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See You in Court – February 2016

Mr. Superintendent knew that his news for the Nutmeg Board of Education would cause a stir – the Nutmeg Public Schools were looking at a deficit for 2015-2016 of around $1,000,000. While the warm weather had resulted in...more

Privilege Issues in the Media Firestorm

The situation has become all too familiar: an incident of prurient interest — whether actual or falsely alleged — goes viral on social media before university officials can even ascertain the names of the parties involved. ...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week

Dear Legal Mailbag: I don’t always exercise the best judgment when writing emails, and I have a lamentable tendency to respond in haste and repent at leisure. However, I think that I have come up with a great way to...more

Still No NCAA Pay for Play–9th Circuit Denies O’Bannon v. NCAA Rehearing En Banc

On December 16, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided that it would not rehear its earlier decision in a high-profile case on payments that can be made to student-athletes. Nearly three months earlier, a panel of...more

Electronic Devices At School: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The reality of life for most employees is that most of them cannot make it through an hour, much less a full school or business day, without checking their smartphones, tablet computers, laptops, and other electronic devices....more

How Does the Supreme Court’s Recent Facebook Decision Impact Schools?

In a recent decision, Elonis v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court held that in order to convict a man for alleged threats made against his wife on Facebook, the prosecutor must show some level of intent. It was not enough...more

What’s the Purpose of the Emergency Purpose Statutory Exemption?

As we’ve noted in the past, there are a number of TPCA petitions for declaratory ruling or requests for interpretation of the TCPA statute or FCC rules on a range of issues relating to the definition of an autodialer, seeking...more

The National Labor Relations Board: 2014 Year in Review - The NLRB's Expansion of Employee Rights Under the National Labor...

In 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) scrutinized employer policies and practices, protected employee use of social media and employers' email systems to organize and engage in protected concerted...more

CFPB announces lawsuits against student loan debt relief companies

On December 11, the CFPB announced lawsuits against two student loan debt relief companies alleged to have deceived borrowers into paying upfront fees for federal student loan repayment benefits that are available for free....more

Jian Ghomeshi’s Lawsuit and the Current State of the Law on Civil Claims by Unionized Employees

Jian Ghomeshi has withdrawn his $55,000,000 lawsuit against his former employer, the CBC. The reasons Ghomeshi chose to drop the suit have not yet been made clear, but the current state of the law likely would have made his...more

7th Circuit Rejects Public-Disclosure Bar in Qui Tam Case

In United States ex rel. Heath v. Wisconsin Bell, Inc., No. 12-3383 (7th Cir. July 28, 2014), the Seventh Circuit grappled with this bar on the use of publicly disclosed information, refusing to apply it in a case involving...more

Illinois Court of Appeals Reiterates Immunity For Statements in Public Meetings

The Second District Appellate Court recently highlighted the strong protection Illinois law provides for statements by executive officers and members of local government boards and councils, including school boards, during...more

There is Such a Thing as Over-Sharing: Former Employee Forfeits Portion of Settlement Payment After Daughter Discloses Settlement...

It seems like every day there is a new case highlighting novel and evolving issues employers confront when people disclose information via social media. The latest example involves a hapless college-age daughter in Florida...more

Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down Amendment to Illinois Public Labor Relations Act

As I mentioned earlier this week in discussing Performance Marketing, the Illinois Supreme Court has been a somewhat cool audience over the past ten years for constitutional claims. That’s why it was mildly surprising late...more

The Importance Of Accurate Time/Hours Records In The Social Media Age

Just because it’s that I-Can’t-Believe-There’s-One-Week-Left-In-August time of year, doesn’t mean there isn’t some fun and exciting law coming down the pike. An important decision was issued this month by the Second Circuit...more

Pridgen v. University of Calgary, 2012 ABCA 139

Two students found guilty of non-academic misconduct by university on account of Facebook postings derogatory towards instructor. On judicial review, university decision quashed by Alberta Court of Queen's Bench under...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds University’s Right to Discipline Student Over Cadaver-Related Facebook Posts

In the continuing saga involving the intersection of social media, university policy, and student speech rights, a public university’s right to discipline students for social media activity has been further defined and...more

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