Questions tagged [united-states]

For questions specific to the United States as a whole, or that span multiple state jurisdictions. If your question is related to a specific state then you should use that state's tag instead (or as well).

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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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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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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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Negligence: Common Law Duty of Care

What does common law duty of care refer to? My gut tells me it is just another way of referring to the reasonable/prudent person test but I am not sure.
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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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May I perform medical experimentation on myself without licensure?

I'm a retired cellular biologist and medical researcher whose license has been revoked, but I would like to continue a line of research with myself as my subject/patient. The research involves ...
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Would a spouse of a medical marijuana patient be allowed to own guns?

As mentioned in prescribed marijuana prevents gun ownership, If you are a legal medical marijuana patient. You are not allowed to own or buy guns. But what if it is a person's spouse that is the ...
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Is there always a legal way to make an open source product integrate against the will of a proprietary vendor?

This question is tightly related to other questions here. I'm asking for the USA. Rather than questioning a method of evasion, or predicating the question on any specific contract let's assume there ...
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Employer green card sponsorship after termination

This question is a follow-up of my previous question. So I've been told to leave the company yesterday. Now my question is regarding the Green Card application. So I've been sponsored for EB1-B ...
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Is it legal for a company to continue using my name and picture on their site, despite not being an employee anymore?

A few months ago I decided to leave a company whose CEO engaged in a lot of questionable practices. (1, 2) It has come to my attention that this CEO is using my name, title, picture and current ...
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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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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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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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