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Is the government liable for data destroyed during a forensic examination?

Lets say you just traveled outside your home country (USA). You keep your data on a secure USB (FIPS 140-2 level 3) that will self destruct after (x) number of failed attempts. The data you keep on ...
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Is the NSA liable for not reporting a security vulnerability?

The NSA created several toolsets that involved 0-day exploits that were not reported to the vendors of software & hardware. This put in danger the safety and security of anyone using these pieces ...
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Can an american tax payer sue a researcher that knowingly conducted fraudulent research with taxpayer funded grants?

There has been an uptick in cases of academic fraud being reported in the mainstream media. With websites like retraction watch tracking the general field of things. Popular commentators such as Pete ...
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How similar do trademarks have to be to be infringement? [duplicate]

I received a marketing email from Lenovo with the slogan "Different is better." This seems quite similar to Apple's "Think different," to the point that had I seen the slogan out ...
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Significance of the organized/unorganized attribution of US territories

Reading articles re US territories, two terms are given significant (e.g are in the heading chapter AND sidebar header of relevant Wikipedia article) reference: Incorporated/Unincorporated and ...
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Analyzing the complaint and answer in federal civil case

I'm interested in understanding how lawyers and judges analyze the pleadings provided in the answer to a civil complaint. Therefore, I'll choose an interesting case I'm not involved in and provide a ...
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Public procurement laws or regulations similar to HIPAA or PCI?

United States here, and potentially also involving two states, New York and Vermont. If a business is a vendor that sells goods to the federal government (as a GSA awarded contractor) and also sells ...
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Is there US law that can compel Apple to create software?

It is my understanding that US law has jurisdiction or routinely compels corporations (BA, VZN) to: turn over customer data to law enforcement(VZN) how to build systems (in regulated products: BA ...
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US regulations on launch-to-orbit provider refusing to launch a competitor's payload? Do common carrier concepts apply?

Here is an example scenario: Teslarati's SpaceX president teases Starship’s game-changing Starlink launch capabilities provides several links, including CNBC's article and discusses the difficulty of ...
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How many presidents have sued others?

How many presidents have sued people, corporations, banks, for defamation, for libel, etc. (for any reason at all). NOT how many have been sued... The other way around.
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Criminal Liability for judges under 42 USC 290-dd2(f) and 42 CFR 2.63 [Confidentiality of Substance Abuse Patient Records]

42 USC 290-dd2 establishes heightened confidentiality requirements for certain (really most) substance abuse treatment records. The statute grants authority to HHS to interpret the law and create ...
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Can the government change a plea offer based on a dismiss motion the defense files?

Suppose you are accused of something that doesn't make sense or shouldn't be placed on you based on jurisdiction, and decide with your retained defense attorney to file a motion to dismiss those ...
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Law in USA the limits Medicare Part B premiums?

What is the law in the USA that prevents the government from raising Medicare Part B premiums more than a small amount each year?
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How much authority does Department of Justice has over sexual harassment cases inside a private company?

In the recent exposes about Harvey Weinstein, a pattern of executives and assistants aiding him to prey on females have been reported. Whether it be his offices, his hotels or his restaurants, few ...
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What laws define resident and employee rights and protections on federal land, esp. administered by the National Park Service?

How do you look up which laws apply to people who live, work, operate businesses, etc., on a particular parcel of U.S. federal land, especially on land administered by the National Park Service? How ...
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Is there any FOIA-like law or process by which a federal agency would sign or otherwise authenticate the documents they issue?

A friend of mine needs to get a federal document authenticated for a legal case in a foreign court. The first part of the authentication process requires that the document be signed or bear the seal ...
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In a civil case against the US gov't, complaint was not contested by defendant; can the judge reject a request of the plaintiff without a hearing?

There is a (valid) civil lawsuit which was filed against the US government, its agencies and officers at a district federal court. The plaintiff did not ask for a jury. The US government (through the ...
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US federal court: The correct timeline of filing a request for entry of default

In a US federal court, assuming that the defendant, namely a US government official, failed to respond to a civil complaint within the 60-day period following the service of the compliant — When ...
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Filing a motion/request with US federal court when one or more of the defendants were replaced since the original complaint

A complaint was filed with a US federal court. If there is a need for the plaintiff to file a motion or request (e.g. a request for entry of default) related to the original complaint, the motion or ...
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What laws are being broken by publishing a non-redacted version of the Muller Report?

What laws might be broken if someone created a non-redacted version of the Muller Report? That is, suppose they wrote a version of the redacted portions and claimed they have no idea if it's the ...
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Could they subpoena Mike Pence to testify whether he knew that Trump had taken classified documents out of the White House?

In regards to the trial that will take place in the future regarding the issue of former U.S. President Donald Trump mishandling classified documents, I was just wondering if former Vice President ...
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Is a notorized "Agreement" between buyer and seller binding?

Bought a vehicle from a dealer couple of months ago only to have my insurance refusing to insure it due to fraudulent odometer reading. I ran my own history report and sure enough, it was rolled back ...
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does false statement statute really reach this far?

The Federal statute against false statements at 18 U.S.C. 1001 seems to ban almost any lie that gets reported to the executive or judicial branch (the legislative branch is treated more narrowly). ...
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Regarding US law 229 on toxic chemicals

By the definition set forth in Title 18, chapter 1B, Section 229, tobacco is a toxic chemical. How would one go about getting it classified as one? The definition states: (1) Chemical weapon.-The ...
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Does the jurisdiction of a LEO end at an easement?

I'm curious about this video (TYRANT ALERT PHOTOG ATTACKED BY FEDERAL AGENTS - MICHAEL HODSON U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL) of a federal LEO (law enforcement officer) who is egregiously assaulting/...
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How are US departmental policies enforceable?

I don't understand: what's the point in all those numerous policies issued by departments for their staff if, as I understand it, they are not enforceable? There is no legal punishment for not ...
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Is the passage of an unconstitutional law "lawless action" for the purpose of First Amendment protection?

Speech intended to incite imminent lawless action is not protected by the First Amendment. Is the passage of an unconstitutional law "lawless action" for this purpose? Suppose someone who is ...
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Could a state enforce a law that establishes a definition of "biological sex"?

There appears to be no federal law establishing a definition of "biological sex", according to an earlier Law SE question: Is there a definition of "biological sex" in U.S. law? ...
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On the legality of booby traps in a far future united states [closed]

So there are a few famous cases in the united states wherein booby traps were ruled to be illegal, as they're indiscriminate in their application. Let's say we have material X. Material X is special, ...
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How many lines of text in all currently active federal laws of US?

LOC (lines of code) is a useful measure of amount of work done in software development. It works well when comparing orders of magnitude. Hello world: 1-10 LOC. Tetris: 100-200 LOC. Gmail: 1 Million ...
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Could I object to paying US Federal taxes on moral grounds? [duplicate]

In the United States could I sue the Federal government because I don't agree with my money being used to kill people in wars? Is there any legal precedent? Are there any active movements to try to ...
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Does an official US Government website (e.g. house.gov) prominently posting information known to be false for several weeks violate any US laws?

At about 00:55 in CNN's McCarthy still listed as speaker on House website. Correspondent has theory why in response to the US Government website house.gov still listing Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of ...
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Who has more power over the Police? [closed]

RESUME When ranking the "power"(see footnote 1) over a community, the ordinary citizen will have the least power while the local police in the respectful community (street, city etc.) will ...
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