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]
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]