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If a company agrees to pay travel cost for a job interview, is the promise binding and enforceable?
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This aspect (and many others) of contract law is applicable in the US and various countries of the EU. can they renege after the candidate has begun their journey, thus saddling the candidate with ...

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A student slipped a drug into my coffee — what are the legal ramifications of this situation?
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I told the school resource officer that I wanted to file charges against her and he said all she'll get is a "citation" because it isn't actually "criminal". The school resource officer should be ...

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Virginia employer terminated employee and wants signing bonus returned
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Virginia employer terminated employee and wants signing bonus returned Can the employer legally keep his last check and send the employee a bill for the remainder ? No, unless (1) the employee ...

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Is a debt canceled if the creditor refuses a settlement offer?
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Is there any validity to these claims? No, except maybe in bankruptcy proceedings that involve additional circumstances/factors. A loan is a contract. What you describe is simply a debtor's attempt ...

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Is it legal for a store to accept payment by debit card but not be able to refund to it, even in event of staff's mistake?
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Could the store give the customer credit or must they actual return the money? The store has the legal obligation to return the money if the customer demands to be reimbursed. Section 155(4)(a) of ...

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Is it legal to crack MD5 hashes?
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Is it criminal to find strings whose MD5 hash is known? No, unless the method or purpose involves gaining (or attempting to obtain) unauthorized access to others' computer systems or networks, or ...

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Can I sign legal documents with a smiley face?
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Can I sign legal documents with a smiley face? Yes, that is lawful. A person's signature does not necessarily have to include the person's name or initials. What matters is that the signature ...

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Can someone legally require me to return a gift they gave me?
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If someone gave a gift than requested it back is it legal? The request itself is legal, but that does not mean that you have to comply with it. I never promised anything that tied to the tablet. ...

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Is it duress if you feel you are forced to sign a contract by an employer?
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If I did not sign promotion bonus document, my career would be over. Is this duress? No. The premise is hardly true or even logical, and what you describe falls short of duress. Not every imbalance ...

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Can a landlord fine me for a non-existent business being listed at my address on Google Maps
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Can a landlord dictate what I put online? No, unless the lease you signed has a provision to that effect. As for the underlying matter, the landlord has the burden of proof. A fictitious Google ...

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Threatening to discontinue a service for a client
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Is that extortion? false advertising? or in any way illegal? Not at all. The owner of the site is simply exercising his right as outlined in the terms and conditions from when the user signed up. And ...

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Can employer legally stop paying time & 1/2 to exempt employee after stating in the offer that they would do so?
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being overtime-exempt means they're not required to pay me time & 1/2 for overtime, but they're not prohibited from doing so correct? No, the employer is not prohibited from paying you time & ...

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If a contract sometimes uses the wrong name, is it still valid?
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If a contract sometimes uses the wrong name, is it still valid? Yes. It is valid as long as the contract as a whole permits identifying the parties (unequivocally) and ascertaining their role with ...

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UK - Working without a contract. I resign and guy wants to sue me
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What should I do? Don't get intimidated, don't sign/accept/submit to his "agreement" now that you are securing employment elsewhere, and make sure that henceforth all your communications with the CEO ...

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What if a law is literally impossible to follow?
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it seems to me that it is possible the US could pass a law that is literally impossible to comply with. What would happen if it did? The court would need to ascertain (1) the legislative intent, (2)...

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What happens if I negatively answer the court oath regarding the truth?
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What happens if I negatively answer the court oath regarding the truth? You would be given few more opportunities to rectify, very likely with the judge pressing you to answering properly. But a ...

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Quitting before the start date: is the non compete enforceable?
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Quitting before the start date: is the non compete enforceable? The non-compete is unenforceable unless the employer has provided you with material information that you can use to the detriment of ...

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Can earthquake insurance companies legally ask about "Other Insurance"?
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Is there anything legally non-monopolistic about the CEA clause quoted above? Yes. The clause is not monopolistic at all, since it is not prohibiting you to purchase or retain policies from elsewhere....

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Can my accountant bill me for previous work he agreed to perform for free?
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Can my accountant bill me for previous work he agreed to perform for free? No. The difficult part will be for you to prove that he agreed to do the job for free. Hence the importance of having this ...

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Are unclear "take-it or leave-it" contracts interpreted in my favor?
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What makes something a take-it or leave-it contract? The lack --be it essential or literal lack-- of opportunity to negotiate the terms of a contract. That is also known as adhesion contract. And (...

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Paying to leave without notice in at-will employment state
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are contract terms enforceable that say the employee has to pay the employer if they leave without giving notice? Yes, as long as the penalization is not of punitive nature. The doctrine of at-will ...

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Could the GoDaddy employee self-phishing test constitute a breach of contract?
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Could the GoDaddy employee self-phishing test constitute a breach of contract? No. There is no contract. It was only the announcement of a gift. That gift might have been unexpected, especially if no ...

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Can a significant change in incentives void an employment contract?
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Can a significant change in incentives void an employment contract? Yes, because a party's unilateral, significant imposition which the counterparty did not expect strikes the premise of a contract/...

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Is it a real legal principle that any ambiguity in a contract is interpreted to the benefit of the side that did not write the contract?
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Is this a real legal principle? Yes. It is known as the doctrine of contra proferentem. The Restatement (Second) of Contracts at § 206 calls it "interpretation against the draftsman". This ...

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Contract issue (Austria/EU Law) backdating start date of work
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Given that they told me I would get back pay and I worked conditional on that information, am I entitled to it? You are entitled to backpay in accordance with the terms you accepted from HR. The ...

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Does The "Right To Be Forgotten" Include Sent Emails?
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If person A deletes their account would that mean that person B no longer can view the email sent by person A? No. Person B's inbox implies overriding legitimate grounds that limit person A's "...

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Is lying on a survey illegal?
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Is lying on a survey illegal? An intentional misrepresentation is actionable to the extent that (1) it causes harm, and (2) the surveyor's reliance on those representations is justified. The latter ...

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How might the legal system resolve court dates in a situation like the following?
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Would a U.S court honor his request, based on his prior commitment? You are not specifying the purpose of the court hearing, or whether Adam is pro se litigant (which sounds unlikely if this ...

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Is it legal to redefine a term against common sense in a contract
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Is it legal to redefine a term against common sense in a contract? Generally speaking, yes. What matters is that the contract be clear enough for the parties to be aware of the terms and conditions ...

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Landlord penalty for law enforcement calls
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Those who attended reported learning that there are some new laws regarding rental properties [...] they make it easier for us to evict problem tenants whose visitors damage our property These "...

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