Questions tagged [united-states]

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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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An 18 year old from Alabama goes to Tennessee. What recourse does his parents have?

In Alabama the age of majority is 19. If an 18 year old from AL goes to Tennessee (where he's an adult) can the parents do anything through the legal system to get him back?
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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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Possible to receive compensation as part of a class right after the submission deadline?

A friend and I learned that we are a members of a class moments before the deadline to submit the required forms for the settlement. That deadline was approved by a judge, and therefore I think it 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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What taxes do I pay on a monthly USD stipend?

I work for a Canadian corporation and will be relocating to Connecticut for 6 months. The firm will continue to pay my Canadian salary as per usual and will give me a monthly allowance in USD. Any ...
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Special leniency conditions for a U.S. female spouse residing abroad with children or pregnant to bring her foreign male spouse into the U.S.?

Are there any leniency conditions for a U.S. female spouse(U.S. citizen) under the following condition to bring her foreign male spouse into the U.S.? Conditions Currently residing in the foreign ...
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Does a conscientious objector have the same rights as someone with religious exemption?

There are several laws that allow the omission of an SSN to employers and non-governmental agencies. The general context of those laws is a religious basis. As America becomes more secular, I wonder ...
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What does USPTO status 604 “Abandoned after inter partes decision” mean for a trademark?

What does the United States Patent and Trademark Office status 604 Abandoned after inter partes decision mean for the trademark? Is the trademark in the public domain or so clouded that it could be ...
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Liability insurance requirements when renting a car

Traveling can be a somewhat confusing time, legally speaking, because the distant jurisdiction you're traveling in may have different requirements from your normal place or residence. And there's ...
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Declare some land national forest

Many have heard of the Tree that Owns Itself in Athens, Ga. According to the Wikipedia article "Such a deed, even if it did exist, would have no legal standing." So my question is, could I donate ...
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List of things that are illegal to sell online?

I'm looking for a list of products/things/services that are illegal to sell online. Preferably not just things that are illegal to sell in person as well. For instance, I believe it is illegal to ...
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Do by-laws and/or articles of incorporation of a non-stock corporation need to be filed every year?

I'm part of a group that is trying to organize as a non-profit in Virginia, and we are trying to figure out when the articles of incorporation and/or by-laws need to be filed (original/updated) with ...
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How is Texas eviction process different from California's?

For people moving from California to Texas (the direction of the migration is paramount and hard to dispute), and who may be familiar with the eviction process in California, what would be the ...
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Does a “withdrawal of application for admission” constitute a “refused admission” in the US?

In 2001 I attempted to re-enter the US after vacationing abroad. I had been working in the US and had forgotten that my H1-B was expired and in the process of being renewed. At the border, I was told ...
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Is our website responsible for users' offline actions?

On our website clients find models for their photo shootings, castings, promotional events, etc. A client transfers an escrow payment to us and when a model finishes the job we sent the money to the ...
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Can you take unpaid FMLA leave after already taking a paid leave?

New York State (upstate, if it makes a difference) here. My son was born this past March (2015) and I took a paid two-week leave of absence. I work long hours and over the past 8 months I haven't had ...
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Does a disingenuous defamation lawsuit constitute malicious prosecution?

Some defamation cases (in the United States) collapse when the discovery process produces some decisive piece of evidence proving that the supposedly defamed person did what the defendant had claimed. ...
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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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In New Jersey USA, if married couple buys a house, is the default “tenants in common” or “joint tenants”?

In New Jersey USA, if a married couple acquires real estate, is it by default "tenants in common" or "joint tenants" (if not expressly stated on the deed)?
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Voting and policies during emergencies

What are the different mechanisms, procedures, and protocols in place by states' board of elections to handle voting during emergencies? e.g. Hurricane, health, and riot. I am under the assumption ...
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U.S. Technology - Is it legal to scrape freely accessible data then charge to be able to filter that data?

Would it be legal for me to sell a service that scrapes and filters the freely accessible data from sites and also provides a link back to them? I essentially want to create a scraper that collects ...
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Does a K-1 Visa Holder have to submit a form I-693 (Medical Examination) when applyting for Adjustment of Status I-485?

I am a K-1 visa holder. I had my medical examination done in Jakarta, Indonesia back in December 2019 (medical plus all vaccines). All tests are healthy, all vaccines are done properly (standard ...
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When do you have to register as a foreign agent in the US?

Do I understand correctly that you can't do anything, even talk to someone or make a TV appearance, on behalf of a foreign government/entity without violating the FARA law, even if you are not ...
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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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