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Landlord wants to switch my lease to a "Land contract" to "get back at the city"

A "land contract" is not a way of renting property, it is a way of purchasing property on an installment basis without bank financing. It is Ohio's version of what in some other places is known as "...
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After buying from a brick & mortar shop they've contacted me to say buying things from them is consent to arbitration. Is this legal?

They cannot force a contract on you after the fact. You should leave these numbskulls alone, they are clearly up to something that makes them likely to be sued. I am adding the following: it's not ...
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Do the Ohio sheriffs suing Afroman have any legal standing in their claim of "invasion of privacy and misappropriation of their likenesses" lawsuit?

The deputies have standing, but they're probably going to lose. "Standing" is just a legal principle that limits the legal process to people who have suffered certain types of injuries. Jen'...
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Can a Resident Assistant be told to ignore a lawful order?'

There is a state law that requires you to obey the police: ORC 2917.13, which says you may not Fail to obey the lawful order of any law enforcement officer engaged in the law enforcement officer'...
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After buying from a brick & mortar shop they've contacted me to say buying things from them is consent to arbitration. Is this legal?

Technically speaking, it's not illegal: spontaneously making a false statement to someone does not fall under any of Ohio's laws regarding fraud or the like. It also doesn't have any legal effect. ...
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Landlord wants to switch my lease to a "Land contract" to "get back at the city"

This is buying a house. If that's not what you mean to do, watch out! Even so, watch out. Honestly, if it hadn't occurred to you until now to buy a house, this isn't for you. If this has piqued ...
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Do the Ohio sheriffs suing Afroman have any legal standing in their claim of "invasion of privacy and misappropriation of their likenesses" lawsuit?

Digital Fire in the comments to the question is wrong in believing that: My layman's interpretation of [standing] would be; Do you cops have a real case here or are they just mad they got embarrassed ...
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Do the Ohio sheriffs suing Afroman have any legal standing in their claim of "invasion of privacy and misappropriation of their likenesses" lawsuit?

Yes, individuals do have personal standing in suits for invasion of privacy and the like. Ohio generally follows the federal approach to standing law, which requires that a litigant alleges a (1) ...
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Is there a time limit to initiating a legal complaint?

united-states Overview The big picture to keep in mind is that in the United States the applicable deadline for filing a lawsuit is very specific to the legal theory upon which relief is sought from a ...
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Can a landlord force all residents to use the landlord's in-house debit card accounts?

Typically the landlord will have a preexisting clause in the lease that says the landlord may choose to amend the lease at a later date. While that may be in contracts, I don't see that holding up in ...
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Can a Resident Assistant be told to ignore a lawful order?'

I'm speculating a bit, but it is sometimes hard to distinguish a 'request' from an 'order' when dealing with law enforcement. Police might say "Can you open this door for us please?". But this can ...
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Are instructions for over-the-counter drugs legally binding?

In Ohio, it is not actually a crime to not follow the instructions for a prescription drug. The relevant prohibitions are in ORC Chapter 2925, where ยง2925.11 prohibits possession of certain substances ...
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Are slander and defamation the same thing?

Slander is one of two main categories of defamation, the other of which is libel. Historically, slander applied to oral statements, while libel applied to statements in writing. The modern trend is to ...
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No Blinker in a Left Turn Lane: Is It Illegal?

It's legal The Ohio Court of Appeals has addressed a nearly identical situation in State v. Paseka. The relevant law is, as you noted in the question, R.C. 4511.39, which states, in relevant part: No ...
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What is considered personal information according to the US law?

Federal and state laws do protect a variety of different types of personal information in particular contexts, but there isn't really any information that is necessarily personal and protected from ...
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What is considered personal information according to the US law?

"Personal information" is not really the right concern, although some laws may use that expression (or similar expression like "individually identifiable health information"). ...
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Should the village compensate for wrong land measurement?

Shouldn't the village compensate me or him for allowing the sale with wrong measurement or for changing the rule? No. It is very common for local governments to make changes to zoning ordinances, ...
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Is calumny against the law in Ohio and in British Columbia, Canada?

In Ohio, and in most common-law jurisdictions, this conduct is covered under the tort of defamation. It is a common law tort rather than a statutory tort, so there is no statute to consult. Case law ...
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Is a police car parked perpendicular to the road (with flashing lights) sufficient by itself to legally establish road closure to all traffic?

4511.71, "driving on a closed road", doesn't apply here: it requires that the closure be done using a sign, rather than a generic "traffic control device". It also appears to be ...
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Shared Parenting - How intoxicated does a parent have to be to deny visitation?

In 50/50 custody you have the right to stand your ground to ensure the safety and well being of your children. You do not need to involve police unless it is an emergency. "911 Operator, what is ...
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Is it a crime to receive money from one individual and give it to another individual to reduce their taxes?

It is not necessarily a crime to do this, but the gift to you and from you to Betty would be disregarded and treated as if gift directly from Alice to Betty, if the IRS knew all of the facts. A gift ...
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Bank manager withdrew funds from my account without my authority can I sue her and the bank

So, in short, the bank did what you asked them to do (close your account). What do you think they did that might be unlawful?
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Contesting an expired drivers license ticket due to covid 19

"I have done nothing wrong" You got up in court and, when the judge asked if you had done anything wrong, you said: "yes" (guilty). So, in the eyes of the law, you are in the wrong....
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In Ohio, If someone has a personal lock which needs to be opened for which they have lost the key, is it illegal to possess lock picking tools?

Note that an essential element of the offense here is "with purpose to use it criminally." The specifications in B allow a presumption of such purpose, but such a presumption is rebuttable. ...
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Can someone sell the property (both jointly and separately owned) property of their imprisoned spouse?

Certain things are your separate property, and only you can sell them (but you are also responsible for them). That would include things acquired before the marriage; also anything inherited by just ...
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Do stop signs qualify as traffic control signals?

In Ohio, a stop sign would be a traffic control device, but not a traffic control signal. From R.C. 4511.01: (QQ) "Traffic control device" means a flagger, sign, signal, marking, or other ...
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Can they legally falsify paternity on an obituary?

My boyfriends daughter died. He is her legal father and by blood, he is on the birth certificate. As well as paternity established. Her mother did the obituary and listed her boyfriend the father/...
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Are instructions for over-the-counter drugs legally binding?

While it is a crime to use certain drugs or to use prescription drugs in a way not prescribed by your doctor, what about over-the-counter drugs? Most (but not all) prescription drugs are controlled ...
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Is my landlord required to bring an ungrounded house electrical service up to code?

This is outside the scope of landlord-tenant law and the obligation of the landlord to make the premise habitable. Building codes are not imposed retroactively on existing housing, so while it is true ...
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Can landlords discriminate against potential tenants based on their current profession?

It is almost totally legal. Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and familial status, and Ohio law (ORC 4112) does extends the ...
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