About a year ago I agreed (verbally) to do some programming work for a startup in exchange for a small amount of equity. In the meantime I've lost faith that this equity will be worth anything. Can I decline to do this work, or have I made a binding verbal contract that I must now fulfill? [more inside]
Say I did a five minute podcast about books (promoting new titles or backlist I love), could I read a small section of the book (less than five minutes worth) without getting permission?
I would like to form a new religion for personal gain, and am wondering how to go about it. Legally. [more inside]
Why would Starbucks throw perfectly good coffee away? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good, reasonably priced lawyer with a experience with intellectual property agreements? Specifically software, but maybe that's not so critical. My usual sources aren't being that much help. Anywhere in the U.S. would be fine, Michigan would be best of all. [more inside]
I'm considering starting an adult internet dating service in the US. What legal implications do I need to consider? (Some mildly NSFW details follow). [more inside]
What is the legal status of the XviD codec libraries, ffmpeg, and/or other F/OSS programs that implement the (patented) MPEG-4 algorithm? [more inside]
I am interested in laws and cases pertaining to adoption by gays, both internationally and domestically, specifically but not limited to laws in Washington state.
How should I structure a growing consulting business, with partners, collaborators, and others that I want to be invested in the growth and success of the business? [more inside]
Julie Amero. Are there ANY concrete actions a non-expert stranger could take to decrease the chance she'll do jail time? [more inside]
My adult brother with various mental health issues (living at home with my parents in the Chicago area – near north suburbs) keeps going off and doing self-destructive...and illegal stuff. It’s getting worse, and it can’t go on. We’re clueless and scared. Help us, HiveMind! So much [more inside]
I've been asked to co-author a nonfiction book with a woman who is an expert in her field, but not a writer. I have some questions about contracts and rights to the material. [more inside]
How can I tell if an old non-disclosure should prohibit me from applying for a new job? [more inside]
Michigan Scanner Law: Item originally sells for 29.99, but was stickered as 1.99. I think I deserve to be able to buy it for that price, but they say since it is due to human error, it doesn't qualify under the law. Who's right? They still charged me more than the sticker said, regardless of whether or not it was supposed to be that price. [more inside]
Wisconsin Car Title Filter: I'm trading my vehicle for another vehicle plus cash. Wondering what to do about titling the new vehicle. [more inside]
I'm bipolar, have a criminal record and need a job. Got any advice? [more inside]
What is the legality of requiring new applicants for a job position at a church to be a member of said church? [more inside]
Ebay scam / threat question... [more inside]
A neighbor's tree (in DC) has several branches that grow over our yard. We'd like to trim the branches to give our garden some more sunlight. Do we need his permission? [more inside]
Can anyone provide advice, suggest tenant rights resources, courses of action or even refer a good pro-bono lawyer for a friend of mine who's getting screwed by her landlord during the conversion of her apartment complex from rentals to condos in Studio City, CA? [more inside]
Asking for a friend. She's on a lease with an ex-boyfriend who is threatening to not give notice and allow the month by month tenancy to kick in. Can she get off the lease? [more inside]
Got a speeding ticket that may cost me my license. But wait! Happened in State A, I live in State B, and my license is from State C, where I used to live. And there are small errors on the ticket. Is there hope? [more inside]
I received a letter last December from UCLA stating that "a restricted campus database containing personal information has been illegally accessed by a sophisticated computer hacker" (gotta love the assumption of "sophisticated there"). And that they regret to inform me my name is in the database. My question is, can I sue for damages? Is there already a class action lawsuit for damages against UCLA? What are my options? What traditionally happens to victims in these cases in terms of compensation?
Is it illegal for me to send dirty, dirty stories to a 17-year-old in Oregon? [more inside]
Canada and Computer Espionage: What legal recourse is available in this situation? [more inside]
Can a business be held liable if a customer sneaks into an off-limit area (i.e. employees only) and injuries themself? [more inside]
What legal options are available to a 19 year old "American" without a driver's license or American citizenship who's parents have overstayed their legal welcome in this country and have devolved/absolved all responsibility? [more inside]
What kind of lawyer specializes in property line disputes? [more inside]
Bob the Asshole, my old landlord, kept my security deposit. [more inside]
How do I go about getting government-issued documents in a different name for a name change in Pennsylvania?
How do I go about getting government-issued documents in a different name for a name change in Pennsylvania? [more inside]
Slipped and Fell on Apartment property, are they liable? [more inside]
I want to make internal parts for someone else's electronic item, please help me determine the legal direction I should take. [more inside]
My father has a 99 Lexus without a title. Florida has records of a lien on the car. The lien holder is a company went out-of-business years ago. Where is the title? How can my father get one in South Carolina? What are his options if Butthead (explained inside) never had the title? [more inside]
I live in chicago and got my car towed last night (on Division bet. western and california). The reason is because there is no parking on the street when snow is two inches or more (from 3am to 7am). It has not snowed since wednesday and there was no snow in the street when I parked there, nor did it snow during the evening. I paid the fee to get my car out and I have scheduled a hearing for 2/23/07. Has anyone successfully gotten their money back? Am I in the wrong? I would appreciate any advice I can get going into this hearing.
How does the state law differ between California and Oregon? [more inside]
Hypotheticafilter: If my wife (UK Citizen) pays for everything on a trip to Cuba from the UK, will I (US Citizen) still be guilty of "Engaging in Trade with an Enemy"? [more inside]
In light of this NYC graffitti law being struck down what is the legal justification for the US drinking age of 21? [more inside]
How do I pick the right tenants to sublet (or swap for) my apartment, and how do I help them feel at home?
Have you done a short-term sublet (or housing swap)? If you were the renter: how did you evaluate applicants, and how did you help your subletter feel at home? If you were the subletter: what worked, and what do you wish the renter had done for you or told you? I'll be subletting my apartment in NYC but I'd love to hear from people in all areas & situations. [more inside]
Why are the "Disclaimer of Warranty" and "Limitation of Liability" sections in terms of services presented in all caps? [more inside]
I purchased a service to deliver traffic to one of my web sites. I know it reeks of scam, but I was curious. That's beside the point. The terms of service don't state anything about the timeframe in which that traffic will be delivered. It's come in dribs and drabs (then entire purchase would take years, literally, to be delivered). And their stats do not match mine. Every single day shows them delivering more traffic than my whole site gets. That said, I have two questions. 1) What is the legal basis for timely delivery of such a service, given that timeliness is not discussed in their terms at all. There ought to be a reasonable assumption of how long they have to perform their service, right? 2) Since legal action is not a reasonable option (it would cost more to get a refund than the refund is worth), what are some ideas for completely legal ways I could put a spotlight on this company's potentially fraudulent but certainly terrible service?
ContractFilter: My friend had a contract for a superbowl party at a bar in Chicago. Nowhere on the contract does it say that the bar can cancel this contract at will. [more inside]
So... Debt collectors are calling, and I'm not sure if they're acting within the law. Please advise. [more inside]
When representing yourself in court, how do you call yourself as a witness? [more inside]
A friend of my brother's was arrested last night in Manhattan for DWI. What can my brother do to help him out? [more inside]
I've just been laid off by my employer, small tech start-up, and a few fishy things linger in the air that I'm looking for guidance on. The first is that I was promised equity come Jan. 1 in exchange for being paid slave wages for half of this year. I have this promise on paper. After being laid off, I'm told I'm no longer eligible. [more inside]
Westlaw: How can I learn to use it as quickly as possible? [more inside]
This happened to somebody I care about, who could really use a break. I'm trying to help him figure out his options. Money is the biggest factor, the cheapest solution is best. Story: On Xmas day, a young guy is on his way home from family holiday drives a pickup truck with big tires through a snooty part of town. He gets pulled over for littering (flicking a butt out the window). [more inside]
What's it like to work in a patent law office? A law office in general? I'm considering applying for an entry-level patent secretary job in Northern Virginia.
I work in a company that seemingly doesn't believe in pay rises. Does Australian law allow this? [more inside]
SCOTUS filter: Why does the Supreme Court decline to hear cases? [more inside]