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Personal device subject to forfeit?

I have an employer-issued computer and a google-based email account. I use both the computer and the email account solely for work purposes. I am permitted to bring the computer home with me, ...
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It is considered copyright infringement to get paid apps free?

It is a copyright infringement to use services that offer paid mobile apps for free? Various sources apparently say that is.
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In 2011 two 14-year-old girls held an 11-year-old boy down and stripped him completely naked

The girls then uploaded a video of him being held down naked to Youtube and they weren't prosecuted, why is this? https://web.archive.org/web/20110604124555/https://www.winknews.com/Local-Florida/2011-...
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Must I pay to dispose of bulky, unwanted deliveries?

I recently had a new refrigerator delivered, which unfortunately showed up with a dented door. The manufacturer sent me a new replacement door, and I scheduled a service appointment to have it ...
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Is a name of a fictional character, location or universe free to use if it is not trademarked?

After searching on USPTO names of characters fron Dota 2 and Warcraft, I found that most names are not trademarked. Does this means these names are free to use as a software name?
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Does the death of a party involved in the execution of a will mean that they do not inherit?

A friend of mine is engaged in a lengthy probate process over her inheritance from her parents with her brother as the executor. Without getting into details of why it's been so protracted (an initial ...
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Depp/Heard trial: "Did I read this right?" Why is this allowed? [duplicate]

In the Depp/Heard trial one of the lawyers reads headlines to Johnny Depp in the witness stand and then only asks "Did I read that right?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze3gAu8mZLM The ...
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Declaring marital status in the US passport application form DS 11

I was just approved for the oath ceremony for US citizenship. While trying to complete the DS 11 form, I noticed that they ask about the marital status, date, etc. I don't have an issue with declaring ...
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What is the difference between ownership and exclusive sovereignty in terms of US land law?

Yesterday a Law YouTuber by the handle 'Lehto's Law' made a video titled "Yes, You Own the Airspace Over Your Property" in which he describes that indeed you do own the air over your ...
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On what basis could the Federal Government legalize abortions?

Now that Roe vs. Wade is expected to be overturned, many politicians are calling for legislation to protect the right to an abortion to be passed on the federal level. But on what grounds could the ...
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Can deportation be reversed?

Suppose, for example, that a US permanent resident is convicted of an aggravated felony. They will probably go to prison and then be deported once they are released from prison under INA 237(a)(2)(A)(...
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Is it a copyright violation to use (C) texts I legally own to train an A.I.?

Let's use J.K. Rowlings and Shakespeare as an example. I want to train an A.I. to produce stories that look like a mix of both author's styles. The real example should use over 40 different authors, ...
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What is tort law and how does it differ from civil law?

Is there any difference or overlap between the two? Does one more broadly encompass the other? Are torts defined in statute or do they exist alongside statute in some way more fundamentally and less ...
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Can issues raised in a civil matter be used as evidence against a party in a criminal case?

If there is a divorce case and through the process of declaring a parties financial position it comes out that one of the parties has dodged a bit of tax can that evidence be held against them? Does a ...
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In what situations is hearsay allowed in a court of law?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3TEQ9A_lm8 I am not sure if I am crazy, but Amber's legal team is using a backdoor to use hearsays as evidence or to tilt the jury in their favour by continually ...
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When driving in Ohio, is it legal to change more than one lane simultaneously?

In some states, it apparently is illegal to make multi-lane changes. For example, a Florida state trooper said that changing multiple lanes at once is against the law: "So, if you are in the far ...
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Does California v. Greenwood apply to trash still on private property?

In the 1988 case California v. Greenwood, the U.S. Supreme Court held that no warrant is needed to search or seize garbage that is placed on the street for collection, as there is "no expectation ...
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Am I responsible for accidental damage done by an electrician?

If I hire an electrician to do some job, and he caused a fire at the house. Am I also somehow legally responsible for the accident because I hired him and not another electrician, who might have been ...
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Is it contempt of court to indicate in voir dire you will never find someone guilty of a drug crime

In a trial involving drug charges During voir dire a juror volunteered the statement “I believe criminalizing drugs is morally wrong and will never convict someone of drug crimes.” Is this contempt ...
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Should an F-2 visa holder leave the US after divorce even if she wants to marry with a UC citizen after that?

If an F-2 visa holder comes to the US with his husband(F-1) and they both aren't neither US citizens nor permanent residents and their marriage happened in a second country: Must she get divorce ...
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Malicious actions by individual moderators

This is a follow up on a previous question. Using Stack Exchange as a example, moderators should be able to destroy the site within minutes by automated means. There is no meaningful terms of service. ...
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Can a company prevent you from leaving and work for another company?

Can a company prevent you from leaving and work for another company? Working at a company with a toxic boss and a toxic culture and I am wondering if they may try something funny on me. Is that ...
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Tax law regarding mutual gift giving in USA

I have a permaculture "food forest" of a few acres. It is essentially a small arboretum showcasing representatives of most of the tree and shrub species which can produce fruits or nuts in ...
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Can I put up a joke sign on my private land that reads "Active Minefield"?

I own a few acres (in the USA) and want to put up a joke sign that says "Active Minefield". A friend mentioned that is illegal. I am not so sure, ergo looking for opinion or references. I ...
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Verbose sustain/overrule objection in Depp's case

My knowledge of law is shallow and only comes from entertainment sources, mainly movies. I was watching some moments of Johny Depp's trial. I noticed that, when an objection is made, the judge ...
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Death of a Grantor and taxes

Imagine Paul sets up a defective irrevocable grantor trust for his daughter Mary. After the death of Paul, does the trust have to get an EIN number and file a separate tax return? Is there a way that ...
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What is considered personal information according to the US law?

As a follow up question from this question a person's name, age, address, parties affiliation are considered public data. I'd like to ask then what is considered personal information? So if there is a ...
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Why are websites like voter's records legal?

How is it possible that https://voterrecords.com/ can operate without any problems? They reveal your personal information without your direct consent. Basically, you can find the address of anyone who ...
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Can witness from another state be held accountable?

If it’s a family law. In some state, for example, Arkansas. Can I call a witness from a different state? Will court accept him? I’m asking because this witness is from a different state, then the ...
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Is it appropriate for an expert witness to meet and have dinner with the legal team? Do you need to disclose that in a report?

See 0:08 in "Amber Heard Perpetrated Intimate Partner Violence Towards Johnny Depp" Says Psychologist Is it appropriate to meet and have dinner with the legal team as an expert and does the ...
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Merging two trusts - Is Court Approval required?

If there are two different trusts with the same beneficiary, it is my understanding that they can be merged. If so, to merge them do you need approval from a court. If it is not needed is it safer to ...
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Why is Palmyra Atoll still considered an incorporated territory?

Palmyra Atoll is currently the only incorporated US territory. According to the Department of the Interior, this is because Palmyra Atoll was part of the Hawaii Territory, which was made an ...
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Is FATCA really reciprocal?

Question is obviously for non-US persons. E.g German living in Germany with a US bank account FATCA is supposed to be reciprocal but I've seen reports that it is not. https://www.irs.gov/businesses/...
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Citation request: US Case on removal of a judge for past confederate affliation

Earlier this year I read a case, I think a US Supreme Court case, dealing with section three of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. But I cannot recall the name of the case, and I have ...
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When is it ok to use tabloid news as evidence in court?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfLlAVFJZXg When is it ok to use tabloid news as evidence in court? Am I crazy, or this is irrelevant, full of hearsays and speculations therefore these tabloids ...
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Removal from office through the 14th amendment

The 14th Amendment, Article 3 of the US Constitution: No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, ...
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If one writes a check with no exact amount but with an upper bound by indicating a "Not To Exceed X USD" on the memo line, is it legally binding?

Example of a check with no exact amount but with an upper bound by indicating a "Not To Exceed X USD" on the memo line of the check: If the person who cashed out the check goes over the ...
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Is there a generic legal concept describing results oriented laws like section 2 of the VRA

To me, section two of the 1965 voting rights act, specifically the amended version from 1982, seems incredibly challenging and inefficient to enforce, since it prohibits laws or actions that result in ...
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How can you say a developer is bad without being subject to a defamation lawsuit?

How can you say a developer is bad without being subject to a defamation lawsuit? If I add "this is my opinion, you can come to your own conclusions", does this still leave me vulnerable to ...
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Liability for a driver hitting a concrete-filled pumpkin on purpose

This YouTube short video describes a man (let's call him Peter) who has placed Halloween pumpkins at the end of his driveway, only to have the pumpkins intentionally run over by car drivers, so as a ...
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Can a company use private Slack conversations for a lawsuit against you?

Can a company use private Slack conversations for a lawsuit against you? I work at a company where there's a lot of toxicity and a lot of people seems to be unqualified for their jobs, which leads to ...
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Can you get sued for gossiping about an incompetent tech lead if you believe you're saying the truth?

Can one get sued for gossiping about an incompetent tech lead if you believe you're saying the truth? Let's say a person tells one of his or her coworkers that this tech lead isn't qualified for his ...
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What is the history of visas and when did they begin to become requirements for entering a country?

I was told that back in the day (like Renaissance era) you didn't need a visa to go to places. Specifically the US and UK but I'm guessing it was all relatively closer to the same time around the ...
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Legality of adding vaccination record to the US CDC Covid card yourself

I'm a US resident and got my main Covid vaccinations in the US recorded on the US CDC card. I also got one booster shot abroad and would like to have it added to my US CDC card to have all my shots ...
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What's the legal consequence of leaving the United States without using one's U.S. passport?

I read on https://travel.state.gov: U.S. nationals, including dual nationals, must use a U.S. passport to enter and leave the United States. Dual nationals may also be required by the foreign country ...
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Why can gun shops sell guns in areas with ordinances restricting them?

In Chicago/Riverdale(Cook County) there are local ordinances against owning "assault-style" weapons, yet there are multiple firearms dealers in these cities/villages. Does the banning of ...
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Is there such a thing as employee owned LLC?

There's employee owned companies, but I'm not looking to start anything quite so big. Is there a form of company like an LLC that's straight forward to file that will allow it to be employee owned?
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Who controls campaign funds when a candidate dies?

John is a candidate for Congress. His campaign committee consists of himself and a treasurer (or perhaps only himself). Before the election, he suddenly dies. His campaign has raised but not spent $1 ...
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Can the government arrest Will Smith for assault even if Chris Rock does not make a case? [duplicate]

In South Africa police people don't have to wait for a case to be opened. If there is evidence that you did a crime you can be arrested regardless of what the victim stance on the matter is. Is this ...
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In what jurisdictions is the severability clause redundant to add in a contract?

The common jurisdictions in United States include the states of Delaware, New York. Is it necessary to include the severability clause in those states? In a country such as South Africa, India, or ...
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