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Blinds in my rental apartment fell on my head

While I tried to push the string to open the blind a little the whole 20 pound piece fell off the wall and hit me in the head from 7 feet above. I haven't gotten a severe concussion yet (it happened ...
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Of how much consequence are preambles in national international and state constitutions?

Are there many cases where the content of a preamble has been decisive? Or are the preambles mostly for show?
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Trading Card Database - Copyright Infringement or Fair Use?

I would like to create a text-only database for collectible trading card games. The database would contain card names, ability text, flavor text, etc. Images would not be included. This project would ...
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PowerShell cmdlet licensing

I copied two functions from a cmdlet script distributed with Microsoft PowerShell v5, inside my script that should run on PowerShell v3. Also I slightly modified it. Do I invalid a license or can I ...
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Are peer-reviewed scientific journals subject to FOIA?

Are peer-reviewed scientific journals subject to the Freedom of Information Act? I found this somewhat helpful page: http://www.dmlp.org/forum/newsgathering-law/open-meeting-laws-and-non-profit-...
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Can a police officer authorize the sale of a pharmacy's drugs to a suspected criminal without paying for the drugs first?

Can a police officer authorize the sale of a pharmacy's drugs to a suspected criminal without paying for the drugs first? Does this violate the United States or State Constitutions?
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Is saying 'I think', legally the same as saying 'I know'?

Basically, is 'I think...' weasel words I need to learn to spot? More context: Car dealer told us on car inspection 'I think there are two alarm fobs for this car'. When the car turned up on ...
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Where would I report a case of international financial fraud?

If I were confronted with a case of financial fraud in the United States, I would report it to a U.S. law enforcement agency, probably the FBI, or maybe the SEC. But to whom would I report an ...
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Can a person be civilly liable for an action that was criminally deemed “de minimis”?

I want to know that, if a criminal conviction is dismissed due to it being considered "de minimis", can the person still be considered civilly liable for the actions that took place? Examples would ...
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Recording questions in a conference: do I need attendees' agreement?

I plan to go to an academic conference, and write down all questions from the audience I heard during the presentations. Then, I plan to make the list questions publicly available on Internet (without ...
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Requiring salary information and medical history before job interview

Rakuten Japan is asking all candidates to fill out the following forms before their first interview, including, for instance, itemized salary information from your current or previous position (...
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Can a person block access to a public space? If so, how much public space?

As an example: Can I put a blanket in a public park and prevent anyone from sitting on it? What if it's a really big blanket? Can I decide to just block access to the whole park? Answers relating ...
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Can the U. S. Supreme Court take as much time as it wants until it renders a decision?

I am wondering whether there is any formal (I could not find one) or informal (e. g. custom) limit on the time that the U. S. Supreme Court can take from the date when a case enters the docket (...
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What is typically required for an offense to be considered “de minimis”?

In my jurisdiction, one of the criteria for de minimis is this: The court may dismiss a prosecution if, upon notice to or motion of the prosecutor and opportunity to be heard, having regard to ...
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Legal Definition of Peers, as in Jury of your Peers

I was wondering how the word "peers" has come to be defined legally the way it has. legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com states that legally the word is held to mean: This has been interpreted ...
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Are “cite as” sections obligatory?

This may sound trivial at first, but if I want to cite something online or want to reference it in any other way, I sometimes find that the authors leave a "cite as" part under the content which may ...
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Top 100 Charts copyright

Am I breaking copyright if use the Billboard Hot 100 chart on my own website but in a different format and adding data, I created, to it. On the website I am displaying this modified chart and ...
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Does a police officer have to get permission to break the law?

Does a police officer require permission before breaking the law? Justice Brandeis states: Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same ...
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Are decided legal cases reviewed when precedent cases are overturned?

When the outcome of a case is largely decided by a precedent case, what happens to the cases citing it?
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What code determines how much noise is dangerous to people?

This question pertains to NYC, but answers about how other jurisdictions define noise pollution could aid precedent or tracking down the appropriate office in New York. Noise pollution in the city is ...
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Obtaining copyright on a joint work produced by minors?

How would you go about obtaining the copyright of work that is produced by minors? In terms of context, I am the head of a high school club that produces original animated content. The club provides ...
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Brother and Sister both own house. Sister moved out, should brother buy her half?

This is in Georgia, USA So a father bought a house, all paid for, then transferred it to his son and daughter, taking his name off completely. They all three lived in house. The sister gets married ...
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Is it legal to export open-source cryptographic software from Canada

I'm an independent software developer who has developed a program that links to the OpenSSL libraries for the purpose of allowing users to decrypt, filter and re-encrypt secure content. For example, ...
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What does 'pursuant' entail?

I have an employment contract I'm signing and there's a clause for Assignment of Inventions that states pursuant to California Labor Code 2870. Does this imply that if I don't live in California, ...
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How broad can employment contracts be and still be enforcable?

I've seen some very broad terms used in contracts that an employee is required to sign before they start working for a company (or government). For example I've seen a contract saying that the ...
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How to win against a moving violation ticket that was issued different than what I had allegedly committed?

I was stopped by an officer that claimed I sped over a 30mph speed limit. When he saw that I have a radar detector, he proceeded to "cut me a break" and gave me a ticket for "failed to signal" (but I ...
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What legal reasons prevent this software vendor from including encryption in their code?

I am working on a software project that requires the use of a setup program. The one my company is using is InnoSetup. In their downloads page (http://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php) towards the bottom, ...
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Is it legal for Comcast to (apparently) require my SSN to obtain service?

I went to sign up for a new Comcast account online. They asked me for some basic billing info, but also asked for my DOB and SSN, which I'd rather not give to them out of concern about identity theft....
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Drafting for unofficial startup ownership

I have an advisor in my startup that I would like to get 1% anti-diluted ownership. However, because the company hasn't yet been incorporated, I can't actually issue out any shares. However, to make ...
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Check if a book is in the public domain?

How do you go about finding out if copyright on a book is expired? The particular book I'm looking at is from 1923 published in Europe, I live in Canada. Ideally I'd like a method to figure this ...
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What types of questions can I legally ask in a technical interview without violating Title VII

The HR department at my company is concerned about what can and cannot be asked in a technical interview for a software position. We are being told that under Title VII we cannot do the following: ...
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Is an electronic signature legally binding if one of the parties is hosting the contract?

When is an electronic signature (IP address, timestamp, and checkbox or PNG of the signature) on a contract legally binding? Can a contract be legally binding if it is hosted by one of the parties and ...
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When can an employer sue?

I've seen some pretty intense contracts employees must sign before starting work for a company. Some have very vague statements like "agree to abide by our code of ethics". My question is when can a ...
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is it an offence to remove someone else's hat?

Is it an offence to remove or knock off someone's hat without consent? An example would be A civilian removing a policeman's hat without using any force. A civilian removing another's baseball cap ...
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Is it legal to *prohibit* recording a conversation in Pennsylvania?

I went to a walk-in patient care facility earlier this evening, and asked the provider upon his entrance if I could record the interview. (I realize this feels adversarial, but I had a valid reason.) ...
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Is it legal for American politicians to accept donations from foreigners (non-American citizens)?

In recent years, several laws have been passed in Russia, which make it harder for foreign organizations to influence Russian politics. The critics of those laws regard them as undemocratic. Their ...
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Do Sunday working hours count towards overtime?

Apologies if this should be in Workforce Exchange... I live and work in Massachusetts, US as a full-time, paid hourly, retail worker. I work Wednesday though Sunday. In Massachusetts, I am entitled ...
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Legal Grounds and Claim to a Cease and Desist?

The Question I own a dot CO (example.co) domain name since August 2010. A certain company using the same name and similar domain name (dot COM) has been in the mark and publicly traded since late ...
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Are there circumstances in which the source of drugs used by police provides a defense to those accused of crimes involving the drugs?

Can the source of illegal drugs used by law enforcement constitutionally shield those illicitly involved with those drugs from liability? For example, if law enforcement uses a pharmacy's drugs to ...
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Using handicapped plackards from one state when vehicle is registered in another

I walk past a vehicle every day parked in a handicapped spot that doesn't look usable by anyone I would consider handicapped (a very lifted jeep). I don't want to sound like the arbiter of what is ...
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Earliest effective American Law

What is the earliest American federal law that could technically be used to prosecute someone today, that has not been overridden by another law? For the purposes of this question, we are talking ...
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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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Legal implications of this prank going horribly wrong?

I remembered coming across this comic from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. In this comic, Tommy replaces his boss' gun with a fake that just shoots out a "Bang!" flag. Later, he breaks into his ...
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If I can prove that my drawing/illustration was constructed from various image references, can't I be prosecuted?

Background: For my design work, I sometimes create portraits to illustrate campaigns and other media. In an effort to avoid mis-appropriating someone's likeness, I tend to draw from a collection of ...
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If one has committed illegal act A or B, but we cannot prove that A was committed or B was committed, is one generally proven guilty of a crime?

Imagine a scenario where you know beyond a reasonable doubt that somebody did something wrong, but you couldn't prove exactly what it was. It could have been A or B. But you cannot prove it was A ...
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Making forum data publicly available

I administrate an Internet forum that is available to anyone who register to it (and anyone may register). Can I legally create a dump of the forum data and share it publicly? The dump would only ...
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Can my Lawyer require a second opinion

My Lawyer has been pressuring me to settle. I have finally agreed. He has now sent me a letter telling me that he will not settle until I prove that I have gotten a second opinion from another lawyer ...
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As a Developer how should my contract be worded to protect against hacking

I am a web developer and have a contract for client based projects that has been improved over years and many projects. However after reading it this month I think that upgrading the section that ...
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Providing exam solutions?

Some universities do not provide solutions/mark-schemes to exam papers. If someone (e.g. a student) was to upload online (e.g. via a blog or in a document) solutions that they themselves have made ...
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Labor law: which state's law applies when firm has multiple locations?

I work at a firm in Massachusetts (USA) which was acquired in 2012 by a firm in Ohio. I came on board after the acquisition. Am I covered by Massachusetts labor law or Ohio? The particular ...

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