Questions tagged [united-states]

For questions specific to the United States as a whole, or that span multiple state jurisdictions. If your question is related to a specific state then you should use that state's tag instead (or as well).

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Can states regulate the tint of rear side windows and rear windshields on a car?

There is a list of North American tint laws over at International Window Film Association (IWFA) (also html). It is understandable why states might be interested in regulating the Visible Light ...
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Do examples exist of a HOA covenants for water in a watershed?

I'm looking for any precedent examples that give shape to how HOA-like covenants (group ownership) work for a natural resource — specifically a watershed. Here are some concepts typical to HOA ...
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Michigan 6% sales tax on food prepared in a supermarket

In Michigan, food sold in supermarkets is exempt from the 6% sales tax. In contrast, food that you get in say a restaurant is not. The fuzzy area is food that is prepared in supermarkets. E.g. Pizza ...
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SEC Form D: Who are the investors?

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires the filing of a Form D "to offer and sell securities without having to register the offering with the SEC." This is commonly used to allow ...
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Can a potential juror plead the fifth?

I am interested in the law surrounding jurors. During juror selection (voir dire) a potential jurors can be asked questions to determine their suitability to serve on the jury. Is it ever legal for a ...
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What are alternatives to a Septic System [closed]

I work at a Scout (BSA) affiliated camp. Lately, we have been having legal issues with our kitchen because it does not have a septic system. In the past we have been using a bladder that has been ...
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Is there a good defense against libel if a fictitious character is clearly a “composite?”

The name I had in mind was "Hillary Rice Whitman," the first female President of the United States. Maybe I'd make it Hillary Elizabeth Rice Whitman. Is the creation of the "composite" a strong ...
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If I live in the US can I be prosecuted for answers describing illegal activities?

The internet allows for some level of anonymity and occasionally you will find posts that give detailed descriptions of how to perform an activity that is illegal. Examples may include how to ...
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Can you drive without licence plates all across America?

There was a well-known controversy about the late Steve Jobs, who never had any number plates affixed to his AMG, supposedly still being in full compliance with California law, by supposedly leasing a ...
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Can a business offer a product pre-sale without specifying when the product will be delivered?

For instance, if there were a product that takes a variable amount of time to mature, could a business take pre-sale orders (clearly marked as such) without giving the customer a deadline? If so, what ...
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Can you be found guilty of unsafe speed for conditions if no unusual conditions existed? [closed]

How can you be guilty of driving at an unsafe speed for conditions after an officer testifies in his own words in response to certain questions that you were maintaining a safe distance from the ...
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Window Tinting rules and laws in visiting jurisdictions

If someone has a car registered, licensed and insured in a given U.S. state, and intends to travel across state and province lines, are they supposed to make sure that they're in compliance with the ...
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Does fair housing law prevent landlords from making deals?

I've had a couple of negotiation dealings with various corporate landlords (for residential housing) in a couple of states, and, basically, every time I would try to negotiate any sort of a remotely ...
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21st Amendment defence against drug crimes

I think it can be argued that Congress, by making the prohibition of alcohol unconstitutional, intended to remove the problems of prohibition, specifically, organized crime. Would my logic be sound ...
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How can casinos take “extrajudicial” measures against card counters?

"Cardcounting" is technically legal, but frowned upon by casinos, because it violates the "unwritten law" that casinos are supposed to come out ahead. When card counters are caught, casinos can expel ...
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Is it legal for Americans to buy music/movies from those really cheap web sites based in Ukraine?

There are several web sites out there that sell MP3 music files for 10 cents each and FLAC music files for 30 cents each. At least one site even sells Hollywood movies (AVI, MKV) from $0.99 (low ...
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Under what circumstances can the police detain you?

after watching the video about the recent fiasco in Mckinney Texas I was curious about whether any of the teens that the officer pulled over had the legal right to just walk away. Under what ...
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Must a landlord warn potential rentees about previous pest infestation?

Must a landlord warn potential renters about previous pest infestations? I am mostly interested in the following locations: California, United States Massachusetts, United States Paris, France Seoul,...
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How do I go about having a guilty plea withdrawn in New York?

I was falsely arrested for Criminal Trespass and during the arrest I was mistreated. I told my lawyer i wanted to sue the city and cops for the wrongful acts they did to me and the fails incarceration....
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What provisions exist for stateless people in the US

How does a stateless person (one who voluntarily renounced their citizenship while in country) provide identification, arrange travel visas, and get back into the US?
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How much “more” needs to be added to an abstract idea in order to pass the subject matter eligibility test for a patent?

In Mayo v. Prometheous 566 U. S. ____ (2012), the Supreme Court said (regarding 35 U.S.C. §101 subject matter eligibility): a process that focuses upon the use of a natural law [must] also ...
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Can a foreigner setup an unstaffed company in United States?

Let's say that a foreigner wants to sell products or services in US using a company there to save his/her clients of importing his products/services. Yet this hypothetical entrepreneur does not stay ...
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Restrictions on Liability Waiver Use

The US National Park Service (NPS) has the following language. This is in the context of a commercial operator (like a white water rafting company) getting a commercial permit to take clients down a ...
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Disappearing ink on receipts: do sellers have to make the receipt that is visible at least X number of days?

The issue with disappearing ink on receipts is notorious. Are sellers required to make the receipt visible at least X number of days? I am mostly interested in the following locations: California, ...
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Can a natural US person hold citizenship while remaining non-juridical?

What law should be referenced regarding when and how a natural person becomes a juridical person in the US? According to Wikipedia: While human beings acquire legal personhood when they are born, ...
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What rights do travellers have against unreasonable customs officers?

I ask or worry not about the standard questions required during customs, such as a traveller's basic personal information, purposes of travel, etc... However, what if a traveller fears for his privacy,...
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Is asking a banker the pros and cons of linking my SSN to my bank account considered requesting legal advice in California?

I opened a checking account in California and had the option to link my SSN (Social Security Number) to my bank account. The banker refused to tell me the pros and cons of linking my SSN to my bank ...
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Do you need to obey an obstructed traffic sign?

If a traffic sign is obstructed (for example, due to being overgrown by kudzu or because a telephone pole was placed in front of it) to the point of unreadability, do you still need to obey it? What ...
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Government legal actions - civil or criminal?

I was reading this overview of the differences between civil and criminal cases and they state Civil cases usually involve private disputes between persons or organizations. Criminal cases ...
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Are there any limits on the crimes a corporation can be convicted of?

In the United States, a corporation can be convicted of criminal offenses (example). Can corporations be charged with any criminal offense, or are there some that cannot apply to anything except a ...
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What patents do I need to buy or lease to make and sell an electric guitar to the public? [closed]

I want to make and sell my own electric guitars. However, I have not invented the instrument, nor was I the inventor of any of the major advances in the field. However, I have some changes (mostly ...
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Requirements to file an Amicus Curiae brief

What are the requirements or preconditions that must be met in order for someone to file an Amicus Curiae "friend of the court" brief? What form can the brief take?
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Legal standing for a Police Officer to force you out of a private vehicle

Lets say you're sitting in a fast-food parking lot eating the food you just purchased from the establishment. Your windows are rolled up and the vehicle is turned off. A police officer pulls into the ...
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What does “actual knowledge” mean in the context of DMCA safe harbors?

According to 17 U.S. Code § 512 - Limitations on liability relating to material online (emphasis mine): A service provider shall not be liable for monetary relief, or, except as provided in ...
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How do I read a U.S. case citation and find the text of the opinion?

In something like this: "We conclude that, in the field of public education, the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place." Brown v. Bd. of Educ., 347 U.S. 483, 495 (1954)". What is that ...
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Are there surveys on the share of class action settlement that actually goes to the plaintiffs?

I am interested in links to scholarly papers with actual comprehensive and preferably up-to-date statistics. I have done some search on Google Scholar but failed to find wide-ranging surveys (the ones ...
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Under what circumstances could law enforcement hack a server?

I recently read a wired article about Silk Road and the arrest of Ross Ulbricht. The article describes how an FBI agent attempted to discover the true IP address of the Silk Road Server: Tarbell [...
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Liability for knowing about bribe offered by a channel partner

In the USA, anti-bribery laws prohibit a company from offering bribes or kickbacks to government officials. If a channel partner of U.S. company X offers a bribe, would X be held liable if it knew ...
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Which aspects of human-subjects research rules are actually laws rather than conventions?

I'm aware that various laws exist regulating research on human subjects (Wikipedia summary here and in linked pages). However, I've had a tough time finding sources that clarify the boundary between ...
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How can you tell if you have to follow a police officer's instructions?

If a police officer gives me an order, how can I tell whether or not I'm legally obligated to follow that order? If I ask the officer, is he/she required by law to answer truthfully? If the police ...
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Are the opinions of a United States superior court public knowledge?

If I bring a case to a superior court and I lose, is that information public knowledge? What are the ramifications to me? For example, could it hurt my credit score?
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In California, what happens if one spouse names a third party as their sole life insurance beneficiary?

Under California's community property law, each spouse can only control half of the couple's community property in his or her will. Does the same rule apply to life insurance benefits? Can one spouse ...
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What laws apply to transgender individuals using toilets and locker rooms?

This Skeptics SE post regarding a transgender individual (male to female) using a female locker room brought up some interesting legal issues regarding the rights of transgender individuals in using ...
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What is “fair comment” in the context of a defamation suit?

Suppose there is a nationally known politician, and it is widely reported in the papers that some of his supporters fear leaving their college-aged daughters alone with him. And suppose someone ...
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Website Copyright Laws under Intellectual Property Laws?

What are the laws regarding Copyrights pertaining to copying of website templates ( which is an intellectual property )?
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Am I legally obligated to get a driver's license after moving?

I recently moved from Arizona to Washington, and I had to get a Washington Driver's License to be able to register my car (the AZ registration was about to expire). However, pretending I didn't need ...
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Does a Creative Commons license allow me to record a cover of a song recording?

If I find a musical sound recording that is licensed under a Creative Commons (CC) license, can I record and distribute my own cover of the song? (Assuming the particular CC license does not carry the ...
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Ethical Hacking

How is Ethical Hacking (Certified Ethical Hackers) defined by U.S. law? Is there any law which protects an Ethical Hacker for helping to find out bugs and security loopholes in online/digital ...
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Is it legal for landlord to prohibit subleasing, under Texas law?

It's quite common that plans change, and a residential lease must be broken. Of course, since one has agreed to pay the full price of the lease, they're on the hook for it, unless they can find ...
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Are residential lease durations in Bay Area meaningless?

The vacancy rates in Bay Area are the lowest in the nation, and the rent much so often gets increased much faster than the inflation. However, a lot of corporate complexes employ monthly pricing that'...