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Of or pertaining to the system of rules which a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and which it may enforce by the imposition of penalties.

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surrogate mother

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A woman who is artificially inseminated, with the understanding that she will surrender the baby at birth to the father and his wife.

uniform laws

Law; US law

Proposed statutes written by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Law.

qualified nuisance

Law; US law

A condition that, though lawful in itself, is so negligently permitted to exist that it creates an unreasonable risk of harm.


Law; US law

The requirement in U.S. district courts that, for a case to be certified as a class action, the party applying for certification must show, among other things, that the class of ...

diversity of citizenship

Law; US law

A basis for federal-court jurisdiction that exists when a case is between citizens of different states.

complete diversity

Law; US law

In a multiparty case, diversity between both sides to the lawsuit so that all plaintiffs have different citizenship from all defendants.

Salinas v. Texas

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On June 17, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that if you remain silent before the police read your Miranda rights, that silence can and will be held against you. You must ...