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Is an employer rule mandating face coverings on their grounds enforceable even when employee is off work?

My employer (a private college in the US state of Maine) has a new rule mandating face coverings for employees, including in outdoor settings on their campus. The campus is open to the public to enjoy ...
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Is Trump's COVID-19 liability waiver enforceable?

In order to get tickets to Donald Trump's campaign rally this weekend, you're required to agree to the following waiver of liability: By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an ...
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Would loading a firework into a gun make it a Destructive Device?

I've got a question inspired by a dream I had last night. If someone were to load a firework into a firearm, would that result in the firearm being classified as a Destructive Device? For instance, ...
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What can happen if you violate a cease and desist letter?

A few months ago, my alma mater emailed me a cease and desist letter for repeatedly trying to have a grievance against a former professor dismissed and complaining about how the dept. chair handled ...
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Does the government control what time it is?

Does the government control what time it is? Recently, I read that the west coast states are considering dropping Daylight Savings Time. Apparently, the process is first for the states to agree, and ...
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To what extent can someone be punished by a public institution without a rule or law being clearly stated?

Say a patient does something the director of the hospital thinks is inappropriate. Or say it is a student and a school instead of a patient and a hospital. The important point is that a "user" of a "...
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Can a victim of crime sue a city that abolished their police department?

Say that a city abolishes their police department based on accusations of systematic racism within their police ranks. The following day a person living in that city calls 911 to report that their ...
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Unresponsive landlord not providing lease renewal

I am renting an apartment (not rent-controlled) and my lease will be up at the end of the month. My current lease states the landlord is supposed to provide the renewal lease at least 60 days before ...
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Changing the name of one of the United States

Does the law have anything clear to say about changing the name of a state in the United States? What I know is: Maybe a couple of decades ago there was discussion in North Dakota of changing the ...
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Is it illegal to throw away the previous tenant's standard mail?

Is it illegal to recycle standard mail addressed to, presumably, a previous tenant of an apartment? Context: I have received the mail for someone who I assume is a previous tenant of the apartment I ...
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“if A appeared in person before B, impersonating C, an innocent purchaser from A gets property in the goods as against B.”

Several English judgments cite this befuddling, ambiguous sentence, like LJ Devlin in Ingram v Little as quoted in p 85 in Sourcebook on Contract Law by Oughton and Lord Denning MR in Lewis v Averay ...
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Are there specific charges for personal injuries that were caused by deliberate public property damage?

I recently saw a video that shows several people destroying a statue in a public space. In the process of tearing it down, the bulk of the statue fell and struck a bystander in the head. It's clear ...
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Buying a property, neighbor across the st is using the property's address

I own a house, and am currently thinking about buying the vacant lot next to mine to ensure that no one builds on it (beautiful view). While talking with the seller they mentioned that the neighbor ...
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Could a poll's claimed results be defamatory?

In the Trump campaign's letter demanding that CNN retract its poll claiming Biden leads Trump, the letter claims: The poll is intentionally false, defamatory and misleading, and designed to harm ...
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Does a foreign company need to be HIPAA compliant to work with a covered entity?

If I'm a HIPAA covered entity and I want to work with a foreign company (e.g. the foreign company would provide the covered entity with PHI from US and other people), does that foreign company also ...
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During an investigation, can a US law enforcement officer say something is legal if it is not?

When investigating something that has already happened, can a US law enforcement officer say "x is perfectly legal" to get someone to confess to having done x (which is not actually legal and someone ...
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Can I be liable for vandalism if I have posted a political sign on the property?

I have posted a political sign on the front lawn of a house I am renting. The landlord has told me that if I don’t remove this sign, I will be liable for any vandalism occurring to the house, as he ...
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How can they force people to walk around and tell all the neighbours that you are a “registered sex offender”?

I've heard that people who are convicted as a "sex offender" (which is still very vague and cryptic to me) in the USA have to walk around and knock/ring on the doors of all their neighbours (it's ...
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What legal process do private companies need to follow to win a contract with 911 emergency dispatch?

Please note: at its heart, this question involves understanding the regulatory procedures that county-level emergency response agencies (911 dispatch) have to use for dispatching private companies to ...
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What happens if nobody “stands in defense” of a lawsuit against the US government as administrations change?

This answer to the Politics SE question What happens to lawsuits against US presidential administrations when the administration changes due to an election? has been well received and so I've accepted ...
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Roommate/co-tenant said she would renew but lied after I sign lease - invalid lease?

So, my roommates and I planned to sign a lease renewal as co-tenants in NYC. While some of the roommates already signed it, the others changed their mind last minute. This unfortunately means the ...
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US code used to say 'the unit of electric current shall be the ampere'; what legal consequences did that have?

Up until 2006, U.S. law said the following (in 15 U.S.C. 223, which was repealed in 2007): § 223. Units of electrical measure From and after July 21, 1950, the legal units of electrical and ...
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Do children hold the copyright over their own creative works?

I was recently looking at a story I wrote when I was 8 years old. I presume that, however the law works exactly, I now hold copyright over it at age 30. But think about when I originally wrote it. Did ...
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Sandy Hook defamation case and opinions based on disclosed facts

(Note that I 100% think the Sandy Hook shootings were 100% real.) From a BBC article: In June a Wisconsin judge ruled that James Fetzer had defamed Leonard Pozner by claiming he had fabricated the ...
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Are “pig toilets” or their produce illegal anywhere in the USA?

I am interested in history and living off the land, and when I watched a documentary about ancient toilets, I learned about something called "pig toilets". Essentially, they're a toilet stall built ...
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Legal status of units of electric measure in the U.S

From 1894 until 2006, the United States Code had a section that defined the units of electrical measure (i.e. the volt, the ampere, etc.; see the Appendix for details). These sections were repealed in ...
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Misprision of felony by a (potentially) foreign entity

According to USC, 18 U.S. Code § 4. Misprision of felony Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon ...
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Unknown law enforcement

During the current protests, there have been numerous reports of unknown/unidentified law enforcement personnel. Do these people have to show credentials if asked? If they give orders (without ...
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Is it *ever* illegal to intentionally put a wrong return address on demand letters?

While I was going through some old mail, I discovered that I received two returned letters which were addressed to the same individual. I don't know the individual. The two letters were dated about ...
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If One Files an Official Complaint Against or Sues a University, Is It Retaliation if They Reject Your Application?

I've filed an official complaint against my university, but it was because they wouldn't allow me to retract a grievance that I filed against a professor during an acute mental health episode. ...
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What is the meaning of the “disposed” legal staus in the US?

I am looking at the criminal record of a person and I see there: Defendant: Disposed Disposition: Disposed I've googled it but still didn't get it. Does it mean that the accused person was freed of ...
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What does it mean if your apartment is in two cities at once

I discovered that the border between two cities runs through an apartment that I am renting. There are two official parcels, one in one city (City A) and one in another (City B), they are both in the ...
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Limitations on US DEA

A rather disreputable source, Buzzfeed News, says The DEA is limited by statute to enforcing drug-related federal crimes. But on Sunday, Timothy Shea, a former US attorney and close confidant ...
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Can a game publisher restrict distributing homebrew cards?

Looney Labs' website contains the following (excerpted here; much longer there): Q: Can I make copies of my home-brewed Fluxx (or Chrono, or Nano, etc.) deck to give free to my friends? A: ...
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Can you be compelled to testify in English?

This is inspired by this question. Assume that a person has been subpoenaed to testify in a case (either civil or criminal – the person is not the defendant or a party in the case), and the person ...
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Legal issues regarding a recent Amazon purchase

I have purchased a book on Amazon and it was shipped to me. On the front page of the book, it clearly stated: Circulation of this edition outside the Indian subcontinent is UNAUTHORIZED. I live ...
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Certificate of Service for Colorado Notice To Quit

When serving a tenant with a Colorado Notice To Quit, must the Certificate Of Service of the Notice be notarized, either before or after serving the tenant?
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Is there protocol for US police officers for handling a fellow cop that is using excessive force?

If I'm a police officer in the United States and my partner is restraining a suspect with an excessive or otherwise out-of-protocol use of force, what am I legally allowed to do to stop him?
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What regulations specify the loan and what regulations specify the credit under US law?

What is a difference between loan and credit in the law system? Let's say US law. What does it mean to grant a loan, use a loan or to have a credit? What regulations describe both credit and loan?
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Do medical staff report wounds from rubber bullets like they do for gunshot wounds?

This question comes from a curious debate I'm in the middle of. Thankfully it's a completely wound-free debate (physically speaking). But I'm not certain if a rubber bullet wound is 'real' gunshot ...
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Why weren't the US Navy and Marines added to the Posse Comitatus Act in 1956?

The Posse Comitatus Act was originally enacted in 1878 to restrict the use of the United States military in many domestic matters. Originally, the act only covered the Army, which doesn't seem ...
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Do existing laws bar cyberprostitution?

Do existing laws bar cyberprostitution? I’m putting this in for Oregon, but I’m also curious about other jurisdictions. There have been numerous advances in “teledildonics." Let’s just say for the ...
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Can an artist take away a unique character that was first visually displayed in a piece of artwork I commissioned from them and paid for?

The artist did not ask me to sign any agreements and neither did I, the artwork was paid for, but after a personal conflict the artist told me they were "revoking" the character the artwork was of. ...
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In the US what is/are the legal definitions of 'workplace'?

According to this online USA guidance many US states give smokers the same sort of anti-discrimination class as for example pregnant mothers or other groups. Most states have some laws that protect ...
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CDA 230 and moderation of subreddits

On the site Reddit anyone can create a "subreddit" to which people can make posts and comments, with the creator of the subreddit being able to moderate posts and comments. Does CDA 230 even apply to ...
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In Los Angeles can I defend my own property against looters?

Currently, there is looting being done in Los Angeles by many people who are pretending to protest against the killing of George Floyd (some others are actually protesting and a few people are helping ...
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I owe rent for a month and my landord is threatening me to move my stuff out of the house

(Note: I know a similar question has been asked but this is slightly different in terms of the agreement and I also have specific location information which might help come up to a better conclusion.) ...
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Is there any law limiting the extent to which one can grow brains in a lab in the United States? (e.g., max number of neurons, synapses, etc.)

Is there any law limiting the extent to which one can grow brains / brain organoids in a lab in the United States (e.g., max number of neurons, synapses, etc.)? E.g. to study brain diseases {1} or add ...
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What happened with daniel hogan´s space dive prosecution?

I just read that the red bull strato project actually was the idea of Daniel Hogan. When he noticed, that red bull wanted to start it years later, he went to court. But what happened then? Was he get ...
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What does it mean to “retain title” (or not) of a patent?

I've already asked a question here about the Public Law 95-517 (The "Bayh-Dole Act"), so thanks to the response there I now have some understanding about this act. But what does it mean if a ...

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