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Is a company liable if an employee illegally works across the border? [closed]

As a US based company, if an employee illegally works from a foreign country in violation of company policy, will the company be held liable for taxes and fines for this action? If the company is held ...
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Is it illegal for a hospital to hide the doctor name from patient?

I had an ultrasound at a hospital. The doctor over there gave me some recommendations. I wasn’t sure about these recommendations and wrote an email to the management asking other doctors to review ...
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Scraping FB phone numbers

I am an EU citizen who codes. I have a project, which works this way: program enters a word into Facebook search program extracts links to the Facebook pages program scrapes (gather and save) the ...
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Is “canceling” people tortious interference?

Is "canceling" people tortious interference? As a concrete example, Richard Stallman (RMS) is/was employed by the Free Software Foundation (FSF), MIT and other organizations. He voiced ...
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Is employment discrimination against obese people legal?

Some scientists have proposed links between obesity and personality traits, e.g. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2914627/ More self-controlled boys and girls are less likely to become ...
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Is barter of firearms illegal per se?

I want to know if it is presumably/presumptively/normally illegal to barter using firearms. Is it illegal to barter one firearm for another firearm? Can services or goods other than firearms be ...
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Neighbor Suspected a Leak and Opened Up Their Ceiling - Am I Responsible for Repair?

Downstairs neighbor suspected a leak in their bathroom and opened up their ceiling to see where the water is coming from. It would appear that a small leak is coming from below my bathtub, this was ...
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In the USA, why are witnesses who demonstrated prejudice and bias not immediately removed and disqualified?

I just saw the witness examination of the George Floyd case. The 18 year old female witness went on to ramble about how she felt so sorry for Floyd and that her father and brothers are all black just ...
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Does a gun control ordinance imply police duty to protect?

It has been established multiple times that police has no duty to protect, except for the situations where the police actions put a person in a harm's way. There were several cases affirming that. A ...
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Do I lose anything by not responding to voicemail that I think is a fraud?

Not sure if this is a correct reddit. It looks like my phone number has been leaked somewhere and I 'won $5000 dollars' last week according to one call (yeah, right). Today I get a different voicemail ...
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What do I do if my son's dad wants to take back a gift he gave our son saying it's theirs and not his? [duplicate]

My son's father gave our son a Nintendo Switch for his birthday. When he went to spend the night at his house (we are not together) he took it saying it was his and he would let our son borrow it. He ...
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Laws regarding behavior while in a polling place waiting line - what is soliciting?

Consider the Georgia Senate Bill SB202 recently passed SB 202 . It includes (Section 33 at pdf page 21, line 1872) No person shall solicit votes in any manner or by any means or method... (This ...
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Is the fair market value of “pro bono” work tax deductible?

If a person contributes a car, art, clothing, or other items of value to a charity, that person gets to deduct the fair market value of the contributed goods from their taxable income. Suppose, ...
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When are “entire agreement” clauses invalid?

Contracts often include an "entire agreement" clause (a.k.a. "integration" or "merger" clause) like this: This contract contains the final and entire agreement and ...
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Is It Legal to Mention “The Creator” in U.S. Public Schools?

I give lots of guest presentations to K-18 schools/universities all over the world. Since the subject is Space exploration, I frequently feel the need to invoke (using one of these very "generic&...
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What tests would apply to a claim of “Force Majeure” / “Act of God”? [duplicate]

Question Is there a legal test or standard that would apply to help figure out if Force Majeure applies or not? A test that would determine if a company is trying to escape an unfortunate contract out ...
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What was wrong with the warrant application in Malley v. Briggs?

The beginning of the Court's opinion in Malley v. Briggs, 475 U.S. 335 (1986) describes a wiretapped phone call that led police to obtain a warrant against Plaintiff James Briggs: "General ...
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Can the Federal Government outlaw propositioning for sex in all places other than places of worship?

This is somewhat along the same lines as my other question. I would like to learn more about the constitutional boundaries on the US Congress to regulate sexual mores and/or sexual customs. I assume ...
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Is the requirement to have positive attitude discriminatory?

Many companies list "positive attitude" as a requirement for the candidates, including job positions that have nothing to do with customer service or management (for which jobs it could be ...
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Can an attorney be arrested whilst representing their client in court?

In the videos linked to below, we see an extraordinary circumstance where a defence lawyer turns up late and apparently intoxicated after a possible hit-and-run vehicle collision. Here's a summary. ...
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Accountability for Attorneys - does it exist? [closed]

I’ve had a number of initial consultations with various attorneys for estate planning and entity structuring, and almost every one of the opinions I’ve heard is different and often contradictory. If I ...
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Is marriage automatically cancelled for immigration violation?

I met my husband in Laos when I was traveling there in 2017. We got married and he came to the U.S. K-1 visa in 2018. He got his temporary green card in 2019, which is good for two years. In the year ...
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Can a divorced spouse claim rights to a previous primary residence?

2010 year. My ex husband got a mortgage on a house. Down payment was paid by his father. 2014 year. I met my ex-husband for the first time. We got married the same year (there was a prenup). 2010 to ...
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How far can the meanings of commonly used words be redefined by a legislature?

Most people understand "operating a motor vehicle" as driving, until they are arrested for DUI while sleeping off in their turned off car. Most people understand "loaded weapon" as ...
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What counts as a binding notice of copyright in older books?

What counts as a binding notice of copyright in older books? Some just show the author or company and the date with no copyright symbol. Say if it just says the company and 1920 with no copyright ...
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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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