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December 8

Details of current Internet "kill switch" rules, and also Obama's role?

Having recently become aware of SOP 303, I'm trying to understand its origin and to what extent the Obama administration actively wanted it. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie at 12:18 PM - 4 answers

December 7

Need Downtown Los Angeles real estate and tenants rights lawyer

Degree of difficulty: Commercially-zoned warehouse converted to live-work lofts, now under scrutiny post-Oakland. 60+ units. Not anywhere near as dangerous as Ghost Ship, but they may try to make an example of us. There are more complex politics at work here than usual because of who our landlord is, so we really need someone who is politically dialed-in to DTLA. [more inside]
posted by ljshapiro at 12:01 PM - 1 answers

How do I report these defective contact lenses?

I want to report faulty contact lenses to someone (I'm in the UK), or to sue the manufacturer. Who do I go to? [more inside]
posted by henryaj at 9:40 AM - 9 answers

Bankruptcy Attorney in Los Angeles?

I need a recommendation for a good bankruptcy attorney in L.A.
posted by anonymous at 8:47 AM - 2 answers

US/Canada Dual Citizenship Explainer?

I was born in Canada in 1974 to a Canadian father and American mother. I have a US State Department-issued Birth of US Citizen Abroad and a Canadian birth certificate. In 1977, we all moved to the US, where we have stayed. My dad is a permanent resident alien with a green card. I have a US passport and social security number. I'm married to a US citizen and have a son. What is the process should I want to return to Canada, with my family? [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen at 7:48 AM - 16 answers

December 6

Who will rid us of this troublesome beast?

Why can Alex Jones make outlandish claims that provoke gullible people into illegal acts without breaking any laws himself? Why haven't he and his cohort been sued into oblivion?
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:54 PM - 16 answers

Does having to wait a long time for hot water = no hot water?

I moved into an apartment in downtown San Jose on Dec 2nd. It is taking on average, 8 minutes for hot water to start running out of all the taps and the shower. I notified my landlord the same day, and they said that one of the tanks is down, and that it's being repaired. It is now Dec. 6, and still no progress. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 1:03 AM - 9 answers

December 5

A (prof.) ex-supervisor is actively trying to slander me. What now?

Recently, I left a job at a major public research university in California to pursue a new position in industry. Unfortunately, the separation was not amicable, and the professor I worked for became irrationally extremely angry because the timing of my departure inevitably was disruptive to the work of his lab. I have since learned that he has been actively cold-calling other former colleagues and supervisors of mine (who he doesn't otherwise have any relationship with), just to slander me and make all sorts of absurd accusations about my alleged poor character and dishonesty. What do I do about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:23 PM - 13 answers

Civil Rights Fundraising Ideas for Inauguration Day

I want to do something to raise money for a civil rights organization on the day of the inauguration. But what? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy at 2:23 PM - 2 answers

December 4

My roommate won't refund rent after trying to kick me out early

To make a long story short, I moved in with an acquaintance of mine from my graduate program and her fiancé in May. It was fine at first, but it has been a nightmare the past couple months and I decided to move into a studio of my own. [more inside]
posted by achloha at 9:44 PM - 18 answers

Why does the Queen read the red boxes?

After binge watching "The Crown" on Netflix, the major theme of which is that the Queen's job is to be a glorified mannequin-symbol, what's the point of the Queen reading the red boxes? [more inside]
posted by ashworth at 2:41 PM - 19 answers

Berkeley landlord giving notice for major repairs without compensation?

My landlord gave us 60 days verbal notice to carry out major repairs and has not yet mentioned compensation. What do I do next? Snowflakes inside of course. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:05 AM - 7 answers

December 3

Environmental law jobs like in ClientEarth? (UK)

I think I might like to train as a lawyer (already got a degree, so it would be post-grad training). But only if I get to do things I care about. Like ClientEarth, Bindmans, or Leigh Day. Please advise? [more inside]
posted by tangerine_poppies at 10:54 AM - 11 answers

December 2

Tracking Trump's Term

I want to keep track of how Trump "Makes America Great Again" during his term. What should I keep track of, and from which sources? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 10:15 AM - 9 answers

Can I get compensation for a near-miss accident?

Earlier this week, a possibly-intoxicated driver barreled through a red light at high speed, nearly hitting several cars (including mine) which were in the process of making a protected left turn. The resulting braking and skidding damaged the brake system in my car, resulting in about $800 worth of damage. The driver escaped, but can I file an insurance claim, or sue the driver, based on the intersection camera footage or something? If so, how would I go about that?
posted by Maximian at 7:51 AM - 15 answers

December 1

My mother just died. Bank Account Concerns

My mother died this morning. I am a co-signatory on her bank account. I live in California. I need answers ASAP because I don't want her funds frozen once we file the death certificate. I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 2:33 PM - 21 answers


Big-name elected Republicans who maintain opposition to a Trump Presidency? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 10:39 AM - 11 answers

How do I call my super-far-right congressperson?

I feel so dumb asking this and now the whole internet will know about my civic ineptitude. How do I call my representatives about Standing Rock when they are already slated for Trump's cabinet? [more inside]
posted by athirstforsalt at 9:14 AM - 15 answers

November 29

Why are you calling?

I just got a call a few minutes ago (10:20-ish pm) from a police officer asking what my license plate number was, regarding an accident I had back in October. I complied and gave him my license plate number, I didn't even think to ask why specifically and I've already forgotten what his name was. Now I'm sort of worried about the call. [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise at 9:33 PM - 6 answers

Could a Trump administration strip me of my birthright citizenship?

Yes, I know there's strong Supreme Court precedent against it and it seems hypothetical now. But the current administration -- at least as far as I could tell -- would LIKE to revoke birthright citizenship. I know it's extremely implausible, but is it completely impossible?
posted by orangutan at 12:21 PM - 19 answers

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