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Car registered in MD, stored in MD, but I live out of state

I lived in MD a year ago, own a car that's registered in MD, but now I live out of state. It's a utility van I am converting into an RV to go on a long road trip next year, and it's currently in ...
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Form I-130: Does a sponsor having a medical marijuana dispensary on their employment history risk rejection?

Simple question, will my sponsor having employment history with a medical marijuana dispensary cause her application to be rejected? Follow-up: Will the sponsor be required to take a medical ...
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Chicago Teachers Strike

Who has the power to force teachers back to work at their old salary? Chicago mayor? Illinois governor? USA president? For how long can this be forced? E.G., is a 5-year effective suspension of ...
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Is D&D homebrew necessarily a derivative work of the SRD?

Wizards of the Coast, makers of Dungeons & Dragons, fifth edition, has made a subset of the game's core rules (known as the System Reference Document or SRD) freely available under the copyleft-...
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Can I buy a housing development lot and not build a house?

Around the suburbs of Kansas City, there's no shortage of housing developments where you can buy an empty lot and are expected to use the land to build a house. Would there be any zoning law ...
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Are legal precedents or tests ever created outside of a traditional trial?

Layperson question ahead. My understanding is that laws as passed by federal, state, and local bodies are often open to interpretation. When a question arises during a trial, a judge's logic and ...
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What is the recourse for defamation?

I came across this question today https://interpersonal.stackexchange.com/questions/23296/i-was-mistakenly-identified-as-a-criminal-and-this-has-caused-rumors-how-can-i and I think OP is taking the ...
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Law In CA for driving with expired registration

Okay I can’t seem to find what I’m looking for. Everything comes up as expired tags when searching for expired registration. My tags are good through this month. I only have expired registration, I ...
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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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Does a person sitting in the driver seat of a stopped and off car have to show driver license if the police ask?

Suppose a person is walking in a park and gets stopped by park staff, who claim that the person is trespassing (or is doing something else illegal). The person then gets into the driver seat of their ...
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Is it legal to disclose a technical vulnerability publicly that might cause a monetary loss to millions of people?

I'll cite an example that came to my mind to crisply explain the essence of my question. It might contain some extreme assumptions not rooted in real world examples. Computer scientist John Doe who ...
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If someone orders a pizza in the US and doesn't pay for it, could they be arrested?

If you were to order a pizza in the US and didn't pay for it afterwards, could you be arrested?
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In the US, is there any law that governs the amount of pollution generated on private land?

I'm thinking about a scenario where one does car repairs, shoots in their backyard, and handles industrial materials. Even large amounts of paint. You are supposed to take these to a junkyard or ...
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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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Can non-US citizens own equity in US companies?

Can a non-US citizen who has never been to the US own equity in a company that is only incorporated in the US?
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What basis did Executive Order 9066 have in preexisting legislation?

From various Supreme Court rulings, we can see that "The President's power, if any, to issue [an Executive] order must stem either from an act of Congress or from the Constitution itself." - Mr. ...
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would a prosecution under Logan Act be possible today?

Most of the acts passed that long ago probably don't follow the same level of rigor with the language as all the modern legislature. Wouldn't the Act be overturned on appeal because of vagueness if ...
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US Permanent Resident : Risking naturalization if international travel is more than six months?

I am a permanent resident of US having green card for last three years. This year on 25th July, I traveled to my home country and will go back to states on 17 Jan 2020. I would have spend close to six ...
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Legal to drive a car without front tag out of registered state?

In the U.S. some states do not require cars to display license plates on the front of a vehicle, but a majority require plates on both the front and rear, as shown in the map below. My car is ...
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SCIF intrusion by members of Congress

Having some tangential experience with Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIF) and how seriously they are taken, I was shocked to hear that one was stormed in Congress by people carrying ...
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Executive privilege on information held by someone not a member of the President's office

From The Daily Beast: Lev Parnas, ... with ties to Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, raised the issue of executive privilege during a court proceeding Wednesday, arguing it could ...
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What is minimum that needs to be said in order to legally record a telephone conversation?

When dealing with unscrupulous companies (especially insurance companies), I have learned that it is essential to record telephone conversations. Many times, I have been provided with grossly ...
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Indictment of a sitting vice-president

There's been a lot of discussion in the media lately about the question of whether a sitting president can be indicted. The Constitution says that in order to be vice-president one must have the same ...
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Legal ramifications if transgender identity was recognized as a religious belief?

Transgenderism is a sincerely held personal belief, relating to how one conducts oneself. What would be the legal ramifications (US) if transgender identity was legally recognized as a religious ...
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What's the difference between the various degrees of murder?

I often read the terms "first degree murder", "second degree murder" and "third degree murder" in US newspapers. I'm not from the USA, and these terms are quite confusing to me. I've tried reading the ...
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What are my rights and proper actions if the food contains traces of household chemicals?

I recently bought a juice from the supermarket. That specific type of juice is probably produced in that supermarket locally. After trying it, I am reasonably confident that it contains soap. For the ...
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Impeachment jury tampering

The process of impeaching and removing a United States president is often compared to a criminal trial, with the House of Representatives acting to indict a suspect, and the Senate acting as jurors in ...
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Why doesn't the Second Amendment allow physically fit non-criminal adults to own militia (National Guard) arms?

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 infringed. As mentioned in the title, that tells me in 2019 that ...
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Legal theory of standing behind state attorney generals suing companies/organizations?

My understanding of things is that a state attorney general can sue a private company or organization, not just on behalf of the state government, but also on behalf of the state's citizenry. On what ...
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When was homosexuality as the reason for institutionalization outlawed in the US?

In the United States, I'm guessing that one can no longer commit a person to a mental hospital (AKA insane asylum) with the only reason for commitment being: "said person is gay". Homosexuality is no ...
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Could You Indict a Computer?

I would have thought this would've been asked already, but I searched this site and the Internet, and I couldn't find anything. Apologies if this is a duplicate. As computers become increasingly ...
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What happens if a regular lawsuit procedure hits presidential immunity?

Scenario: A sitting president of the U.S. sues somebody for something (what doesn't really matter). The defendant makes a motion for a subpoena/deposition/whatever. The President objects on grounds ...
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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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How is it legal for the US miltary to decide to help a film maker based on the script?

According to this article on TV Tropes and this article in The Guardian, the US military will provide facilities to film makers, as well as advice to help them get the details right. However this is ...
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Is there a database containing all court cases publically available in the UK and or US?

I am a Cyber Security student just starting on a course the depends heavily on the use of court cases that used electronically stored information to determine the verdict of a case. Are there a few ...
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What was wrong with 2010 Flash Crash?

While looking for recent market crash, I came upon 2010 Flash Crash, but I am unable to understand what wrong did the alleged Navinder Singh Sarao did. Entering an "order to sell stocks( or shares)" ...
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Am I obligated to provide information which is publicly available?

If I am involved in a civil case and I am served with a discovery motion to provide certain information, but this information is publicly available (such as employment history, residential address, ...
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Why some US software companies ban their free products for some countries?

I'm a developer from Iran and I know Iran is under US sanctions. I have a few questions. First let me start with an example. If you reach Docker Hub website from Iran you get this message: Since ...
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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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USA apartment rent application: is it legal to require employment?

When applying to rent an apartment in any state of the USA, is there any federal regulation that prevents the landlord from requiring the applicant to provide a proof of past/present employment, while ...
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Is it true that a suit of defamation could require “very little effort”?

A recent comment at SE Meta stated: my reading of US law is that under certain circumstances, the plaintiff need make very little effort to successfully bring a suit of defamation. This strikes me ...
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Document unregistered trademark?

I've created a company, and I am using unregistered trademarks in my documentation (and soon, products). I've already checked the USPTO and these words are not already trademarked. I am using the (tm) ...
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Using screen recording of client's products in promotion

I work at a company that creates software that developers use in their frontend. We have a free and open source version of our software and a paid, non-open-source version. It is easy to detect if a ...
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Practicing medicine across state lines

An answer to a question on MedicalSciences.SE prompts my question. Suppose I live in Wisconsin and I fly to Texas to undergo a procedure with a specialist there (I chose the states arbitrarily; I'm ...
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What enforcement is there for lack of lawn care in Minneapolis?

I live in Minneapolis, and my landlords are not properly maintaining my yard, which is shared with the other unit. In Minnesota, lawn care is the landlord's responsibility, unless the lease ...
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Can I record my life to avoid false allegations later?

Assuming I had the resources, could I make audio & video record of every minute of my life. Then if anyone ever falsely accuses me years later, I can just pull up the video and say "see look - the ...
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paying debt collector's invalid rent claim, then suing landlord for money back [closed]

TLDR: terminated lease after continued upstairs noise, landlord sent debt collector, trying to decide if should pay debt collector and sue landlord for money back. We had been renting an apartment in ...
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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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What are the limits of religious freedom in the workplace?

Federally in the US, only race, sex, and religion are protected classes, i.e. it's illegal to make employment decisions (hiring/firing/salary/promotion/etc.) on the basis of a worker's race, sex, or ...
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Are homeless people protected by antidiscrimination laws?

I was in a restaurant in New Jersey (USA) recently and witnessed the owners telling a (possibly) homeless person that he couldn't come inside because he smelled too bad. Is this legal? More generally,...