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Is it illegal to kill honeybees in Oregon or in the USA?

I believe you are correct. It doesn't seem illegal for a private individual to use a bee pesticide (following label instructions) to remove a beehive from property that you own. There are federal laws ...
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Is it legal to break into a locked car to get a child out in hot weather?

Oregon allows it, see ORS 30.813. One who enters a motor vehicle, by force or otherwise, to remove a child or domestic animal left unattended in the motor vehicle is not subject to criminal or civil ...
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Is it illegal to have a product delivered to a different ZIP code to pay less sales tax?

You need to pay tax on it. From CA FAQ on use tax. - Generally, if sales tax would apply when you buy physical merchandise in California, use tax applies when you make a similar purchase without tax ...
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Is it legal for a group of drivers to completely "fill" a roundabout?

They are impeding traffic, a Class D traffic violation. Oregon Traffic Code 811.130: Impeding traffic; penalty. (1) A person commits the offense of impeding traffic if the person drives a motor ...
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Could there be consequences for Googling how to do something that is normally a crime?

The Google search is not itself a crime or any other kind of offense. It could be used as circumstantial evidence that you did something intentionally or with pre-mediation, rather than accidentally, ...
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Is it legal to break into a locked car to get a child out in hot weather?

In germany you might be obligated to! It might appear odd, but in Germany, you are obligated to help if you are able to and don't endanger yourself (§ 323c StGB). Technically calling 112 is enough to ...
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Football field in park being upgraded - rights of neighbouring property owners?

You have a third option: Sue the district for violating state or local law. There are lots of recent news stories about people doing just this and winning. The US Constitution Can't Help You: The ...
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What happens if someone who intends to steal a car decides to rescue a child after breaking in?

Yes However, unless he confesses to his intent he’s not going to be caught.
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Could there be consequences for Googling how to do something that is normally a crime?

If it were a crime to search, we'd all be in jail A lot of things are crimes if done. However, people often look for information about such things to either understand how not to commit the crime (e.g....
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Oregon property disclosure law: buyer discovers cracking foundation that seller did not disclose - 20 months after closing

Do I have recourse against seller? Is the seller liable or obligated to disclose this and if so what are my options? Probably not. The general rule is that you accept any condition which could be ...
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If a cashier forgets to charge me for something, do I have to remind them?

When you go to the store, they offer various things that they are willing to transfer to you in exchange for money. In the simple case, they offer you an apple in exchange for 50 cents. When you hand ...
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What happens if a debt is denominated in something that does not have a clear value?

I think that you are distorting the legal situation by describing it as a debt denominated in XYZcoins. According to the LII page "Debt": Debt is a financial liability or obligation owed by ...
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Is it legal to accidentally hunt on private property?

Aside from the law regarding trespass, ORS 498.120 specifically forbids hunting on another’s cultivated or enclosed land. The land need not be fenced or posted with "No trespassing" signs: ...
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Could a contract make a Bible passage legally binding on the signers?

If Doe and Smith agree with your position that the church will be the arbitrator, they should go unto the church and get their problem resolved, which is in itself significant. If one of them rejects ...
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What is the "preamble" to a ballot measure called?

These are called recitals. See: Termly legal dictionary: recital US Legal: recital Wikipedia: recital (law) Wiktionary: recital, n. 5 (law)
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Is it legal to break into a locked car to get a child out in hot weather?

In almost all criminal laws you have something called Necessity (google "Necessity in criminal law"), which allows you to do something that will otherwise be considered a crime under ...
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What happens if someone who intends to steal a car decides to rescue a child after breaking in?

Yes Under common law, even the slightest movement of property with the intent (mens rea) to steal it completes the crime of larceny. There is no requirement that the thief "escape" or "...
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Is there any significance to "Inc." vs "Corp."?

Is there any significance to "Inc." vs "Corp."? does it matter if Bob's construction business is Bob's Construction Inc. or Bob's Construction Corp.? No. "Inc." is an ...
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Memberships can be canceled without reason and without refund?

Two essential elements of a contract are that each part gives something of value (such as money, or whatever the club has to offer), and each part has an obligation (the member must give money and do ...
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Can you have a fiduciary duty to your own business?

@Rick aptly answers your first question (and I totally agree with his answer including his conclusion that the cited provisions apply to single member LLCs). So, I'll touch on issues associated with ...
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Can you sue your own business?

Yes Unless your business is a sole proprietorship it operates as a legal entity seperate from its owners. It owns its assets an acrues its own liabilities. It can be sued and it can sue others. It can ...
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Is there such a thing as an illegal thought?

There are not "illegal thoughts" in the abstract, but what you are thinking can make the difference between something being a crime or a basis for bringing a lawsuit, and actions being non-...
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Can one individual (not a dealer) give or sell a firearm to another individual without reporting the transaction?

I assume that "in Oregon" means that the donor (transferor) and recipient (transferee) are both in Oregon, also that neither party happens to be a licensed gun dealer. You turn to ORS 166....
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What happens if a debt is denominated in something that does not have a clear value?

The court decides First off, this isn’t a debt, it’s a breach of contract that may lead to a debt once a court rules on it. You broke your contract to provide 50 ABC (or a car, or 10 heads of lettuce, ...
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Oregon property disclosure law: buyer discovers cracking foundation that seller did not disclose - 20 months after closing

The disclosure law for Oregon is here: it says what you must disclose. It covers questions such as whether the seller has authority to sell the property, where the water comes from, info on ...
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Is it legal to "steal" back one's own stolen car?

There's a good answer in this thread by Trap_Door_Spiders Assuming the car was really stolen, not "stolen" in the sense my friend borrowed it and never gave it back, you could absolutely ...
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Could a contract make a Bible passage legally binding on the signers?

You can contract whatever you like As a dispute resolution clause it seems a bit unclear, particularly since I’m not sure what treating someone as a “Heathen man and a publican”. Since my local ...
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Is it legal for a group of drivers to completely "fill" a roundabout?

england-and-wales 137: Penalty for wilful obstruction. If a person, without lawful authority or excuse, in any way wilfully obstructs the free passage along a highway he is guilty of an offence and ...
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