In search of temporaryish legal career opportunities in Wichita, Kansas. [more inside]
Can you libel someone in fiction if you don't use their name? If I were to write a story based on a real murder, in which anyone from my home town would instantly recognize the source, can an acquitted murderer sue me? [more inside]
Legal advocacy group filter: I'm having a hard time tracking down legitimate paternal rights advocacy groups (I know they are out there). Can anyone point me in some useful directions? [more inside]
Is there a constitutional provision in the United States that all statutory laws must be written and/or available to the public for review? [more inside]
What legal history record can the Canadian, US border patrol sleuth out, and what do they care about? I am going on tour with a musical group from NY to Montreal. I heard that when passing the border with a van with music equipment, they can be very scrupulous and even do background checks. I have a non-felony on my record in Chicago, in which I won the court case, but never sent the $300 to my lawyer to finish the expungement process. Will they be able to sleuth out this information at the border? How have your experiences been at the border?
BC Motorcycle Riders and Lawyers: is lane-splitting actually illegal in BC, or assumed illegal? [more inside]
Legal status of creative works from the USSR. [more inside]
I got an extremely expensive traffic ticket (my first! and $632!) for doing 97 in a 75 on a lonely stretch of road outside of Lovelock, Nevada. I paid the ticket, and asked the court (and the ticketing officer, at that point) about traffic school; they both said that the points wouldn't transfer to California or go on my record, but as far as traffic school to lower insurance went, it was between me and my insurance company, and they'd get in touch with me. However, can't I do something pre-emptively to keep this from going on my insurance record? Or am I screwed? I paid the fine in mid-June, just before it was due (took a little while to save the money); the ticket was issued in mid-May.
If an individual makes a speech in a public setting, does the text of that speech become part of the public domain?
I'm trying to recover a debt owed to me (currently $1300+) by a client for whom I worked as an independent tech contractor in 2002-03. He's very slowly paid off a lot of the original debt ($5000), but he stopped making the payments almost two months ago with no explanation, and has been completely non-responsive to all my contact attempts ever since. It's a matter of very high personal importance that I recover the full debt in this case (because this is a very slimy guy, and because his company could not have started up or earned money without my work). I also need the money, so this is not something I can walk away from in that sense either. [more inside]
A friend is considering participating in a paper-marriage-for-money to permit a stranger to remain in the U.S. The amount of money in question is not trivial and said friend is quite excited. I'm inclined to object, but need better grounds. What are the practical, legal, and philosophical issues involved in this? Any real-life stories?
I know I can build computers myself. But I want to buy a notebook. And I want it already fully built, with a nice in-store warranty. However, I want NO SOFTWARE along with it. Absolutely none. Am I entitled to that? [more inside]
Is the phrase "not to be sold separately", often found on individual food items sold as a multipack, legally binding? If so, why, and if not, what is the point in it being there?
A corporate computer has connected to my wireless network and is wasting bandwidth. How can I stop this and get compensated? [more inside]
UK/EU flight. My friend's plane was 3 hours late, flying Southampton to Edinburgh, making her miss a wedding. I have an inkling that this means she is likely to be able to make her airline pay out under recent EU law. Is this the case and if so what's the best way to make them pay?
Is there any law against drinking (alcohol) in public? Or is it being inebriated in public? Or neither? [more inside]
Is online gambling legal in Oregon? [more inside]
Some time ago I remember seeing a cool cartoon online that explained legal rights in a funny and interesting way. I've googled and googled, but can't seem to uncover them. Can you help me find them? [more inside]
How much is this ticket going to cost me and is it going to seriously effect my insurance rate? [more inside]
How realistic is the idea that you can shelter your personal assets as well as many typical expenses under the umbrella of a corporation? [more inside]
Is it true that in the UK it is illegal for a licensed restaurant to refuse to serve tap water? If so, where can I obtain a copy of the relevant piece of paper so I can wave it in the faces of restaurant managers who want me to spend extortionate amounts on drinks?
Is it legal for an employer (supervisor, and owner of the company) to tell his female employees he expects to be told if they intend trying to get pregnant? This would be in Ontario, Canada. [more inside]
In this month's GQ, there's a longer update to the Milford High drug bust story, in which a 23-year-old private detective went undercover at a high school, leading to the eventual arrest of seventeen high school students. (The story inspired a decidedly banal MeFi thread.) My question--not covered in the previous thread, the news coverage, or the GQ article--is simple: how in the world is it legal for a private detective to buy drugs? And for the reported purchase of drugs to lead to an arrest? [more inside]
What law, specifically, is violated if a government official discloses secret information? For example, if a CIA operative told his cousin about an operation that was supposed to be classified, which law is his guilty of breaking? [more inside]
What is the copyright status of works derived from the Cthulhu Mythos? more specifically, could someone just put out their own book, movie or comic extending the Mythos (and using shared characters) or would they have to get permission and pay someone first? [more inside]
Hypothetically, what would happen if an inventor (one of several) did not sign a patent application? [more inside]
I have enough doubts regarding the integrity of the American criminal justice system that I'm uncomfortable with the prospect of jury duty. Advice? [more inside]
I'm thinking of organizing an office pool on the World Cup. I'm based in VA. I'd probably set up something similar to what gets done with NCAA bracket pools. My question is though: Is this illegal given US gambling laws? [more inside]
How do I fight an inflated doctor bill? [more inside]
Tell me about law schools in Boston. [more inside]
I have some copyright and trademark questions for the fine folks at AskMe. Ok, so I run this online t-shirt store and I had a design based on Godzilla playing the drums. I know some of the Godzilla movies had passed into the public domain, so I just assumed (or perhaps hoped) that would place my design firmly into fair use territory. Welp, I got a cease and desist from the folks that own the trademark and copyright on Godzilla, so I was just hoping to find out more about my options here. [more inside]
My band have been offered a contract from by a record company and want to get it checked out before we sign it. Basically I'm looking for personal recommendations of entertainment lawyers in the UK. I don't just want to pick one out of the yellow pages if I can avoid it.
I'm considering writing a book about game systems in the 80's and would like to be able to include screenshots of many of the games. What do I need to do to be able to include those screenshots without being sued? Does this fall under the copyright law's "fair use"? Does the fact that they are older games make any difference? Apologies if this has been asked before - I couldn't find anything related to publishing game screenshots.
Is now as good a time as any to assume massive debt to attend law school? [more inside]
I need to help a friend find free/cheap legal aid for an employment/ADA situation in Los Angeles. [more inside]
Problem with UK dentist? prescribing drugs without seeing you. Need legal advice. [more inside]
Legalfilter: What are some cool/interesting things you can do with a law degree if you don't want to practice law.
Our band recently recorded, produced, and distributed an album that has an explicit lyric. What are the legal ramifications of distributing music with explicit lyrics without that label? [more inside]
Where can I find clear and direct laws regarding the playback of backed-up music at a place of business in the United States? [more inside]
I am a shift worker in the UK. Am I entitled to a day off in lieu if a bank holiday falls on a rest or non-work day? [more inside]
I was involved in an hit and run accident as a pedestrian a little over a year ago, and I've got some questions about contributory negligence. [more inside]
Is being in the presence of underage drinking in any way illegal? Under what circumstances? Controlled substance consumption? How is the age of the "witness" relevant?
Help me track down and understand the owner of mutation's patent. [more inside]
How far can attorneys go in appealing to a jury's emotions? Is there any restriction, formal or informal, on the use of such tactics? What precedent is there for their excessive use? [more inside]
Is an email "Cease and Desist" letter a legal notification? I have been under the impression that a piece of paper, duly sworn, sweared and served was required. New York, civil matter. Yes, I know your not my lawyer.
California Bar Exam: not only out-of-state, but out-of-country. Should I pony up for the Bar/Bri? [more inside]
Why is grand jury duty so long? [more inside]
I want to acquire a law degree for the best value (in terms of quality and cost). How much will earning a masters degree first enhance my qualification to a prestigious school? The second question I have is how much a masters degree will enhance my qualification for scholarships? There is no question that a masters would make me a better law student and enhance my education; however, I am wondering whether the financial investment in grad school is worth it for what I want to accomplish. [more inside]
I'm just about to finish my first year of law school, which, because it has a set curriculum, was an experience I shared with 65 other students. I'd like to do something to thank them...thoughts? [more inside]
Hypothetical Jail Filter: What happens if you refuse to give identification to an officer after commiting a petty misdemeanor? [more inside]