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If a misdemeanor crime happens on a plane, where is the jurisdiction?

If a misdemeanor crime happens during a plane flight, where is the jurisdiction? For example, suppose a plane is flying from New York to California and while the plane is flying over Idaho, one ...
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California non-compete laws: where do they come from?

I once read that California non-compete laws come from the gold rush era, and yet I was not able to find any more information about the subject. It would be interesting to understand what ...
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How can a US agency refuse to accept certain US banknotes?

It has just come to my attention that the US embassy in Bern, Switzerland, accepts US dollars for the payment of passport fees only if the notes were after 2006: U.S. Embassy Bern Payment Options: ......
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Is port scanning illegal?

"A port scan or portscan is a process that sends client requests to a range of server port addresses on a host, with the goal of finding an active port; this is not a nefarious process in and of ...
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How hard is it to change a condo association name in Washington DC?

My wife and I just bought a condo in Washington DC. In DC, it is very common for a developer to buy a row home, gut it, and turn it into a 2 or 3 unit condo, and that's what we bought. Our building ...
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Is it illegal to claim an address as your “primary residence” if you don't live there most of the time?

I currently live and work in NJ. I am single and live with my parents. The apartment we currently live in is small and I want to buy a house, but my state is pretty expensive. My parents found a ...
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Why does there appear to be a difference between depicting vehicles in games vs. in movies?

I've been trying to wrap my head around trademark/copyright/trade dress law in the US as it pertains to the depictions of real brands in fictional works. As far as I can identify, it is legal to ...
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Do I need to register as a Money Service Business for a cryptocurrency trading platform?

According to the U.S. Department of Treasury FinCen: Money Service Business Definition. The term "money services business" includes; any person doing business, whether or not on a regular basis or ...
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Why are Brazil and Quebec excluded from Google's CTF competition?

Google is hosting an information security competition (a CTF) with participants from around the world. Their participation rules from 2017 explicitly exclude residents of certain countries: The ...
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New proposed H1B bill - who exactly does it affect?

The new proposed bill by the house can be found here (the actual bill introduced, HR 670, is here): Numerous sources from media claims that if this bill passes, your minimum wage would have to be $...
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US: consumer remedy rights for product safety recall

When a manufacturer issues a product safety recall in the US, are they obligated to provide a useful remedy? Do I have any right to reject their proposed remedy and return the product to the retailer?...
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Are attorneys, as officers allowed to advocate for positions in supposedly-neutral courtrooms?

An Ohio judge jailed an public defender (and blocked her from appointments for further work) for contempt of court when the attorney refused to remove a "Black Lives Matter" pin. The logic seems to ...
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What books do you use to study general jurisprudence in US?

I'm a russian law student. I want to have a look on your ways of studying general jurisprudence. I mean the discipline, that includes topics on what law, rights and state are, their genesis, laws of ...
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Are SMS Spam Opt-in messages required for Third-Party Non-Marketing Texts?

I have a service where customers can purchase non-marketing SMS Text Messages that will be sent to their friend (customer provides the friend's phone number). Since these text messages have been ...
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Can I legally wear a facekini in US beaches?

Can I legally wear a facekini on beaches in the United States? I am asking as there are sometimes regulations that prevent individuals from wearing some types of clothes (e.g., anti-mask laws). I ...
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How comparable are the “Law School Legends” series of audiobook-on-CD to 1L and 2L lectures of the same course name?

In particular, I have in mind Freer's Civil Procedure title. It consists of about 10 hours or so. However, most of the syllabi I can find for Civil Procedure indicate 20+ scheduled classes for this ...
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Confirming Child Abuse

Confirming Child Abuse What is the minimum amount of evidence needed to legally verify child abuse (or neglect) is occurring, what parties "officially" confirm this, and is it only "officially" ...
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What is the difference between state and federal habeas corpus proceedings for convicted prisoners on death row?

I am told that, in the US, people sentenced to death by a state can apply to that state's court for habeas corpus and then, if that fails, apply to a federal court for habeas corpus again. I thought ...
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What counts as a do not call request?

Suppose the following exchanges: Telemarketer: Hello, I'm calling from Company X which sells Y. Call Recipient A: Sorry, I'm not interested. and Telemarketer: Hello, I'm calling ...
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Is it legal to register & participate in one state's caucus but vote in another state's election?

A friend of mine is a lifelong Colorado resident currently studying at the University of Minnesota. Until now, she has maintained her voter registration at her family home in Colorado and voted ...
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Can Canadians who are professional actors come to the U.S. for pleasure (non-work)?

My friend is a Canadian actress (who I also represent) and she was just wondering if it's possible that she can come to the U.S. like any other Canadian might for "pleasure" or the usual 6-month stay ...
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What kind of secrecy can be obtained by hiding an organization's EIN (tax number?)

I am a treasurer for an organization under a local high school in North Carolina, in the United States. The organization I am treasurer for is not registered with the IRS, but the school system is. ...
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Do doctors have the legal responsibility to inform the patient of services not covered by the insurance in the USA?

I wonder whether doctors have the legal responsibility to inform the patient of services not covered by the insurance in the USA. https://craighospital.org/resources/you-and-your-doctor-rights-and-...
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Vandalism, or free speech?

I'm in Michigan. There are a few scenarios. I hang a sign by a string to a person's car I attach a sticker to the window of a car Using washable window paint, I draw on a car window. Are any of ...
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Where in the Protect America Act is it stated that the NSA can monitor all electronic communication?

There is a statement that I have heard floating around regarding the Protect America Act (2007) https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/s1927/text and the powers it grants to the NSA (National ...
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What is the origin of rule that expensive necessities are necessities for minors with proper socioeconomic status?

I have been searching in several US contract law textbooks and on the web and I am unable to find the answer to this question. As background, I understand minors (those under 18) generally have full ...
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US work authorization laws for non-resident aliens

Say I was offered a job by a US corporation, but I would remotely from a different country. Do I need some sort of work authorization or documentation before can I commence work? Will I be required to ...
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Does the prize in cereal violate the non edible restriction in foods?

In the US the FDA has a regulation that bans toys or trinkets embedded in candy. This let to banning the Kinder Surprise egg in the US Does this regulation also cover the prises in cereal? If not, ...
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Record of debates at the state level

Not sure it is the right place to ask this question. Feel free to migrate if appropriate. Suppose there is a piece of state legislation I am interested in. Is there an easy way to obtain a record of ...
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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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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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Gender in Kentucky marriages

In Kentucky, when two people want a marriage license, does the license require a determination of gender? If it does, what evidence (if any) must the parties present to establish their genders?
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What is my liability for third-party content I host?

I live in Canada, but my servers are hosted by a third party in the United States. I run a forum-type website, so most content is provided by users. Do I have any liability for illegal content that ...
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Accessing lab test results if younger than 18

Quest Diagnostics claims that "Lab test results are available to patients 18 years and older" in the written email that follows an account creation on their website. Why does Quest have that policy? ...
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Can I swap two IMEIs that I own?

I'm aware that cloning IMEIs and swapping them to bypass a blacklist is illegal, but can I legally swap the IMEI on two phones that I own? Both of these phones are "clean," meaning neither of them ...
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Is Texas Apartment Association an example of collusion?

I'm interested in the legal doctrine on why something like Texas Apartment Association is or is not considered collusion. The association provides its members with a comprehensive Rental ...
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Can you re-assign TAA lease without being liable for damages?

Texas Apartment Association (TAA) apartment lease contract has the following: 30. REPLACEMENTS AND SUBLETTING. Replacing a resident, subletting, or assignment is allowed only when we consent ...
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Do examples exist of a HOA covenants for water in a watershed?

I'm looking for any precedent examples that give shape to how HOA-like covenants (group ownership) work for a natural resource — specifically a watershed. Here are some concepts typical to HOA ...
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Cases where a educational non-profit organization was successfully sued for violation of copyright/Fair Use (US)

I am looking for cases where a educational non-profit organization was successfully sued for violation of copyright/Fair Use (US). I am particularly interested in borderline cases (i.e. cases where ...
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Landlord won't contact me regarding deposit

I recently moved from an apartment complex. Well past 30 days after my move-out we have received no contact from the property management of any sort. They had been provided phone, email and forwarding ...
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If proven, would collusion with Russia to interfere with election meet criteria for charge of treason?

If a President-elect was proven to have colluded with Foreign operatives to interfere with our presidential election, could he or she be charged with treason? What we know: TREASON. Whoever, ...
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Can communication companies simply decline to record communication data?

I understand that companies that involve digital communications can, at least in the US, be forced to hand over communication data in specific contexts. But storing so much data must be highly ...
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Serving summons on a defendant who is a U.S. Federal Government official: original or copy?

A civil lawsuit against federal government officials is served by certified mail. This is in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 4 (i): (i) Serving the United States and Its Agencies, Corporations, ...
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Ensure adult child will have no special status in managing a parent's affairs

I have a friend (in US) who is estranged from his adult child. He is concerned that if, at some point in the future, he becomes unable to manage his affairs, that courts will presume this child has ...
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For the purposes of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, is being ordered to and appearing before a court “detention” under any charges?

As a criminally charged person before the court, are you detained or are you free to go while before the court per the order of the court to be present in a criminal hearing? International Law 1963 ...
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What laws/regulations/statutes must LexisNexis follow regarding opt-out privileges of certain groups

One can go to LexisNexis to suppress information. There are several options on why you want your information suppressed, but three stood-out: I am a public/elected Official I am a law enforcement ...
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How Many Days After the Comment Period Could You Expect a Proposed Rule to become a Fully-Implemented Final Rule?

When a Proposed Rule is issued by a United States government agency, and the rule is in the Comment Period, how long does it take for the Final Rule to be implemented after the Comment Period has ...
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Why and when did New York State decide to run grand jury investigations differently from US federal grand jury investigations? Other differences?

CNN's May 27, 2021 video 'Frustrated and concerned': Haberman reveals Trump's view of NY probe includes a short interview with "New York Law School professor and former Manhattan assistant ...
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Are the Walk of Fame costume performers legal?

I recently learned that there are many people (arguably "struggling actors" or possibly just homeless) who dress up in costumes around Hollywood Boulevard to take pictures with tourists for ...
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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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