We are clearly not morally required to obey laws that tell us to do something immoral. But what about laws that, while not requiring anything immoral, nonetheless have ridiculous consequences?
Here is a fun Texas example. According to Chapter 1702.104 of the Texas Occupations Code:
(a) A person acts as an investigations company for the purposes of this chapter if the person:And according to 1702.101,
(1) engages in the business of obtaining or furnishing, or accepts employment to obtain or furnish, information related to: [...]
(D) the cause or responsibility for a fire, libel, loss, accident, damage, or injury to a person or to property; [...]
Unless the person holds a license as an investigations company, a person may not:Consequence: Without a PI license, a historian may not apply for or accept a postdoc at a Texas university to work on a book on the causes of the Great Fire of Rome of 64AD.
(1) act as an investigations company;
(2) offer to perform the services of an investigations company;