Questions tagged [united-states]

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Who is responsible if a minor drinks alcohol leftover by a restaurant patron?

Let's say you walk into a restaurant and order a meal with some alcoholic beverages. At the end of the dinner you pay for your meal and exit the restaurant, leaving some leftover alcoholic drinks on ...
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Can I legally trap someone on my property that has committed a crime?

Let's say that someone comes onto your property with the intent to commit a crime. Not only that; let's say that you suspected this person would come to commit a crime, and you created a one-way door ...
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Research basis for left-lane passing laws

-- Question -- Does anyone have links to research indicating that: impeding the flow of traffic in the left-most lane causes more accidents than speeding. -- Context -- I want to drive at or ...
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What should I do if I denied my wifi company to do a hard inquiry ( credit check) but they did It anyway?

I did not gave them my social and unchecked the option where it said uncheck the box if you don't want us to do a credit check. I confirmed with them on chat and on phone that they wont do it. Just 15 ...
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blocking exchanges in a 401-k

My company is changing my 401k from Fidelity to Principal in the process I am not allowed to make an exchange for 30 days is this legal
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Un-Accepted Income

In the question, Refusing income or payment without tax liabilities, the accepted answer states, Generally speaking, you can not "turn your back" on income you are entitled to receive. What ...
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Does a Pet Deposit change the meaning of Wear and Tear?

I am curious, in a Rental Agreement there are the following stipulations for having pet(s) on the property: a non-refundable pet deposit be made (Payment) I think I can safely assume this is for ...
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Are airlines allowed to publicly display the first few characters of the last name of their passengers taking a given flight?

I see that United Airlines publicly display the first few characters of the last name of their passengers taking a given flight. Example from https://www.united.com/en/us/flightstatus/details/855/...
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Will China's new encryption laws affect electronics exported to the USA?

China is about to roll out a new encryption law that will require the Chinese government "to seize all communications, data, and other information stored in electronic form that belong to foreign ...
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Is it legal to build your own car navigational system?

I am trying to build my own car navigational system and vehicle informational system. I am in North Carolina so NC G.S. § 20-136.1 is the main reference point I am starting from. This just explains ...
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Legal hurdles to providing personalized service based on protected demographics?

I am a computer scientist and UI/UX designer working on a fun project - perfect interface discrimination. Essentially, in the same vein as perfect price discrimination, I want to create a system that ...
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Is there a legal professional who can be hired to assist with insurance for patients with complicated medical needs?

Is there a specific category of legal professional that could be hired specifically to assist with the filing of the paperwork and management of insurance claims on behalf of an individual? I am not ...
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Amending a Defective Irrevocable Trust

By a defective trust, I mean a trust that meets the definition of a trust for estate tax purposes but not income tax purposes. Consider an irrevocable defective trust that is setup without going to ...
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Car registered in MD, stored in MD, but I live out of state

I lived in MD a year ago, own a car that's registered in MD, but now I live out of state. It's a utility van I am converting into an RV to go on a long road trip next year, and it's currently in ...
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When was homosexuality as the reason for institutionalization outlawed in the US?

In the United States, I'm guessing that one can no longer commit a person to a mental hospital (AKA insane asylum) with the only reason for commitment being: "said person is gay". Homosexuality is no ...
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Hypothetical question about Whistleblower Protection

Let's say a US non-government employment comes in contact with very sensitive unprotected information on the web. The information was gathered using opsint (Open Source Intelligence) there was no ...
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Is it legal to OWN a machete in New Jersey? (Decor purposes only)

I bought a machete online about 2 hours ago because I thought it looked cool and I figured it would be nice to display it on my wall. I have no intentions to carry it, use it for illegal purposes, or ...
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Evicting My Domestic Partner from an Illegal Basement Apartment

I own a single family house in Queens, NY. I have an illegal basement apartment where my ex (legal domestic partner) has lived for 3 years to share care of our dogs. One of the dogs recently died and ...
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Do I have to take the US Census Bureau - Commerce Economics And Statistics Administration census

I have received a few letters/forms by snail mail asking for my response to a census. The letter noted that it would help the policy making and identification of resources because I was careful picked ...
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Does an increase in Tax Exemptions mean I will pay less in Tax for each paycheck? (USA)

I get too big of a refund each year, so I want to get that closer to 0. Not owing and not getting a refund, in tax. Should I increase "exemptions"? Also is "Allowance" and "Witholdings" and "...
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Like a menu for unbundled legal services

Can attorneys advertise their flat fees on a third-party site without doing all the things that got Avvo Legal Services in trouble? Didn't Avvo Legal services set the flat fee, handle the payment ...
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Am I required to work if I am not being paid in New York?

My pay period will start on August 22nd, however my employer wants me to come in on August 19th. Since this is outside the pay period am I required to work?
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What are the requirements for an ALE employer notifying employees about open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act?

My understanding is that employers can choose when to offer open enrollment and for how long. However, my question is whether an employer is required to notify their employees about their open ...
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Can a non US citizen work remotely for a US company and be under their payroll?

Some context: I've been in the US for almost 5 years under a F1 visa. In the last year I've worked under OPT for a company in the US. I have a SSN but my card says "valid for work only with DHS ...
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Legal to walk around with a wooden rod in Alabama?

I am a very poor skateboarder, and would like to use a shovel handle as a "dry-land gondola paddle" to make navigation easier. Could such a thing be considered a weapon if I were to go about in public ...
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Insurance paid bill outside coverage and sent the bill to collections - Is that debt legitimate?

Around a year ago, my dad was moving between insurance companies and was on Medicare in the middle. During that time he incurred a medical bill (actually several, but only one at issue) which should ...
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Would I expose myself to liability by verbally abusing a debt collector?

I recently started receiving calls from a debt collector about a debt that I disputed and refused to pay 13 years ago. All the other debt collectors gave up around 10 years ago. They told me right up ...
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Can a medical provider be paid to display some advertisement for medical services/treatments/products in their office?

Can a medical provider be paid to display some advertisement for medical services/treatments/products in their office? If so, does the medical provider have to disclose that they had received ...
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Reimbursement for business use of personal phone

I work at a small company located in California. The company has indicated that they would like to begin forwarding all calls outside of business hours to my phone. In actuality there would be very ...
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Would gambling money on odds of winnig a video game be legal in the United States?

I believe I read before that the US only constituted a situation as 'gambling' if there was luck based, which is to say that if there was a sufficient degree of skill involved then something was not ...
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ADA and reasonable accommodations

https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/jobapplicant.html Q: Is it a reasonable accommodation to request to remove all the oral interviews for a candidate programmer who has, for instance, social phobia? Or the ...
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Work permit for a US based space and defence company for EU citizen

I'm looking into writing my bachelor thesis at a aerospace company abroad. My question is if there are any special regulation regarding working for a aerospace company, with military contracts, as a ...
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How a criminal speeding citation of 104 mph in a 75 mph zone will affect my immigration status (F1 visa)?

I recently received a criminal speeding citation for driving at 104 mph in 75 mph zone in Arizona. I have clean driving history without any prior citation or accident. I am an international citizen on ...
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Equivalents to California's Ellis Act

According to Wikipedia, The Ellis Act (California Government Code Chapter 12.75)1 is a 1985 California state law that allows landlords to evict residential tenants to "go out of the rental business"...
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Is in-browser crypto mining legal?

Can I get sued when using an opt-in (prompt the user to accept before starting the miner) crypto miner like coinhive or mineralt on my website in the US/EU?
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FAA medical certification and the American with Disabilities Act

I'm in my early thirties and a recovered addict with a former diagnosis for bipolar disorder with psychotic features. However, I've been sober for five years, off all medications for four, and ...
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Differences between Dismissal with Prejudice, Summary Judgment, Directed Verdict, JMOL, and JNOV?

What (if any) are the particular differences in U.S. courts between dismissal with prejudice, summary judgment, directed verdict, judgment as a matter of law (JMOL), and judgment notwithstanding the ...
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Telephony Operations on Federally Enrolled U.S. Indian Reservations

Question: Are telephony operations on Federally Enrolled Native American Indian Reservations exempt from the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 ? Are there any interpretations of TCPA-91; ...
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Legal meaning of “to the greatest extent possible”?

I'm reading a policy document and it frequently uses the term 'to the greatest extent possible'. Is there a standard legal interpretation of this phrase in U.S. law? How might it differ from the ...
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Why would a company with a market cap over $100 million choose to be a non-limited, general partnership?

Why would such a significantly profitable company choose to have unlimited liability? What benefits would still be afforded by the non-limited, general partnership structure? United States especially.
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Is it legal for a restaurant to take back your food and cook it again?

Example 1. You are served a burger, but it is not cooked enough for your liking. Does it violate any food safety regulations for the server to take the plate back to the kitchen, disassemble the ...
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Verifying the law around hosting an online crypto casino in the US

Can a site operator, resident in the USA in a state that doesn't allow online gambling, legally run an online casino site, provided that the site Terms And Services document states: it is ...
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Has the civil service law ever been challenged in court by a president?

The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act is one of the main reason why Federal employees often considered themselves as having a lifetime tenure, unable to be fired. Although the act certainly had a ...
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Tenant facing issues with landlord agent (GA, USA)

We recently signed a 1 year lease for a house. A realtor was representing the landlord. We moved in about 2 months ago. At the time of move-in, the realtor gave a walk-through of the house and filled ...
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Can “No Thru Traffic” signs be enforced in New Hampshire

I was reading an article that said in California "No Thru Traffic" signs cannot legally be enforced (aside from the temporary ones used for construction work). I searched Google but cannot find ...
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Could it be illegal for an individual in USA to hire a software developer in Syria or Venezuela for short project?

This question is about an individual in USA hiring a software developer for a short project through a site such as guru.com or freelancer.com. Considering that U.S. has sanctions on Venezuela (...
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California Legal Ethics: Attorney Bringing On Co-Counsel w/o Client Knowledge?

Is is a breach of ethics in California for an attorney representing a client in a civil matter to discuss their client's case in detail with potential co-counsel without the client's knowledge or ...
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Paid apartment complex full month's rent on the 29th. 2 days later on the 1st I was asked to pay an additional full month

Since the apartment complex I moved into state they do not prorate rent, but I was still asked to pay the full month's rent value on the 29th, I assumed that meant I would have to pay every 30 days as ...
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Legal Status of Selective Service Records Regarding Conscientious Objection

What is the legal status of conscientious objector forms in the US draft? Specifically, are records regarding specific individuals' conscientious objector applications subject to FOIA, and are they ...
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Do accelerators or incubators help to getting visa?

If I have a MVP(Minimum viable Product = creating a prototype of a tech invention or idea) that I like to find an investor or create a startup around it in UK/Germany/US/Canada, applying for ...

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