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Limits on sources of fact or law for a court (incl. appeal)

There are specific rules for introducing sources of fact in a normal (first-instance) trial, either through evidence or through witnesses, with constraints around hearsay, etcetera. A fact (or an ...
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Accepting severance for rescinded offer while on H-1B Visa

I recently got a job offer from Coinbase. But the job offer got rescinded by Coinbase due to their hiring freeze. As part of their hiring freeze, Coinbase is offering a severance for people whose ...
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Are works created by US government employees in the performance of their duties treated as public domain outside the US?

Copyright protection under this title is not available for any work of the United States Government, but the United States Government is not precluded from receiving and holding copyrights transferred ...
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In Florida, is there a law which causes restaurants refuse to hire minors, or to forbid minors to operate some equipment?

The 2021 Florida Statues state, (2) No minor under 18 years of age, whether such person’s disabilities of nonage have been removed, shall be employed or permitted or suffered to work in any of the ...
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Does the IDEA Act require a private school to forward a request for testing to the public school?

My son has been attending a small private school attached to our church. About a year ago, we requested of his teacher/principal that he receive a Dyslexia screening. The teacher agreed to get that ...
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Could Stossel have sued Facebook (for defamation) in a state other than California?

Interestingly, California seems to a place where it's harder to win a defamation lawsuit because the 9th Circuit has more or less "overridden", or at least issued a more clear test of ...
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How does HIPAA apply to foreign entities?

Since HIPAA is a U.S. law, my guess is that it only protects U.S. citizens or residents, but is there any part of the law that explicitly limits its protections to such persons? More practically, if a ...
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How are motions for summary judgment opposed?

I have been reading up on summary judgment as applied to Minnesota civil trials. While I believe I have a reasonable handle on how and when to file a motion of summary judgment, one thing that is ...
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Could you sue God?

The premise of the movie "The man who sued God" is that a person who lost his boat in a lightning storm. His boat insurer then decided it was an act of God and did not cover it He heard the ...
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Why would a jury award more punitive damages than is allowed by the law?

I read on https://www.npr.org/2022/06/01/1102118755/depp-heard-trial-verdict: The seven-member jury found that Depp is entitled to $10 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages of $5 ...
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Legality of Credit Bureaus selling information without consent

I recently had a hard pull for a mortgage done (USA based). Since then, my personal phone number has been bombarded with calls and texts related to "better offers", despite being registered ...
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Should the village compensate for wrong land measurement?

I bought a house 10 years ago. Now, I'm thinking of building a home addition but I'm having some issues. The border of the land doesn't give me enough clearance to make the home addition flash with ...
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My pediatrician would not see my child until I pay a bill that I don't owe

Yesterday I took my child to the pediatrician's office as she was ill. We were told that we had an outstanding bill and unless we pay it, the pediatrician will not see my child. We were very confused ...
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Are hard knuckle gloves illegal in King County, Washington state?

I have researched Washington state laws regarding hard knuckle gloves and I can't find any. I have found prohibitions on "metal gloves" which are not the same as a plastic hard knuckle glove,...
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Can a chapter 7 Bankruptcy trustee enforce a beneficial interest of a debtor to a trust the debtor is entitled to?

A trust has recently been created for my benefit and I am the sole beneficiary. I am in Atlanta, GA if this helps for reasons of practice or procedure. The trust is irrevocable and has provisions that ...
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Possible change of state of residency, questions?

My partner recently got a job in a neighboring state and will be moving there and asked me to move with her. She leased an apartment in her name and added me in as an occupant but she's the "...
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Are individuals who identify as non-human animals members of a protected class?

This question is inspired by the following question over on Academia.SE: Should students' nonhuman identity be taken seriously in classroom settings? The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ...
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What if you cannot pay the damages in a civil law suit?

This question is in response to the defamation case between Mr Johnny Depp and Miss Amber Heard. Mr Depp claims that the defamation damages amount to 50 million dollars. Now suppose that the jury ...
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Is what Lowe's Home Improvement online does legal? Can stores list items as in inventory when they are already sold to be installed? [duplicate]

I bought a dishwasher on Lowe's Home Improvement website. The site said it would be available for pickup the next day at my local store. I get a confirmation email for my order in a few minutes and a ...
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Are there really US federal laws involving immigration that result in fake job interviews?

On this page someone answered the question “Do employers waste time interviewing people?” with the following: yes often it is to conform to federal guidelines - so they are directed to higher the CEO’...
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Nonprofit for religious blog?

If I write a religious blog (specifically with posts explaining the meaning of Bible verses, similar to sermons but written instead of spoken), could I start a 501c3 to run the site, donate money to ...
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Can police actually commandeer a vehicle from a citizen for pursuit?

One sees it in films and tv all the time... Officer: "He's getting away! Sir, I'm commandeering this vehicle. Please get out!" Is this actually feasible? Is a private citizen required to ...
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Can sole member LLC add 1% partnership to deduct large business expenses? [closed]

A sole member LLC has business expenses that can only be partially deducted from the individual's taxes because they far exceed the company's income. The company changes to a partnership adding an ...
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What happens at small claims court if two parties present differing copies of a contact?

For example this actually happened to me. Psycho landlord prints out unusually drafted lease agreement and send to me as PDF. I read it and am in fact perfectly happy to sign it because it appears to ...
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What is the case law on the admissibility of warrantless drone footage in court?

There's some government agencies that are using drones to gather footage of places not usually viewable by naked eye by people at ground level. These agencies' reasoning is that if a person lawfully ...
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How can a video game like World of Warcraft include lots of pop-culture references?

The video game World of Warcraft includes lots of pop culture references (also Warcraft I, II, and III). Did Blizzard have to get licenses from the IP owners to include these references in their games ...
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Charities in the US and money laundering

What regulations apply to charities regarding money laundering? Do they have any equivalent to 'know your client', like 'know your donor'? Do they have a duty to report suspicious transactions? Are ...
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Can a witness refuse to answer a question in a civil proceeding if it would incriminate her on a unrelated criminal matter?

Basically the title. I saw on a lawyer drama that a witness was compelled to answer because it was not a criminal case. But if the truthful answer uncovers a criminal matter that would incriminate the ...
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name rank and serial... against the police?

People who have been in the military will know that if they are interned as combatants and questioned, all they have to answer is their name, rank, and serial number. So for example, if Private Paula ...
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What does HIPAA say about a third party reviewing protected health information and related records? [closed]

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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How can one not know their own legal marital status?

I saw this screenshot floating around for a California jury duty online questionnaire. Notice that "Not known" is a selectable option for one's marital status: I don't know why someone's ...
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What Exactly is the Law Regarding Retirees Who Start a Business and Collect Social Security Benefits?

I am under the impression that retirees who are collecting Social Security benefits and start a business are capped in the number of hours they can work between 15 and 45 hours per month. I thought ...
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Roommate isnt paying her half of the utilities, can I sue her? [duplicate]

So my roommate, her kids, myself, my mother (who is visiting lt) and my dog live in a duplex and we each pay rent, separatly, to the landlord. The utilities are all in my name except the wifi; that's ...
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Are contracts of adhesion that require you to agree to them before viewing them legally enforcable?

I recently was looking to switch plans from one major cell phone carrier to another, which included a promo for a free phone. This was done in the United States. At the point where I was to sign ...
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When does US state law apply on the high seas?

Closely related: What is the furthest point from land at sea where individual U.S. state laws apply? , but in reference to US territorial waters. It is pretty clear that at least some US federal laws ...
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Can a person release music using the name of a fictional character as the artist name?

A example of this would be a person releasing music with one of these names as the artist name: Mogul Khan (the Axe) from Dota 2, Malfurion Stormrage from Warcraft, Saruman from Lord of the Rings. If ...
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Is it true that a teacher can't engage/attack a shooter from behind during a school shooting that is in progress?

I have a cousin who is a teacher and a few years ago we had a long discussion about school shootings and part of this discussion was about what teachers can and cannot do during a school shooting that ...
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Is it theft if someone picks up a dropped wallet and keeps it?

Say I drop my wallet and 5 minutes later return to the spot to find it gone. Is it theft for the person who took it or is it a case of finder's keepers?
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Can an Association or Society Be Formed as a For-Profit Company?

I'm part of a group of three people who have worked for a while in a specific business niche. We pooled our knowledge and contacts and realized that a lot of businesses could benefit from the ...
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What are the constraints on a civil suit (witnesses, evidence, topics) - and are they public

I am currently watching the Depp/Heard trial, and there seems to be a lot of stuff that cannot be shown, or said, and a lot of people i would expect to make a statement are absent. My guess is that ...
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Can strategic bankruptcy be used against investors?

Can bankruptcy be used as strategy to avoid paying back investors? Are there examples of such behavior? What are the mechanisms in place in US law to prevent people from creating a company to attract ...
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What are the legal implications of including pop culture references in media? [duplicate]

Eg.: In a video game that uses its own characters, setting, plot, backstory, etc. can a character reference the Dota 2 character Omniknight in a short phrase said by him? That could potentially ...
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Tax refund offset due process

What due process is there in federal refund offset? For instance, if a state contacts the IRS claiming that someone owes them a debt, will the IRS just take their word for it and deduct the amount ...
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Is the right to effective assistance of counsel an inherent right or a privilege

Effective assistance of counsel is a right provided by the 6th amendment. A conflict free counsel is paramount in receiving effective assistance. Can a statute/law deny one a conflict free counsel? Of ...
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It is required to get authorization to use fictional/invented names as a codename?

For instance, if a company wants to codename a processor microarchitecture after a hero from a MOBA game (eg. League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, Battlerite, Dota 2), will a license be required?
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What's the license for speech files generated from real speech files and do I owe anything to the original speaker?

I'd like to artificially generate speech file using some real speech files. E.g., I have 100h of speech files where Bob is talking, and I'll artificially generate speech files that sounds just like ...
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Woman harrassment at Corporate workplace [closed]

Can a criminal case be filed for the following information provided below against the Top management of the corporate and against immediate supervisor whom she was reporting to with FIR at the police ...
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If a contract doesn't have a severability clause, could it still be severable?

Many contracts have a severability clause, which states that even if some part of the contract is thrown out or unenforceable, the remainder of the contract remains in effect. For example, "...
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Could a person be convicted for violating the US Flag Code?

If I understand the US Flag Code correctly, it is a federal law which prohibits certain actions, but does not allow any penalty for violations. Could a person technically be convicted under the Flag ...
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Using image of death certificate

Well known banks and brokerage firms often only require a scan of the certified death certificate uploaded by secure message on their website. I believe this is referred to as an "informational ...
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