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Can persons sentenced to life imprisonment be eligible for parole?

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In Pennsylvania, persons convicted of premeditated murder must be sentenced to life imprisonment or death. Once sentenced to life imprisonment, they are not eligible for parole, but must serve the entire life sentence unless they secure commutation…

Can minors apply for trademark registration?

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A minor’s eligibility to file for trademark registration depends upon the corresponding state law. If the person validly enters into binding legal obligations in their state, that person may sign a trademark application. Otherwise, a parent…

Can information on the internet be copied?

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Normally, information from the internet can be copied, but it is subject to certain difficulties. So long as the copy is for personal use, and the person using it does not further distribute the material, and makes no “for-profit” use of…

Can I sue my former employer for retaliatory firing?

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A salaried employee who refused to work extra hours “because she was not getting paid for them” may bring a lawsuit against her former employer for firing her based on her refusal. The Fair Labor Standards Act provides that it is unlawful…

Can I get a refund of a real estate deposit?

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The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently required the sellers to refund most of the potential buyers' deposit in an aborted real estate transaction, even though the buyers breached the contract of sale and the contract itself provided for forfeiture…

Can higher out-of-state waste disposal fees be justified?

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Claiming that it only wanted shippers of out-of-state waste into the state to pay their fair share of disposal costs, Oregon imposed a surcharge on disposal of out-of-state waste. The fee was about three times as large as that for in-state waste.…

Can employees using the internet on the job cause legal problems for their employer?

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Widespread access to the Internet in the workplace has opened up worlds of information for employees and the companies for which they work. The downside is that it is also possible for online employees to create new legal headaches for employers. Numerous…

Can driving violations from out-of-state be reported to your home state?

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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a member of the Driver License Compact. The Compact is an agreement among some of the states of the United States to engage in mutual enforcement of penalties for serious driving violations. Thirty-nine states…

Can banks sell annuities?

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The competition between banks and insurance companies is likely to heat up after the U. S. Supreme Court's decision that national banks can sell annuities. Although more sophisticated than the basic savings accounts that used to dominate banking,…