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How much street space can restaurants occupy?

In Paris, France, what define how much street space can a restaurant occupy?
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Offense that was expunged still showing up

A friend of mine (yes, I'm aware of how that sounds, but it's true) had a felony expunged from his record 10 years ago. Recently when getting screened for a job it showed up and now his job is at risk....
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Usage of a gun's design

I am developing a game, and will be using guns in my game, I just am unsure of a few things. From what I understand, I need written permission to use the name of a gun due to the name being IP, but ...
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Are principles of judicial interpretation subject to legislative control?

In the news you often read about differing philosophies of judicial interpretation, especially when important cases are decided (like several recent US Supreme Court decisions). I recently browsed ...
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Which takes precedence, conversion or bankruptcy?

Suppose Mr. Investor gives $50,000 to Mr. X to invest in his business. And suppose instead of investing in the business, Mr. X gives the $50,000 to his brother, a day or so later. That would be ...
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Are there any federal laws in the United States regulating non-digital billboards?

Billboards can be quite a distraction to drivers, and some cities have banned digital billboards. However, I haven't been able to find any information on non-digital billboards, which don't seem to be ...
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Are limiting voting rights to residents of Puerto Rico unconstitutional?

This is something that I have been thinking after the decision from Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriages. The Supreme Court based its decision on the fact that prohibiting same-sex marriages ...
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What types of speed radar detectors are illegal in France?

I'm traveling in France, and I've been vaguely told that some radar detectors are illegal. What types of radar detectors are illegal in France? Ideally I'd like to know the sanctions as well. I'm ...
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Does a contractual notice period apply to internal transfers?

I work for a UK company. My contractual notice period is one month. Recently I've successfully applied for an internal post at a higher salary. My understanding is that I will start work in the new ...
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StackOverflow logo change vs. user contributions and CC BY-SA 3.0

After the temporary LoveOverflow logo change, there has been a whole lot of fuss about SO and political matters, including a question on MSO claiming that displaying such a logo on a page with user ...
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Leased apartment changed management. Is requiring in-person payment unreasonable?

I live in a college town in California with a leased apartment. On June 26th, a noticed (in paper) was posted on our doors that the apartment complexes have been sold, effective immediately. Part of ...
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What are the potential pitfalls of representing oneself pro se?

Where do pros se litigants most often fail? Is it because of ignorance of legal protocols? Is it because they use overly aggressive tactics that most lawyers wouldn't use? Is it because they failed to ...
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Is a copyright license by default revocable or irrevocable?

If I grant someone a license to use a copyrighted work of mine, do I need to detail my ability to revoke the license within the terms of the license grant, or is that ability inherent to all licenses? ...
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If a U.S. jurisdiction secedes, can they still keep the old laws?

I've heard that most municipal code is actually copyrighted material, thus, for example, you can't just re-publish it without violating the copyright law. The issue becomes interesting in the case of ...
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Does Texas have a legal right to leave the Union or secede?

Many people, possibly even including recent Texas governors, think that Texas has a right to secede from the Union. Does it, or does it not?
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Starting a new business in the UK

My partner recently started trying to sell her crafts through Facebook and through a website (that i am in charge of), she hasn't sold much but it has only being going a month, so we weren't expecting ...
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How often, if ever, has the Supreme Court cited the Natural Moral Law in a majority decision?

I think it's cited occasionally by justices like Clarence Thomas, but it seems only when he's in the minority advocating something that most people see as being inline with his Catholicism under the ...
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Dissenting justices' views on second question in Obergefell

Obergefell v. Hodges was a recent case in which the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was a constitutional right. The Court considered two questions: Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a ...
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Are boarding deadlines indicated on an airline's website legally binding?

E.g. Air France lists boarding deadlines on its website: 15 minutes before the departure time, between Paris-Orly and metropolitan France destinations. 20 minutes before the departure time, for all ...
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How does a layperson know whether to hire a Queen's Counsel?

1. A layperson may not know whether his/her case is complex enough to hire a Queen's Counsel. So how does a layperson decide, when deciding hiring a public access barrister? 2. Are barristers ...
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What considerations determine copyright infringement?

In copyright case law, what roles do process versus output play in determining infringement via creation of a similar work. By process I mean, "How much access did the creator of the new work have to ...
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What did Samuel Alito (SCOTUS) mean by “super-legislative” power?

In Obergefell v. Hodges (the recent gay marriage ruling), Samuel Alito writes in his dissent (p. 73 of this PDF containing the electronic opinion): This is a naked judicial claim to legislative—...
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UK Housing Law - Section 21 Housing Act 1988 - The Tenants Rights

As we know, section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 outlines what steps a Landlord can take in order to regain possession of his property. My question is in relation of the rights of the tenant being asked ...
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Would I get myself into trouble if I say that I'm using pirated material?

Let's say that I am downloading pirated material (pdf books) via bittorrent because I can not afford to pay for the items. If I later say (admit) that I'm downloading and using these pirated ...
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What to do if your car inspection sticker expires?

What should you do if your inspection sticker expires while you're outside the United States? How will you take your car to the inspection center once you get back home if you're not allowed to drive? ...
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How do websites (or apps) that use pictures or posters of movies not infringe on rights and still make a profit?

Sites like IMDB as well as Rotten Tomatoes and countless other websites or mobile applications (such as flixter, etc.) all use movie posters and images from movies as part of their content which is ...
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Is an 'MP3/MP4 Player' that cannot play .mp4 files, “misdescribed” under the Sales of Goods Act 1979?

We recently purchased an mp3 player from argos (908/2218), which is labelled as "Philips SA4VBE08KN/12 GoGear VIBE 8GB MP3/MP4 Player". This item is excluded from their 30-day return policy. We'd ...
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Copyright implications for developing/marketing a 3rd party accessory?

If Chinese company ABC has an established brand for their product, "The Widget", and American company XYZ makes an add-on or modification for that product and sells said add-on as "The Widget Improver"...
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Is it legal to be detained by a private rail or bus company for not having a valid ticket?

My question relates specifically to the UK. Is it legal for a private company, say a train or bus company, to detain you if they determine that you don't have a valid ticket? Furthermore, if it is ...
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Legality of the right to refuse admission by a privately owned restobar

A friend of mine recently tried to go into a restobar in India, and to his surprise, was informed that he couldn't because he was a male who was not accompanied by a female. Admittedly shocked, he ...
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Why is Supreme Court seeking brief from Attorney General?

It's a well-known concept that federal law preempts state law. Apparently, as per LA Times Op-Ed The case against Colorado's pot law, Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing Colorado to invalidate Colorado's ...
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How can I verify that an attorney in the U.S. is qualified to practice?

There are two parts to this: How can I ensure that an attorney is actually legally allowed to act as counsel in a given case? Do I have to need to contact the state bar directly, or are there ...
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When is cursing illegal in the U.S.?

For example, I've heard before that it's actually illegal to swear at a police officer (I've also heard that's true in the U.K. as well, although that's not my question). However, what counts as "...
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How is the “permanent deprivation” element of theft proven in practice?

I never gave this much thought until I saw a prosecutor and then a judge dismiss charges of theft because it would be impossible to prove the accused intended to deprive the owner of the property ...
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Temporarily Relocating Car from California to Massachusetts

I am being temporarily (6 months) relocated to Boston, MA and will be taking my car from California to Massachusetts. My car (and myself) will remain registered at my home address in California. My ...
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Is Denver International Airport (DEN) cannabis-friendly?

Denver International Airport (DEN) has a number of smoking lounges, something I've never seen in any other airport anywhere in the States. Are those lounges allowed to sell cannabis, since it's now ...
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Is contributory “publication” a defense against libel?

Suppose there was a work of fiction where one of the characters was based on a real one. And suppose the real person sued the author and, through the process of discovery, found private emails, author'...
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Is it illegal to sell a spell online?

This question is for the United States in general for online marketplaces. Some history: Back in 2012, Ebay stopped the sale of spells, and now Etsy has also banned the sale of spells. They have ...
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Differences between SoCal and NorCal real-estate

I recall that there are some significant differences in real estate law or procedures between Northern California and Souther California. What are the exact differences and where is the dividing line?...
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Is Texas Apartment Association an example of collusion?

I'm interested in the legal doctrine on why something like Texas Apartment Association is or is not considered collusion. The association provides its members with a comprehensive Rental ...
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Can you re-assign TAA lease without being liable for damages?

Texas Apartment Association (TAA) apartment lease contract has the following: 30. REPLACEMENTS AND SUBLETTING. Replacing a resident, subletting, or assignment is allowed only when we consent ...
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Obergefell and its implications on other family rights

Now that same sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, I was wondering what the impact of this decision would be on laws that limit the abilities of same-sex couples to adopt children and other ...
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Is it always permissible to republish the Metadata of a website?

If you right click in this website and select "View page source", you can find between hundreds of lines of code the following: <meta name="twitter:card" content="summary"> <meta ...
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Can sharing YouTube links violate copyright laws?

Suppose an app has a collection of links to YouTube videos about a particular topic (e.g., sports). Users can watch video by clicking on the Play video button. This will open up the YouTube video in ...
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Can landlords refuse to sublet mid-month?

I've encountered a big corporate landlord in West Campus, Austin, Texas, that's only willing to reassign the lease at the start of a month, saying that they don't prorate rents. (Interestingly enough,...
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Legal Identity for Conjoined Twins

Conjoined Twins are identical twins who share some physical connection. In particular, some share the same body, although both possess separate heads. As such, what are the legal ramifications for ...
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Process Service - Why the secretary of state?

I understand from Wikipedia that many states in the US require that companies have a designated agent in each jurisdiction where they do business to accept service. It seems that at least in some ...
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Choosing Which 20% to Inherit

A relative has recently passed away in Spain. I live in the UK. They have left me 20% of their estate, my brother will receive 80%. I'm expecting this might be 20% of cash and some items such as a ...
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Can google trends data be used for free in a commercial project?

I need to use google trends data in a commercial project. Does the google trends license prohibit free usage?
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Youtube Ad Revenue + Guitar tutorial video - Can I make ad revenue from teaching copyrighted guitar songs?

On youtube, can i do the following whilst collecting ad revenue? Teach someone to play a copyrighted song on guitar (i.e. ed sheeran)? Is this an infringement of copyright? I have found some ...

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