied by personally representing the company if the user is an attorney?

This question about indemnification clauses in ToSes made me wonder what happens if the user is an attorney. The Tower of Fantasy ToS (using that example because it was used in the original question) ...
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Is it legal to refuse to let a student test out of classes in Michigan?

I am an aspiring mathematics student at a public high school in Midland, Michigan. I have studied over the summer 8 AP courses, and filled out a variety of paperwork in advance to test out of these AP ...
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Sharing pricing information as a customer

I am getting pricing quotes from two companies, A and B. The sales representative of company A asked me to send them the quote from company B, so that they can talk their management into offering me a ...
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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 ...
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Why couldn't this character in 'Better Call Saul' be a paralegal or take a similar role?

In Season 3 of Better Call Saul, Could this character have helped that person with the legal paperwork in the same capacity as a paralegal -- filing documents, proofreading, etc. could? Or would the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can an inherited copyright be released under a Creative Commons license?

Alice created a work and died without publishing it. Bob and Charlie jointly inherited the copyright. Bob wants to release it under a Creative Commons license without involving Charlie. Can he do this?...
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Can assets be protected from sale in bankruptcy by a contract not to sell them?

It is apparently common to not be allowed to resell seeds obtained from growing genetically modified plants, as a condition of having the original seeds sold to you. But one might have several ...
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Are federal employees bound to report fraud and cyber crime they've been made aware of?

To what degree are federal employees of the executive branch (such as members of the FBI, CISA, NSA, and CIA) bound by law or otherwise to report illegal activities pertaining to tech crimes, fraud (...
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Post-dated copyright notices?

In the spring of 2005, a professor handed me a copy of his newest textbook. As I browsed it, I was surprised that the copyright notice had 2006 (the next year) rather than 2005 (the current year). I ...
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Can a public school require a student to contract with a third party?

Can a public K-12 school require a student to accept a contract with a private third party, as a condition of enrollment or as a condition of passing enough courses to graduate? For example, a student ...
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(USA) Can reproduction of a public record be prohibited?

Partial image of what I suspect is a public record: Is "reproduction prohibited" legally enforceable?  That would make thousands of genealogists in violation, as well as sites like ...
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Did Elon Musk have a legal justification for firing CEO Parag Agrawal for cause right after closing the Twitter deal?

According to Walter Isaacson's new biography of Elon Musk, immediately after closing the deal that took Twitter private, Elon Musk's assistant delivered letters of dismissal to the Twitter CEO and ...
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What were the state and federal regulations for OceanGate Inc., the ill-fated submersible charter company?

OceanGate Inc. is (or was) a US corporation based in the State of Washington, and everyone heard about the recent catastrophe of its submersible Titan while CEO and Founder Stockton Rush suffered the ...
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Does the ATF have jurisdiction over electromagnetic projecitle weapons such as rail and coilguns?

I had a rather stupid argument with a gentleman. He claimed the ATF had no jurisdiction on magnetic-propelled projectile weapons, such as the gauss rifle, railgun, or coilguns. I argued they consider ...
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Can a US employer cut an employee off from a tip pool?

The Department of Labor very clearly states that an employer may not take tip money for themselves from employees. But what if the employer cuts a specific employee off from the tip pool for ...
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How close from a bus stop sign am I allowed to park my car in Washington state?

I wonder how close from a bus stop sign I am allowed to park my car in Washington state. If that depends on the city, I'm interested in Spokane. If that depends on the county, I'm interested in ...
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Are maps from the Massachusetts State Transportation Library in the public domain?

MBTA is the transit agency for Greater Boston, Massachussetts, USA. The website for the Massachusetts State Transportation Library contains many old MBTA maps and other transit-related items. A user ...
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Assuming there is no human trafficking or any form of coercion, is there a difference between the penalties on pimp/madam and prostitute in the U.S?

I was reading https://prostitution.procon.org/us-federal-and-state-prostitution-laws-and-related-punishments/ and unfortunately it only shows the difference in prostitute vs. client/customer. For ...
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Can the LLC for a YouTube channel be formed in any us state?

If I want to form my LLC in a state like Nevada or Wyoming because of the stronger protections, but I live in Florida will I have to foreign file in Florida because I'm uploading YouTube videos from ...
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Do the police need to tell me they are wearing a bodycam or turn it off before they enter my home?

I have an expectation of privacy within my own home, as such It's generally illegal to film me in my home without my knowledge. I'm wondering how that applies to bodycams on a police officer. If I ...
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In the US, have there been any successful lawsuits over COVID infection liability?

Its often been claimed during the pandemic that some businesses voluntarily mandate masks because they fear losing a lawsuit if an employee or customer gets infected on their premises. Since March ...
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laboratory results being withheld until payment received from self pay patient

Is it legal for a Laboratory to withhold results from the ordering provider until a self pay patient pays their bill in full?
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If I am part of a family trust but was under age can my grandmother or mother settle in court for a lump sum of money and have me taken off the will

My great grandfather left a family trust; my grandmother says she sold my portion in court to the trustee while I was under age. Is that legal? I am from California, U.S.A
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Are there any circumstances where the court could order authorities to seize subpoenaed materials in a civil suit?

As the title. I am aware that there are a number of punitive measures courts can take when parties do not comply with discovery. Is there point where the court can order the collection of materials by ...
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Tax Responsibility - American Remote Work in Toronto

I'm an American software developer working for an American financial services company that only services American citizens and permanent residents. I am a remote worker who lives and works in Michigan....
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How do present-day originalists view the doctrine of desuetude?

Do present-day originalists in the US have a common viewpoint on desuetude? If not, what sub-schools of thought on this matter exist within originalism?
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When is a device operating under Part 97 and when is it under Part 15?

I have a packet digital radio transceiver that is completely compliant with both Part 15 (unlicensed radio devices) and Part 97 (amateur radio) regulations. I can send information in a way that ...
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Can ones frequency/propensity of utilizing American (either debit or) credit cards' chargeback mechanisms affect the chances of future times' success

If one requests many chargebacks, can this degrade one's credibility in the credit card issuers/payment networks' eyes, or reduce the chances of future chargeback disputes being adjudicated in a ...
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Does Two-Party Consent Work Two Ways?

I'm in a sketchy business establishment, having a dispute with the owner/representative. Examples: I'm at the front desk of a cheap motel, complaining about a lack of hot water in my room. The front ...
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Can deportation be reversed?

Suppose, for example, that a US permanent resident is convicted of an aggravated felony. They will probably go to prison and then be deported once they are released from prison under INA 237(a)(2)(A)(...
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Are (new) parts purchased from or replaced by the original manufacturer subject to protections under lemon laws as a new product?

Say, you purchase a passenger vehicle with some of the original warranty given by the manufacturer remaining. Knowing the typical issues with the vehicle, you decide to buy some spare parts — each new,...
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