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]
In search of temporaryish legal career opportunities in Wichita, Kansas. [more inside]
Is there a way I can work both these jobs without killing myself? [more inside]
Depression: My depression is outpacing my doctors' (yes, plural) ability to control it, and the time has come for something more than a will and a divorce settlement. My primary concern is my son's welfare. He is in his mother's custody, but she has her own mental issues and my parents would hock their souls if given the opportunity to take him from her. I know I need a lawyer, and I will be making an appointment the next time I emerge from the 'dark place'. I want to cover as many bases as possible, like ensuring disability insurance payments continue, the runaround with Social Security is handled, mental illness clauses in insurance policies, legal expenses if I commit a crime, etc. My question is: What else should I consider that even a good lawyer could miss? Also, how much might this cost? [more inside]
I'm a newbie freelancer. Two of my clients, owing me money for services, wrote me checks that bounced. [more inside]
Implications of an LLC? [more inside]
I was arrested and convicted for DUI in Mississippi over 3 years ago. I have not driven since (small town, good friends, I live close to work), and now I am wanting to get my license back. . . . [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.
New company....what do I need to learn? [more inside]
Problems with my Neighbour Filter: Im having trouble with my 90 year old neighbour. I live in a ground floor flat and she lives above us. I play music in the daytime as I work from home at a normal level. She is always reporting me to the council saying that I am a nuisance neighbour, HELP! [more inside]
Can I get in trouble for reporting security issues with my banks' online interface? [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?
Recently I took a large quantity of household junk to my local council run landfill/refuse site. 3 weeks later these items, which I presumed would be destroyed and buried, are appearing at local auctions. [more inside]
Selling used, ahem, clothing online. [more inside]