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United States Supreme Court Defines Standard For Special Education: Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1

In a unanimous decision, the United States Supreme Court held that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) requires school districts to provide special education students with “an educational...more

Supreme Court Increases School Standards For Students With Disabilities

IEPs Must Meet “Markedly More Demanding” Standard From Now On This week, in a unanimous decision crafted by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court decided that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act...more

Third Circuit Finds Title IX Provides a Remedy for Sex Discrimination in Fully Funded Educational Institutions

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has again created a circuit split by disagreeing with decisions from the Fifth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, which have held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides...more

Supreme Court sends lower courts back to work on FAPE

While stopping short of establishing a bright-line rule, the U.S. Supreme Court came very close in evaluating whether a local educational agency has offered a student a free and appropriate education (FAPE). The Court...more

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Standards for Free Appropriate Public Education

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision today on the appropriate standard for determining what constitutes a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in Endrew F. v. Douglas Cty. Sch. Dist. RE-1,...more

The Endrew Decision: A Better Educational Standard for Special Needs Students.

March 22, 2017 will go down as a good day for parents, like me, who have a child in the public education system who has special needs. In a time when many of the exceptional children's programs in this state and in this...more

Supreme Court Clarifies FAPE Standard in Endrew F. Case

For the first time in nearly 35 years, the Supreme Court of the United States has addressed the legal standard by which courts determine whether a school district has provided a student with a disability a “free appropriate...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Employer in Title VII and Title IX Retaliation Case

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Burton v. Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, affirmed the district court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of the employer...more

Third Circuit Endorses Title IX and Title VII Claims of Medical Resident

Should a medical resident alleging sexual harassment and retaliation be treated as: (i) an employee who can seek relief under Title VII; (ii) a student who can seek relief under Title IX; or (iii) both? And if the answer is...more

Supreme Courts Dismissal of Transgender Discrimination Case Could Affect Employment Discrimination Claims

Earlier this month, the Trump administration withdrew the Department of Justice’s prior position that Title IX of the Civil Rights Act prohibits schools and other covered institutions from discriminating on the basis of...more

Third Circuit Permits Teaching Hospital Resident to Bring Retaliation Suit under Title IX

For the first time, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals found that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681, et seq., applies to medical residency programs. Relying on extensive Supreme Court precedent and...more

Medical Residents Can Sue Under Title IX, Third Circuit Holds

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently revived a medical resident's harassment and retaliation claims against Mercy Catholic Medical Center, finding that the hospital is subject to Title IX. The Third...more

How Does the Supreme Court’s Remand of the Transgender Discrimination Case Impact Wage-and-Hour Class Actions?

On March 6, 2017, the Supreme Court, in a one-sentence summary disposition, remanded the case of Gloucester County Sch. Bd. v. G.G. to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit “for further consideration in light of...more

UC Berkeley To Remove More Than 20,000 Online Videos From Public Access In Response To DOJ Captioning Demand

Seyfarth Synopsis: Fewer online videos from UC Berkeley will available to the public as a result of a DOJ demand that the videos have closed captioning....more

Fifth Circuit Warps Time In Decision On The Continuing Violation Doctrine

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held for the first time that the continuing violation doctrine applies even when a plaintiff was subject to harassment that was severe enough to put the...more

Supreme Court Sends Transgender Student Case Back to Lower Court; Other Case Worth Watching

Following revocation of Obama Administration transgender guidance, the U.S. Supreme Court has vacated the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s determination that a transgender student had shown a likelihood of...more

Third Circuit Rules Private Hospital Is Subject to Medical Resident’s Title IX Claims

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Doe v. Mercy Catholic Medical Center, No. 16-1247 (3d Cir. 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that the nondiscrimination and anti-harassment protections of Title IX...more

Supreme Court Update: Gloucester County School Board V. G.G. (16-273), Peña-Rodriguez V. Colorado (15-606), And Beckles V. United...

The Court kicked off the week with a flurry of activity in criminal cases, issuing a landmark Sixth Amendment ruling, another decision closing the door on vagueness challenges to the Sentencing Guidelines, a per curiam...more

Supreme Court Remands Transgender Rights Case to Court of Appeals After Trump Administration Withdraws Obama Era Guidance

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 6, 2017, the Supreme Court remanded a highly anticipated transgender rights case back to the Court of Appeals after the Trump Administration withdrew Obama era guidance regarding the rights of...more

SCOTUS, New Dear Colleague Letter Muddle Transgender Issues Under Title IX

The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education have withdrawn existing guidance on transgender students and issued a new Dear Colleague Letter calling into question whether Title IX requires that schools permit students to use...more

Supreme Cout Leaves Transgender Bathroom Issue Unresolved

Gavin Grimm is a transgender boy living in Virginia. Grimm attends school in the Gloucester County School District, which adopted a new policy requiring students to use the bathroom of their birth gender. Previously, Grimm...more

Flushed: Supreme Court Vacates Fourth Circuit’s Title IX Transgender Bathroom Decision in Gloucester County v. G.G.

In a not particularly surprising development, on March 6, 2017, the United States Supreme Court vacated the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s judgment in the controversial case of Gloucester County...more

School Districts: U.S. Supreme Court Remands Transgender Case Back to Lower Court (3/17)

On March 6, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ judgment in the case of Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old transgender student from Virginia who sought to use the bathroom that corresponds with...more

Supreme Court Remands Transgender Rights Case to Lower Court

Over the past year, the U.S. Department of Education’s directives concerning the rights of transgender students under Title IX have changed course, muddying the collective understanding of how federal agencies interpret Title...more

The Supreme Court Will Not Hear Landmark Transgender Student Case

The wait for a final resolution of the legal issues surrounding transgender students will be extended as the result of a decision yesterday by the United State Supreme Court in the landmark case, Gloucester County School Bd....more

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