Questions tagged [united-states]

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Is there legal recourse against revenge defecation?

TL;DR If someone were to maliciously defecate in their roommate's room, perhaps hiding it under their bed or in a drawer, what kind of legal action could their roommate take against them. Background ...
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What are the legal obligations of non-profit organizations as distinct from for-profit?

For-profit businesses have many obligations such as paying taxes, keeping records, fair hiring practices, proper classification of employees, etc. Many of these obligations are shared by non-profit ...
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Can I pay an ex-relative not to use my family name and make it stick

I would prefer that my ex-daughter-in-law not use my family name as hers. The divorce decree says she may do so. She is motivated by money, so may be interested in changing her last name for a price....
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Answering to eviction case with no “final judgement”

I have a friend who has an eviction on his record. I'm trying to help him get it removed since when I looked up the case, there is no "final judgement" or "writ of possession" and it still shows up as ...
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Have watermarks in digital downloads ever been used to prosecute uploaders?

Most digital downloads (music, ebooks) today are protected by watermarks. But I'm not aware of any high-profile cases where these watermarks have been used to prosecute uploaders of said works to e.g. ...
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Can a gas station employee use Skimmer Scanner in TN without getting in trouble?

I recently ran across Skimmer Scanner, which is an app that uses Bluetooth to scan for, connect to, and send no-op commands to verify certain common types of card skimmers. Given that the app uses ...
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Can app manufacturers collect and store minors' data?

United States/New York State here, but I'm interested in any answers, even generic ones that are jurisdiction-agnostic. I am a software developer writing a hobby app (both Android and iOS) for a ...
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Does the 2013 HIPAA Omnibus apply to employees of subcontractors?

From the 2013 HIPAA Omnibus: that a business associate includes a “subcontractor that creates, receives, maintains, or transmits protected health information on behalf of the business associate.” .....
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Does Deep Packet Inspection violate privacy laws?

Most, if not all ISPs do some form of Deep Packet Inspection under the guise of maintaining QOS, security mitigation, legal compliance, and/or national security. Some have even gone as far as offering ...
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Can “evidence of registration” be a “certificate of registration”?

8 CFR 264.1 states that a valid, unexpired nonimmigrant DHS admission or parole stamp in a foreign passport constitutes evidence of registration Does that mean that such a stamp also constitutes &...
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Cop arrests nurse despite fully knowing that she had done nothing wrong. Will a personal lawsuit against the cop be likely to win?

Officer Jeff Payne put Alex Wubbels a hospital nurse under arrest even though it was ever so blatant that she had done nothing wrong. Will suing this cop personally be likely to succeed? I've read ...
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Do certain US notaries have to identify a person taking some types of oaths?

Some US states have passed the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA). The section numbering and exact wording will vary from state to state, but the linked proposed version states in section 2:...
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US Office of Biometric Identity Management: statutory and regulatory authority?

The US records fingerprints of foreign visitors using a system formerly called US-VISIT, now known as the Office of Biometric Identity Management. One might think that this is done under the ...
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Is a teacher allowed to talk the press about a former high school student?

Like let's say a student graduates and few years later is accused of a crime. Like a hate crime maybe. Could a former teacher tell the press about the subjects of various papers that the student ...
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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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How would the court handle a situation where evidence could be provided that presents minor justification but would take extensive time to present

Imagine a court case where an argument for a defendant could be made that is judged to give them only a very slight increased chance of being found innocent, but would take a disproportionately large ...
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Are awards ever subsequently revised based on new developments, other than divorce cases?

In a divorce case, alimony may be subsequently modified either up or down, based on the changes in financial circumstances of either the payor (usually the husband) or the recipient (usually the wife)....
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Alcohol discounts in VA

It has come to my attention that in some states such as Virginia, you may not be able to offer discounts on alcohol. Looking at the FAQ of a popular app that offers discounts at restaurants in VA I ...
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Gambling law in VA, raffles, lotteries and door prizes

I wish to run an event within the state of Virginia. The event requires that participants bring the equipment necessary to compete and pay an entry fee. Each participant is given a number for both ...
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How is digital property protected by the fourth amendment?

I recently watched a documentary called Deep Web. It featured the drug market on the deep web and the arrest and trial of Ross Ulbricht. He was indicted on charges for drug trafficking over the deep ...
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Is downloading lecture notes legal?

It's really tiresome to ask each professor to use his slides for educational purposes as I have done here. If a rights owner publishes a work online in a way that it is publicly accessible, but does ...
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German Tax for foreigner student

If you are a foreigner (US citizen) living abroad in Germany to attend a school, what kinds of taxes are required if you are also involved in the following business: You receive your own/family money ...
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Can I design or remix a model in SketchUp Make and legally share it via Thingiverse, MyMiniFactory or similar?

SketchUp Make is licensed for non-commercial work only. This includes the output from the software. Trimble Navigation Limited and/or its affiliates ("Trimble") gives you a personal, worldwide,...
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Is it legal to restrict rental advertisement to local principles only?

Being a landlord, I discovered years ago that there are a lot of marketers trying to sell lead lists posing as someone who is relocating. The problem is this, my rentals are in a tiny town that no-one,...
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In the US in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, when are the amounts considered paid?

Hypothetically, Let's take the case of a debtor filing Ch 13 bankruptcy, with, say 25 thousand in debts secured with a car title, and 25 thousand in unsecured debts. Let's say he's planning to pay ...
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How to prove parents without a birth certificate

I have to prove to a government office that my parents are in fact my parents. A birth certificate would work, but that is not an option as of now. Are there any other ways for me to affirm who my ...
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Is “regulation” defined at the federal level?

5 USC 551(4) says that "rule" means the whole or a part of an agency statement of general or particular applicability and future effect designed to implement, interpret, or prescribe law or ...
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Sanitation Standards for Public Residential High School in North Carolina

I attend the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, a public boarding school in North Carolina. The school generally provides all necessary sanitation equipment (brooms, soap, etc.) to each ...
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US: Is it legal to record metadata from another person's walkie-talkie?

Looks like according to USC 18, internet / phone communications affect interstate or foreign commerce and are therefore are "electronic communications". That makes listening to them fall under the ...
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Multiple LLC's lawsuit question

If you have a parent LLC that owns several other LLCs are you still protected. For instance if one of the child LLCs lands a lawsuit can that lawsuit effect your other LLC or the Parent LLC and you ...
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Is giving money to a foreign government illegal?

If somebody who was a citizen from one country decided to send a gift to the government/etc. of another country, would that be against the law somehow? Suspicious? Bad for the person? Say Tom is a ...
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In Mississippi, is there a law that states your home and auto have to be insured with the same company?

In Mississippi, is there a law that states your home and auto have to be insured with the same company? I was getting quotes from a company for a rental property we own, and was told that in MS they ...
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Can a printer be held liable for e.g. copyright infringement?

An author knows when s/he has copied material and possibly infringed on someone's copyright, and a publisher is supposed to take "reasonable" steps to determine whether or not an author has done so. ...
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Is it legal to use a person's name for a commercial purpose if it is a household name?

As an example, could I make a company called "Einstein Electronics" or "Houdini Locks" (probably not a great name for a lock company) or something without getting permission from the named persons, ...
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What are the incentives for career prosecutors and assistant Attorney Generals/US Attorneys?

Are they out to get the highest number of convictions per attempt? Are they out to get the highest total number of convictions? Do they get evaluated based upon maximizing revenues? Are they lauded ...
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Can expunged records be discussed by an employer during a reference check

I know that legally there is nothing wrong with disclosing all details of an expunged criminal record, and that employers are allowed to say anything that is true. However, are there any laws that ...
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VAT going from the US to France

I am a french national currently residing in the US as a non-resident alien. I will soon move back to France. Before that, I am considering buying a laptop here in the US instead of buying it in ...
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What does “being responsible for the abuse of that right” mean, and is this different from the first amendment?

The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen States: "The free communication of thoughts and opinions is one of man’s most precious rights. Every citizen may therefore speak, write and publish ...
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Are Glassdoor reviews considered protected concerted activity under the NLRA?

The National Labor Relations Board has recently upheld that posts on social media can be considered protected concerted activity. (Recent Cases, 34-CA-012576) A negative company review on Glassdoor ...
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Cancel accounts someone else created using my email address

I have somebody that uses my email address to sign up for many services. Often I get an order confirmation email with this person's actual street address, or other more private pieces of information, ...
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What is the history of attorney licensing and regulation in the United States, Britain, and the colonies?

I'd like to know when law licensing first started, both as to "certification" and as to "licensing" if such a distinction applies in history. I'd like to know when it began to take hold. I'd like to ...
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Are there any laws governing US employers retaining images of SSN card?

I know that a company in the US can ask for your SSN, and you may refuse just as they will refuse to employ you. On the W-2 section of the SSA site, it states that IRS Pub 15 says: “You should ask ...
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Law for passport renewel of a us citizen minor in india

My sister's daughter is a minor and us citizen by birth. My sister and her husband are separated and her husband has filed a case for divorce and child custody against my sister in Indian family court....
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Does the FBI have to pay Apple's legal expenses after withdrawing its lawsuit?

The popular legal battle between the FBI and Apple has led to the FBI retracting its motion to compel Apple into providing assistance to gain access to an iPhone 5C used in a lethal terrorist attack (...
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Contests and Promotions: Is a ticket to a convention where a contest is held “consideration”?

Various game shows and other contests have a rules clause like this within their official rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROMOTION. PURCHASE OF A TICKET WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR ...
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If you get denied at MEPS, and serve in a military campaign, how do you get the EEOC to administer your benefits?

According to EEOC regulations you can't get discriminated for equal employment opportunities for employment, and some civilian agencies are the military equivalent, so with that said you can't be ...
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Implications of and necessity (or lack thereof) for a contract clause that requires the user to back up data frequently

One clause of the Windows Insider Program Agreement strikes me as potentially burdensome because it mandates activity which does not appear to directly benefit Microsoft (emphasis original): By ...
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Difference between divorce judgement and decree in Maine

I'm receiving mixed answers as to whether a divorce is final in the state of Maine with a divorce judgement. Is the divorce judgment the final paper or is there a decree coming as well?
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Using US currency within a webpage design

The only information I am able to find on this topic is under the assumption that the duplication would be in print format: Some of the most common conditions are (not all apply to every country): ...
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Are there truly legal limits on US interest rates?

I was puzzled when I recently watched an ad for Pay-Day-Loan (or the like) that in the disclaimer specifically mentioned that they didn't provide their service in New York due to legal limits on ...

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