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How do I determine if my injury is work-related? Next steps?

I live and work in Texas. I have had increasing neck and back issues since starting my job, and I recently visited a doctor to try and diagnose the issues. The doctor said that the injury is most ...
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1099 income during severance period before unemployment

Let's say you are laid off with a month of severance. In the second week of the severance period, you take up a temp job hanging drywall or something like that, that pays you 1099 with no benefits, ...
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Does a foreigner need an official invitation to visit the United States as a tourist?

Does a foreigner (in this case a student from Ukraine) need an official invitation to visit the United States temporarily as a tourist (more specifically not as an immigrant)? Is there any way an ...
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Is it legal to sell something that uses another product as one of its ingredients?

In example: If someone sells homemade ice cream where they have crumbled oreos and mixed in to make homemade Oreo ice cream, but generically named "Cookies & Cream" or If someone uses Great ...
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Mobile app Collects Children's Data

We are working on a medical app for children. (Of course parents will access the application.) Is it lawful to store children's health records on a webserver? My client says it's illegal; that we ...
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Where can I get a list of driving “primary offenses?”

As I understand it (and please correct me if I am wrong), (the law in many if not all U.S. states) classifies (non-moving) driving offenses into at least two categories. Primary offenses are non-...
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Are there any laws in the US that ban the display of offensive symbols?

Quite a few times in TV shows and movies and only once in real life I've seen people with offensive tattoo or shirt symbols such as the Swastika. Is there a law in the United States that bans the ...
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Can I duplicate media for personal use only?

So, I have bought a lot of things that came in physical format: movies, songs, video games, and all sorts of other digital media. However, things like CDs and DVDs are rather annoying -- they take up ...
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Where does the title “tipstaff” come from?

This blog post discusses the duties of a "tipstaff" as a role that still exists in Pennsylvania (US) courts, which includes clerical duties such as ordering motions and announcements etc. There are ...
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Are there any laws in the US against pedophilia stories hosted on a website?

I run a publicly editable website where users can post up stories a various sort. Some are pretty normal, some are sexual, some are a bit perverted, and recently some have drifted into the pedophilia ...
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Can I booby-trap my property against police?

Inspired by this question: Suppose I'm paranoid (perhaps justifiably) that law enforcemen might conduct a warranted raid of my property. So I setup booby-traps that are designed to either: A. ...
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Can a person plead the fifth to refuse to acknowledge his identity?

The answer to my earlier question here: Can you plead the fifth to avoid revealing the identity of someone you were accused of being? ended up with a side debate I wanted to determine the answer to. ...
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In what circumstances are the police permitted to break the law?

I assume (but this isn't necessarily the case) that the police are permitted to break the law in order to enforce it. By break the law, I mean perform acts that would usually be illegal - say, if a ...
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Can you refuse to swear on the Bible?

Everyone has heard the procedure to get sworn in in an American court: Put your hand on a Holy Bible and answer yes to "Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so ...
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Is it legal to republish lyrics?

Can a lyrics web site be legal, assuming there are no special agreements with the artists? Is publishing song lyrics considered "fair use?"
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Are law enforcement officers obliged to apprehend a subject committing a crime at the earliest possible opportunity?

Inspired in part by this question: if a person is committing crimes of increasing severity, are law enforcement personnel obliged to apprehend them at the earliest opportunity? Specifically, are they ...
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Discriminatory practices for tobacco use?

This is kind of a tricky question, or situation rather. (TLDR-skip to bold) I am a clerk at a retail establishment that sales cigarettes, as well as food and home products. My main job duty is ...
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Has a food donor been sued for giving away spoiled food?

Regarding food waste, on John Oliver's series "Last Week Tonight" he states: That's a common misconception. We all think that if someone gets sick you could get sued. I thought that until earlier ...
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Securities Law: Schedule 13G pursuant to Rule 13d-1(d) under Section 13(d)(6)(B)

Schedule 13G/Rule 13d-1(d)/Section 13(d)(6)(B) May an officer and director continue to file a Schedule 13G pursuant to Rule 13d-1(d), instead of a Schedule 13D, if (i) it has been more than 12 months ...
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Are “non performing” loans still “secured?”

Let's say a borrower lends most of the value of a house to a borrower. The lender does so because s/he can use the house as collateral for the loan. Suppose the borrower goes into default/nonpayment ...
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Can an artist revoke his Creative Commons [CC] content?

Let's say an artist released a photo under a CC licence (for concreteness let's assume the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International). You find the photo interesting and save it for later use, ...
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Do pawn shops have third-party consent authority for pawned items?

In Phoenix, Arizona, Leslie Merritt Jr. has been arrested and charged in relation to a series of shootings that occurred along the I-10 corridor in Phoenix. In court filings, the Arizona Department ...
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How can I free a service provider from estimate liability via disclaimer?

I want to ask for a quote, but I don't want the service provider to be legally bound to the estimate. What should I disclaim in my quote request?
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Is there any recourse for costs and consequences of police detention?

Police can detain a suspect for 48-72 hours (depending on the state) without filing charges. Note that this is before any judicial scrutiny occurs: I.e., not only are you (supposedly) presumed ...
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Is “conflict of interest” applicable to entertainment and music industries?

A simplified version of the general way people usually understand the concept of "conflict of interest" can be found on Wikipedia: "More generally, conflicts of interest can be defined as any ...
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Why do lawyers “never” call hostile witnesses for direct examination?

In a novel version of "Perry Mason," the fictitious (mostly TV) lawyer called the actual perpetrator of the crime to the stand, as a direct witness because she had declined to testify for the ...
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Offering money to potential witnesses in criminal proceedings

A friend of mine was involved in a confrontation with a police officer in the UK, in which the officer basically accused him of assault. While the officer was arresting him, a bystander shouted ...
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What are the legal implications of evicting a foreign host child?

So, I know of a family in the US that (years ago) agreed to host a teenager from a foreign country, but later tried to kick them out without a flight home. (Thankfully the situation worked out... not ...
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Is it legal to let sister-in-law drive my vehicle in another state and have her on my insurance?

This is about my wife's sister who is a single parent mom and lives in a different state. Not sure if it matters but I live in Massachusetts and she lives in Georgia. Because of her life situation ...
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Can Social Media Reviews Be Considered Defamation?

I live in an apartment building. I found an advertisement flyer on my car and I was annoyed. Inside the entrance of the building there is a "No Solicitation" sign. I'm not sure about the legality of ...
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Was I forced into a mental hospital legally?

If, after an accidental Xanax overdose, a person went to the ER to be safe, is it legal for the hospital to force them into a psychiatric hospital for three days? What if the person told the nurses it ...
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What determines jurisdiction when two people litigate in federal court?

A, a resident of California, wants to sue B, who works in New York, for something that happened in New York, using the federal court system. Would this matter be litigated in California or New York? ...
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What to do if driver's license is lost during road trip?

My friend just lost her driver's license in California, during a road trip from Arizona to Oregon. It's an Arizona license, but she's moving to Oregon. Since she's moving, she doesn't even have an ...
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Are U.S. employers subject to Canadian employment law if they hire a Canadian to work remotely?

Hypothetical Facts U.S. company ("A") hires Canadian worker ("B") to work as an unpaid intern. B never physically leaves Canada and does all her work by telephone, computer and internet. A has a ...
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Can a dark web site exempt itself from prosecution with an immunity agreement?

Is it possible in the United States for a dark web site operator (or potentially anyone involved in an illegal activity) to create a contract that legally binds a law enforcement organization to grant ...
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Is crypto legal in a weapon-free zone?

To expand on Is the right to keep and bear crypto protected by the Second Amendment?, since in the U. S. of A. crypto is considered munition (Bernstein v. United States http://export.cr.yp.to/), is it ...
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Can U.S. border guards do warrantless searches?

If I am a U.S. citizen entering the United States by car from Canada or Mexico can border guards legally search my car without a warrant?
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What exactly makes encryption a weapon?

As a followup from Is the right to keep and bear crypto protected by the Second Amendment?, for export control purposes, United States has been classifying crypto as munition. In the old days, maybe ...
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Is the right to keep and bear crypto protected by the Second Amendment?

Stumbled across an interesting comment in regards to the recent events about TorProject and a public library in Lebanon, New Hampshire, U. S. of A.: http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r30291606-So-let-...
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Is it illegal to lock the wheel of a car?

Is it illegal to lock the wheel of a car and demand money for unlocking it because the car was parked in an area of reserved use by the person placing the lock in the car?
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Is there a legal duty to inform a caller claiming official business that they have the wrong number?

I recently changed my phone number. Today, I received a number of phone calls from an unknown entity claiming they had to make contact with the individual who last had the number, pertaining to legal ...
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At what point does refusal to report a crime make one an accomplice to a crime?

This is a question out of curiosity only, indirectly inspired by my last question post. I'm wondering at what point not reporting a crime is itself a crime. I know that if someone happens to witness ...
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Can you plead the fifth to avoid revealing the identity of someone you were accused of being?

This is a question for the sake of a story, I'm not seeking legal advice to use in court, just fact checking general laws. Any elaboration on interesting facets that may be useful for story writing ...
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Do IP laws (trademark, etc) make web domain addresses containing celebrity names illegal?

This question pertains specifically to intellectual property laws as interpreted in USA. For the sake of discussion here are 3 fictional web domains, each including a celebrity name but each with a ...
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Is it illegal to throw away the previous tenant's mail?

Say I move into an apartment. And over the next months and years, I keep receiving mail for the previous tenant, whom I do not know. This is understandably annoying. The easiest and most convenient ...
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As the sole LLC owner, can I pay myself all the profits I make?

Can I (sole-owner and sole-employee) simply take whatever profits I make from my LLC's bank account and pay them to myself, rather than paying myself a defined salary or rate? (I'm not saying this is ...
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Can a company vary its prices for individuals based upon their race, gender, or sexual orientation?

With the growth of the technology industry and lack of skilled computer professionals, there's been a rapid rise in the number of for-profit providers of short term courses in various computer science ...
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Can a US state be charged with a crime in federal court?

Like the title asks: I know that US states (and their agencies) can be sued by the United States in federal court (this is an exception to their normal sovereign immunity). Does this exception extend ...
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Is translating a computer program from language A to B, the same as a normal translation?

I understand that if I translate a book from English to French, my French translation is a derivative work. But, if I translate something such as Ruby on Rails from Ruby to Java is it a derivative ...
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What type of organizations are exempt from EEOC regulations?

What type of organizations are exempt from EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity) regulations? I know that very small businesses are usually exempt. How about non-profit organizations? How about ...