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Is PI legally allowed to require their PhD student/Post-docs to pick up their kids from school?

Asking as such is hardly ever illegal. Any stranger can ask you to pick up their kids from school, like you always can tell them where to go. What I guess you are actually asking is whether the PI can ...
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Correlation between wealth and win rate

It is difficult to quantify in a useful way. Part of the issue is that calling the courts "dispute resolution forums" is misleading. Courts are "rights enforcement forums." They ...
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Is/Was funding or conducting gain of function research illegal?

Senate Amendment 2003 was an amendment to an amendment to a bill which did not pass: it would have permanently ban all funding of gain-of-function research in China. Senate Bill S.3012 likewise did ...
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Is there "evidence-based" practice in law?

The primary field of research where the kind of studies you are thinking about are done is often called "empirical legal research." There is a fairly rich literature, that a substantial ...
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Is PI legally allowed to require their PhD student/Post-docs to pick up their kids from school?

The Black and White In the USA -- and I imagine in most places -- employees are only contract-bound to carry out the terms of their contract. If you are not contracted to do a certain task, then you ...
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What happens when there's not enough evidence in a trial?

united-states Procedures differ on such things. The closest I know of to an outcome of "not enough evidence" is the classic "scotch verdict" of "Not Proven. In the US, the prosecutor can wait to ...
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Can a country ban oversea biotechnology research out of an endemic plant that is only found in its territory?

A government, in this case the Brazilian government, cannot effectively control what people, particularly people who are not its citizens, do in other countries. If people are able to obtain and ship ...
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Who decides if a microbiology lab is BSL-2 compliant in the US?

There are no legal requirements for official certification of BSL-1 and BSL-2 laboratories in the US. There are legal requirements for higher-level labs that deal with Select Agents. The CDC has a ...
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Technical Standards and Papers - Can the equations be copyrighted

I'm assuming that you are in the UK, as you are talking about the British Standards Institue. In general the truth cannot be copyrighted but an expression of that truth can be, provided that it is ...
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Correlation between wealth and win rate

The most on-point article I know of is Albert Yoon's The Importance of Litigant Wealth: While proponents of tort reform have argued that the current legal system makes wealthy individuals vulnerable ...
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Is PI legally allowed to require their PhD student/Post-docs to pick up their kids from school?

As the other answers have pointed out, you may be able to refuse to perform tasks not specified in your contract. However this will vary with jurisdiction, and most employment contracts are fairly ...
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How can one find a comprehensive enumeration of all the precedent setting cases that pertain to a particular issue or rulings on a given statute?

new-zealand The Law Society provides this research service where specially trained people scour through all relevant databases and return to you what they have found. Though this service is only ...
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Who decides if a microbiology lab is BSL-2 compliant in the US?

1The Federal entities that have primary regulatory oversight responsibility for organizations that possess, use, or transfer infectious agents, toxins, or other biological hazards are: Department of ...
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Is "Research Institute" a Legally Relevant Term?

are there any laws in place to stop a random citizen scientist from saying "I'm going to do science", declaring themselves a research institute with one member, and buying equipment or ...
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How to search for lawsuits where I know the plaintiff's name and a brief outline of the facts?

Given the following: We know the name of the plaintiff, The name is likely to be unique so that there won't be too many cases involving a different party with the same name, and The plaintiff is a ...
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Open source rocket development

It’s perfectly legal for private individuals and organisations to develop rockets Just like it’s legal for them to develop aircraft or motor vehicles. Space X, Boeing and BMW are all private ...
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Data scraping from LinkedIn—is it okay to publicize it?

You can’t do this LinkedIn ToS prohibit: b. Develop, support or use software, devices, scripts, robots or any other means or processes (including crawlers, browser plugins and add-ons or any other ...
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Why is it legal for public funded researchers to transfer their paper ownership to private publishers?

This is a US-law answer. The Constitution protects various rights of individuals, and in general, there is no abrogation of your rights if you receive a benefit from government. Your presumption that ...
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Should I inform the copyright holder that I plan to invoke the fair use doctrine if they decide to pursue legal action against me?

We cannot dispense personalized legal advice: that is what your attorney is for. However, I agree with your analysis that this is most likely covered by fair use, and indeed it is not obvious that you ...
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Proportion of copyrighted material that can be distributed without infringement

There is no fixed amount or proportion of a copyrighted text which may be quoted without infringement. Whether quoting without permission is a fair use (which is what this question asks) depends on ...
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How can one become comprehensively aware of all applicable statutes/remedies to a given situation when they are scattered between different acts?

Hire a lawyer Just like you shouldn’t search the internet for medical advice, you shouldn’t do it for legal advice either. It takes a university degree and several years of on-the-job training to ...
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How can one become comprehensively aware of all applicable statutes/remedies to a given situation when they are scattered between different acts?

TLDR; Acquire a solid background in law, use high quality paid non-authoritative sources, and spend a lot of time reading about the particular issue in depth. Full answer: Acquire a suitable level of ...
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Who decides if a microbiology lab is BSL-2 compliant in the US?

Certification is required Incidentally, the BSL levels are not just national, they are almost the same internationally, as they have been developed by international committees for disease control. The ...
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Borrowing Firearms for Science?

General federal law: You can lend an unregistered, legal firearm to another person if you know, or reasonably believe, the other person is not "prohibited" from possessing firearms; and you ...
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Who owns copyright for program created during an unpaid research position

If you are an employee hired to program, your employer holds the copyright, as a "work for hire". So the main questions are, are you an employee, and is this work done in the scope of your employment? ...
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Why is it legal for public funded researchers to transfer their paper ownership to private publishers?

(Another united-states answer) There really is no legal difference between the two cases you mention. The general principle in both cases is the same: an employee can spend her work time writing ...
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Copyright issue of recorded video game when publishing research paper about it?

It first matters what country is involved, because the specifics of copyright law differ in terms of how research use is treated. Copying for research purposes is generally treated favorably, but ...
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What is the relationship between free speech and data privacy?

-CCPA section 1798.105 provides in paragraph (d) (4) that: (d) A business or a service provider shall not be required to comply with a consumer’s request to delete the consumer’s personal information ...
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