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What are the legal protections to buy if seller refunds instead of delivering what was purchased, which causes monetary losses?

Short Answer You are legally entitled to the cost of an adequate replacement (possibly a lightly used previously owned computer) reduced by the amount refunded. This is sometimes called a "...
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Is a contract valid if one of the party doesn't even read it?

Typical examples are contracts you "accept" online, like TOS's and privacy policies. Nobody reads that... Websites know that nobody reads their huge TOS's or privacy policies, and it has also been ...
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is a finger squiggle on an iPad truly binding?

Like a paper signature in ink or blood, a finger squiggle is merely evidence that you have agreed to the terms of a contract. You have agreed, and now you are know the downside of that agreement. ...
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What gives e-signatures legal standing/force in the United States?

Every state except New York, Illinois, and Washington has adopted the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, and those three states have adopted their own electronic signature laws. At the federal level,...
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If I copied an agreement and sent it as an email and had someone reply with the fields and "I agree" would it be a valid contract?

Yes, that would, or at least could, be a legal contract. The key thing that makes a contract between two parties is the agreement, the intention to enter into a binding contract. The written words are ...
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Has a smart contract ever been enforced by a court?

Yes. In Rensel v. Centra Tech, Inc., No. 17-24500-CIV-KING/SIMONTON, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100720 (S.D. Fla. June 14, 2018), the plaintiff brought class-action securities claims against the developers ...
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Are social media TOS invalid because lack of due process and mutuality creates an unenforceable illusory contract?

No Contracts are not bound by due process. Due process is a rule of how a lawsuit has to be handled, not how a contract is to be handled. All the Due Process clauses in the US constitution simply don'...
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Contractor bailed after getting paid in full

I assume that you arranged a contract with some company which paid the contractor the full amount, and not you have to pay that company. If you stop paying the finance company, they will initiate ...
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French postal service's monopoly on industrial contract communications - legal basis?

In European anti-monopoly law, does that not represent some kind of abuse and monopoly of communications? As a general rule, governments are allowed to award monopolies to individuals or private ...
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How to refer to an unknown signer, in the parties section of an agreement

One could replace: The following agreement constitutes the relationship and commitments between Our Company LLC (Agency) and (Client). With The following agreement constitutes the relationship and ...
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How it is proven that an e-mail or text message (SMS) was not forged by the recipient?

Each side presents the evidence that they wish and the court decides who to believe This will involve lay witnesses who testify to what they saw and heard, expert witnesses who can give opinions and ...
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Are social media TOS invalid because lack of due process and mutuality creates an unenforceable illusory contract?

Terms of service are often not contractual (although many are, particularly when associated with payments). They often merely state the conditions under which the provider is allowing you to use their ...
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Undisclosed Cancelation Fees

Written Contract If there was a written contract, the fact that it wasn't signed is not relevant. While a signature is evidence of agreement with the terms there are other ways that acceptance can be ...
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Is it illegal to buy and/or sell "feet pics" or pictures of feet if the seller is a minor?

Yes, maybe australia In Australia, child abuse material is classified as the sexualised depiction of persons under 16 (or in some cases 18). This applies under both State and Commonwealth laws. ...
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Is an engagement letter the same as an approximate quote?

No. An engagement letter is a written confirmation that you have hired a lawyer which also sets forth the contractual obligations of the parties (i.e. the basis upon which attorneys' fees will be ...
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Can you sue a DAO that offers "software as a coin"?

No LLC or corporate entity exists around or in relation to SoftDAO. That's a bad thing, not a good thing, to those involved. Mr. Founder is obviously liable. When he wrote the DAO, he intended ...
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Is a digital last will and testament on my cloud drive legally binding?

The general answer is, no, it is not valid in the US, see this article. Exceptions to laws recognizing e-signatures abound which exclude wills from general laws recognizing electronic signatures. ...
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Can I make a privacy policy on my own for free?

I know that I have to provide detailed information which data I save and how I use it. Yes, you should, if you are getting access to users' Dropbox accounts, which will contain all sorts of private ...
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Are digital copies of official documents lawfully represented?

Short Answer: There Is No International Legal Standard The question of whether a scanned copy of a document is acceptable evidence in a court proceeding or bureaucratic procedure depends upon the ...
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Why are Amazon and other vendors allowed to say "buy" an ebook or other digital asset when it is actually a license?

You can “buy” a licence Buy simply means exchanging money for goods or services. A licence is a service that can be bought.
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Software to block contracts

The user did have notice The just chose to prevent themselves from seeing it. The user is in control of their browser settings. For a browse wrap, the onus is on the website to prominently display ...
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Are "Terms of Service" legally binding that are presented contrary to "Best Practices"?

At least currently, the presumption is that terms of a contract are understood by both parties, and there is no limit on the length or complexity of a contract. There is a risk that the writer of the ...
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Contractor bailed after getting paid in full

We can't say much for sure without being able to see your contract (or contracts). Don't do anything now that may cause trouble later. Continue making payments. You are almost certainly going to ...
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Could a voice response to (Amazon Echo) Alexa Skill be legally construed as a digital signature?

The CAN-SPAM act, enforced by the FTC, does not require prior permission to send email, but you cannot send a deceptive commercial message. If a message pretends to not be an advertisement (but is), ...
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Is it illegal to buy and/or sell "feet pics" or pictures of feet if the seller is a minor?

There are two separate issues: is it legal for a minor to sell stuff, and are pictures of feet illegal? It is generally legal for minors to sell stuff, since minors can own stuff. However, minors are ...
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