Ryan M
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If I'm the CEO and largest shareholder of a public company, would taking anything from my office be considered as a theft?
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Yes. Let's assume this anecdote takes place while Gates was CEO. Bill Gates doesn't own all of Microsoft, and as an officer of the company, he owes a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of ...

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Job interview adjustment request was ignored. Is this an act of discrimination?
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Yes, this would be an ADA violation The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that "reasonable accommodations" be provided to people with disabilities in both the job application ...

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Is it really legal to knowingly lie in public as a public figure?
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That really depends what they lie about In the United States, there's no general law against lying. The fact that a statement is false doesn't inherently strip it of protection under the first ...

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Why can't the current legal system handle liability for harm caused by artificial intelligence?
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Real-world situations are rarely so clear-cut Let's say, hypothetically, that I'm in the driver's seat of a car. The company told me that the car has "Full Self Driving" capabilities based ...

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Can an employer fine an employee in Virginia?
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Not by payroll deduction, unless the agreement to do so was not a condition of employment While it is true (as Just a guy's answer notes) that under § 40.1-29(C) an employee may agree via "...

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In the US, can the courts intervene if an extremely destructive (but constitutional) law is passed?
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Generally, the legislature is not restricted to passing laws that are a good idea. This has been remarked on by the Supreme Court (in Justice Stevens's concurrence, emphasis added): But as I recall ...

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Are "anti-exclusive" contracts legal?
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united-states Totally legal, as long as whatever you're forbidding isn't a protected class (race, gender, etc.—the details vary by jurisdiction), or, to some degree, a pretense for one. A real-life ...

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Is it legal to hack a hacker back (in the US)?
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Generally, no. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), which is the law that generally forbids breaking into or damaging computer systems, does not have any exceptions for "hacking back." ...

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Does it constitute murder if the attempted murder fails but the victim dies anyway as a side effect of the attacker's actions?
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california You intended to kill them, you killed them, that's murder California Penal Code Section 187(a): Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought. ...

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Is attempted murder the same charge regardless of damage done?
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united-states He'd be looking at ~6+ more years in prison in the second scenario In the United States, this would be attempted murder in both cases, though in the case of actual physical harm, the ...

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Is it illegal for a US voter to disclose their ballot choices?
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Short answer: It depends on the state and exactly how you do so. Stating how you voted, by itself, is fine; however, taking a photo of your ballot instead of just saying how you voted is illegal in ...

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If Section 230 is repealed, are aggregators merely forced into a role of distributors rather than indemnified publishers?
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you can still have a free and open moderation-free internet in a post-Sec 230 world Sure, but remember what moderation-free means: no moderation whatsoever. That means no removal of offensive ...

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Does derivative works law allow someone to create a new work based on an old one as long as they make modifications?
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Your client is confused about how copyright law works (at least in the United States and virtually every other country I've ever heard about copyright in). If I were guessing, they read something like ...

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Is it legal to forge a Permission to Attack during a physical penetration test engagement?
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california It's legal, because the pentester doesn't have the intent to defraud. California Penal Code Section 470 governs forging documents, signatures, handwriting, etc. All of its provisions making ...

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Could the federal government ban people from drinking coffee?
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This would almost certainly be within Congress's powers under the Commerce Clause, which has been interpreted quite broadly to encompass virtually anything someone could imagine possibly affecting ...

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Brand new computer crashed during job interview - compensation?
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Almost certainly not You note that "it was diagnosed as a having software issues," so you'd have to figure out exactly what software issue happened, and whose fault that was (assuming that ...

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If I have posted my own "homebrew" content on RPG.SE, and plan to publish it (after revising based on feedback), what credits am I required to give?
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It's complicated You still own your own posts First off, you own everything that you originally created. Posting it on Stack Exchange doesn't affect your rights to your own content. Incorporating ...

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Am I allowed to use images from sites like Pixabay in my YouTube videos?
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As far as copyright goes... Pixabay: Yes (with minor exceptions) Pixabay's license is quite broad, and allows for unattributed commercial use with a small number of exceptions. You can't "use ...

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What happens if a prosecutor refuses to file charges?
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united-states Bob could do any number of things to try to convince someone to prosecute Alice: call the prosecutor's boss, or the district attorney (or their equivalents in DOJ if it's a federal crime)...

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What effect does bad English have on warnings / disclaimers?
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It's only a problem if it's ambiguous or unclear. Courts contend with grammatical mistakes and typos when interpreting text all the time, and have ways of determining what they mean—in fact, ...

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Could a programmer use the code that they made for another company?
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For cases where this occurred within the United States, with works created on or after January 1, 1978: (the OP has since clarified that their scenario occurred elsewhere) By default, the author (the ...

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What is the difference between obtaining title to a car and registering a car?
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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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Is hyperlinking legal in Europe?
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Of course it's legal. Hyperlinking to an unaffiliated website in no way "determine[s] the means and processing of data." The person who makes these determinations is the person running the ...

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Can killing be "self-defense" if you are committing a crime yourself?
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Engaging in unlawful conduct does not completely preclude a claim of self-defense under Wisconsin law ...but it does raise the bar in some circumstances: Criminal conduct by the defendant removes the ...

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Did Rudy Giuliani act as an effective legal advocate for his client?
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No, he was not effective A good lawyer litigating a constitutional law case would know what the standards of review are for determining constitutionality (strict scrutiny, intermediate scrutiny, or ...

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What happens if you tell the court you are not satisfied with your attorney's representation?
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The judge would reject the defendant's guilty plea and proceed to trial. This is a common part of a plea colloquy, which is a standard (often scripted) conversation that occurs between the judge and ...

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Is it legal to run a business where members subscribe for a chance to purchase a product each month?
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california This is a lottery, and thus illegal as a for-profit business Calfornia Penal Code § 319 defines a "lottery" as any scheme for the disposal or distribution of property by chance, ...

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What does an administration need to show in court so that its change-of-policy decisions are not judged "arbitrary and capricious"?
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The agency must have provided "reasoned analysis" for rescinding its previous rule The Supreme Court in Motor Veh. Mfrs. Ass'n v. State Farm Ins., 463 U.S. 29 (1983) held that (emphasis ...

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No Blinker in a Left Turn Lane: Is It Illegal?
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It's legal The Ohio Court of Appeals has addressed a nearly identical situation in State v. Paseka. The relevant law is, as you noted in the question, R.C. 4511.39, which states, in relevant part: No ...

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In the US, what kind of lawyer represents the government in court?
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It depends on the situation In a criminal case When the government is prosecuting a criminal case, they are represented by a prosecutor. For a federal case, that prosecutor would be a United States ...

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