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Does Texas have standing to litigate against other States' election results?

UPDATE: There is now a definitive answer. There Is No Binding Judicial Precedent Adjudicating The Key Standing Issues Raised That Are Factually Squarely On Point This is a novel argument. To my ...
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Order of precedence in cases where more than one nation has an interest?

DUI is a crime under Massachusetts law so Kurt would be prosecuted there by that state. Germany would offer consular assistance but this would not extend to preparing or paying for his defence. If ...
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If I've been prosecuted for a crime by another country can the US prosecute me for the same crime afterwards?

You can be prosecuted for the crime in the U.S., both at the federal level and at the U.S. state level (or both), completely without regard to what happened in the criminal justice process elsewhere. ...
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Why can't I add a governing law to my terms of service to avoid GDPR?

However, if a website is based in the US and the terms of service say that the law governing the terms is US law, how can GDPR have any affect? It is unlikely that the EU will be able to enforce ...
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Resume Writer asks: Who owns the copyright - me or my client?

This is a common issue when a contractor is hired to write a technical document. Under united-states law, at least, the answer is clear. The contractor owns the copyright unless there is a written ...
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U.S. Jurisdiction over Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands does have their own criminal code, and the Superior and Supreme courts of the Virgin Islands hear cases related to it (the District Court is a federal district court). However, ...
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What is the jurisdiction of the Khashoggi murder case?

According to Wikipedia's article Diplomatic Mission: Contrary to popular belief, most diplomatic missions do not enjoy full extraterritorial status and – in those cases – are not sovereign territory ...
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Why can't I add a governing law to my terms of service to avoid GDPR?

What you are asking for is, in effect, an "opt out" clause. It might be framed in terms of choice of governing law, but effectively it seeks to opt you out of EU consumer protection laws. Not ...
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Which state has jurisdiction in a case of a murder in an airplane?

It depends. International aviation law is tricky. One effort to set some standards down was the Tokyo Convention, also known as the Convention on Offences and Certain Other Acts Committed On Board ...
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What jurisdiction does an IP address fall under?

I'm not sure it makes sense to talk about having "jurisdiction" over an IP address, for the purposes you're discussing. If you wanted to sue the IP address itself--something that is possible under ...
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Could someone who participated in a legal execution in the USA be arrested for murder in France?

I said this in a comment, but I'll put it in an answer. When France forcibly confines an American, the United States is entitled to ask France, "what the hell do you think you're doing, trying to ...
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Is standing required in traffic court cases when the accused raises the interest?

No. The true accuser is the state and the state always has standing to enforce its laws. This is an injury in fact. The judge would laugh at you and probably then double the fine for your insolence. ...
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Source of Supreme Court's authority to overrule prior Supreme Court decisions

If the Supreme Court is the final authority The Supreme court is not the final authority. The Supreme Court is the court of last resort, but that does not prevent its case law from possibly being ...
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Which jurisdiction applies to copyright violations on the internet?

Jurisdiction is generally a matter for courts to decide. For example, in Kernel Records Oy v. Mosley, 694 F. 3d 1294 (2012), the plaintiff, having had their work published in Sweden, had filed a ...
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Source of Supreme Court's authority to overrule prior Supreme Court decisions

The general rule is that a governmental institution cannot bind future versions of itself. Thus a legislature can pass a law, but a later session of that same legislature can amend or repeal it, and ...
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Floating drug laboratory in international waters

The relevant law is the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, to which both the Philippines and China are signatories. With very few exceptions, the only country with jurisdiction over a ...
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Labor law: which state's law applies when firm has multiple locations?

If you are employed at an office in Massachusetts, you are covered by Massachusetts labor law. When an Ohio company wants to operate in Massachusetts, it cannot just come in and unilaterally decide ...
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Under which country's jurisdiction does a website fall?

Websites are not ships that can choose a flag of convenience to govern which country's laws govern them. Generally speaking an analysis of which jurisdiction's law applies (which is strictly speaking ...
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Would a business that has no office in EU still have to worry about GDPR, and if so, why?

Is it actually necessary for businesses (such as a Small Town News USA Inc) that do not reside in EU to care about GDPR? Only if they offer goods/services to or monitor behavior of people in the EU ...
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What is the jurisdiction of the Khashoggi murder case?

The answer of @David Siegel is correct as far as it goes. I would further venture the opinion that it is very likely that even though the Saudi Arabian embassy is not the territory of Saudi Arabia, ...
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Breaking Laws in Different Jurisdictions

What you're asking about is extraterritorial jurisdiction, and it will depend on the country and crime(s) involved. As an example, under Australian law, it is a crime to engage in sexual activities ...
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Which state has jurisdiction in a case of a murder in an airplane?

Whether a state has jurisdiction over a crime or not is determined exclusively by the laws of that state, including any treaties the state has signed. It is entirely possible for multiple countries to ...
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Jurisdiction of Texas Rangers in Louisiana?

Answering the question title, a Texas law enforcement officer can certainly make arrests in Louisiana these days under the right circumstances (I'm not about to look up the laws as of 1934). For ...
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Could someone who participated in a legal execution in the USA be arrested for murder in France?

In short, it is doubtful that France would arrest an executioner vacationing abroad. The concept of functional immunity relies on mutual respect of sovereigns and applies to government officials ...
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Resume Writer asks: Who owns the copyright - me or my client?

Is there a reason why you want to include real examples in the book? There is no implication that an example is real unless you make that claim. I think you should consider how much effort it will ...
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Does the European Commission have jurisdiction in the U.S.?

Countries, and supranational governments like the EU, have jurisdiction over companies that do business in their jurisdictions. Oracle is technically not a U.S. corporation; it's a closely related ...
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Which jurisdiction applies in a vessel?

The short answer is, in absence of a treaty or convention governing travel, then the law of the country over which the plane is located governs for the time the plane is in overflight. Laws of a ...
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Can a single act by tried as different crimes (or different versions of the same crime) in different jurisdictions, to bypass double jeopardy?

Yes, this is allowed. A famous example was the Rodney King beating, where police officers were acquitted at the state level but convicted federally. US v. Lanza formalized the rule, and it has ...
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Can I sue from California, in small claim court, someone in England who is British?

In California, the small claims court has jurisdiction over claims up to $10,000. In order to have personal jurisdiction over him: He must have a summons and complaint hand delivered to him (or to ...
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Is standing required in traffic court cases when the accused raises the interest?

Ohwilleke's answer covers why the state would have standing. However, your question is also wrong to assume that standing and injury-in-fact is a federal mandate; federal rules about standing are ...
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