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What if a spacecraft lands on my property?

You have to give them back You don’t own other peoples stuff just because it’s on your property. However, you may be entitled to salvage rights - that is, payment for recovery of the vessel.
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Can I get reimbursed if police shot the window of my car during a standoff?

There is no legal obligation of the police or any of its officers to reimburse you. It comes within a police powers exception to the 5th Amendment obligation to provide compensation for takings. ...
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Who is responsible if a customer does not specify location to taxi driver?

It could be the passenger's problem or the taxi's problem When these sorts of breakdowns in communications happen in specifying contract terms then either or both parties can be at fault. If the ...
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What is the difference between obtaining title to a car and registering a car?

The short answer: The title is, more or less, a record of who "owns" the vehicle. It's you if you own it free and clear, the dealer if you're leasing it, and it depends what state you're in ...
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Can I get reimbursed if police shot the window of my car during a standoff?

I highly recommend having a quick chat with your auto insurance agent. The insurance company has seen almost every situation you can imagine - and many you couldn't - and tend to be experts in ...
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What if a spacecraft lands on my property?

Is that person legally obligated to give back the samples? If the samples are kept then there may be an offence of theft by finding The finder of lost property acquires a possessory right by taking ...
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Driving a car without an MOT

The relevant offence is at s.47(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988: A person who uses on a road at any time, or causes or permits to be so used, a motor vehicle to which this section applies, and as ...
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Can an airline forcibly remove a senior citizen who is wearing a soiled adult diaper?

It depends on what the Contract of Carriage says. Delta Airlines, for US contracts, says under rule 7 that Delta may refuse to transport any passenger, and may remove any passenger from its aircraft ...
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Would "Stop a Douchebag" be legal in the US? Why is it legal in Russia?

It is definitely illegal in Russia as well, but the police will do nothing. Previous activity of this group included forcefully attacking people who tried to speak to a girl who disliked it and ...
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What is the difference between obtaining title to a car and registering a car?

It is easier to explain this by describing the entire process than by defining the terms in a vacuum. Title To Vehicles There is a law in every state requiring cars on or adjacent to public roads to ...
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On what type of area, land or territory can you abandon your vehicle in California without providing a right to anyone to get your vehicle towed?

None. Putting something on a piece of land long term and prohibiting anyone to move it is effectively occupying that piece of land. You only can occupy land that you either have legal rights to, or ...
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Does a voluntary release form with two signers which uses the wording of I instead of we release one if they do not sign?

There is no significance to using the words "I" or "we", nor does it matter that you didn't sign the surrender paper (after al, you did not have possession of the vehicle and it is ...
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What if a spacecraft lands on my property?

Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (1979) Any samples that are collected from space must be made available at earliest convenience to the scientific ...
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Can police tow my car out of my driveway?

Illinois law has provisions for the seizure of "dilapidated" and "inoperable" vehicles if they are "in view of the public" according to 55 ILCS 5/5–12002.1. In many cases such laws have been found to ...
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Is it legal to let sister-in-law drive my vehicle in another state and have her on my insurance?

The insurer can absolutely deny paying any claims if they discover that you misrepresented something in obtaining your policy, or you failed to notify them of relevant changes in accordance with the ...
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Is employer responsible for tree damage to car parked in their lot (New Jersey, USA)?

Probably not In order to establish negligence as a Cause of Action under the tort of negligence, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant: had a duty to the plaintiff, breached that duty by ...
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What if a spacecraft lands on my property?

Let's consider a more mundane but analogous situation. A car is driving on a road with items tied to the roof. One of these flies off and winds up on private property. The item remains the property of ...
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Can you drive without licence plates all across America?

California Vehicle Code, division 3, chapter 1, article 1, section 4000: A person shall not drive, move, or leave standing upon a highway, or in an offstreet public parking facility, any motor ...
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My landlord's dog damaged my car. Who pays for the damages?

In Fiji, The Dogs Act 1971 section 9 states: The owner of every dog shall be liable in damages for any unprovoked injury done by his dog and it shall not be necessary for the party seeking ...
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A motorcycle hit my car. He was speeding, I made a left turn on a double continuous line. Who is liable for what?

The Ct. driver's manual p. 44 says that "Solid yellow lines may be crossed to make a left turn to or from an alley, private road, driveway, or street", and also "A double solid white line prohibits ...
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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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What if a spacecraft lands on my property?

I don't know what country you are in, maybe others have very different laws. But here in the US, just because something belonging to another person is on your property doesn't make it yours. Suppose a ...
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Criminal? Vehicle stolen by family member

Apart from hiring an attorney (who will, based on the specifics that you tell him, have a better recommendation), you can appeal to the district attorney, the mayor, a higher officer in the chain of ...
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Does the Good Samaritan law make it legal for a third party driver to interfere with a road rage event while it is happening?

No. Self-defence law does The right of self-defense (also called, when it applies to the defense of another, alter ego defense, defense of others, defense of a third person) is the right for people ...
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Must you change state of residence if you rent an apartment in another state?

All new residents with out-of-state non-commercial driver's licenses must obtain a PA Driver's License within 60 days of establishing Pennsylvania residency. All new residents are required to make ...
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How should I conduct myself in a UK magistrate's court?

Dress respectably. Don't forget any documents (either those that support your explanation, or that you might have been instructed to bring). Printed Emails are fine unless you have been instructed ...
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Expired tag sweep in a private apartment parking lot in Florida

It is legal for a property owner to have a vehicle towed off of their property, if the vehicle is there without permission. If you have a vehicle with expired tags, your permission to park there may ...
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Does vehicle information count as personal data?

In Germany it's not so clear: https://www.lfd.niedersachsen.de/themen/datenschutz_im_kfz/kfz-und-datenschutz-148981.html The situation is different with regard to personal data collected in ...
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Do you have to pay tax when you sell a gifted car?

A capital gains tax is due on the sale, if the sale price for the car is more than the adjusted basis of the car for the person who made the gift of the car. If a car had been owned by the donor as ...
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