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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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At what point does a tax become a ban?

I believe that it is mostly uncontroversial that it is constitutional for a state to tax firearm purchases at a reasonable rate. If a state had a law imposing a 10% sales tax on all firearm and ...
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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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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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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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Can Disney use its trademarks to stop reproductions of Mickey Mouse even after "Steamboat Willie" enters the public domain?

Steamboat Willie will enter the public domain in the USA in 2024. Does this mean that people in the USA will then be able to reproduce the Mickey Mouse depicted in that film and make derivative works ...
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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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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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Can a US state adjudicate citizenship at birth?

Section 8 of the US Constitution says "The Congress shall have Power...To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization...." But US citizens who reside in a state are also citizens of the ...
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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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Can I empty my connected account to end a contract?

I have a situation similar to Insurance - Forced to call for cancellation I currently have an insurance policy that I do not need anymore. I have tried to cancel my policy but I cannot do it on my own....
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Can an employee sue their employer for retaliation in the United States even if the employee didn't report the discrimination to their employer first?

Suppose an employee, Jane, works for a company in the United States and experiences discrimination or harassment from a supervisor or coworker. Jane is afraid to report the behavior to her employer ...
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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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On the Use of a Modified Refrain from "The Orange and the Green"

I would like to use in a new song a modified version of the refrain: Oh, it is the biggest mix-up that you have ever seen. My father, he was orange and me mother, she was green. My refrain is not ...
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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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How is the 'right to life' reconciled with the legal authority of military officers? (to issue orders that will cause deaths)

I'm not familiar with the academic or practical debates for this topic so I would like to ask it here. The closest related was this decision of the German supreme court regarding plane shootdowns: ...
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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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Does the Speech and Debate clause immunize speeches against civil liability? (NDAs, libel, non-disparagement agreements, etc)

Suppose a Senator, Representative, non-voting delegate, or their staff makes a disclosure in their their official capacity that violates an otherwise valid non-disclosure agreement (NDA) or other ...
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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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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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What does HIPAA say about a third party reviewing protected health information and related records?

Suppose that in a US county the County Board of Commissioners wants to engage a retired physician to look into the county ambulance dispatch system to see what it takes to create proper records and ...
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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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Could Mark Rober be liable if damage occurred due to his holiday prank on package thieves?

For several years YouTuber Mark Rober has posted videos where he builds a device that can record video, play sounds, flash lights, spray fart spray, and shoot glitter when opened. He puts them in ...
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Decrypt information for internal technical purposes in a HIPAA compliant way

Consider a scenario where a company operates a service which is HIPAA compliant. This service requires storing patient emails which may contain personally identifiable information (PII). This PII is ...
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Under what conditions are National Guard units subject to general orders/regulations in effect for the U.S. Military?

Related to and inspired by my prior question. The Secretary of Defense has issued a vaccine mandate for the Department of Defense, which includes all subordinate commands. Assuming that this ...
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