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The Supreme Court - April, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases today: McLane Co. v. EEOC, No. 15-1248: Damiana Ochoa filed a discrimination charge against petitioner McLane Co. when she was terminated after...more

The Supreme Court - March 2016 #6

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued one decision on March 30, 2016: - Luis v. United States, No. 14-419: Petitioner Sila Luis was charged with various health care related crimes. Pursuant to a federal...more

Lawsuits Continue Against Central Virginia Regional Jail

Two federal lawsuits are proceeding against the Central Virginia Regional Jail for civil rights violations of inmates. One case is brought by the mother of an inmate who died in CVRJ custody allegedly due to lack of medical...more

Court in Bloody Sunday case applies “necessity” threshold for lawful arrest

by WilmerHale on

In B, N, O, Q, R, U, V (Former Soldiers) v The Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland [2015] EWHC 3691 (Admin), Lord Thomas provided helpful clarification on the court’s interpretation of legislation...more

What to Do When You Are Served With a Search Warrant

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Most business executives and officers lack the training and preparation to deal effectively with a search warrant. State and federal law enforcement agencies continue to increase their investigation and prosecution of...more

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Might Foreshadow Expansion of the Qualified Immunity Defense in Excessive Force Cases

by Wilson Elser on

The past several years have seen a slew of high-profile excessive force cases, often highlighted by cell phone or dash-cam video. These cases have placed increasing pressure on local police departments, which continue to...more

Out of Bounds: Title IX, Off-Campus Conduct, and Yeasin V. University of Kansas

The Kansas Court of Appeals’ decision in Yeasin v. University of Kansas, stands for the proposition that educational institutions must act with both precision and foresight when delineating their disciplinary authority. Of...more

Qualified Immunity and Deadly Car Chases: Is the Pendulum Heading the Other Way?

by Wilson Elser on

The past several years have seen a slew of high-profile excessive force cases against law enforcement officers, often highlighted by cell phone video. These cases have placed increasing pressure on local police departments,...more

Cities Left on Their Own in Gun Control Ordinances … For Now

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The United States Supreme Court recently declined review of a lower court decision upholding a City of Highland Park, Ill. ordinance banning the sale and possession of semiautomatic guns that carry more than 10 rounds of...more

Self-Help Discovery Does Not Immunize Employee from Prosecution, Says NJ Supreme Court

On June 23, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Quinlan v. Curtiss-Wright Corporation, 204 N.J. 239 (2010), does not bar criminal prosecutions arising from an employee’s removal of confidential company documents to...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Confirms Aspiring Whistleblowers Can’t Help Themselves to Confidential Documents

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In a pivotal decision with broad implications for aspiring New Jersey whistleblowers, yesterday the New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed the Appellate Division’s finding that no qualified privilege exists to protect an employee...more

What is Excessive Force? Don’t ask the experts!

We are all very familiar with the recent incidents that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. These two incidents brought to the national spotlight (yet again) the difficult, split-second decision making required...more

How the Rise in Undercover Investigations is Changing the Law

by Mimesis Law on

Jan. 19, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Robert Blecker, professor of law at New York Law, talks with Lee Pacchia about the dramatic rise in undercover investigations and their effect on the legal defense of entrapment....more

A Moment of Simple Justice - A Prosecutor's Duty

by Mimesis Law on

Jan. 12, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Did District Attorneys Robert McCulloch and Daniel Donovan fulfill their ethical duties in the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner?...more

A Moment of Simple Justice - Stop Talking

by Mimesis Law on

Nov. 18, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- When adults ignore their Miranda warnings, it's a shame. When kids talk to police officers in the absence of counsel, it's something much worse....more

Alien Tort Case Developments: Three Recent Decisions

Alien Tort GavelIn July, we posted about two recent decisions by federal appellate courts that sought to define the parameters of the “touch and concern” standard established by the Supreme Court in its 2012 decision in...more

What should I do when I receive a letter from a prosecutor?

by Ifrah PLLC on

Do you know what to do if you receive a letter from a federal prosecutor? If not, watch this!...more

Blowing the Whistle on the Whistleblower: When a Whistleblower Takes Confidential Documents

As you may have read in our previous blog post, prudent employers should embrace the “righteous whistleblower” in service of their culture of compliance. But what is an employer to do when a whistleblower has engaged in...more

New Jersey Court Rules Individual Can Be Criminally Prosecuted for Taking Confidential Information to Support Civil Whistleblower...

by Littler on

In 2010, the New Jersey Supreme Court created a qualified privilege for an employee taking documents to support an employment discrimination suit. However, this past December, in State of New Jersey v. Ivonne Saavedra, the...more

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Alert: September 2013

In This Issue: Pennsylvania’s Appellate Court Concludes Lifetime CDL Disqualification Was Proper and NLRB's New Ruling Could Spell Trouble in Harassment Investigations Excerpt from Pennsylvania’s Appellate...more

Fee Caps Do Not Apply to Prisoners Defending Judgment on Appeal

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In Woods v. Carey the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided a case on the recovery of attorney fees in the context of a prisoner defending a judgment on appeal....more

Homeless Court Getting Ready To Offer Justice and Hope In Birmingham

by Baker Donelson on

Our Birmingham office had the honor last week of hosting a training conference for those who will be participants in the operation of a new Homeless Court in the City of Birmingham Municipal Court....more

I was just served with a notice to appear at a hearing concerning a restraining order against me, what should I do?

by George Bourguignon on

If you have just been served a notice about a restraining order, you should read this post, and fast! Contact: George E. Bourguignon, Jr., Esq. Phone: (508) 769-1359 or (413) 746-8008 Email: ...more

AUDIT OF THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION’S ADOPTIVE SEIZURE PROCESS AND STATUS OF RELATED EQUITABLE SHARING REQUESTS

by Ian Imrich on

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY of the OIG Report: During law enforcement operations, state and local law enforcement agencies often seize assets and proceeds from assets linked to criminal activity. The purpose of the seizures...more

Criminal Court System

by Kenneth Vercammen, Esq. on

The following contains some pertinent information that might be of help to you as you become involved in the criminal justice system as a victim or witness. Apprehension and Arrest of the Accused There are three basic...more

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