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]
Any suggestions for a DC agency for temporary legal work? [more inside]
LegalFilter: A laptop was sent for repair under warranty to Gateway. According to one of their customer service policies, if the repair isn't returned to you within 14 days they'll send you a new one. This time period passed and a new laptop was shipped out. A few days later, the old laptop (now fully repaired) was shipped in error. If a person is now in possession of both laptops because of an error in the vendor's shipping, does the vendor have legal ground to demand one of them back? This is in the US.
NYCFilter: If my landlord dies, does that death void my lease? [more inside]
Are there any downsides (any potential harm or risks) to signing confidentiality agreements (NDA's)? [more inside]
What do all capital letters in legal documents signify? Many legal documents contain stretches of normal text alternating with stretches that are in all-caps. Is there a legal meaning to it? What would be the ramifications of printing the all-caps portion in normal capitalization - i.e., could that render the document ineffective?
Complicated: How should I structure a lease for a domain name? (actually a sub-domain) [more inside]
Is it possible to find out details pertaining to, or resulting from copyright lawsuits? [more inside]
Leases often contain a clause saying you can be evicted if you disturb the neighbors. Mostly hypothetical question inside. [more inside]
Is there a law requiring you to pay Income Tax? I saw this video over at youtube, from The FreedomtoFacisim.com website. They say that Income tax is illegal and there are no laws. They even mention that the 16th admendment isn't valid via the supreme court. Ok, are these guys wackos? IRS has guns, so they make the rules, thats all I know.
Are gift certificates allowed to expire in California? I thought there was a law that says that they can't legally expire. Am I wrong?
Does trademark law really offer any basis for the practice of using legal threats to prevent a trademark from becoming common usage? This article in the Google Blog strongly suggests that trademark law prohibits me from using (in a non-commercial context like a post on MeFi) the verb "to google" to mean "to search on the Yahoo search engine." Is this so? [more inside]
How do I write Terms and Conditions for a website, without spending too much on a lawyer? [more inside]
LegalFilter: Need some direction in regards to a miscommunication which can affect a cases outcome... [more inside]
All we need now to win 5 million dollars is Short Line Railroad. [more inside]
In San Francisco, CA, on Valencia Street, in the Mission, I've noticed that many people park in the turn lane. Is this legal? [more inside]
I have, over the past several years, become the individual that lots of people come to for music suggestions and to talk about music (most metal, but some other stuff). Much like the fine folks at Pandora. So I had the great thought of starting a podcast. However: Mayhaps I'm missing something, but I can't find anything online that spells out how to start a music podcast legally. (More after the jump) [more inside]
Where can I find specific international legal cases? What are some good resources to turn to when you only have the nature of the case in mind? [more inside]
My coworkers took some photos of a movie being shot near our office building and I posted them online in my blog. [more inside]
I’ve been approached by a private investigator, who is asking questions of me in support of a medical lawsuit against my former employer. [more inside]
my friend started an online forum about bikes and he would like some information so he won't be held responsible legally. [more inside]
Client bounces check, and threatens to sue me for defamation when I report it to an industry group. [more inside]
Canada Labor Law: wrongfull dismissal - suing, what can I expect? I have a very strong case for my end of employment a few weeks ago. I was dismissed with clearly no reasonable cause. The law firm I am working with has sent my former employer a certified letter, first step in my case. I was given only one week salary at my dismissal. This employer came to get me from at my previous job, bonified my first refusal and I accepted the second offer. I had been working at this previous job for more then 3 years. There are many missing details here for anyone to accurately comment and I realize that. I am looking for the steps I should expect in this legal battle as this employer received the certified letter signed by the law firm sent last week and has not responded. He is basically ignoring my lawyerrs request for compensation on my behalf. What should I expect?
Property Line Dispute, with a neighbor who is selling. Should we resolve it now, or hope for the best with the new neighbor? [more inside]
I have a small commute (10 minutes) and I want a small truck. Real small. [more inside]
Is it legal to sell iPods preloaded with music? [more inside]
Do I really need a lawyer to file a QDRO? [more inside]
Where can I find info on how long it would take to pursue various issues in court? [more inside]
Have I successfully changed my name? [more inside]
Can I publish (on a blog) part of an email that someone wrote to me, without asking their permission?
I am curious about the legality and feasability of starting a website/database where people just put in the barcode numbers of coupons to share them. [more inside]
ApartmentFilter: A friend received a note inside her apartment yesterday telling her she has 24 hours to get rid of her dog. She's lived in the apartment for nearly three years, with the dog the whole time. What are her rights and can the apartment complex do this? [more inside]
For a friend: need resources for law firms or individual attorneys in Los Angeles who provide sliding scale/reduced cost (or even pro bono) services for a woman going through an increasingly acrimonious divorce. [more inside]
What books and websites should a non-business-major read to learn about the legal and practical aspects of starting a small business partnership in the US (MD, to be exact)? [more inside]
Can I have my car towed from an auto repair shop? [more inside]
Landlord Filter: So I'm suing my landlord, help me get my gameplan/choice of action together before I meet a lawyer... [more inside]
PropertyFilter: Can a non-resident own a home in the United States? [more inside]
is legal insurance a good idea or is it not worth the money? [more inside]
I own a copy of Tres Hombres by ZZ Top. I'd like to get it into mp3 format so that I can listen to it in the car, etc. The problem is that the copy I own is on a record. Assuming I download with bittorrent, and then the RIAA comes after me, can I use the defense that I actually already owned it, so downloading could not be considered criminal? Would it be different if I owned a record rather than a CD? In other words, can you legally download the mp3 of an album you already own?
A couple of years ago I ran across a series of mugshots of a girl in New York(?) [more inside]
Can my teacher wife get back pay from her school district or restitution from her university? [more inside]
Poor student needs music service suggestions. [more inside]