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A Swiss watch company seized my watch, saying it was stolen. I bought it 10 years ago. Is that legal?

switzerland "Gutgläubiger Erwerb gestohlener Dinge" (buying of stolen goods in good faith) is a big topic in law. Different jurisdictions handle it differently, but most European (civil law) ...
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What can a lawyer do if the client wants to be acquitted of everything despite serious evidence?

In several civil law systems, including in Switzerland, the involvement of a defence lawyer can be mandatory, even against the will of the accused. If the accused does not appoint a lawyer, a duty ...
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A Swiss watch company seized my watch, saying it was stolen. I bought it 10 years ago. Is that legal?

You describe a case with two or possibly three affected jurisdictions, Poland, Germany, and Switzerland. First, you can of course demand that the Swiss company should give you documentation about the ...
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Why don't law collections show who the author of the law is?

Laws are collective works that often have multiple authors. Law do not have, in general, a single author, although minor, uncontroversial legislation that passed more or less unanimously without much ...
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What can a lawyer do if the client wants to be acquitted of everything despite serious evidence?

canada Defence counsel needs to make clear the permissible scope of argument that they can make, consistent with the lawyer's ethical obligations to the profession and to the court. The arguments that ...
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Why do legal documents often have a place next to the date?

The validity of the execution of a contract is governed by the law of the place where it was signed. A location next to the date establishes that place and hence often, the governing law for the ...
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What can a lawyer do if the client wants to be acquitted of everything despite serious evidence?

united-states In the USA, my daughter (who is quite good at this) believes the key skill for a criminal defense attorney is convincing their clients to do the things that will result in the best ...
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A Swiss watch company seized my watch, saying it was stolen. I bought it 10 years ago. Is that legal?

england-and-wales Not directly applicable to the OP, but in England and Wales (and I suspect most common-law jurisdictions), if the person that purported to sell/give it to you didn't have good title (...
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Property ownership of liquidated company

The company continues to own all its assets australia The appointment of a liquidator to does not change what the company owns - it just changes who is in control (the liquidator rather than the ...
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What can a lawyer do if the client wants to be acquitted of everything despite serious evidence?

The duty to the client is secondary to the duty to the court australia Barristers in Australia are governed by the Legal Profession Uniform Conduct (Barristers) Rules in the state or territory where ...
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Property ownership of liquidated company

united-states In most U.S. jurisdictions, a dissolved company continues to be the owner of any property not disposed of belonging to the company, notwithstanding the fact that a liquidation of its ...
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Do Swiss banks have the right to demand seeing a visa for a foreign country?

Yes The relevant Swiss law is known as the FATCA Agreement and has been in force since 30/6/2014. FATCA stands for the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, a unilateral set of US regulations that ...
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Why don't law collections show who the author of the law is?

canada Public acts The legally relevant portions of the legislative process are public acts, not dependent on the identity of the person who actually chose the words, if such an individual could even ...
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Legal protections for an expired email domain

Not that I am aware of. A person who 'owns' a domain is entitled to utilize that domain including for the purposes of receiving emails. With physical mail, it is a crime in most countries to ...
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Is it illegal in Switzerland to download scientific books from sci-hub?

Warning: This answer is ludicrously long. @user6726's answer is sufficient for most purposes. However, I wondered "What if personal use copying didn't cover the download, could it be saved by ...
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Can a natural person issue stock in a private project they’re working on?

There are certain legal arrangements that are implied in law when a project or activity is carried out without forming a legal entity. The classification of the legal arrangements in question govern ...
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Why don't law collections show who the author of the law is?

It doesn't matter The individual person who wrote a law is irrelevant to its application. The legislature that passed it matters, of course, but not the person who wrote it. It is important to know ...
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Do I have right to refuse to talk to the receptionist and only talk to the doctor?

germany There is no requirement in law that a specific doctor needs to grant you an appointment. You are free to chose a doctor you want. A doctor is free to chose their patients. They can refuse you ...
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"No logs" in Switzerland and Internet crime

How come this is viable? Because it’s legal. What if people use their service to commit crimes? What if people use a Ford in a bank holdup? Or a Glock in a murder? Or the US Postal Service in a ...
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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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Why don't law collections show who the author of the law is?

In the united-kingdom, there is one example I know of where authors are identified within the text of an Act. (There are also some historical laws often attributed by name, such as "Lord Brougham'...
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Why don't law collections show who the author of the law is?

switzerland In Switzerland laws are written by the administration (upon a motion by parliament or an initiative by the voters) and then debated, modified and approved (or not) by the parliament (and, ...
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Is it illegal in Switzerland to download scientific books from sci-hub?

Article 19 of Swiss copyright law says that "Published works may be used for private use" (emphasis added), though excludes computer programs from that exception. "Private use" is defined to include ...
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Can I legally publish a compilation of copyrighted material without licence? How?

No. You may not do this. As your post points out this is a blatant copyright violation. It isn't remotely in the realm of fair use.
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Can a natural person issue stock in a private project they’re working on?

You can’t own people Since stock represents the ownership of the entity, it follows you can’t have stock in people. What you describe can be more simply dealt with in a contract The participants (or ...
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Can a judge consider recent events in an older case?

canada Evidence of offences other than the one for which the accused is being sentenced is admissable at a sentencing hearing, even evidence of untried offences. R. v. Edwards, 2001 CanLII 24105 (Ont. ...
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What can a lawyer do if the client wants to be acquitted of everything despite serious evidence?

Typically most lawyers would ask the judge for permission to be removed from the case following the revelation that the lawyer cannot offer a competent defense. I'm not familiar with Swiss legal and ...
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Legal protections for an expired email domain

Yes, there are legal remedies. GDPR would first require them to handle the emails with a great deal of care. They would not have permission to read them and they may contain private correspondence or ...
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Is this a pyramid scheme? If so, how do I stop it?

It seems that your friend is taking part in a multi-level marketing scheme. However, this does not necessarily exclude a pyramid or snow ball scheme. Both can be illegal in Germany and Switzerland ...
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