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Schwab 401k 'hacked'; somehow they added/linked an unknown bank account and transfered out ~10% of my balance!! How

I recently received a couple of 'notification' emails from Schwab re. the approval/completion of various changes I supposedly requested to an old 'inactive' (past employer) 401k account, including: ...
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ADA and reasonable accommodations

https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/jobapplicant.html Q: Is it a reasonable accommodation to request to remove all the oral interviews for a candidate programmer who has, for instance, social phobia? Or the ...
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EB-3 (Green card) case in different county from the company's current address

I work for a Marin County based company as a foreign self-employed freelance contractor (software developer), and my client wants to open an office in Los Angeles and invited me to work there. How ...
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Diplomas Must Be Under 10 Years Old?

Full disclosure: This was a dumpster fire on Reddit, and I am just posting here to get a more nuanced opinion. I am not the original asker and I don’t know which US state. Supposedly, there is a tech ...
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What is the best way to proceed with a legal action against US company from abroad?

Some time ago I have signed a contract with Premiere (Premiere Event, Rise of the Phoenix Inc, NYS Corporation) with Michael D Palance as Director, US company which is looking for young talents ...
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How is a US political campaign supposed to verify that donors from abroad are US citizens?

According the US laws, only US citizens may contribute financially to political campaigns - especially presidential campaigns. Suppose you are running a campaign. How are you supposed to verify that ...
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Do Mafia lawyers exist?

Do mob lawyers still exist? Can someone just call them and hire them for whatever job? I mean... What if I end up in a serious situation and want the best lawyer (or assemble the lawyer army) for it? ...
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Can a U.S. election be overturned for foreign interference?

Can a U.S. election be overturned due to foreign interference? In the last U.S. election, people were concerned that Russia played a significant role in getting Donald Trump elected, so I was ...
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If a law abolishes a crime, can the law pardon people previously convicted of that crime?

For example, could a law that legalizes a drug retroactively free people previously convicted on charges for that drug so long as they didn't break any other laws? I know laws can't retroactively ...
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Is this story about US tax office reasonable?

Ages ago I read a nice story that sounds quite reasonable, but might be complete nonsense. Here it goes: A private detective in the USA has lots of lawyers as customers. And they are notoriously ...
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Can I legally deny entry to service dogs because I have cats in my store?

The rules for the ADA about service dogs includes a section with zoos as the example. "service animals can be restricted from areas where the animals on display are the natural prey or natural ...
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Could a state legally phase-out pennies?

Debate has existed for some time in the United States whether the penny should stop being minted, due to its small purchasing power and cost of production [1]. From what I understand, to discontinue ...
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Validity of lease clause requiring specific move out times

I recently signed a lease contract for an apartment and this clause was included. How enforceable is such a clause (for context, this is in PA, USA)? Loading Dock, access ways, stairs and/or ...
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Compensation for working more than contract states

The employment contract that I signed specified that I work a maximum of 20 hours a week. For the past two years I've been scheduled more that, around 24-40 hours a week. Does this entitle me to ...
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“Status date” for trademark (in TSDR) is prior to “Filing date”?

This is specific to a trademark I came across; http://tsdr.uspto.gov/#caseNumber=76720679&caseSearchType=US_APPLICATION&caseType=US_REGISTRATION_NO&searchType=statusSearch The status is ...
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Is it legal for reverse lights to turn on when a car is in park?

This question is about the reverse lights, or backup lights, or the white lights on the back of a car: When I am in a parking lot, some cars have the reverse lights on even though the car is in park, ...
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Can a city enforce antitrust laws in the US?

I know this would probably depend on the state and city, but do cities have any recourse for monopolistic behavior? For example, say a parking provider buys up all of the parking in the city and ...
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Is abortion still legal in all 50 states?

A number of states have recently passed, or are about to pass, laws prohibiting abortion. As I understand it, they intend these laws to be contested, and eventually appealed to the Supreme Court, in ...
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State forbids it's citizens from purchasing firearms in states where firearms are legal

In most cases if a state declares a substance or procedure to be illegal it doesn’t prohibit one from going to another state where said substance (marijuana) or procedure (abortion) is legal. But ...
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Do I need a disclaimer for a camera in a private restroom?

I will be leasing an apartment. Because maintenance personnel will be entering when I am not home, I plan to setup cameras throughout the apartment. I have confirmed this is not a lease violation to ...
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Divulging students' grades to third parties

In the U.S., I understand that it is illegal for teachers to divulge a student's grades to anyone with no legitimate claim to the information. Is it similarly illegal for parents to do that? In some ...
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barbed wired off open field with human sized entrance on side - legal?

I live in the state of Texas (Dallas area specifically). There is a field I drive by often near a residential neighborhood. Very open with not a person or house in sight (No signs or anything either)....
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Can my HOA force us to pay additional costs for unnecessary capital improvements?

TL;DR: Can an HOA force homeowners to pay a large 1-time fee for installation of a street gate and increased monthly fees for road maintenance on the private road that is already in the process of ...
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Does the following constitute defamation?

There are two candidates running for public office in a small midwestern city. Both of them are public figures, within the context of the defamation laws. Candidate A is running on a "morality" ...
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USPS Back Room - Trespassing?

I go to my local post office nearly every day to drop off packages for online purchases. A couple of years ago, I had a van full and it would have taken many trips to bring them inside. I asked a ...
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Is it legal to have an abortion in another state or abroad?

Alabama passed new laws recently, making abortion a very limited option. In that context is it legal for a US national who lives in Alabama to have an abortion in another state where it is legal in ...
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Return of Software

I wrote some software that I licensed to a university club as part of their operations. Due to disagreements about the value of the software, I would like to revoke permissions for use of the software ...
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Illegal detainment by private citizens when there's a unlocked but alarmed emergency exit

Scenario: the private citizens in charge of a building (or floor of a building) forbid everyone inside from leaving, and have locked all exits except for the emergency exit. However, the emergency ...
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Is there any common rider for ensuring appliance and water upkeep in an apartment building?

We are about to sign a 12-month upper-income lease with a large apartment building in Michigan. We have seen some past reviews that worry us about maintenance issues once we move in. One was even ...
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Why did OJ Simpson's trial take 9 months?

It's my understanding that most trials are over in a week. Are murder trials typically much longer, or was OJ Simpson's case very unusual (aside from the publicity)? Do trials essentially last as ...
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Trade restrictions on open source software

Apparently the US has put Huawei on a trade blacklist that prevents US companies to trade with Huawei. With hardware and proprietary software it is straightforward how this can be executed (don't make ...
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Does Trump's sanction on Huawei include Open Source US products, like Linux kernel & RISC-V? Does this ban effect Huawei's membership there? [duplicate]

Trump has banned US companies from trading with Huawei. Does this ban include US non-profit organizations, such as the Linux Foundation and RISC-V foundation ? Huawei is a paid member of those ...
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How does the Supreme Court ruling in *Fourth Estate* not undermine the DMCA's notice-and-takedown process?

The Supreme Court recently ruled in Fourth Estate v. Wall-Street.com that copyright registration occurs (and thus an infringement action can be brought) only after the Copyright Office takes action ...
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Does the GDPR mandate that web sites provide access to cookie settings?

Cross referenced this question with SO just to get more technical perspective In this article it says with respect to: Google Analytics and GDPR consent to cookies and tracking: Based on a true ...
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Is presenting a play showing Military characters in a bad light a crime in the US? Or does the First Admendment prevent this?

This is a followup to Is it illegal to wear military surplus clothing? US Law 10 USC 771 provides that only members of the US military may wear: ...the uniform, or a distinctive part of the ...
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Does ratifying USMCA imply a (stealth) ratification of UNCLOS?

I tried asking this on Skeptics first, but apparently there's too much law (interpretation/opinion) and not enough fact in this issue. Several conservative/right-wing sources says that if the US ...
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Can I be sued if if the law says I am not liable?

A recent answer had this law quote shall not be liable for damages in any action brought in a Federal or State court and this explanation they cannot be sued over their actions I posted a ...
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What protections does Europe provide for US patents (that China doesn't)?

According to a NYtimes article yesterday Xi Jinping had promised that China would protect intellectual property, then he reneged before the trade talks faltered. I am trying to understand the context ...
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Is it illegal to wear military surplus clothing?

I have heard that wearing parts of a military uniform in the US is technically illegal, even though the law is rarely enforced. I purchased a military surplus jacket from a thrift store. The front ...
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What rights does a private citizen have to aid in law enforcement?

Suppose you witnessed a robbery or theft from a store in the United States and saw someone running with the stolen goods, and you yell, "Stop, thief." Are you within your rights? Suppose you see ...
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Can an airline pilot be prosecuted for killing an unruly passenger who could not be physically restrained?

The 'Arming Pilots Against Terrorism Act' (H.R.4635) '...shields flight deck officers from liability for acts or omissions in defending the flight deck of an aircraft against acts of criminal violence ...
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What is proper use of FRCP 59(e) motion to amend?

Several 12(b)(6) motions are granted over the course of a couple years. cc A 12(b)(6) motion against the last two claims is granted which created a final judgment. cc Can a FRCP 59(e) motion to amend ...
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Work permit for a US based space and defence company for EU citizen

I'm looking into writing my bachelor thesis at a aerospace company abroad. My question is if there are any special regulation regarding working for a aerospace company, with military contracts, as a ...
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Do mature minors have the right to privately consult with a medical professional?

The title should be relatively self-explanatory. Do mature minors (aged 16 or older) have a legal right to privately consult with a medical professional, free from the involvement of a parent, ...
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Landlord required to divulge tenant identity

A new law requires landlords to provide the following information about their tenants: Name Who is "head of household" Phone number Age (approximate) Then the tenant is required to go to the town ...
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Which law regulates child labor for a teen that has dual citizenship?

A teen with dual citizenship (Taiwan and U.S.) is seeking to work during his summer vacation. He's 14 right now (8th grade), which allows him to work by U.S. FLSA, but he is prohibited to work by ...
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Is the NSO Group guilty of computer crimes?

The NSO Group is the company (based in Israel but American-owned) which appears to be responsible for the software used to penetrate WhatsApp. The case seems to have a lot of parallels with the ...
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When do you need to request a W9?

I know that a W9 is required when paying over $600 to a US individual or company that is your vendor. What I'm confused about is why you don't need to request a W9 if you walk into best buy and have ...
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Census Solidarity? [closed]

I have heard that immigrants are concerned about the census because it will contain a question along the lines of “Are you a citizen?” I have been wondering if there might be a way for me to show ...
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What is the 83b Election postmark filing deadline?

I am getting mixed opinion on how the 83b deadline is interpreted and need clarification, due to the potential financial implications. Does the 83b election need to be filed 30 days beginning on the ...