Questions tagged [united-states]

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Interactive installation copyright management information

Assume an artist Abel creates an installation from mirrors. It is placed inside a building not open to the general public, so the architecture rule for photos of it does not apply. When passing ...
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Can an employer mandate an EUA-approved vaccine?

Liberal political commentator Matt Yglesias just tweeted this: I’m not an expert in Vaccine Law. But the military requires a lot of vaccinations but says it can’t require the Covid vaccines because ...
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Can state officials demand I-9s from a company?

I have a state official asking me copies of I-9 forms for my former employees. Does a state official have the legal authority to demand federal documents such as I-9s from businesses in the state?
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Where can I get an up-to-date list of countries that are under US sanctions?

I am a regular freelancer in a company. I like to travel during work and vacation. But at my new job, they told me that I can't visit countries that are under US sanctions. Where can I get this list ? ...
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Fraud litmus test for political fund raising?

Media has reported that the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Donald Trump have raised hundreds of millions on the basis of election fraud, which as I understand it has no basis in fact. What ...
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Definition of rebellion and insurrection in US federal law

18 USC 2383: Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall ...
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Can the maintainers of a LGPL project use contributed code after the original contributor withdrew it and was kicked out from the community?

Suppose that out there in the web there is a project, let's call it <PROJECT NAME>, licensed under LGPL v 2.1 or, at the end user's discretion, above. An external contributor (not officially ...
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Is it legal for a firm to time their announcements based on the stock sale times indicated in the pre-established 10b5-1 plan?

I understand that SEC Rule 10b5-1 aims at reducing insider trading by having major shareholders and insiders of exchange-listed corporations trade a predetermined number of shares at a predetermined ...
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Consumer protection laws regarding products never delivering promised features

Note: this is not about any specific product, but a general pattern that I've observed. It's alarmingly common, especially with tech-related products, to over-promise and under-deliver. Consumers buy ...
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Fiction featuring illegal elements

I am working on a work of (historical) fiction, where an important element for plot and audience experience is a sexual encounter with an underaged person. I plan to publish this work worldwide, but ...
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What laws cover patented DNA in humans in relation to the patent owner?

Some conspiracy theorists make the absurd claim that if patented DNA ends up in your genome, then you become a patented GMO, and thus the patent owner has some degree of legal control over you and/or ...
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In the US, is ink transfer from poster to canvas a copyright infringement (outside of Ninth Circuit)?

I ask because Canada and the EU's top courts have come to different conclusions. In Allposters, C‑419/13, the CJEU ruled that though the adaptation/derivative right was not harmonized within the EU, ...
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Have there been any cases of successfully challenging interstate extradition?

It seems like in every case I've ever seen, interstate fugitives either waive extradition or the extradition is successful. I've never seen a case where the fugitive fought extradition and succeeded ...
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Can an employer apply for exemption from the WARN act and NJ S3170?

My employer is expected to release details regarding mass layoffs this week. From what I have found through research, the federal WARN act and NJ S3170 (as the employer is in NJ) come into effect here....
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Must a US cabinet member be notified of being fired?

If the US president decides to fire a member of the cabinet, does the president have to arrange for a notice of the firing be served upon the cabinet member? If so, who can serve such a notice?
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Breaking text message marketing “promise”

A business offers a signup on their website for a text club that will send recipients deals for the business. The signup promises "We'll only text you when there's a deal." But the texts ...
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Online Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Act and retweeting with comment

The bill Online Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Act (OFVDA) would, if, passed, amend CDA 230. It includes the following text: RESPONSIBILITY: For purposes of subparagraph (A), being responsible in ...
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Lab provider says I owe them money, insurance company says I don't. Who is right?

tl/dr: My doctor told me some lab work would be fully covered, but the doctor didn't do the work themselves. They sent it off to a 3rd party lab service. Turns out that one particular test wasn't ...
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How can a 501(c)(3) nonprofit require “members” to pay “dues”?

United States here. Lots of 501(c)(3) organizations, such as the Boy Scouts of America, charge their members monthly and/or annual dues. My understanding was that the only nonprofits that can have &...
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Can someone force me to delete a particular email?

Let's look at the following scenario: institution X holds a webinar, and after it is finished sends a follow-up email to all the participants leaking their email addresses in the CC field of the email ...
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CPA leaked tax return details

A CPA that is supposedly working on my Tax application accidentally has uploaded some other people tax applications to my account on their "secured" platform. Now I am very worried that they ...
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Who owns a mineral deposit that spans across multiple properties

In the US, if a mineral (oil/gas) field/reserve is found and it spans across multiple private properties, how is the ownership of the product divided among these properties? (assuming owners have ...
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What's the shortest amount of time can someone wait on death row before execution?

I am a writer where in my spy-novel, a character faces execution in the US, most likely by Lethal Injection, however, there are people in the government that want to speed the date of execution up ...
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In the US, can telephone service providers ban people for using their services for primarily illegal activities?

Telecommunications providers, such as phone companies, are subject to universal service obligations by the Communications Act of 1934. Section 201(a) provides that: It shall be the duty of every ...
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What educational requirements (if any) are required to be a juror in the USA?

Searching online I found the following information: To be legally qualified for jury service, an individual must: ... be adequately proficient in English to satisfactorily complete the juror ...
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Can the supreme court enforce its rulings on the executive branch?

I've just read this article on Slate. In it, they describe how Trumps administration has ignored deadlines imposed by the U.S. District court, after losing a case to SCOTUS (I bolded the most relevant ...
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Would distributing a vocabulary list for a copyrighted work violate the copyright of the original work?

I am considering the scenario where a vocabulary list is produced for a movie or book through use of an automated program, perhaps with manual cleanup. I get the impression that the copyright status ...
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Can the Federal Protective Service make arrests without identification or in unmarked cars?

This week, a protestor who was part of the George Floyd protests in Portland, Oregon was arrested by federal agents who were without identification, and who put him into an unmarked van. Customs and ...
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What happens if a builder doesn't fully fix a problem, and then the home warranty runs out?

I (US citizen living in the US) have a home warranty on my property. This warranty, like all warranties, expires eventually. I have recently identified an issue that is covered by the warranty. What ...
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Can I display my photo of a subject protected by intellectual property laws?

EDIT: the suggested duplicate: a) Refers to the UK. b) Only addresses one issue I mentioned. c) Perhaps wrong/misleading (at least in the US) - From the USPTO site: "To support a trademark ...
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SCOTUS Cases Concerning Men's Healthcare

As it says in the title, I am wondering if there have been any SCOTUS (or lower courts, if none at that level) cases concerning men's healthcare in the same way that cases like Roe v. Wade and the ...
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Are F3 visas going to be affected by the new presidential proclamation (June 22, 2020)?

I called NVC and they told me that only certain types of visas are going to be affected. I have read the presidential proclamation but it is still not clear for me if everyone is going to be affected ...
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Is asking your potential rapist to use a condom considered giving consent in the US?

Is asking somebody who is forcing themselves on you to use a condom enough to give him / her consent? If you consider yourself being the victim of rape, but you ask for the person to use a condom is ...
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Would the ADA allow a teacher with comorbidities relevant to COVID-19 to insist on teaching remotely in Fall 2020?

I am a professor at a large state university which has announced it will teach classes on campus this fall, and I am diabetic. I am very concerned about whether my university can provide an ...
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Can a company in Netherlands which has an American parent company hire an Iranian?

Because of the US sanctions, there are many limitations and restrictions on some countries, and these sanctions also affected the people of those countries. I was going to work with a company in ...
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Is it legal in USA (FL) to organise tournaments (any sport) among friends, each player putting some money, with 100% going to the winners as a prize?

Is it legal in USA to organize no-profit tournaments (any sport) among friends, with each player putting some money to play, and 100% of the total pot goes to the winner (and possibly second/third ...
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Does a foreign company need to be HIPAA compliant to work with a covered entity?

If I'm a HIPAA covered entity and I want to work with a foreign company (e.g. the foreign company would provide the covered entity with PHI from US and other people), does that foreign company also ...
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US code used to say 'the unit of electric current shall be the ampere'; what legal consequences did that have?

Up until 2006, U.S. law said the following (in 15 U.S.C. 223, which was repealed in 2007): § 223. Units of electrical measure From and after July 21, 1950, the legal units of electrical and ...
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Are “pig toilets” or their produce illegal anywhere in the USA?

I am interested in history and living off the land, and when I watched a documentary about ancient toilets, I learned about something called "pig toilets". Essentially, they're a toilet stall built ...
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Unknown law enforcement

During the current protests, there have been numerous reports of unknown/unidentified law enforcement personnel. Do these people have to show credentials if asked? If they give orders (without ...
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Can a game publisher restrict distributing homebrew cards?

Looney Labs' website contains the following (excerpted here; much longer there): Q: Can I make copies of my home-brewed Fluxx (or Chrono, or Nano, etc.) deck to give free to my friends? A: ...
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Impersonation/False portrayal of character - maximum punishment?

There are 2 individuals, Person A and Person B. Let's say that A is hellbent on ruining B's life, but not in the way some/most people would think. A has stolen pretty much all of B's personal ...
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Retroactive benefits cut

My company just announced that they will no longer award paid time off, effective 15 days before the announcement. I’m concerned that such a change may not be legal. I am paid monthly. My job is at-...
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Why don't US courts use numbered paragraphs?

Many, if not indeed most, jurisdictions' (eg Germany, the UK, Australia, Canada, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the European Court of Human Rights) courts make use of numbered ...
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Are there examples of US lawsuits succeeding (in bypassing FSIA) against a political party of another country?

In an interesting attempt to side-step the sovereign immunity set out in FSIA, the AG of Missouri sued the Chinese Communist Party over Covid-19: On Tuesday [Apr 20?], Missouri’s attorney general ...
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Can a company be both an airplane manufacturer and an airline?

It may be advantageous for a company that manufactures its own aircraft to also be an airline. For example, the airline business would likely have reduced maintenance and parts costs relative to other ...
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Do You Have to Identify Yourself to Police if Suspected of Underage Drinking? [MA, U.S.]

I was doing some reading on the laws relating to this, and I can't seem to get a clear answer. According to this source https://www.mattmlaw.com/blog/2013/04/underage-drinking-convictions-can-be-...
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Implications of Failing N95 Fit Test During COVID-19 Pandemic?

I am a Registered Nurse and have documented evidence in my NY hospital that I failed the N95 fit test for years. What are my rights surrounding this and the COVID-19 epidemic? I have a NIOSH compliant ...
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Can school send advertising messages through emergency notification text/automated calls?

I have been receiving calls and texts from my school, using their "emergency" notification service, advertising school events recently. I provided my number to them in order to receive notifications ...
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Is ETL or UL necessary to retail AC chargers?

Theoretical: I wish to import and sell wall chargers in the USA. I realize it is a good idea to get a safety certificate that signifies my product meets national safety standards to avoid being sued....

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