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Keeping a Weakness Secret

If a company invents a padlock with some obscure weakness that most criminals would not guess, is there anything the company can do (before or after selling it to the public, or within some "user ...
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At what point does a local garden produce exchange run into legal barriers?

I have an idea for a local garden produce exchange. Assuming two neighbors swapping lettuce has zero legal restrictions, at what point would we run into legal barriers while expanding in the ways ...
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Are any British or English Acts of Parliament still in force in the United States?

In Australia, which has a very close legal history with the United Kingdom (diverging completely only as late as 1986), some Acts (or part thereof) of the UK Parliament (and its antecedents, the ...
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In which cases it something legal just because you did not know it is illegal?

As part of general knowledge, there is a rule that a law still applies to you even if you do not know it. I assumed that to be fundamental, not just a rule of thumb. At least it seems natural. To my ...
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Legal liability for theft of credit card information left in my care with no contract?

Suppose your neighbor asks you to babysit their cat. The neighbor has to run an errand so they leave it with me. Someone else breaks into my house and steals the cat, along with its diamond necklace. ...
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Is recommending specific medications “practicing with a license”?

My wife and I are receiving counseling about some marital issues. We met one time with the counselor, and my wife told him I'm depressed. He took that as fact without investigating, and pressed me to ...
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Can a company use another brand's name when describing their product?

I'm working on a project and the best way I've found to sum it up, essentially my elevator pitch, is by saying: It's like X for Y. Can I use the brand in this context as the tag line for my ...
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Can a judges decision to allow a matter to trial be appealed immediately, or only after the trial?

If a defendant feels that a judge improperly allowed a matter to go to trial, can it be appealed immediately, or does the defendant have to wait until the trial is over? For example, let's imagine ...
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Am I required to work if I am not being paid in New York?

My pay period will start on August 22nd, however my employer wants me to come in on August 19th. Since this is outside the pay period am I required to work?
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Is it legal to work for an US company online on an F1 visa?

During my undergraduate years in India (as an Indian national), I used to work part time (~15-17 hours a week) for a certain company which is based in the US. The kind of work I used to do is ...
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Protocol if juror cannot hear or see something clearly

If a sitting juror, or a prospective juror during voir dire, cannot see or hear something clearly, what is the protocol for the juror to alert the court of this? Say something immediately? Raise your ...
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What are the requirements for an ALE employer notifying employees about open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act?

My understanding is that employers can choose when to offer open enrollment and for how long. However, my question is whether an employer is required to notify their employees about their open ...
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Specific case scenario, when to apply for citizenship? [on hold]

I want to apply for citizenship, and my case is as follows: I became a lawful permanent resident of the US on 07-31-2014, but l left the country for more than a year (from that date to 11-13-2015 the ...
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Does consideration have to have value for someone who is a party to the contract?

Suppose person A tells person B, "If you perform (service X) for me, I will donate $1,000 to Save the Whales (but no other compensation)." Neither A nor B has any connection to whales and will not ...
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Landlord provided photos and information for a different apartment

I recently rented a unit sight-unseen (moving across country while working). The building had good reviews from previous tenants and the property manager provided photos of the unit. Upon moving in, ...
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The US Constitution endorses a right to “keep and bear” arms. What about buying, selling, and manufacturing guns?

The text of the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution reads: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be ...
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Is law enforcement responsible for damages made by a search warrant?

Why do police use a battering ram without first checking the doorknob on a low threat warrant? What if a small child was on the other side of the door and got seriously injured by the battering ram? ...
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Forcing a person to remove a picture of me

I was riding home on the bus from summer school. A girl and I had a debate and she ended up frustrated and moved seats. The girl then started taking pictures of me. When I told her to stop, she ...
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Exclusion based on Ethnicity, a Private event in a Public Space

I was sitting in a bar when a social event sponsored by a certain ethnic group's club began. Accompanied by the bar's owner, the event organizer requested that I leave because I was not [of that ...
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Can I sue the U.S. Post Office for delivering Certified Mail that was open?

A couple of days ago, I went to my local post office and mailed a large envelope with paperwork inside of it and I had addressed it to me and my home address. The reason I did this was to do a 'poor ...
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Is the 14th amendment restriction on apportionment applied to women after the 19th amendment?

Part of the second clause of the 14th amendment reads: when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in ...
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Can a non US citizen work remotely for a US company and be under their payroll?

Some context: I've been in the US for almost 5 years under a F1 visa. In the last year I've worked under OPT for a company in the US. I have a SSN but my card says "valid for work only with DHS ...
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Self-deportation of American Citizens from US

It is conceivable that US citizens detained at CBP will self deport to exit overcrowded CBP detainment facilities avoid lengthy detainments (>20 days). How would a US citizen's self-deportation ...
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Would using a StableCoin bypass the “Money Transmitter” laws in the US?

I'm considering a startup that allows news/content creators to collect nano-payments (~$0.01) for their content. Since transactions of that size are unreasonable to charge individually by Stripe/etc, ...
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Annexation and becoming US president

Imagine I was born in country X at xxxx. At xxxx+20 years country X is annexed to the United States. (Freely or forcefully) At xxxx+40 years I am elected to be the next president of the United States. ...
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Is it legal to pay a ransom?

While kidnapping and extortion are illegal, is it legal to pay such criminals for the release of the person or thing being held? Are there particular circumstances of the payer or payee that make it ...
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Can a US President, after impeachment and removal, be re-elected or re-appointed?

This answer in its present form states If Donald Trump were impeached and blocked from running again (which is one of the things that impeachment can do, disqualify from office)... Is that true? ...
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Paying ransom to ransomware extortion - could communities be sued for collaboration with criminals?

There have been some recent ransomware attacks against communities (cities), especially in Florida, as reported e.g. by threatpost, and others. The malware has often lead to serious damages and/or ...
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Sweepstakes without winner?

I have seen multiple examples of sweepstakes run in the US, where entrants have to do something to enter the sweepstakes and the sponsor gets some benefit (e.g. long mailing list, etc.), with Official ...
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Do I have to pay gift tax if I'm put on a house deed?

I've lived in the home ever since it was purchased. Purchased out right but did not make the signing with my significant other. Now 20 some years later, he wants to add me to the deed. We paid with a ...
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Why does the CBP border zone nearly touch Reno, Nevada?

The CBP is authorized to do citizen checks within 100 miles of the US border. The ACLU shows this on a map, here. Now, Lake Michigan counts as a national border, probably because of the Boundary ...
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Submitting files to docket when I am representing myself in a law suit

I am representing myself in a civil law suit. How can I submit files and exhibits to my court docket?
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How do I get my property back?

Someone moved my things out of my apartment for me while I was out of the country. They then kept my things at their place and since I’ve returned they have refused to return my things to me. Can I ...
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Are Police legally allowed to confiscate a Camera and Phone over “suspicious activity”?

A photographer is recording from a public sidewalk when he is confronted by Police. He refused to give his information because he had committed no crime. The Police then tried to claim that he was ...
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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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USA: Can a witness take the 5th to avoid perjury?

Lawyer Alice is questioning witness Bob. Bob is not on trial, and no one has accused him of a crime. Alice demands Bob answer a particular question with either a "Yes" or a "no." Bob believes that ...
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Is dumping a bucket of water on a police officer assault?

In NYC, headlines include locals dumping buckets of water on the police officers. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/07/23/new-york-cops-throwing-water-de-blasio-unions/
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How do I object to the FTC and Equifax settlement?

The FTC has a press release with some court documents at Equifax to Pay $575 Million as Part of Settlement with FTC, CFPB, and States Related to 2017 Data Breach. The release includes the link to the ...
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Legal to walk around with a wooden rod in Alabama?

I am a very poor skateboarder, and would like to use a shovel handle as a "dry-land gondola paddle" to make navigation easier. Could such a thing be considered a weapon if I were to go about in public ...
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Insurance paid bill outside coverage and sent the bill to collections - Is that debt legitimate?

Around a year ago, my dad was moving between insurance companies and was on Medicare in the middle. During that time he incurred a medical bill (actually several, but only one at issue) which should ...
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Can a company legally use their competitor's name in their tag line without permission?

Say a new company, NewCo, wants to use the name of their competition, BigCo, in their tag line without BigCo's permission. Something like: NewCo — (Like BigCo, only newer) Is this legal? Is it ...
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Can children be placed, and required to testify, under oath in American courts?

In one scene of the film i am sam the character Lucy, seven years old, is questioned in some kind of court under oath. When her story is "shaky", she is reminded that she is under oath and not allowed ...
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Is employer responsible for tree damage to car parked in their lot (New Jersey, USA)?

During high winds a tree branch fell on my car while parked at my workplace. The cops were called, but the responding officer said that it was private property and my employer's responsibility. He ...
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Original unpublished, derivative work published, is original now considered published?

Let's say it's 1910 and a photographer takes a photo but never publishes the original. Later someone else (with permission) uses that original photo to make a colorized postcard and publishes it. If ...
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Duty to rescue injured police officer during traffic stop? [USA]

Hypothetical here. Suppose Alice is pulled over by Officer Bob. Bob gets out of his car, and on his way to Alice's car is struck by vehicle C, sending Bob to the ground. Bob does not rise ...
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Would I expose myself to liability by verbally abusing a debt collector?

I recently started receiving calls from a debt collector about a debt that I disputed and refused to pay 13 years ago. All the other debt collectors gave up around 10 years ago. They told me right up ...
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Insurance-Provided Rental Car After No-Fault Accident

My 2014 Ford Taurus was backed into in a parking lot while it was parked and nobody was inside— the person who caused the accident wasn't injured either. They came into the building we were in, found ...
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Why was El Chapo tried in the US?

I don't know the full story of El Chapo or seen any of the documentaries/movies. However, I'm assuming he committed the same crimes in Mexico. Why would he be extradited to the US without facing trial ...
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To what extent has the legality of property taxes been tested in American courts?

In the United States, many State governments tax land property owners based on the value of the property. These taxes are assessed every year and must be paid or the state will seize your property and ...
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What does “resting on” mean in Vehicle Code 27400 VC (drivers aren't allowed to wear headphones in California)?

The California state law Vehicle Code 27400 VC (mirror) states that: A person operating a motor vehicle or bicycle may not wear a headset covering, earplugs in, or earphones covering, resting on, ...