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Why is stealing from an employer a criminal act when stealing from an employee is a civil act?

Because one is theft and the other is breach of contract Theft is taking someone’s property with the intent of permanently depriving them of it. It has always been a crime, in fact, it’s a toss up ...
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What are some possible law suits or civil actions the Las Vegas shooting victims could take?

You can sue anyone for anything. I will answer these on the assumption that the real question is whether there is a legal basis for such a suit. 1) Could someone open a civil action against the ...
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Can I sue a restaurant for serving me meat in vegetarian dish?

An essential component of your contract with them is that they will provide you with food free of animal stuff (the exact nature of "vegan approved" may be up for debate, but actual meat should not be ...
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Can I sue a restaurant for serving me meat in vegetarian dish?

The goal of civil proceedings is to make the injured party whole. Your damages amount to the cost of the meal that you ordered. You have no other demonstrable, concrete damages. If you were, for ...
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Would I have a reasonable cause of action to consider suing a science centre for violating disability rights law?

“Maximum conservation” Museums rarely allow anyone except trained conservators to touch any exhibit. Besides the real risk of physical damage, human skin is covered with a cocktail of bacteria and ...
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Would I have a reasonable cause of action to consider suing a science centre for violating disability rights law?

I think there's a reasonable argument to be made. ADA requires reasonable accommodations for disabilities, but there's always going to be a fight over what is reasonable. What's pretty clear, though,...
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Is it a real legal principle that any ambiguity in a contract is interpreted to the benefit of the side that did not write the contract?

Contra proferentem However, it's a principle that is rarely applied in practice since it's at the end of a long line of judicial reasoning that gets applied first. Ambiguity in contract provisions are ...
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Is there any limit to the rate at which court cases can be filed?

Yes, it's actally happened. Several outfits have filed cases by the hundreds, and they were even literally photocopies. And it works rather well, until one victim stands up for what's right - and then ...
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Can a person purposely provoke someone to hit him and then report a crime?

It is legal to insult a person (at least in the US: it's a crime in Indonesia). It is legal to report a crime. It is therefore legal to insult a person and report the ensuing crime. The law assumes ...
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I am being threatened for defamation for sharing an article about an alleged scammer which was published in local news site

Repeating a defamatory statement is itself defamatory This is known as the repetition rule and is illustrated in Brown v Bower & Another [2017] EWHC 2637 (QB). In essence, the "local news ...
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Law Firm with one lawyer and hundreds of legal experts who haven't passed the bar

A Lawyer may hire paralegals, clerks, secretaries, and other assistants. The lawyer may hire as many as s/he pleases, and assign them whatever tasks s/he chooses. However, some kinds of documents may ...
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Why is stealing from an employer a criminal act when stealing from an employee is a civil act?

Why is stealing from an employer a criminal act when stealing from an employee is a civil act? The question is based on a false premise: stealing from an employee is a criminal act but a breach of ...
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Equivalent of "illegal" for violating civil law

The term "illegal" is also often used for actions that the law prohibits, but that give rise to civil liability, rather than criminal prosecution. We see such use a lot in questions on Law.SE. One ...
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Why is stealing from an employer a criminal act when stealing from an employee is a civil act?

What do you mean by "stealing"; this matters, because "stealing" often doesn't have a formal/legal definition (and when it does, it falls under your #2 point above, where the ...
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Is there any limit to the rate at which court cases can be filed?

There is no limit, per se, but intentional disruption of the courts is regarded as Vexatious Litigation and in some countries (the united-kingdom for example) the court may prohibit a person from ...
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How does California (CA) have standing in CA vs Activision Blizzard?

A government always has standing to enforce violations of its own laws in its own jurisdiction. The harm to its legally protected interest is its interest in enforcing its own laws. While the forum ...
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Can a person purposely provoke someone to hit him and then report a crime?

People hurling abuse at one another and starting fights happens absolutely all the time, especially when drink has been taken, and will be a regular part of police business. In the UK, potentially ...
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Can I sue Volkswagen for damage to my health?

You can sue anyone you want. But if you are talking about suing VW because they are one of the thousands of entities that contribute to the overall degeneration of our atmospheric quality, then you ...
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Equivalent of "illegal" for violating civil law

“Illegal” is not limited to criminal matters Illegal and unlawful are synonymous and refer to any conduct which is in breach of any law. So: Murder is illegal and a crime Stopping in a No Stopping ...
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Who is responsible if a customer does not specify location to taxi driver?

It could be the passenger's problem or the taxi's problem When these sorts of breakdowns in communications happen in specifying contract terms then either or both parties can be at fault. If the ...
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Are there references to generally known public knowledge under U.S. law?

This is called "judicial notice." In federal court, it's covered by Rule 201 of the Federal Rules of Evidence: (b) Kinds of Facts That May Be Judicially Noticed. The court may judicially ...
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Can you sue someone for parodying your character?

Definitions A brand name is not a "character". Neither is a real person, unless that person is being used as a character in a work of fiction. I will answer what I think the question intends....
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What did Colorado say in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission that Kennedy found to be "neither tolerant or respectful"?

See section II B of the opinion. On page 13: On July 25, 2014, the Commission met again. This meeting, too, was conducted in public and on the record. On this occasion another commissioner made ...
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Is it a real legal principle that any ambiguity in a contract is interpreted to the benefit of the side that did not write the contract?

Is this a real legal principle? Yes. It is known as the doctrine of contra proferentem. The Restatement (Second) of Contracts at § 206 calls it "interpretation against the draftsman". This ...
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Can one use a personal injury lawyer when the police won't act?

Bob can certainly "engage" a personal injury lawyer, but it is highly unlikely that they would take the case... Let's take a look at the facts... In Texas, you are required to register every ...
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How do you dispute a large bill for damages?

With that much potentially at stake, you might want to discuss this with a lawyer. many lawyers will do an initial consultation for free or a low charge. However, you could simply write a letter ...
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What can happen if you violate a cease and desist letter?

A cease and desist letter is basically a formal way of them saying, "stop what you are doing, and please don't do it again." It is not proof of tortious conduct by you, nor is it proof of illegal ...
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Can a person purposely provoke someone to hit him and then report a crime?

Just broadly speaking, the law doesn't operate in black and white. If you act in a manner that encourages somebody to strike you (especially with the ultimate intention to get them to do so), that is ...
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Law Firm with one lawyer and hundreds of legal experts who haven't passed the bar

Some kinds of practices are bottom heavy, with lots of administrative and paralegal staff relative to attorney employees. Examples including consumer side bankruptcy firms that represent debtors, ...
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