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What if you made the fine print of a contract too small to read?

I was talking with a friend the other day and they asked me what would happen if you made the fine print of a legally binding contract too small to read? Would the person who signed it be able to sue ...
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Can you call the police over fraud in Tennessee?

I paid a guy to modify a keyboard over two months ago. I had been in frequent contact contact with him and suddenly he stopped contacting me late last February. He said it would take two weeks when I ...
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Can the Federal Government outlaw sex?

Other than good sense, what would stop (if anything) the US Congress from passing a law making all sex illegal? Obviously this is a hypothetical. But it's only somewhat tongue-in-cheek. I am curious ...
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Are there any major changes in patent law, besides AIA, in the past two decades?

I'm referring to important rulings or legislation changes that impact how firms apply for patents or how they approach patent strategies.
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Do changing social norms change the definition of “defamation?”

One hundred years ago, if you said that "Miss X is not a virgin," when in fact she was, that would be grounds for a defamation suit. The reason is that because 80%+ of unmarried American ...
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Can you charge someone with murder for hire if the target doesn't exist?

This is a completely fictitious scenario from a roleplay in a video game set in America, but say a person who is an undercover cop hires you to kill their spouse, you take the money and then they ...
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Would I be violating copyright by transcribing music that was written over 100 years ago, but published in 1992?

A particular set of piano rolls were recorded before 1913, but to my knowledge were not published until 1989. The recordings are piano transcriptions of symphonic works, performed by their composer/...
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Encryption over handheld transceiver

I'm aware that encryption of amateur radio communications is prohibited (or rather, any technique to make the message unreadable is). Does this apply to handheld transceivers ("Walkie-Talkies&...
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What are my options after a road rage incident?

I was in an incident today where a driver cut me off and slammed on his brakes to attempt to make me rear end him. After this he got out of his car, yelled at me, told me to come out of mine and fight....
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What are the penalties for attempting to fill a forged prescription in the U.S.?

My cousin who lives in Anaheim, California was just caught trying to fill in a forged prescription for a benzodiazepine (Valium/diazepam). He scanned and forged the original script given to him by a ...
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Public procurement laws or regulations similar to HIPAA or PCI?

United States here, and potentially also involving two states, New York and Vermont. If a business is a vendor that sells goods to the federal government (as a GSA awarded contractor) and also sells ...
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Is it legal to sell a 3d scan of a car in the USA?

Suppose someone were to provide high quality 3D scans of vehicles for the off-road industry. Would it be legal to sell these scans via an online marketplace? They would be either component, chassis, ...
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What happens if the debtor in a bankruptcy proceeding cannot afford to stay in bankruptcy?

Imagine a U.S. debtor in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, operating as a "debtor in possession". At the beginning of the case they have $10 million in the bank. During the case, they have to pay their ...
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Can a claim be litigated after a arbitration?

Consider this scenario: Consumer signs a mandatory arbitration clause with a creditor that does not require Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) claims to be arbitrated Creditor reports inaccurate ...
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Can a consumer bring an FCRA claim twice concerning the same inaccuracy?

In the context of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a consumer has no private right to action to sue a creditor for reporting inaccurate information to a credit reporting agency (CRA). A consumer does ...
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Is VirusTotal's business model violating copyright laws?

For those not familiar, VirusTotal is a Google-owned site that allows anyone to upload any binary so it can be scanned by numerous anti-virus engines. Many third-party products also integrate the ...
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Can I form an LLC without a primary office physical address, preferably in Washington or Delaware? [closed]

Can I form an LLC without a primary office physical address, preferably in Washington or Delaware? I am a "digit nomad": I am a US citizen but have no long-term physical address anywhere in ...
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If you happen to share the name of a very famous character, can you use it for your shop?

Assume that someone sharing the name of a famous character - just for a random Sample let's pick Leonard McCoy, James Kirk and Peter Parker - just happens to want to offer services under their name in ...
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Could a person with a noble title take a federal office without abdicating that title?

The Emoluments Clause of the Constitution bars people holding office from accepting a title from a foreign state. But what about a pre-existing title? If, say, the President appointed a Duke to head ...
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In the US, is it legal to download mashup songs from YouTube for personal use?

Let's take for example the song Viva la Pompeii, a mashup of Pompeii by Bastille and Viva La Vida by Coldplay, both copyrighted songs. As far as I can tell, the mashup itself is not copyrighted. If I ...
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Can Members of Congress be Charged with Incitement (and etc.)

Following the recent Capitol Riot I started to wonder about incitement. I ended up wondering about members of Congress, who are protected against arrest and questioning for what they say when Congress ...
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In the United States, is there a difference between the terms “unlawful” and “illegal”?

I heard someone claim that the terms "unlawful" and "illegal" have different meanings. More specifically, they claimed that "illegal" acts are anything expressly ...
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What kind of attorney do I need to do the city for violating my 4th amendment? [closed]

Can the city have my truck towed out of my driveway? The tags are up today and I'm working on it with no warning.
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Is the following a form of “jury nullification” and if so can it be overturned legally?

Regarding the O.J. Simpson trial, an (African American) commentator said something like, "O.J. was guilty of murder, but it also appeared that he was being framed (by e.g. Mark Fuhrman), and ...
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Penalty for inciting mass suicide

I was researching the mass suicides that occurred in cults like Jim Jones' Peoples Temple and Marshall Applewhite's Heaven Gates. In these cases, both Jones and Applewhite committed suicide as well. I ...
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Do you need approval from the FAA for amateur model rocket launches?

I'm building a model rocket that will probably go a maximum of 30km. Do I need special permission from the FAA to do this? I'm in Delaware, U.S.A., and this is a Class 1 Model Rocket. If I do, where ...
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US criminal case - change of venue

In the US, if a defendant in a criminal trial (in state court) wants to change the venue of the trial, is it possible to have it changed to another state?
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Interactive installation copyright management information

Assume an artist Abel creates an installation from mirrors. It is placed inside a building not open to the general public, so the architecture rule for photos of it does not apply. When passing ...
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Can you be sued for publishing this negative review of a contractor?

Suppose that a homeowner, Bob, had a contractor do some work in his attic. There was a fire safe in the attic with a couple thousand dollars in old coins. After the contractor left, Bob went into ...
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Clause in will invalidating later wills

I was reading an article about Hetty Green and it mentions her challenging a will on the basis that there was an earlier will with a clause invalidating any later wills. Is such a clause enforceable, ...
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Can one hold IP anonymously? [duplicate]

Can a writer who wants to maintain his personal anonymity as a book's author publish the book in a manner that would allow him to maintain full control of the copyright and distribution without ...
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Do “the laws” mentioned in the U.S. Oath of Allegiance have to be constitutional?

U.S. Oath of Allegiance From a purely technical interpretation of the law does the oath cover laws that are unconstitutional? To whom does the obediance allegiance lie with those who took the oath? ...
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legal to use screenshots/videos from games [duplicate]

I'd like to use screenshots from video games like Minecraft or Contraption Maker in presentations. Is this legal? My reasoning pro: I've seen screenshots from other software all over the place and ...
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Does a company need to trademark every similar combination of words?

Hypothetically, Bob founds a company named “Dog Cake”. Bob is afraid of imitators and for good reason- people respond with companies named “Dog Cakes”, “Dogscakes”, “The dog Cakes”, “A Dog Cake” and “...
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What is a “sealed” document?

When reading about T.J Miller, I noticed one sentence Student conduct proceedings were held, the results of which are sealed (...) What is the legal framework for such "sealing" of ...
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Could the US extradite the Russian Hackers?

Many people get extradited for breaking a country's laws by hacking against that country. This is how International Cyberattackers get brung to justice, But what if one Jurisdiction Government ...
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How do laws affecting racial and gender justice programs work?

Recent COVID19 relief packages in the United States include racial justice measures, such as additional funds without repayment for farmers on the basis of race. Although the COVID19 relief itself ...
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If I make/wear a sweatshirt with a copyrighted image on it, but I don't sell it, can the copyright owner sue me?

I have an embroidery machine, so I embroidered my youth group's logo on to a sweatshirt. When I wore it there they said they copyrighted the logo and I should stop wearing it, because then people ...
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How is a person residing abroad subject to US law?

I am reading this press release of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California. The attorney states that: Mason Sheppard, aka “Chaewon,” 19, of Bognor Regis, in the United ...
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Will and Living Revocable Trust

Imagine a single person with a net worth in the millions but less than 10 million. He / she is thinking about having a new will drawn up and setting a living revocable trust. Part of the idea behind ...
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Has anyone been imprisoned for noncommercial copyright infringement under US law?

Has anyone who was not making money on copyright infringement been imprisoned for copyright infringement under US law?
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What exactly triggers the condition of “being under arrest”

The Chicago police used to (or perhaps still do) take detainees to a site at Homan Square, question them, take them a different police site and then arrest them. Or at least that's what they claim. ...
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Is it really legal to knowingly lie in public as a public figure?

It's recently been revealed (by himself, even) that the famous business man and Shark Tank member Kevin O'Leary actually does own Bitcoin, and that he bought them in 2017. Ever since, until recently, ...
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Must all COVID-19 tests be fully reimbursed by health insurances in California, United States?

I read on one of the COVID-19 testing websites (https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/covid19-testing.aspx but the following text can only be viewed but booking an appointment) [emphasis is mine]:...
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What law is applicable in arbitration?

I am representing myself in arbitration proceedings against a large business. The American Arbitration Association is orchestrating the proceedings and has stated that the Consumer Arbitration Rules ...
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How to notify a corporation to not destroy any evidence because a legal case may be filed?

What is the procedure to notify a corporation to not destroy any evidence because a civil legal complaint will likely be filed? Criminal complaints may also be pending, but that will be up to the ...
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What protections are available when reporting problems at nursing homes?

Betty is a resident at a nursing home, where her bills are paid in part by Medicare/Medicaid. Betty's daughter believes the nursing home is providing substandard care: failing to provide her mother ...
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Is it legal to go take my license plates off a car I sold, without realizing I should keep my plates?

I sold a car a year ago in TX and didn't realize that I should take the plates off. The buyer has taken full advantage of this and is racking up lots of tolls in my name. Fortunately I'm able to get ...
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How soon after relocating is it possible to file a lawsuit in a federal district court?

In the US, if I relocate from one judicial district to another judicial district in another state — how soon after relocating is it possible to file a lawsuit in a federal district court? (I plan to ...
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Creating money out of thin air [closed]

Let's say a robber breaks into a bank and accesses a computer. Except that they don't actually rob the bank: they hit a button, create money and put it somewhere obscure. What crime was committed? If ...