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Can a person start new businesses to compete relentlessly with someone they hate?

Generally speaking, there's nothing wrong with setting up shop to compete with someone, even if you hate them, and even if you hope to bring them to financial ruin. But there are laws surrounding what ...
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Can I sue an app for enabling harassment?

There are legitimate apps that let you buy phone numbers. With the right app I can buy let's say a landline number in Kansas. I call you, and you will think it's some guy in Kansas calling you. That's ...
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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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Is it considered harrassment in the US to call a black man the N-word?

The spectrum of "illegal" is broad. One way in which racial epithets are (indirectly) illegal is via anti-discrimination laws, indeed labeled "harassment" by the EEOC Harassment ...
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What can I do about an ex-landlord “trash talking” me on Facebook?

Actually, he has been libelling you which is defamation in writing - slander is verbal defamation. Notwithstanding, if what he has done has or is likely to cause damage to your reputation and is a ...
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Can a person start new businesses to compete relentlessly with someone they hate?

City planing (Stadtplanung) may regulate the distance between businesses with similar offers that you have to follow to get a permit. Number 4 from this official German website seems pretty broadly ...
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Is the plot of Fatal Attraction legally accurate?

1: What's the correct process to get a restraining order? The police aren't involved in the formal process, although sometimes people go to the police and are told that they have to go to a judge ...
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Is it considered harrassment in the US to call a black man the N-word?

Freedom of speech flows from the constitution so it is fundamentally a federal topic. Name calling is very legal unless it rises to slander. I suppose combined with other activities it can be a ...
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How does California (CA) have standing in CA vs Activision Blizzard?

The complaint alleges that Activision Blizzard continues to underpay women (¶¶ 53-63), refuse to promote women (¶¶ 64-74), terminate women because of their sex (¶¶ 75-84), retaliate against women for ...
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Student Rights In India

Education in India falls under the concurrent list -- i.e. both state and union laws apply. However, there do not appear to be any codified "student rights". The relevant national body for "technical ...
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Can I sue an app for enabling harassment?

Yes. But you might not want to. The general rule of thumb is: anyone can sue anyone else, at any time for any thing. However, I believe in this case you would need to show actual damages. I don't ...
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Is the cop right? Is it OK to harass people, but only as long as it's non-sexual?

Overview The cop is basically wrong. Sexual harassment is not the only kind of harassment recognized by U.S. law. The question and the cop's answer to it, assume that simply asking certain questions ...
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What types of recourse do I have against people who contact my employers about thing I have of Facebook?

You Have No Recourse You have no recourse, at least to the extent that the people communicating to your employer point out the particular Facebook posts that were made or accurately summarize or ...
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Can your previous employer force you to help them with something?

It is not uncommon for an employer to ask a former employee to assist with something as a courtesy, and sometimes the former employee will choose to do so. If it requires more than a small amount of ...
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How to request to stop communication?

united-states You do not have a legal right to require someone to refrain from communicating with you, unless a legal protection order, restraining order, or injunction bars them from doing so (with ...
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Is calling a tenant "babe" sexual harassment?

I will assume B.C. as your specific jurisdiction: there could be provincial differences. As phoog says, you certainly may mention this problem to management, who have an interest in keeping you happy. ...
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Harassment in Pandemic

Following you around with the intent of harassing you is stalking. I don't know whether there's going to be a law actually requiring social distancing in Florida. In other states, I've seen laws set ...
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Were any crimes committed in The Duck Song?

Ducks are ducks, not people. It might surprise you, but even a hypothetical duck that could talk is a type of bird and is considered a waterfowl and wild game but not a person or human. As such, you ...
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is exclusion in the Mensa considered bullying at a university in Germany

germany Some assumptions (and explanations for non-Germans): Mensa is a canteen in universities. While students may get a discount there, it is normally open to the general public. But for obvious ...
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Did I commit sexual harassment by asking a spam caller when they would sleep with me, to stop the calls?

The legal answer is that it depends on where in the world you are. In the US, "sexual harassment" is legally subsumed under laws against illegal discrimination, which can exist at the ...
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Is it considered harassment if a neighbor threatens with legal actions on whatever I do on my property

You must comply with the law even on your own property Things like handrails and fencing of potential falls are almost always subject to local building codes. "[S]ome netting" is unlikely to ...
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If I'm doing drugs in the privacy of my home and neighbors threaten and try to break in and harm me will the police still help me?

Yes and yes Subject to police discretion (meaning the police are under no obligation to do anything), the police can stop your neighbour breaking the law and they can stop you breaking the law. So, ...
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Gmail harassment and IP address

Law enforcement only investigates crimes, and they have significant discretion regarding which crimes to investigate. If they considered a crime to have occurred in your case, they could certainly ...
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Meaning of the term causal nexus?

"Nexus" means "connection". A "causal nexus" in this context is a connection that causes harassment at work. There isn't any bright line dividing behavior on personal term that does or does not meet ...
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I'm being hacked, stalked and gossiped about. Do I have a chance at suing for slander, character assasination?

Defamation that is actionable in court in the United States consists of a false statement about a presently existing fact that damages your reputation and is not a matter of opinion. While not ...
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How to avoid legal action for releasing an artwork depicting abuse or harassment?

In the United States, I would strongly expect that an accurate depiction of historical fact (even if uncomfortably graphic) would be protected under the First Ammendment. Otherwise, the government ...
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Who can I turn to to have a newspaper article removed from the internet?

If a newspaper publishes an article that is actually defamatory (i.e. publishes false statements that cause you quantifiable harm), and you successfully sue the publisher, you might get a court order ...
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Dealing with drunken guy harassing us over anti-vaxxer and conspiracy theories, and cops won't do a thing?

The Missouri trespass law is here. The police will not detain a person for expressing himself, even repeatedly, though a court order to stay away would change things. The law says A person does not ...
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Is calling a tenant "babe" sexual harassment?

Possibly but probably not. Sexual harassment is bullying or coercion of a sexual nature, or the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors. If the word "babe" was ...
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