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Is fraudulent activity related to renting a residence - Theft by Deception?

I discovered Wednesday that a recent tenant of 1.5 months misrepresented themselves, and lied and omitted information on the rental application to hide the truth and gain entry into my apartment. The ...
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How can I get my DNA tested without the results being kept by third-party?

Mainly I'm interested in getting to know my ancestry, but I don't mind doing a lot of research on my own to classify it if I get raw results. The thing that I do not want is my DNA being stored ...
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What exactly is a “title of nobility” under the US Constitution?

Article 1, sections 9 & 10 of the US constitution prohibit granting titles of nobility by the federal government or the states. What exactly is a title of nobility for these purposes? Why is (say) ...
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US: What is the purpose of “club” in retail outlets

I'm thinking of: BJ's Wholesale Sams Club Costco Does a member/club relationship legally confer some business advantages? Is it true that that they are not public access stores, because you must be ...
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Are the names of parked domain websites trademarked?

If somebody registered a distinctive website name, that has no content or services related to it (i.e. it's an empty page), is the name trademarked? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_parking
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If a fight escalates, do both parties get charged with assault?

Many fights start out benign but evolve into something more dangerous. For example someone responds to a shove with a punch to the gut, and he responds with a punch to the fight, and it escalates. ...
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Does the President have the authority to grant work permits to undocumented immigrants?

The President 's Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals program grants work permits & extensions to qualifying undocumented immigrants. My understanding is that the President has no authority to ...
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What are the keywords that give you a “green light” for punching?

I read here that the First Amendment allows you to say whatever you want to someone without the government interfering, so long as your words do not pose an imminent threat of harm to another (and a ...
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Lemon Law: Do I have to let a manufacturer try to repair a Brand New Lemon?

I just bought a washer and drier, pretty expensive one ($2,000). It failed after 2 runs (YES TWO). It's brand new, and it's a piece of garbage (in terms of quality). So, I called to the store, they ...
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Who has right of way at an intersection with two stop signs across from each other?

The traffic on the main road (with no stop signs) of course has first right of way. Suppose two cars are across from each other turning onto the main road. One is turning right and one is turning ...
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Does reproducing a board game as a video game violate copyright?

The context I am thinking of is converting a board game into a video game or app. Of course, I can't manufacture a physical copy of the game without permission, but does the same apply to a virtual ...
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What is a 'creed' legally?

'Creed' is a 'protected characteristic' with respect to discrimination or harassment, at least in some U.S. jurisdictions or for some private employers. The Wikipedia article "Creed" defines it thus: ...
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Is there any benefit in writing your local judges?

People always say that you should write your local representatives if you want anything done. Or perhaps you could write to the Governor. Is there any point in writing to judges? The real question ...
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Is it fraudulent for an extension like adblock to still count as an ad impression for content creators

tl;dr: A Programmer writes a web browser Extension to download ads but not display them. The effect is that Sites accessed through this extension get to charge Advertisers for the ad being served, ...
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Can my apartment neighbor install a camera that looks at my door?

I recently noticed that my neighbor installed a camera that looks from inside of his apartment straight on my door. This could be interpreted like that camera is pointed at whomever is potentially ...
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Tradesman charging twice - call out the full cost of service

I bought a stove and called an Electrician to install it at my rental property. He quoted me $240+GST and I agreed and paid up front. The Electrician called me back 30 minutes later saying the ...
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When can punching be legal?

My neighbor kissed my wife. I was pissed and wanted to punch him in his face. But I was able to suppress my anger. If I did punch him, would that be okay? I saw people punch one another over this in ...
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Is video content including an unnamed patient's face HIPAA compliant?

In a conference setting, practicing doctors may show video of their patients receiving treatment or undergoing an evaluation. The videos often include the patient's face, but are never named. These ...
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Which country's laws apply to a gambling website?

I´m thinking of starting a Gambling site based on Steam Skins currency. This would transfer to virtual currency and the skins deposited to private profiles. The problem here is that I wonder if I´m ...
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Is my lyrics searching program illegal?

I have developed a program that scans your media folder, finds the lyrics of each song online and saves them. To do this, my program manages to find the website where the lyrics is posted (I use ...
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How can sexual assault on a minor not result in jail time in the UK?

In a related story, I read that a British convicted paedophile who was found guilty of sexually assaulting an eight year old girl a few years ago, was then only sentenced to "community order." (...
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Theft of a winning lottery ticket

A bought a lottery ticket for $1, and then B stole it from him. Later, it turns out to be a winning ticket for $100 million dollars. If it is beyond reasonable doubt that B stole the ticket (e.g. B ...
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If I can't move in right away, must my rent be pro-rated?

My new rental agreement contains the language: Delivery of Premises: If for whatever reason whatsoever Landlord does not deliver possession of the premises on the commencement of the term of this ...
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What if your cargo accidentally becomes a weapon while on a plane?

As far as I know, it is illegal for passengers to have weapons on a plane. Usually you need clearance to bring it as cargo as well. What if you accidentally make a weapon while on a plane? For ...
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Does a text message count as an oral or written agreement?

This must depend on a state. Let's take some small state like Arkansas, or Michigan. (In my experience California, Florida, and Alaska are outliers :) . Other states have similar laws.) Arkansas is ...
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If a contract is signed on a computer, is it still valid?

Let's say Bob receives a contract on the computer (probably as a PDF or scanned image). The contract requires Bob's signature. Would the contract be considered signed if Bob uses a photo editing ...
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Work Policy States Employer May Access Personal Devices

My employer just sent out an email stating managers have the right to inspect electronic personal devices used for work. This includes web access to Office 365 via web browser or app installed on a ...
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Is Time Travel Legal?

Currently, there is no publicly available technology which would permit one to time travel. However, assuming one were to create such technology, is there any laws prohibiting time travel? I am ...
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Could my parents change my birth name without me knowing?

Could my parents change my birth name without me knowing?
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Where and how to get copyright on document [closed]

I am an indian. I need copyright in my documents. So where and how to get copyright ? the document is also in digital formet
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Can I sue my gas company if they disconnect my service without notice?

On the 13th my gas was disconnected without notice. When I called my gas company they said I was past due. I paid them the same day. My service was reconnected on the 15th. On the 15th I got a ...
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What if the law changes after your proces begins?

What would happen if there is a law change and those laws had had an influence on your case? Some scenarios, what would happen: The law you are sued for is deleted ... while your process is going ...
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Is dog meat illegal in USA?

I want to know if dog meat is illegal in USA. Is its sale banned? Is there any criminal law against it? Is a fine of any kind imposed? Note: I don't in any way support dog meat. I just want to ...
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What happens if a company denies repair of a digital device under warranty?

I hope I'm posting this on the right board. I would just like to ask for advice on this issue of mine regarding a telecom company (PLDT). So the thing is, My mother signed up for an internet plan with ...
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Section 107 and 108 of the 1976 United States Copyright Act

I have seen an book Chemistry Essential for Dummies on web which says that No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, ...
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Are you allowed a lawyer in this situation?

I saw a video of a police interrogation on Youtube where first the officer reads the detainee his Miranda Rights which includes he had the right to have an attorney present during the interrogation, ...
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Outside of regular self defence, when is fighting legal?

I know this is a weird question. I'm curious as to what counts as assault, in the sense a person would be likely found guilty of it in court. Generally assault is considered fighting someone who did ...
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Contract active after another contract signing: How to state it?

Is it possible to sign a contract that will only be valid only if another contract is signed and/or only if a specific event happens in the future? If yes, what is the proper legal language to state ...
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Converting to a minority religion in India?

What if one wanted to convert to minority religion in India. The problem is it may not have a registered religious organisation associated in India. Is religious choice in India restricted a few ...
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Can I share an academic article with people who contact me via email after they have seen my web annotation?

Am I allowed to share an academic journal article (e.g. downloaded from ScienceDirect) with people who contact me via email through a Hypothesis annotation that I left on the web page of the ...
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Can I print scans of a book's pages in my book?

I made a book which uses scanned pages of an existing novel. This book was a school project, an artists' book for a graphic design course. An opportunity has presented itself to publish my book, but I ...
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Is a judge paid by the state allowed to hear criminal cases?

In my case the other party is the state. The judge also receives local judicial benefits from the state which is a party appearing before him. Like in my case it's my name verse state of Washington. ...
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Is it possible to copyright general game character themes?

As many tabletop and also computer games have quite unique themes for characters I'm wondering there if those can be copyrighted and thus similar ideas brought to court for copyright infringement? As ...
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Can a restaurant or retailer be held to “posted” prices?

I walked into a fast food restaurant in New York City where a large poster in the front of the store advertised a new dinner special for $6.99. That was quite a bargain so I went to the counter and ...
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Would a police do anything if someone is provoking a fight?

I'm not looking for legal advice from a lawyer. I'm living in a shared house with a bunch of young people and one is trying to provoke a fight with me. After getting in my face and trying to ...
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Is a contract valid if one party doesn't know the other has signed?

Is a contract valid if one party doesn't know the other has signed? For example one party signs a contract, faxes or emails it to the other party, but the other party doesn't reply. Can the other ...
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What are the penalties for falsifying a DMCA notification?

I'd like to get your thoughts on the following scenario: a host takes down content and informs the content creator, it was taken down for copyright reason content creator asks to be forwarded the ...
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if person A reserved a car, but person B buy the car, can person A take back the car? If so, what can person B do?

The title explain basically everything. What can person B can do if person A take back the car ? Thanks
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Is a highschool diploma a legal document?

Often places, especially colleges/universities, ask to see high school diplomas prior to enrollment. Employers or certifiers may ask to see one too, regardless of the type of job. My question is, is a ...
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Can the victim of a conversion recover money from a vendor to a converter?

Suppose B "converted" money entrusted to him by A. B then turns around and buys goods, say a car, from C using the converted funds. A can sue B for conversion, of course. But can A sue C as the ...

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